From the moment the porter opened the taxi door we knew we had arrived in pure luxury. It was incredible. We were greeted by name by the porter. We then had a whole welcome party - we were introduced to our guest coordinator - Irfan, our ranger and the manager of the hotel also greeted us. This was something special. We were talked through the activities by our ranger and there were cold towels and a welcome cocktail awaiting us.
We were then taken to our room by a golf buggy and Irfan showed us around our room (no.18). Wow - we were really taken aback and speechless when we saw how big the room was, how incredible the view was and seeing the pool. Irfan was fantastic - really helpful and welcoming. It was a nice touch when he showed us around the room and made it really clear what was complimentary and what was extra. Most things were complimentary! Including the decanter of sherry, the dates, nuts and Arabian treats! It was just really overwhelming at how special this place was.
This place is a relaxation haven - the pillow menu is almost as long as the dinner menu! The bed is huge and so comfy - we opted for the 'standard' pillows and they were incredible! We had the best nights sleep ever! The room also has an easel, a sketchbook and pastels were also provided. The wildlife here are really friendly, Arabian gazelles were eating the bushes around the pool and beautiful birds drinking from the pool.
The food was out of this world. 3 courses for lunch, 5 courses for dinner and as much breakfast as you want at the buffet table all included. The flavours, taste, presentation and serving staff were simply fantastic. We have never tasted food so good. The chef also said if there was anything we wanted that wasn't on the menu just to ask and he would make it! The evening meal by candlelight was stunning - we have never experienced such a more beautiful setting with such wonderful food. They already knew about my partners nut allergy and this wasn't mentioned - they just amended the food to his requirements. We also had lunch room service (complimentary) - the waiter came and set the table just as it would be in the restaurant - the food was hot and just as amazing as it was in the restaurant.
The activities to choose from are (these may change):
Nature walk 6am
Horse riding 6am (need 3 years experience)
Desert drive (730am)
Wildlife drive (4pm)
Camel trek (515pm)
Archery (various times)
All the activities we went on were really well organised and a really great group of experienced ranges. We did archery which was just the two of us with a ranger - great fun learning how to do it properly. The camel trek is a MUST - perfectly timed to enjoy a glass of champagne whilst watching the sunset. The desert drive was also really great fun - despite it being a very misty morning. Before each activity they serve a fantastic afternoon tea or pre-breakfast snacks in the lobby - all complimentary.
The desert dining experience was really fantastic. We were driven for about 10minutes to a location in the dunes lit up by flames and laid out was a table with cushions and throws with our meal on. Our ranger provided us with a mobile phone and we were told to call him when we wanted picking up. This was incredible - we were in the middle of nowhere, with amazing food and dining by flame lights. This was the best dining experience ever.
Irfan - our guest coordinator was incredible. He organised the desert dining experience for my partner and I. He kept it a secret from my partner and as an extra he had also arranged (without me asking for anything) a birthday cake to be in the room for when we arrived back from the dining experience for my partner. This was the most amazing cake ever! Irfan was incredibly helpful throughout our stay and nothing was too much trouble. An absolute star.
This resort does all the little things that no other hotel does but they make a huge difference. On departure Irfan, the ranger, manager and porter all came to see us off. The manager asked us if there was anything they could do better - we couldn't think of anything and we are particularly fussy!! This place is incredible and do not hesitate to book at least a couple of nights here. Words cannot describe how amazing this place is - so go and see for yourself. We will definitely be returning - I can't imagine that any other hotel can beat the pure luxury and relaxation that this resort offers.
- 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