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;
- 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