Al Maha, A Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa, Dubai
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Al Maha, A Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa, Dubai is located in Murqquab.
Treat yourself to a stay in one of the 42 individually decorated guestrooms, featuring private plunge pools and LCD televisions. Rooms have private balconies. Wired and wireless Internet access is complimentary, while iPod docking stations and satellite programming provide entertainment. Private bathrooms with separate bathtubs and showers feature deep soaking bathtubs and rainfall showerheads.
Spa, Wellness & Premium Amenities
Relax at the full-service spa, where you can enjoy massages, body treatments, and facials. If you’re looking for recreational opportunities, you’ll find a health club, an outdoor pool, and a spa tub. This hotel also features complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and gift shops/newsstands.
Food & Drink
All-inclusive rates are available at this hotel. Meals and beverages at onsite dining establishments are included in all-inclusive rates. Charges may be applied for dining at some restaurants, special dinners and dishes, some beverages, and other amenities.
Grab a bite to eat at the hotel’s restaurant, where you can enjoy drinks at a bar and dine alfresco (weather permitting). Or stay in and take advantage of 24-hour room service. Relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge or a poolside bar. A complimentary buffet breakfast is served daily from 7:30 AM to 10:30 AM.
Business & Travel Amenities
Featured amenities include a 24-hour business center, limo/town car service, and complimentary newspapers in the lobby. Planning an event in Murqquab? This hotel has facilities measuring 2992 square feet (278 square meters), including a conference center. A roundtrip airport shuttle is provided for a surcharge (available 24 hours), and free valet parking is available onsite.
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I enjoyed my stay here very much. You're part of a limited number of guests that stay here due to the limited number of large suites they have on property. The fruits and nuts in the room is a nice touch.
If you're a high elite status guest, consider taking the welcome gift. Wonderful date box that I will provide to my parents for the holidays as a gift from this trip. You may have to ask for it, so ask.
After our one-night stay here I was very relaxed at the conclusion of a long business trip ending just prior. Very peaceful environment, service, and stay. Great chance to freshen up before doing activities in Dubai.
The Al Maha Resort is about 70 km from Downtown Dubai, easily accessible via the D66 highway. The resort itself is beautifully located in the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, and actually plays an active part in maintaining that reserve.
The hotel and the suite are beautifully and tastefully appointed in a style fitting to the region. Each suite comes with its own plunge pool. The feeling of being in your own pool in the middle of the desert is almost surreal.
The staff is excellent, anticipating the guests needs. The meals are outstanding, very high quality, excellent taste. We had lunch and dinner in the restaurant, and breakfast on the terrace of the suite. Another almost surreal experience, with a Gazelle stopping by to see what's going on.
The activities were very good too. There is a good selection of activities, most of them included in the full board, only the Desert Dune bash and another one activity I don't recall, had an extra charge.
So that was all good. Unfortunately there were also areas which were decidedly not good, and I mention them primarily because they resulted in physical pain on my end.
The check in experience was definitely not great. On checkin I learned that I was apparently an Emirati from Dubai. Thanks for the honor, but its just me. After that was resolved we got into 'our' suite only to be greeted with yet another name. So I came under the impression that this was actually not the room which was originally assigned to us.
This is relevant, because the bed in our suite was actually not very good, very soft on my side. Which resulted in me getting a very serious backpain after spending the night. It was so severe, that I was not sure if I could get back into my car for the trip home. The good news is, that after a bit more than a week my back almost recovered.
The icing on the cake was, that the late checkout request for Platinum members, which we posted in advance as well at checkin was met with a "we'll check' only to be confirmed not to be available at Dinner in the evening. We were not surprised. Same goes for the Platinum amenity not provided.
I summarize this with the words of my partner who stated when leaving: "Great experience, but no need to return"
We booked for a night's stay but after some considerable consideration (The TripAdvisor reviews helped greatly!) we extended it to 2 nights. It is a luxurious hotel with luxury prices but every single cent is worth it. Full board included and the meals were absolutely delicious! There were 4 activities included as well (2 per day) but we only did the sundowners as we just relaxed and recharged during our stay. Spa facilities and massage service were good.
The view from the room was beautiful and being able to view the sunrise from our bed was breathtaking. Wildlife roamed the premises freely and it was interesting having our breakfast from our room deck and the oryxes would stop by for a short visit! The heated pool was a little piece of heaven in the chilly evenings.
All the staff we met were friendly especially Youseff. He was a great assistance in answering our questions and offering information about the magical resort.
Thank you for the lovely experience and we have told a number of our friends about it. Don't doubt anything and just book a stay!
This was our first visit and we will definitely go back. A very peaceful location, a beautiful suite and caring staff made our stay exceptional. The food was some of the best we have ever had and the whole experience and conservation project was fascinating. We particularly enjoyed seeing the falcons and Oscar, the desert owl.
Lately I am not posting reviews, but I need to make an exception for Al Maha.
We just finished 3 days together with my wife. We had fantastic time and feel that we could have stayed a day or two longer.
Within the 3 days we have covered all the activities except of Archery. Our guide on most occasions was Courtney and I couldn't recommend him more. Other guides seemed very good as well, one morning walk we did with Greg and we enjoyed it very much. Apart of the activities that were included in the rate, we did the desert / dune drive and it was definitely worth it (we have never done similar thing before).
Apart of the trips, most of the time we were busy eating. The food was amazing, we had a chance to meet Chef Piotr and he was very friendly and accommodating. He said to let him know in case we would like something that was not on a menu, but there was no need for that, as we found the food very good (octopus salad, risotto and lobster were our favorites). Also the staff in the restaurant (Ariel, Kristen) were making our meals a very pleasant experience.
Last but not least, I would like to thank Airline who was helping us with any topics related to our suite, transport, etc. She was a delight.
On the way to Al Maha we used Uber. It was ca. 100 AED cheaper than the car provided by hotel. Not sure it is worth the hassle. The google map directions were good enough to get to the hotel.