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Al Maha, A Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Murqquab
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Reviewed 27 June 2009

My wife and I have just returned from a short break at Al Maha. We hadn't planned on going to Al Maha this year but the weather and workload made our mind up for us and we had a 4 night stay at the resort. This was our second stay at the resort the last was in December 2006 - when it rained! The weather in June was in the upper 30's to low 40's but it was bearable. I had emailed ahead and we had got the same room as before (room 21) which is at the lower part of the resort, the advantages are that it is very quiet and you get the wildlife (oryx and gazelles drinking from your pool) We arrived very early in the morning and the receptionist welcomed us back when we got to the room the hotel had left us a bottle of champagne on ice - which was nice. Our room had wifi internet access and a docking station / sound system for the iPod The staff were very friendly and very efficient - a number wondered if they were employed when we last visited, if they saw a book you automatically found a bookmark. We did a number of the activities - falconry (very early start), dune safari and the sunset camel ride.
The format of the meals had changed slightly as in 2006 it was a buffet lunch rather than a la carte. The meals were excellent - we tried the Arab Mezze and Sri Lankan curry meals my only criticism is that we put on weight! Prices for wine with the meal were broadly comparable to those in a London restaurant, soft drinks in the mini bar were resonably priced.
Would i recommend it to friends - yes. Is it worth it - yes.
How does it compare to other "eco resorts"? Last year we stayed at Zighy Bay and whilst we had a good time, meals and drinks were very expensive and the resort didn't offer the privacy or relaxation as at Al Maha.
Would i go again - yes;

  • Stayed: June 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 June 2009

This was our fourth visit to Al Maha and it won't be our last we could go back again and again it is wonderful.

Driving up from the security gate you can start to feel the peace and quiet and we were excited to see our field guide and guest services ladies waiting for us at reception. Check in was quick and painless and very soon we were taken by buggy to our beautiful suite. We had a great view from our decking and it didn't take too long before we were
in our pool chilling out.

Everything about Al Maha oozes elegance and sophistication, it is very unique. Nothing is too much trouble and the level of service is excellent.

The food has greatly improved and after a few days we dispensed with the menu and the chef cooked us what she fancied and it was great. The restaurant staff are all very friendly and helpful, special mention goes to May, Jovey and Milka but they are all great.

I love horses but can't ride anymore so Christelle took me down to the stables with some apples and I had a ball. We also had two lovely private sundowners with Christelle where we talked until it was dark and we know we have a real friend in Christelle.

The spa is very relaxing and I had two lovely treatments.

Just being at Al Maha for us is a joy and we were sad to leave after 11 nights. Rose our lovely guest services lady made our stay special and we will be back.

Thank you Al Maha

  • Stayed: June 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 June 2009

We've been to some wonderful places in the world but Al Maha Desert Resort outshines all of them. Will definately return.
Stephanie and John

  • Stayed: July 2008, travelled with family
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Reviewed 20 June 2009

After spending three years in Dubai we finally took some advice and headed to Al Maha as so many of our friends have suggested. Peter picked us up right after the gate where we parked our car and after a 15 minute drive we were at the check in counter. We only booked one night and all three meals were included, so we went right in and had lunch. There was so much to choose from. Hubby had a huge steak and I had a salad and pizza. Nice wine list with prices in line with other Dubai hotels. After lunch we went right to our room and changed into our swimers for some sun in the afternoon. The pool was a perfect temp. and there is almost no humidity in that part of Dubai which at that time of year was a great surprise. We enjoyed our camel ride at sunset and returned to our villa for our dinner service at 8pm. We chose to have our dinner delivered each course at a time for an addition 100 AED as aposed to having it delivered all at once. It was great, we were able to tell the waiter when we wanted our next course delivered. All the food was excellent. We brought a special bottle of wine and so were able to enjoy that. The weather, even though it was late June, was very comfortable . We thought very much about extending our stay, but decided to just make another trip there one night soon. At least now I know why everyone is raving about this place. It's a beautiful place with great staff and great service.

  • Stayed: June 2009, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank donnakaa
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Reviewed 29 May 2009

We stayed here on the last part of our Wedding Anniversary holiday to Dubai.

This was our second stay at the Al Maha, which is one of my husbands most favourite places on earth and it was even more wonderful than we remembered.

This place is so gorgeous, peaceful, and luxurious, like heaven.
Staff are so polite and helpful.

The only thing that has changed since our last visit is the food. It has got even more gorgeous. The choices were far superior to many 5* hotels in the UK and we enjoyed every moment of it.
Thank you for the gorgeous Sri Lankan curry guys too !.

We are already making plans to go back – we found heaven and we hope to keep it.

  • Stayed: May 2009, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank bagsgalore
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Reviewed 21 May 2009

My wife and I celebrated our 12th wedding anniversary at al Maha. It is a magnificent resort with much attention paid to the smallest of details. The service was outstanding and we were made to feel very special.

The second day was a sandstorm, which can't be helped, but our guide did his best and we had a good day.

The meals were superb and spending time in our plunge pool looking over the desert and the Oryx was fantastic. On-deck dining is highly recommended.

All in all a great experience for a special occasion.

  • Stayed: May 2009, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Sandboykie
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Reviewed 16 May 2009

The Al Maha is a fantastic hotel, with the absolutely top-notch service, and a high standard of accommodation and food.

We booked for just one night, to celebrate our wedding anniversary and my wife's birthday. When we saw the place, we knew we would not have time to take advantage of all the facilities, so no doubt we will return.

When we checked in, we were informed that we had been upgraded to the Emirates Suite. This was fantastic, an absolutely huge suite with two bedrooms (both with en-suite bathrooms), a large living / dining area, and separate buildings housing a kitchen, and servants quarters!

The standard of the furnishings was excellent, the bed was huge and very comfortable. Every suite in the Al Maha has a pool, but ours was apparently larger than the normal suites - it was really nice swimming in the evening after dinner.

All of the food is included in the price of the stay, but this is no "all inclusive buffet" deal. The food is of a high quality, you chose from a menu which changes daily and it is full waiter service in the restaurant. The price also includes afternoon tea and cakes, snacks which can be delivered to your suite and all soft drinks.

The service standard is extremely high, which really makes the place. You are assigned a personal member off staff that helps you to check in and will take care of any special requests that you have, plus a field guide who organises your daily activities according to your wishes. We did the falconry demonstration (very interesting, and includes a couple of glasses of sparkling wine while you watch!) and a nature drive, looking at some of the wildlife close to the hotel (it is in a nature reserve) with our very knowledgeable field guide. The staff in the restaurant were also extremely helpful and professinal. The standard of service is what sets this place apart from other desert resorts which attempt to emulate the same experience. We had stayed at Bab Al Shams previously; the Al Maha is just so, so much better.

  • Stayed: May 2009, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Al Maha, A Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa

Address: Dubai - Al Ain Rd | Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, Murqquab, United Arab Emirates
Region: United Arab Emirates > Emirate of Dubai > Murqquab
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Murqquab
Price Range: £903 - £3,140 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Al Maha, A Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa 5*
Number of rooms: 42
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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