Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa

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. 

Hayes & Jarvis Rating

Guide Price

 £3,219  per person
Hotel Category
Location Type
Away from it all
TripAdvisor Review
Tripadvisor rating 1836 Reviews
Aerial view of The Palm

Hotel highlights

  • 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

Hotel Features

General Information

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  • 42 rooms

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

Hotel Location

Location Highlights

Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa

  • Away from it all
  • Approx 60 minutes
1836 Reviews 97% of travellers recommended this hotel

Traveller ratings

  • Excellent 1660
  • Very Good 115
  • Average 29
  • Poor 13
  • Terrible 19

What to Expect

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


Feb 17, 2020

Unique experience

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

This resort is one hour drive from the airport. It is completely secluded and possibly the best desert resort in Dubai with 42 isolated villas. We do not recommended as a hub to visit Dubai city, as it is an one-hour trip. Access is possible with a sedan despite the fact that the last portion is gravels. November, February and March are probably the best season as temperature is mild and humidity is absent, provided Dubai authorities don't cloud-seed to create heavy rains. Anyway, at arrival, each party is welcomed separately and check-in is done unnoticed while seated in the atrium or in the majli sipping nice juices. The standard villa is a 7 meter wide (approx) hard octagon, with shaded sundeck. The outside private pool is infinity style of 7 meters (approx) in length. Not built for swimming exercise. It comes under shade only late in the afternoon. Access to the furthest villa may be well over 400 meters from the lobby / restaurant, but buggies will come on request. Each villa is rather well isolated. Best are those facing directly the desert. The back row villas are on a higher altitude, but not litterally isolated as other posters have pointed out. The room is large enough, and nicely decorated. Main furniture are : king size bed (or twin beds), large wardrobe, two love-seats, one low table, one small desk with a mirror. Lights are a little bit too low indoor and outdoor, especially while having dinner outside, all the more bizarre that there are already variators. Amenities : > WiFi is speedy enough to watch some movies at an acceptable definition. Strengh is OK as there is one router per villa. > several electrical outlets (British type) > Bluetooth Bose speaker > small fridge (prefilled) > Nespresso + tea sets > otherwise, usual things Bathroom : The bathroom is vast with a big bath, a rain shower, and a separated toilet / bidet. There are two sinks - a little bit small -, and we would have preferred a jacuzzi bath with view to the desert (Maldives style), but this may be for the next renovation ;-) We found the villa clean and very well maintained. Knowing that the Dubai extreme weather can damage outdoor coating in two seasons, this is rather a sign of quality product and good maintenance. The shade sail unsurprising seems suffering though. Anyway, the website says that rooms were refurbished in 2017. This explains that. All meals are taken at the restaurant. The main hall has 50 seatings approximately. We would have preferred a more cosy atmosphere (like a Michelin 3 stars), but, it was not a big issue thanks to the civilized behavior of the guests. Having meals outside may be an issue because of flies / mosquitoes. We asked for coffee grounds, but were turned away because, seemingly, it is not safe for health and food. EPA says otherwise though ... At least, we were not disturbed by flies at the villa. We appreciated : > stunning view > quality of activities > gazelle roaming next the villa > quality of meal > cleanliness > privacy and calm (no small children) > the possibility to have lunch / dinner in the room with the same menu. Improvement needed : > Marriott reservation center should pass on essential information (such as specific requests). Discovering that Al Maha doesn't have the proper data is disappointing, and even, irritating. > The owl master should realize that the "nihao" gag is not funny to non-chinese people when repeated four times. Putting emphasis on one nationality is not wise. > Pizza should come with olio di peperoncino (chilli oil). Overall, it is an unique experience if your budget allows.
Feb 10, 2020

Amazing location .. loved it

Vancouver, Canada

Stayed here recently for 3 nights and loved it ... service throughout was amazing from checkin through checkout. Loved the room, a little rustic but just felt right. We had just come from another desert hotel which had maybe a nicer room but we both enjoyed his one more. Great views .. loved the location and scenary. We were in villa 12 with a nice view if the watering hole. Lots of gazelles around the entire trip. Maybe a little too friendly as they were pretty much around us the entire trip. Breakfast was great, enjoyed dinners as well. The bar has 2-1 drinks from 6-8pm which was a good deal .. you even get canapes. Didn’t do lunch as breakfast and dinner was enough for us ... didn’t even order he full 3 courses provided at dinner each night as it was just too much food each day along with the snacks at afternoon tea time. As for excursions, went to the falcon show a few times. Different birds potentially each day. Camel ride was nice but only needed to do that once. Loved his hotel for sure, we travel alot but definitely will remember this place for sure and highly recommend it. We would return for sure.
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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.

Hajar Terrace

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.