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This resort is good for one or two days, but it is worth it. The villas are spacious and comfortable. The view at dawn is spectacular! The falcon sighting and the dunes adventure are perfect! You also can do a camel ride, a massage or dinner on the dunes. Spectacular!
We stayed at Al Maha for one night to experience the desert. The hotel generously provided us with early check in and free upgrade to royal suite. The desert activities were fun. We had camel riding in the evening and desert drive in the morning. We enjoyed a lot. Staff are very friendly, and meals are good. Hotel you should not miss when you are in Dubai!!
"A lovely break from downtown Dubai, not too far and a great desert experience!"
We decided to stay here as a change from downtown Dubai and because we wanted to have some experience of the desert. So, after 3 nights in the city, we took a car service and headed to Al Maha. We are so glad we did this! The surroundings are spectacular - once off the highway we headed on semi-paved roads through the desert, entered the gates of the preserve and spotted the tent-like villas scattered over the sand dunes in the distance. It felt like a million miles from the city though only an hour away. Our villa was lovely - spacious, beautifully furnished in a traditional style and with a private plunge pool which looked out over the desert. We participated in the Sundowner (though the camel ride was booked out so I recommend making an advance reservation) and we traveled by jeep to meet the group. We had a glass of champagne perched on the sand dunes watching the sunset - superb! The following morning we also took part in the falconry which was a bucket-list item for me and was well done. The food is very good here and service is excellent. We ate in the formal dining room one night and in the bar the other night. There is a bit of a hard sell on the extras, namely the activities, which are fairly limited but quite well done. The activities are run by a friendly, competent group of young South Africans who reminded us of safari guides in Africa. Guests are assigned to one of the guides at check-in and he/she then stewards you through the options and signs you up. It works though it was a little odd not to have local Emirati or bedouins on hand for this. There is very little wild life out here by the way, gazelles and oryx for the most part, so we did not do the wildlife drive. But it is definitely a spectacular property with terrific service and we loved our couple of days here.
"One of the best hotels I have stayed in"
We came to the hotel for a quick break on our trip so that we could see the desert, wow, the rooms/ lodges are beautiful and well equipped, pure luxury. The food again can only be compared to top restaurants. The service, the staff can not do enough for you. The activities are varied and well thought out, we took part in the camel ride to see the sunset, wonderful, we arrived in the sand dunes to be welcomed with a glass of Champlain and fresh fruits. We left our passports in our last hotel, no problem said the staff, they called them and sent a car to pick them up and bring them back to us, over an hour away. I traveled and stayed at many beautiful places around the world and this is by far one of the best.
We stayed for 3 nights at Al Maha and really enjoyed it. The first thing to get over is the price. Yes, Al Maha is up there in budget terms, but you have to factor in that it is a full board, all inclusive luxury resort. The only thing you will pay for is alcohol and sodas, and spa treatment. Everything else, 3 generous meals, afternoon tea and snacks, and outdoor activities are all included. It can only be that way given the location, but it helps somewhat to rationalize the rates. Al Maha is located 45 min west of Dubai in a 220 km2 reserve. There is nothing but desert beauty as far as the eye can see. The resort itself is a 40 suite compound in a sort of oasis (water actually comes from underground, not from desalination plants on the coast). The suites are spacious bungalows with individual pools, spread apart in a large compound. We were in 33 which is really nicely located and offers a superb view. The suites are not really suites, but very large bedrooms with gigantic beds, comfortable bathrooms and a little separate coffee/area. The resort is 19 years old so not everything is brand new or in super duper condition, I would call it rustic luxury. Very comfortable still. Food is generously served and in general of good quality. Not the last word in gastronomic refinement, but good nonetheless. The activities proposed are really enjoyable as long as you are a morning person. This is the desert, you have to make the most of the hours where heat is manageable. Some like the camel ride border on touristy, but the falconry presentation was really breathtaking, the offroad ride in the dunes good fun, and the sundowner champagne sunset memorable. We also enjoyed the proximity of birds, gazelles and oryx, it reminded us a bit of the Andaman in that way. Where Al Maha strikes a really powerful note is in the friendliness of staff. Not always at the pinacle of style, but genuinely nice and devoted, providing a personal experience that really stands apart from the larger luxury resorts. Everyone is really nice and friendly. Resort management generously accomodated our request to stay till 10pm to catch our night flight, with complimentary use of the resort facilities, and a generous last meal where several items were not charged. If there is a place where you won't feel nickel and dimed, it is there. An expensive stay ' For sure, but a memorable one, in many ways. We would warmly recommend it to anyone who can afford it and wants to discover the beauty of the desert.
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Check-in: 2:00 PM , Check-out: 12:00 PM