Al Maha is an idyllic oasis, set inside a 225 square kilometre desert conservation reserve. Framed by the distant Hajar Mountains and designed to suggest a Bedouin encampment, Al Maha is a resort of contrasts. On the one hand it offers a lifestyle of luxury, lavish suites, your own private pool, fine food and wine, and sincere, friendly personal service, with a 3:1 staff-to-suite ratio; on the other, even more precious in today’s world, a rare sanctuary of tranquillity and peace. Here, you can discover the living desert: its flora and fauna, its colours and scents. You can utterly relax, regain your energies and enjoy active days retracing the ancient traditional lifestyle of the desert nomads.
From £599 to £2,800 per suite/night, including transfers, accommodation on a full-board basis and on-site activities.
Close to Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Each suite stands in its own space with a large veranda and its own temperature-controlled swimming pool. It also has a large walk-in shower, king-size bath, and “his and hers” vanity area. Furnishings include traditional textiles and local artifacts. • 1 Presidential Suite (530 sqm), with three large bedrooms, personnel housing, private entrance area. • Two Emirates Suites (375 sqm), particularly sumptuous, with two large bedrooms and bathrooms, spacious lounge with dining facilities, kitchen, ample courtyard, pool, and quarters for guests’ private staff.
• Two Royal Suites (175 sqm), with a large lounge, two bedrooms and bathrooms, and pool. • 37 Bedouin Suites (75 sqm), bedroom with sitting area and en suite bathroom, and pool.
Al Maha’s elegant dining room, with its high palm-frond ceiling and lovely views, perfectly sets off the five-star cuisine. Here, Mediterranean dishes such as osso bucco, sea bass and gnocchi fiorentina compete for your palate with traditional Middle Eastern delights such as tabouleh, khofta, falafel and tagines. Fine wines from around the world add to the pleasure.
Guided desert safaris, falconry, archery, camel trekking, horse riding, 4×4 dune driving, sand-skiing, and historical and architectural tours in the Hajar Mountains.
Best time to travel
45 minutes’ drive from Dubai International Airport, accessible from the main Dubai/Al Ain highway by four-wheel-drive vehicle.
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