Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa

Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa

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Sense of desert adventure in Bedouin style accommodation

This luxurious hotel is designed to resemble a traditional Bedouin encampment. Al Maha Resort is nestled in a verdant palm oasis, deep within Dubai’s magical dune and desert landscape in the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve and plays a vital role in its conservation. Enjoy two different complimentary desert activities every day as part of the stay which can be organsied by your private conceirge. 

The indigenous Arabian wildlife can also be viewed from the temperature-controlled infinity pool or sundeck seating area of all villas as Arabain Oryx and gazelles roaming freely around the resort. 

  • Al Bedouin tents have private infintiy pools
  • Two complimentary desert activities each day
  • Private concierge
  • An array of dining experiences available
  • Eco - Luxury resort
  • Only 50 min from Dubai

Top Tips from our Experts


Destination Specialist

"The sunrise faloncry experience is eye opening, a perfect blend of history and action. Watching the sunrise over the dunes after the falcon experience while having breakfast was one I will never forget" 

Hotel Features

Hotel Category


Location Type

Away from it all

Main Facilities

  • Free parking
  • Outdoor pool
  • Spa facilities
  • Wifi

Accommodation Type

  • Boutique
  • Eco-friendly
  • H&J Recommended
  • Luxury Collection
  • Off the beaten track
  • Tented camp

Board Basis Options

  • Half Board
Location Highlights

Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa

  • Away from it all
  • Approx 60 minutes
1741 Reviews 97% of travellers recommended this hotel

Traveller ratings

  • Excellent 1571
  • Very Good 109
  • Average 29
  • Poor 13
  • Terrible 19

What to Expect

  • Location
  • Sleep Quality
  • Rooms
  • Service
  • Value
  • Cleanliness


May 19, 2019


New York City, New York

Let's get the obvious out of the way first: It is not cheap. That is were the bad things end. The "tents" and are amazing. The staff are super-friendly, the service top notch. The chance to see wildlife without getting up from your sun lounger by the private pool is wow. The food is amazing. Oh and did I mention the staff and the service? On the price: It includes breakfast, lunch & dinner. And that in turn includes things like steak and lobster. That doesn't make this a cheap place to stay, but it sort of makes it a little more reasonable. Loved it, hope to be back.
May 19, 2019

One of the best

San Francisco, California

Al Maha is exceptional. I really mean that. I find that most five star properties fall short of expectations on some level. Al Maha is a notable exception, and I’d give six stars if I could. Regarding the property, the resort is 20 years old and in a pretty harsh climate. Even so, the physical infrastructure is impeccably maintained down to the smallest detail. And while the setting, buildings, and food are excellent, the hotel really shines with its service. From our host, Youssef, down to the housekeeping staff, the staff goes above and beyond at every touch point. Executing at that level is insanely difficult, and it should be celebrated when you find it (we left Al Maha for Al Bustan Palace Ritz and were sadly brought back to earth). A few examples to highlight: I was planning a small birthday surprise for my wife, and it felt like the entire hotel staff was aware of my plans and provided help in keeping it a secret. Additionally, one of us fell ill (very minor), and I had inquiries ranging from a call from the hotel manager, a call from Youssef on his night off, room service checking in on us, and an email checking in again after we left. If you stay in Dubai, stay at Al Maha and experience hospitality at its best.
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Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa


Arabian Oryx

Morning desert activities

Each day guests receive two complimentary activities daily, there are both morning and afternoon activities. Morning activities include: Falconry or Arabian desert nature walk. You can also enjoy horse riding or a morning dune safari at a supplement, which is payable locally.

Afternoon desert activities

Each day guests receive two complimentary activities daily, there are both morning and afternoon activities. Afternoon activities include: a wildlife safari and archery. Horse riding can be enjoyed in the afternoon as well at a supplement, which is payable locally.

Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa

Room Types

Bedouin Suite

The Bedouin Suites are lavishly decorated with authentic and rare handcrafted Arabian furnishing. Each private deck with sun loungers provides a secluded area for relaxing quietly or as an intimate setting for a personalised dining experience.
The Suites key features are Private temperature-controlled swimming pool surrounded by a wooden deck. Handcrafted furnishings.Custom-made super king-size bed and spacious bathroom featuring a walk-in shower.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Balcony or Terrace
  • Bath
  • Hairdryer
  • In Room WiFi
  • Minibar
  • MP3 dock
  • Private Pool
  • Safe
  • Separate Shower
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Telephone
  • Towels included
Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa

Food & Drink

Dining experiences

A range of dining options are available, from dining in the dunes to the private deck and in suite dining. All can add a special memory to a special occasion or a romantic evening.

Al Diwaan

Enjoy a la carté breakfast and dinner on the terrace overlooking the desert dunes.

The Hajar Terrace Bar

The perfect place to star gaze after dinner with a digestif.

Board Basis Options

Half Board

A la carté breakfast and dinner Al Diwaan restaurant.