We were really excited about going to Al Maha prior to our arrival and everything about this resort surpassed our expectations! It is awesome! We spent 6 nights at the Al Maha.
We were welcomed by Maria and Gerhard when we arrived and looked after so well by every employee that we met thereafter. The staff are a credit to Al Maha and seem to be genuinely enthusiastic about working there. They always took time out to speak to you and check that you were enjoying your stay as they hoped you would. The staff were amazing at every turn, from room service, through to housekeeping and all those who worked tirelessly in the bar and restaurant, they were polite, happy and extremely efficient. The staff were discrete and generally tried to service your room whenever you were out and about. We also made use of the buggy drivers who collected us from our suite and dropped us off whenever required, which made getting around much easier in the heat.
The food was amazing. We ate once at the restaurant for breakfast and every night for our evening meal. The rest of time we ordered room service. The scrambled eggs at breakfast are the best I have tasted anywhere in the world. My wife loved the fruit platters and fresh fruit juice that we had almost every day. The choice for lunch is excellent and eating outside on your decking beside your own pool, so relaxing. The service was amazing every time the staff delivered to our room. The evening meals were also exquisite, the quality superb and the menu is varied and interesting. The Sri Lankan curry in particular was delicious. We ate so well throughout our whole stay and thoroughly enjoyed every single meal. The beer and wine selection is also very good. Some people have said that the drinks are pricey, but we thought that they weren't much more expensive than UK city centre prices in the upmarket establishments.
We also enjoyed several of the Al Maha activities. The wildlife drive is really interesting and also gives you a good feel for the dune driving if you intend to book that. Gerhard was a very well informed guide who also proved to be a top class driver when we ventured into the large dunes the following day. The dune drive was an amazing experience and the views from the highest dune at 200 metres above sea level are unique. The landscape is beautiful and unique.
We also enjoyed the Falconry display and took part in the camel ride, which my wife loved, however, I was glad to 'touch down' camel style, when we got back to the resort! Even if you don't fancy the camel ride you can take a car out to the desert at the same time as the camels, to watch the sunset from a unique viewpoint, whilst enjoying a glass of fizz, which like everything else, was an awesome experience.
We only used the spa facilities once, however, they were also very nice. A large outdoor swimming pool, a Jacuzzi, a steam room and an ice pool as well as a huge array of treatments are available for guests.
One of the best bits about staying here though has to be the privacy. Each suite has its own temperature controlled, infinity, plunge pool or swimming pool and you are not overlooked by anybody! Well that is other than the gazelles and birds that wonder so close. It is extremely relaxing reading in the pool, whilst looking out over the desert at the wildlife.
It is hard to put into words how special Al Maha actually is, you really need to stay there and enjoy the 'experience'. We would recommend Al Maha to anyone and will definitely go back at some point in the future.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Exclusive hotel designed to resemble a traditional Bedouin encampment - set within a 25-sq.-kilometer desert conservation reserve. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Al Maha Desert Hotel Dubai
- Al Maha Desert Dubai
- Al Maha Desert Resort
- Al Maha Resort