At Al Maha all meals are inclusive, and the aim is to make every one of them pleasurable for you. Whether it's breakfast in your suite, a buffet lunch in the dining room, or a picnic for your safari, you will sense a personal and natural attentiveness and care.
Relaxed informality tends to be the prevailing mood. Many guests like to enjoy a sundowner on the bar's terrace, and look out at its tranquil views. The barbecues in a lush oasis are tremendous fun. Snacks in the poolside retreat can be as elaborate as a mezze, or as simple as a sandwich. It all revolves around what you want to do.
The desert has inspired romantics for centuries, and you'll see why, when you experience a dinner in the dunes. In the gentle breezes of the open desert, with just the stars and the setting sun for company. Unforgettable.
Al Maha's elegant dining room, with its high palm frond ceiling and lovely views, perfectly sets off five - star cuisine. Here, Mediterranean dishes like osso buco, sea bass, gnocchi fiorentina compete for your palate with traditional Middle Eastern delights such as tabouleh, khofta, felafel, tagines. Fine wines from around the world add to the pleasure.
Of course you needn't always dine inside. Out on the canopied terrace, under the light of dancing flames, you can enjoy the pleasant, talkative ambience that the warm desert air seems to encourage.
If you prefer to be more intimate, dinner just for you, on your own veranda, will be prepared. Five memorable courses, beside your gently rippling pool, under a deep velvet sky - and 1.000 shimmering stars. Bon appetite.
- Swimming pool
- Concierge service
- Main dining room
- Fax, internet,
Owner's Suite of 375 sqm with two large bedrooms and bathrooms, spacious lounge with dining facilities and residential quarters for guests private staff (housekeeper, security or chef), spacious courtyard, kitchen and large temperature - controlled swimming pool surrounded by wooden deck.
Two Royal Suites each with an area of 175sqm, a large lounge, two bedrooms and bathrooms and a large temperature - controlled swimming pool surrounded by wooden deck.
27 Bedouin Suites each with an area of 75 sqm, bedroom with sitting area and en suite bathroom, and temperature - controlled swimming pool surrounded by wooden deck.
Inner Space, the Bedouin Suites:
At Al Maha, your suite is more than just somewhere to stay, it is a part of the experience. The architectural style, materials and textures all draw inspiration from the traditions of a Bedouin encampment.
Above you, the soft curves of the calico invoke the Bedouin tent. Handcrafted woods turn furnishing into art. And the legendary generosity of the desert way of life is reflected everywhere, from the sheer space of your cool interior to the sweeping wooden veranda complete with its own private temperature - controlled pool.
Here in your Bedouin Suite you can be completely private. Just as a tent stands apart from all others, so your suite stands separately from its neighbors. But there is one thing that they all share in common: the breathtaking views across the timeless desert to the mountains beyond.
Fit for a king, the Royal & Owner's Suites:
Al Maha's two Royal Suites promise a hedonistic mix of luxury, space and authentic Bedouin artistry. The spacious lounge, graced with Arabian antiques and handcrafted furnishings, links the suite's two bedrooms, with their dreamy tented roof structures, teak beds and magnificent marble and stone bathrooms.
Attention to detail is flawless. The use of wood and traditional textiles lends a soft, natural feel to the cool interior. Subtle recesses cradle beautiful vases. Hand - embroidered. cushions, delicate brassware and locally sourced art emphasize the Bedouin heritage. The Royal Suites, along with the even larger and self - contained Owner's Suite, enjoy privileged positions in their own grounds. Floor - to - ceilling windows offer panoramic views over the desert and the Hajar Mountains. And each day, your private temperature - controlled pool will tempt you onto your expansive veranda - to bathe, to muse, and to drink in the beauty that surrounds you.
Regrettably, Al Maha will not cater for children under the age of 12 years unless the entire resort is booked. Children above 12 years of age to be accommodate in their own suite.
Services & Facilities:
So Good To Arrive:
Arriving at Al Maha is an experience rooted in the traditions of Arab hospitality, and as far away as you can get from the concept of "checking in".
You will be greeted personally by your own dedicated hostess in the cool of the spacious central building's maze of delightful books, daily magazines and newspapers, antiques and informated artworks, the ladies and men's majlis (traditional Arabic meeting place), with their fascinating antiques. The lounge and veranda, where you can take tea in the afternoon, or sit and watch the animals at the nearby waterhole through field glasses at dusk.
But your arrival is just a beginning, and or warm hospitality extends beyond a welcome. Al Maha's hand - picked service team is drawn from over 15 countries, speaks a total of over 20 languages but is focused on just a single objective: to ensure that your stay is everything you wish it to be - and more.
Staff / suite ratio 3:1
Fax, internet, e-mail service
Currency exchange facilities
Library (converts to a boardroom)
Two majlis (traditional Arabic meeting area)
Complimentary laundry and pressing service
In - room private check - in and personal check - out
The Gallery offering accessories, local antiques, artefacts
Main dining room (combination of Mediterranean / Arabic cuisine) with private dining annex
Sports & Leisure Facilities:
Guided desert safaris
Shopping - "The Gallery" - branded clothing, handmade crafts, original Arabian jewellery, locally sourced antiques and art with shipment to anywhere easily arranged
Al Maha is a sanctuary for man and beast alike, a nature reserve rekindling the surprising life of the desert. The main resort itself takes up less than two per cent of the wild expanse in which it is cradled. Here, as part of the conservation initiative, endangered indigenous animals are being carefully reintroduced into the wild.
Hence you will find yourself part of a unique population: domani and rheem gazelle, scimitar - horned Oryx, the beautiful Arabian Oryx, the rare Arabian fox, the tiny desert hare. It is this diversity of fauna, and the richness of the flora on which it depends, that so surprises visitors, and changes their notions of what the word "desert" entails.
The Al Maha Desert resort, Dubai is an idyllic, exclusive oasis set within a 25-square kilometre conservation wildlife reserve.