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The resort was designed to resemble a Bedouin encampment, and overlooks open plains and dune belts, with the Hajar Mountains in the distance.
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The suites each have a private veranda, a swimming pool surrounded by a wooden deck, and unhindered views of the desert.
The restaurant serves delicious Mediterranean, Arabic and Asian-influenced cuisine, and has an alfresco terrace overlooking the dunes. Alternatively, guests can dine on the private decks of their suites. The spa offers a variety of massage and beauty treatments, as well as a sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi and ice-cold plunge pool.
There is also a library and a fully equipped gym. On-site activities include traditional desert pursuits such as falconry, camel trekking, horse riding and archery. There are also guided nature walks to discover desert flora and fauna, such as the Arabian oryx. Off-site activities include visits to the wadis and mountains, sand-skiing, 4x4 dune safaris and a range of other excursions.
Why we love it
Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa is a luxurious oasis set within an 86 square mild desert conservation reserve that represents almost 5% of Dubai's total land area.
Eleanor, Original Traveller