The place is beyond compare. The suites are wonderful, the staff warm and welcoming, and the food amazing. In fact, this is the nicest bedding I have encountered in any hotel anywhere. I think this resort would please just about anyone. It was five star in every way (including the price). There are a few nuances that I will mention, just so the pickiest of picky travelers will know what to expect. Breakfast, lunch and dinner times in the restaurant tend to run a bit late for American tastes. Although activities conclude at 6:00, dinner does not begin until 7:30. Lunch does not begin until 12:30. Activities are somewhat limited and each activity lasts only an hour in duration. Therefore, because you are limited to two activities per night's stay, two hours of activities per night is what you get. However, you can do three activities in one day if you like; you will just be limited to one on another day. You will be assigned a "field guide" of sorts, from South Africa, but your particular assigned guide may not accompany you on all activities. We had the resort arrange an offsite activity for us. On our bill, we were double-charged for it, but when we pointed this out, the duplicate was quickly removed from our bill. Our air conditioning quit working one day, but it was quickly and efficiently repaired. My spouse reported that the spa treatments were OK -- nothing great, nothing bad. None of these things interfered with our enjoyment of the property in the slightest. We felt that we had enough to do and adjusted to the meal times. Our pool was perfect, the view perfect, and just about everything perfect. Any request or question was usually met with "I will do that for you." The nicest man runs the gift shop. Make sure to stop by. The prices are very good -- and much better quality than what you find in the Dubai souks.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Exclusive Hotel designed to resemble a traditional Bedouin encampment - Set within a 25-sq.-kilometer desert conservation reserve. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Al Maha Desert Hotel Dubai
- Al Maha Desert Dubai
- Al Maha Desert Resort
- Al Maha Resort