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
1707 Reviews 97% of travellers recommended this hotel

Traveller ratings

  • Excellent 1538
  • Very Good 106
  • Average 29
  • Poor 13
  • Terrible 21

What to Expect

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


Mar 13, 2019

A true gem in the Dubai desert!

Toronto, Canada

Just completed a 5 night stay and thoroughly enjoyed my time here. Arrived late one night and was assigned a Bedouin suite facing the watering hole. We were welcomed by the wonderful Joan who acknowledged my Ambassador status and took care of us throughout our stay. (Airlene at the Front Desk was also super helpful.) Irfan, Guest Relations Officer, also made me feel like a valued member and thanked me for my loyalty. We were upgraded to a stunning Royal Suite for our final 2 nights, which was huge. We definitely felt like Royalty. :) The food and service in the restaurant were outstanding. After the first day, I was offered a vegetarian menu and a healthy eating menu every meal. My friend who is not a vegetarian, raved about the Wagu beef, lobster, prawns, etc. We took full advantage of the activities by booking 2 every day. On top of that, we took a yoga class, used the gym, did a private tour of the camel farm and did a dune bashing drive (so much fun). We loved our field guide, Nathan who suggested the visit at the camel farm when I expressed concerns about riding the camels. (For those who are concerned about animal welfare, the camels seem to be well treated. They are housed in large, clean outdoor pens with shelter from the sun and are bathed every other day. The males and females are segregated and the dominant males are kept in separate pens even though they are all next to each other. These are retired racing camels and many bear barbaric branding and other scars from their previous life but no fresh wounds. They weren’t wearing the nose covers that they wear out in public and many of them gently nuzzled my hand when I reached into the pens. The camel jockey used a floppy piece of black plastic tubing to guide the camels (no sticks or bull hooks). There was even a 2 yr old youngster at the farm as one of the female camels arrived pregnant.) The resort pools are all kept at 31C so very warm for swimming. When we weren’t eating or doing an activity, we did some walking around the property or out to the watering hole, and just enjoyed relaxing by our pool. It was a memorable holiday at a gorgeous resort. It's been a long time since I've seen this level of service. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this resort and hope to go back some day. I wouldn't change a thing!
Mar 11, 2019

Nothing to fault - fantastic!

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Simply put, this is one of the best resorts we have ever stayed at! Everything was incredible! The suites, the grounds, the activities, the guides, the staff, the food - all was perfect! This is how 5* hotels should operate!! They are an inspiration to other luxury resorts and should feel very proud of their team and management. This hotel excels in every way. Thank you!
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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.