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 1794 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
1794 Reviews 97% of travellers recommended this hotel

Traveller ratings

  • Excellent 1623
  • Very Good 110
  • Average 29
  • Poor 13
  • Terrible 19

What to Expect

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


Oct 13, 2019

Heavenly stay with outstanding hospitality

Yonkers, New York

I rarely ever go back to stay at the same resort/hotel I have already visited. However, my experience at Al Maha has been life changing due to their outstanding hospitality. Every guest is a priority & they treat everyone like family. One of the things I really loved about this resort that every staff member I spoke to was genuinely happy to be working there- that really makes Al Maha very special to me knowing that guests are their priority but they also keep their employees happy. Special shout out to Alrene, Yousuf, Eric, Yogi, Elvis.. Breakfast buffet staff that was always smiling. Thank you @Al maha, you have gifted me with some of the greatest memories. Though, mostly its good-byes but this time its until we meet again.
Oct 06, 2019

Best Hotel EVER!

Leeds, United Kingdom

This was our third and forth stays at the Al Maha and it wont be our last. We stayed for 6 nights in suite number 35 and the service from arrival to leaving was faultless, the staff cant do enough for you. The property is immaculate, the food fabulous and the whole area encourages relaxation with activities available if desired. Since our last visit 2 years ago we have noticed a change in clientele and unfortunately it isn't for the better. Amongst issues: It is clearly written in your suite in bold print (and in the language that you speak we have been assured) that the dress code for the evening is smart and men must wear long trousers and a collared shirt yet this was blatantly being abused by guests turning up to dinner in shorts and t shirts, looking very scruffy. We raised this with the Management and were informed that they have long trousers available if clients doing have them and in the past they have asked clients to leave the restaurant but they have refused to do so. Another new issue is that some of the clientele do not know how to behave it is supposed to be a relaxing, upmarket property yet they are constantly talking loudly on their phones in the restaurant and during activities, like the sunset camel ride; added to them playing loud music from their phones amongst company and from their pool. The Management are again having to regularly address the problems but the comments seem to fall on deaf ears as the staff are just too nice. We didn't let it spoil our stay and we will come again in the hope that the Marriott hierarchy will address the issues as I feel otherwise the Al Maha will lose the regular repeat guests and will also become increasingly difficult to recommend the property. The Management and staff of the Al Maha go out of their way to ensure that you have a memorable stay and acknowledge that there are issues but are currently powerless to rectify them.
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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.