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Al Maha a Luxury Collection Desert Resort and Spa Dubai

Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, Dubai - Al Ain, 118887 Dubai, United Arab Emirates Access

Al Maha a Luxury Collection Desert Resort and Spa Dubai

Al Maha, a Luxury Collection Desert Resort and Spa, Dubai is a private, guest-only oasis nestled among the lush palm groves, emerald canopies and iconic sand dunes of the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve. The hotel offers secluded tranquility and iconic vistas of the sweeping plains and Hajar Mountain massif. Take an unforgettable horse ride, camel trek or nature walk. Join a signature desert safari or practice the distinguished arts of archery and falconry. Our 5-star hotel boasts private swimming pools with majestic dune and mountain views and our 42 suites combine discreet refinement with authentic regional antiques, local artifacts and thoughtful nuances.

With one of the worlds most unique and celebrated addresses, our spectacular setting lends itself to rich and memorable travel experiences.


Al Maha a Luxury Collection Desert Resort and Spa Dubai
Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, Dubai - Al Ain, 118887 Dubai, United Arab Emirates


  • Internet
    FREE Internet access
  • FREE WiFi
  • High speed Internet
  • High speed wireless
  • Transportation
    FREE parking
  • Limousine service
  • Motorcycle parking
  • On-Site parking
  • Parking
  • Parking lot
  • Valet parking
  • Front desk
    24-hour reception
  • Check cashing policy
  • Concierge desk
  • Express check-in
  • Express check-out
  • Front desk
  • Work away
    Business center
  • Business services
  • Fax service
  • Translation services
  • General
    Non-smoking rooms
  • Public area air conditioned
  • Hotel service
    Bilingual staff
  • Boarding pass print-out available
  • Currency exchange
  • Dry cleaning
  • FREE newspaper delivered to room
  • FREE newspaper in lobby
  • FREE shoeshine
  • Full service housekeeping
  • Hair dryer
  • Housekeeping daily
  • Ironing board
  • Laundry/Valet service
  • Multilingual staff
  • Onsite laundry
  • Safe deposit box
  • Security
  • Turndown service
  • Valet cleaning
  • Valet same day dry cleaning
  • Wakeup service
  • Outlets
  • Gift/News stand
  • Accessible
    Accessible facilities
  • Accessible parking
  • Events
    Meeting rooms
  • Wedding services


  • Communication
    International calls
  • Long distance calls
  • Portable phone
  • Bedding
    Branded mattress
  • Super comfy bed
  • Special features
    Blackout drapes/curtains
  • Private pool
  • Soundproofed room
  • Bathroom
    Deep soaking bathtub
  • Rainforest shower
  • Food & Beverage
    Bottled water
  • Coffee/Tea maker
  • Espresso machine
  • Minibar
  • Entertainment
    DVD player
  • FREE newspaper
  • TV
  • Business
    Data port
  • General
    Air conditioning
  • Air conditioning controlled in room
  • Alarm clock
  • Iron
  • Non-smoking
  • Room windows open
  • Safe
  • Smoke detectors
  • Wake-up calls
  • Accessible
    Grab bars in bathroom


  • Pool
    Outdoor pool
  • Pool
  • Wellness
    Health club
  • Hot tub
  • Sauna
  • Spa
  • Whirlpool
  • Fitness
    Exercise gym
  • Fitness center
  • Gym
  • Sport
    Horseback riding
  • Cultural
    Nature preserve trail
  • Safari

Food and Drink

  • Meal plan
    Buffet breakfast
  • Carryout breakfast
  • Continental breakfast
  • FREE breakfast
  • FREE buffet breakfast
  • FREE continental breakfast
  • FREE full american breakfast
  • Full american breakfast
  • Hot breakfast
  • Special attention
    FREE coffee in lobby
  • FREE in-room coffee/tea
  • Services
    24-hour room service
  • Room service
  • Room service - full menu
  • Kitchen facilities
    BBQ/Picnic area
  • Kitchenette
  • Outlets type
    Cocktail lounge with light fare
  • Food and beverage outlets
  • Lounges/Bars
  • Restaurant


  • FREE buffet breakfast
  • FREE continental breakfast
  • FREE full american breakfast
  • FREE breakfast
  • Buffet breakfast
  • Continental breakfast
  • Hot breakfast
  • Carryout breakfast
  • Full american breakfast

House policy

  • Check-in Time: 15:00
  • Check-out Time: 12:00

Cancel policy
Cancel policy may be more restrictive based on rate / room booked, season, special events

Travel with others

Children policy
All Bedouin Suites are designed to accommodate a maximum of three adults, including one extra bed for the third person. Up to two extra beds are allowed in Emirates and Royal Suites, and up to three extra beds are allowed in the Presidential Suite. Children under 10 years of age are not allowed in the resort. Children older than 10 are considered adults and are charged the adult price.

Pets are not allowed
Pets are not allowed on the resort premises.

Payment type


Languages spoken

  • Arabic
  • Chinese
  • English

Welcome capacity

  • Number of Meeting Rooms: 1
  • Number of Sleeping Rooms: 42
  • Largest Meeting Room Size: 2906 sq. ft.
  • Largest Meeting Room Capacity: 120


  • Accessible parking
  • FREE parking
  • Motorcycle parking
  • On-Site parking
  • Parking
  • Parking lot
  • Valet parking


  • Computer
  • Copier
  • Fax machine
  • Printer
  • Overnight delivery/pickup
  • On-site business center
  • Meeting facilities
  • Network/internet printing available
  • Secretarial services
  • Full business center
  • Post/parcel service
  • FREE incoming fax
  • Business center


Property's Green Action

We aim to reduce energy usage per hotel room. We implement water reduction methods that do not affect the guest experience. We support Fair Trade practices. We also increase procurement of food and beverage grown and produced locally and minimize the procurement of overharvested or endangered species of both plants and animals.

  •  Local food
  •  Energy/water saving measures, waste avoidance and resource efficiency
  •  Preservation of the cultural heritage


The Green Key

Green Key is an eco-label awarded to around 3,200 hotels and other sites in more than 65 countries worldwide. Achieving the Green Key award requires compliance with a range of criteria, including:

• Comply with legislation and CSR policy within the areas of environment, health, safety, and labor
• Prepare an environmental/sustainability policy and action plan
• Train staff on environmental/sustainability issues
• Display information about Green Key and other environmental/sustainability initiatives
• Display information about local transportation and nearby parks/conservation areas
• Implement water-saving initiatives in guest rooms, e.g. flow restrictors in taps and showers, smart watering initiatives of the garden, etc.
• Install program for the reuse of towels and/or sheets in guest rooms
• Separate waste and implementation of waste saving initiatives (including food waste)
• Avoid the use of chemical cleaning products with dangerous compounds
• Safe storage of chemical products
• Stationary and paper are environmentally friendly produced
• Implement energy-saving initiatives in guest rooms, e.g. energy-efficient light bulbs, standard-defined heating/cooling temperature, etc.
• Purchase of food/beverage products that are organic, eco-labeled, fair-trade labeled, and/or locally produced
• Avoid chemical pesticides and fertilizers in green areas
• Staff areas fulfill the same requirements as guests and public areas
• Encourage cooperation with suppliers and local community on environmental/sustainability matters

Most helpful reviews - Google and TiCATi reviews 9 15 reviews

Vicky Gounari
2 years ago – Google


Absolutely amazing experience. The rooms were stunning and there were gazelles and oryx casually grazing in the hotel grounds. The stuff were fantastic and the food delicious! I have nothing negative to say about this place. A truly unique and memorable experience.

Carla Hugo
2 years ago – Google


Al Maha resort is stunning. Dubai’s Gem . Rooms are out of this world . This is a place you can go to recharge away from all the hustle and bustle. Didn’t want to go home . .The staff very friendly and helpful.. Only reason I am not giving it 5 Stars is because of the food . I know covid has a role to play but I am sure one can prepare simple taste meals .Food was very disappointing . Cesar salad okay . My Husband had club sandwich. Mushy chicken mayo sandwich it should be called definitely didn’t even come close to resembling a Club sandwich.
Steak for dinner was great unfortunately pepper and mushroom sauce I think my son of 14 could have done a better job . I am not going to bother about the starter. It was that bad . Both my Son and I are chefs so I am critical about food . You have a magical place and I hope you guys can get things sorted .

It’s a pity and I am sure covid has a role to play but being a 5 star lodge one would expect better .

Tiago Castanheira
2 years ago – Google


It is just amazing. The pool, the room, the view, the food. All amazing. I highly recommend

Nina Sukhotin
2 years ago – Google


Love this retreat in a heart of a national reserve park. Plenty of antilopes and birds.

Nice food, chef does a good job, even if asked for modifications.

Limited activities, but great for a romantic getaway from dubai for a weekend.

Pen Won
3 years ago – Google


Privacy was assured in our Bedouin. We had a good time relaxing by the pool - day and night. Food was served in the restaurant including refreshment before the scheduled activities. It’s definitely an A-list service started from the car park😉The only thing perhaps should have transport arranged to pick us up from the gate...it’s quite a bumpy 15 mins ride from the gate to the hotel itself.

Valentina Sanna
4 years ago – Google


Un resort unico in mezzo al deserto di Dubai, dove puoi assaporare piatti unici e rilassarti nella piscina della spa con vista mozzafiato, e puoi anche fare curiosi incontri con gli animali della riserva.
Altamente consigliato!

4 years ago – Google


Al Maha is a truly unique destination, 7 Stars quality, the one and only hotel in UAE that can transform you to another world...

Damien Michel
4 years ago – Google


Awesome getaway in the desert. Warm and friendly staffs with excellent service. Felt as if am in another world.

rekha sherly
4 years ago – Google


Excellent place to relax in the desert. Very courteous staff. Ideal for adults.
Only constraint is very limited menu to choose from and it is a repetition. The recreation for children even from age 10 - 18 is very limited.

Anaïs Chan Quee Lin
4 years ago – Google


Wonderful experience in the desert, the employees where very nice, the restaurant was exquisite. We had a Camel ride and had the opportunity to watch the sunset in the desert. It was absolutely astonishing!! I highly recommend.

Bruce Forbes
4 years ago – Google


Words are not adequate...sublime, unsurpassed. Spoil yourself

Rawda Al - Ali
4 years ago – Google


Very quite place to rest, release all the stress and enjoy the natural desert with birdsongs. Your energy can be recharged and you go back home full of positives and happiness.

Juma Alkaabi
4 years ago – Google


Here you feel if you were on different planet. Top notch service and location

Conor Molloy
5 years ago – Google


Al Maha is an incredible place. I chose it for a special occasion and found it exceptional. The location in the desert conservation reserve is a magnificent setting to relax and escape the hustle and bustle of the city and the free roaming wild life is such an added treat for nature lovers.

The accommodation is of a very high standard and perfect for couples who want relaxation and privacy. The sunset camel ride is a must and the private deck dining service is the perfect way to celebrate a special occasion. Well done to Mira and all involved in the running of Al Maha.

Irfan, Maria, Imran and Kevin are exceptional staff members of Al Maha and helped make our stay one we will never forget. 5 stars to all of you, we will certainly be back!

David Ray
5 years ago – Google


Fantastic! Our favorite getaway resort. Delicious dining. Fabulous spa. Stunning tented villa and private pool. Best Falcon show in the UAE. Highly recommended.

Alex Gambotto
5 years ago – Google



Villa 6 is absolutely ridiculous. The view, the privacy, the bed!!! Alvin, Remy, Sionaid & Shaz just to name a few of the incredible staff here at Al Maha. Honestly, the service ethic here is just ‘make the customer happy’. Even little details like stopping the buggy whilst you walk just to avoid any noise pollution for you. LOL I’m serious!

Room service is restaurant quality and towels are softer than my 2 year olds skin. Limited number of guests so you feel extremely valued and special.

One of the top 5 GLOBAL Hotels we have ever been to.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included in room price and the food is.... just... amazing!

Can’t gush enough about this place and the people who work here. Will definitely be back!

R Lh
5 years ago – Google


I absolutely love Al Maha, the staff is amazing, very polite, always helpful and discret.
The suite are amazing, the size is huge and food is very good.
I had a lovely stay with my husband and I will definitely come back.

Khalid Al Ansari
5 years ago – Google


Al Maha resort is a haven for couples who need a break from life and kids its a place where you can reset your life for a better start. And the service after miss Mira Radic management is so extraordinary. They just plan everything for you.

Orpheus Productions
5 years ago – Google


Not as good as one would expect from a premier desert resort. Service was quite disappointing and the tea selection was limited to an ordinary brand. Apart from the nature and the views there is not much on offer from a place that was once a destination to go to for all the right reasons.

Sulaiman Al Kharusi
5 years ago – Google


The resort offers a series of activities covering wide spectrum of interests. There is falconry, desert safaris, horse riding, wildlife drives, nature walks, camel trekking and a number of exciting off-site activities.
All activities at the resort take place under the direction and supervision of an Al Maha Field Guide, who is an experienced and dedicated conservationist and has extensive knowledge of the environment, flora and fauna of the region.
Al Maha, a Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa is part of The Luxury Collection of Starwood Hotels & Resorts

Hardeep Parmar
5 years ago – Google


Simply a fabulous escape to watch oryx, desert rodents, snakes and several bird varieties. A fabulous afternoon tea served on the terrace alongside games including Jenga

James Kaye
5 years ago – Google


Hands down, the best hotel in the UAE. Less than an hour from Dubai, Al Maha seems a world away. Relax in your villa and just watch the local wildlife wondering past as you float in your private pool. You will not hear another person so its a great place to relax and enjoy the fantastic amenities

5 years ago – Google


Insane. Amazing. Best place in the u.a.e staff are so caring and attentive without being forceful. It's perfect.

C. Ellentoft
5 years ago – Google


This is one of the best places on earth!!! The best way to get away from the daily stress and just relax. The staff, the food, the room, the pool... extraordinary. Top class :-)

Jay Menezes
5 years ago – Google


It's an awesome place to visit. Once in a lifetime experience. A bit expensive. But, worth the money spent.

Ahmed Al-Hadi
5 years ago – Google


Recommended for couples, Unique experience, romantic atmosphere, private pool, friendly staff, good food, amazing room, if you want to relax, so this is the good choice. the only issue is the prices which is a bit high.

David Gay
5 years ago – Google


Unique resort with unique experiences. Staff are wonderful with nothing being too much trouble. Food is fantastic and unlike other resorts, if they have the ingredients they'll make any meal you fancy.

Anthony Chang-Roberts
5 years ago – Google


Removed from the chaos of the world, this is resort is amazing at making you feel as if you are there only one that matters. Great place to enjoy alone or with loved ones!!! The remote location gives it even more of that exclusive feel. I will definitely be returning once I get free up with the world again!

Ambareen Zaheer
5 years ago – Google


Middle of desert, bold and adventurous. Good for relaxing and swim. Do not expect night life. All activities in day time. Almost 30 minutes drive out of the hotel to meet the city. One hour drive to main city centre. Professional staff and services. Food is expensive, taste and services great.

Robert Bunch
5 years ago – Google


Absurdly awesome. Staff couldn't be more accommodating. They are competent, prompt, and representative of the Luxerey brand. The views of the desert are serene, beautiful, and private inside the conservation reserve. The food was outstanding and covers most ethnic choices. If you can afford it, you cannot get more value for your money.

Mariela Baldovino
5 years ago – Google


“The service was excellent and the staff are very friendly and helpful We were amazed by the privacy which we were looking for”

Federico Diaz
5 years ago – Google


Everything was just perfect. Excelente Service

SR10 gamer
5 years ago – Google


Guests liked the quiet rooms & comfortable beds · Guests liked the large rooms, though some commented they were dated · Guests appreciated the large bathrooms

Pablo Zepeda
5 years ago – Google


Luxury has a new standard. It was my first time a desert resort. It's location inside of a reserve making a fantastic location to spot wildlife. The resort itself is collection a house or bungalows that require a golf cart to take you there.

Marc Brown
5 years ago – Google


It's just great. Staff and service along with tranquility. Awesome

Peter Smith
5 years ago – Google


Desert Resort. Absolutely unique. All is exceptional; service, comfort of the rooms and ... the views.

Tracy Jansen
5 years ago – Google


Stunning setting, great food and service. Understated desert luxury!

veronica foad
6 years ago – Google


This place is amazing. The rooms are bungalows all with a private pool. The staff are wonderful. Fabulous views and wildlife. A wonderful treat.

Robert Varttinen
6 years ago – Google


Best place to be in Dubai? Probably, if you want to experience the desert and wildlife Al Maha is the place. Also, luxurious as the standrads of the suites provided are high and are nicely decorated, a very good rrestaurant with organic sourcing and outstanding service with two daily exceurisons included in the rate.

Carly Sandoe
6 years ago – Google


Luxurious private villas in the Dubai Desert Conversation Zone. The full board option is well worth it - the one restaurant is great quality as is the room service.

Jean-Claude Etter
6 years ago – Google


We stayed for 3 nights at Al Maha and really enjoyed it.

The first thing to get over is the price. Yes, Al Maha is up there in budget terms, but you have to factor in that it is a full board, all inclusive luxury resort. The only thing you will pay for is alcohol and sodas, and spa treatment. Everything else, 3 generous meals, afternoon tea and snacks, and outdoor activities are all included. It can only be that way given the location, but it helps somewhat to rationalize the rates.

Al Maha is located 45 min west of Dubai in a 220 km2 reserve. There is nothing but desert beauty as far as the eye can see. The resort itself is a 40 suite compound in a sort of oasis (water actually comes from underground, not from desalination plants on the coast). The suites are spacious bungalows with individual pools, spread apart in a large compound. We were in 33 which is really nicely located and offers a superb view. The suites are not really suites, but very large bedrooms with gigantic beds, comfortable bathrooms and a little separate coffee/area. The resort is 19 years old so not everything is brand new or in super duper condition, I would call it rustic luxury. Very comfortable still.

Food is generously served and in general of good quality. Not the last word in gastronomic refinement, but good nonetheless.

The activities proposed are really enjoyable as long as you are a morning person. This is the desert, you have to make the most of the hours where heat is manageable. Some like the camel ride border on touristy, but the falconry presentation was really breathtaking, the offroad ride in the dunes good fun, and the sundowner champagne sunset memorable.

We also enjoyed the proximity of birds, gazelles and oryx, it reminded us a bit of the Andaman in that way.

Where Al Maha strikes a really powerful note is in the friendliness of staff. Not always at the pinacle of style, but genuinely nice and devoted, providing a personal experience that really stands apart from the larger luxury resorts. Everyone is really nice and friendly. Resort management generously accomodated our request to stay till 10pm to catch our night flight, with complimentary use of the resort facilities, and a generous last meal where several items were not charged. If there is a place where you won't feel nickel and dimed, it is there.

An expensive stay ? For sure, but a memorable one, in many ways. We would warmly recommend it to anyone who can afford it and wants to discover the beauty of the desert.

Cherbel Gabro
6 years ago – Google


Beautiful, Relaxing, luxurious, you can try the real taste of desert mixed with the luxury life of Dubai, rooms designed as a tent, convenient for romantic trip

Petr Dibon-Smith
6 years ago – Google


We went on the day visit, which included access to the main pool, spa, where is for you available newspapers, magazines, water and cold towels. You have also access to the reception bar, where you have included Tea, Coffee (Nesspresso) water and again newspapers and magazines. From 12:30 there is a lunch included from Set Menu, which actually has a lot of options to choose from. Also Tea, Coffee, water and soft drinks included during lunch, which was fantastic. As all the rooms have private pool, the main pool felt very private, only uncomfortable thing was the flies, but it has nothing to do with the hotel.

6 years ago – Google


If you can afford it, do it. OK it is a budget but it is kind of place you will remember forever. People are very kind, food is amazing, activities are great, desert and room are magic.

Pawan Manghnani
6 years ago – Google


Hotel Highlights: Beautiful views of the sand dunes and the indigenous Arabian wildlife, remote location, well-trained staff, tent-style suites, Timeless Spa, Complimentary desert activities, buggies, Gastronomy.

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. Al Maha showcases the heritage and architecture of the Bedouins and also offers a sense of desert adventure.

The Arabian Oryx & the Gazelles are the star attractions in the reserve. The indigenous Arabian wildlife can also be viewed from the temperature-controlled infinity pool or sundeck seating area of all Villas. Enjoy two different complimentary desert activities every day as part of the stay.

The private desert event site situated away from the hotel is available for weddings, special celebrations and group functions for up to 300 guests. It is the perfect location for family events.

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Christian Bartens
6 years ago – Google



Dana Khajah
6 years ago – Google


Serene, peaceful and filled with wonderful animals. Good service and a beautiful space.

Book if you're not on a budget and want to stay away from the noise of the city.

shian gao
6 years ago – Google


I can only describe here by wow,perfect,enjoy. But family are not very welcome. You can't bring your child under 10 years old because they had a lot of wild animals. Romantic hotel. Amazing hotel

Nizam Uddin
6 years ago – Google


Very nice and the necharal sightsis also good ,deers are looks nice

Vicky King
7 years ago – Google


We had a wonderful time there. The staff were very pleasant and attentive especially Shahzab who took us on our Safari Drive, Dune drive and early morning palm tree walk. We learnt so much about conservation in Dubai and the wildlife there. The food in the restaurant was excellent and the menu well thought out. I would say we had one of our best meals in the UAE in the hotels only restaurant

The only downside was that the drains in the shower room and toilet were not very effective and was quite smelly in our villa. Apart from that we love it there and will return