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Al Maha Desert Resort
5.0 of 5 Resort   |   Dubai Al Ain Road | Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, Murqquab, United Arab Emirates   |  
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“First Class Resort”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

If you are looking at this resort and comparing it to other resorts in Dubai then stop! This is the only resort like it for location, service and value for money.

We stayed in Suite 17 for 9 nights in August, from the moment we arrived until the moment we had to sadly leave everything was excellent!

The rooms are very spacious and are cleaned to a high standard daily with a turn down service each night. In the rooms you are supplied with a Nespresso coffee machine and tea making facilities, you are also provided with complimentary water daily. Having your own private pool is lovely especially since we stayed in the hotter time of the year. The Gazelles and Oryx wonder around the resort which is amazing to see up close.

All meals were fantastic and the Chef catered for our every need, we opted for lunch around our pool. When ordering they advise that it will take 45 minutes for it to arrive as it is freshly prepared for you. The only problem you will experience with the food at this resort is what to try next as the Chef as put together a tasty menu with some unbelievable Chef’s Specials!

The activities were great, the camel ride is a must! The Field Guides are very knowledgeable and were happy to answer any questions we had during the activities.

The General Manager Arne Silvis is very intersted in meeting guests and getting your feedback, we spoke with him on several occasions during our stay which was a lovely touch and makes you feel welcome and a part of the Al Maha family.

The spa is a fantastic place to chill out and relax out of the hot sun, the sauna, steam room and plunge pool are all complimentary and no need to pre-book. They offer a wide range of treatment if you wish to spoil yourself.

Getting around the resort is very easy, if you do not wish to walk then a simply phone call to reception for a buggy that will arrive in minutes will get you to where you need to go.

Overall all the staff at the Al Maha from Guest Services to the Chef/Kitchen staff to the waiting staff to housekeeping to the Field Guides each one makes this a special and memorable place to visit. A big thank you from the Black family for making our holiday special!

Definitely on the ‘must go back to’ holiday list

Room Tip: Suite 17,18,19,20 have a great view of the watering hole
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Marketingteam_3, Manager at Al Maha Desert Resort, responded to this review, August 29, 2013
Dear guest,

We appreciate that you have taken the time to write this extensive and positive review of Al Maha and shared it on Tripadvisor.

The details you have provided give a very clear insight into your experience of the suites, gastronomy and overall facilities at our resort. We are delighted to read how much you valued the welcoming feeling Al Maha evokes as well as your enthusiasm about the menu options and the camel trekking at sunset. We will be sure to share your gratitude with all our ambassadors.

We feel honoured to be on your “must go back to¨ list and indeed it would be a pleasure for us to have the opportunity to welcome you back at Al Maha in the future.

Warm Regards,
Lara Keijzer
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013 via mobile

I cannot speak highly enough about this resort. We returned for our second trip to this resort as part of our honeymoon and the staff were wonderful in ensuring it was a really memorable stay. The suites are so beautiful and spacious, the private deck / pool is amazing and means you feel secluded in your own world. The food is great quality with lots of choice, the option to have private deck dining is definitely worth the extra. There are a range of activities to try, we really enjoyed the camel ride to watch the sunset and the spa is lovely. The resort is really luxurious and definitely worth the money, amazing staff, food and accommodation. I cannot wait for our next visit.

Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Marketingteam_3, Manager at Al Maha Desert Resort, responded to this review, August 28, 2013
Dear guest,

Thank you for the time you have taken to write about Al Maha on Tripadvisor.

We are humbled that this was your second stay with us and that we were your preferred choice to spend your honeymoon. It is great to hear that our ambassadors ensured that you had a memorable stay and that you particularly valued the deck dining, cuisine, spa and activities. Team Al Maha will be proud to hear about your comments which will be shared with them!

We indeed look forward to welcome you again on the next occasion.

Warm regards,
Lara Keijzer
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

We spent 3 days, in July, at the resort to celebrate our Silver Wedding. Despite the extremely high temperatures and humidity the resort lived up to it's reputation !!!!.
The service is GREAT and very attentive although always discreet. The location and ambience are perfect for a relaxing vacation just enjoying the peace and delights of the desert surroundings.
The cuisine is excellent and offers a good selection to meet all tastes, special wishes are " No Problem ",
We were very impressed with the decoration and cleanliness of the suite and pool despite the aggresive climate in July.
We can thouroughly recommend this resort and look forward to visiting again.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Marketingteam_3, Manager at Al Maha Desert Resort, responded to this review, August 27, 2013
Dear guest,

We appreciate that you have given us your time by evaluating and sharing your experience of Al Maha on Tripadvisor.

We are overjoyed with your words that we lived up to the reputation we are known for; delighting you both on your silver wedding celebration with our cuisine, attentive service and cleanliness of our suites. Thank you for highlighting these aspects and your willingness to spread the word of this jewel in the desert.

It would be a pleasure to have you stay with us again in the future.

Warm Regards,
Lara Keijzer
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013

Stayed at Al Maha in August 2012 and revisited in June 2013. This time as a family group, we took the Royal Suite which was exceptional in its presentation. This resort is absolutely first class. The food is some of the best on offer in any resort hotel I have visited. The service, attention to detail during your stay, the suites, the activities and knowledge of the field guys, is all without fault. Without a doubt one of the best resorts I have visited. Whilst very expensive the cost vs quality is fair when compared to some of the overpriced hotels in Dubai/Jumeirah area. Don't visit Dubai without coming to this wonderful peaceful retreat.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Marketingteam_3, Manager at Al Maha Desert Resort, responded to this review, August 22, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for taking the time to write a review about your stay at Al Maha on Tripadvisor.

Guest satisfaction is our main goal and we are proud to keep up with your expectations consistently throughout your stays. It was a pleasure to read that your whole family enjoyed the activities, facilities and service.

We hope to welcome you again in the near future.

Kind regards,
Lara Keijzer
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gilberdyke
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Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

Every good thing you have read about the Al Maha is true.
Everything was faultless. Brilliant staff, brilliant food, brilliant setting.
The bed was so huge both sets of Charlie Buckets grandparents could fit into it plus his mother and father (from Willie Wonka).
Be prepared for the wildlife to come dropping by your window, its fabulous.
Saving up for our next visit, soon we hope.

Room Tip: Ask for suite number 15, it has great views of the desert and is ultra private.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Marketingteam_3, Manager at Al Maha Desert Resort, responded to this review, August 22, 2013
Dear Guest,

We are very pleased to read this positive review about your recent stay in Al Maha on Tripadvisor and thank you for taking the time to share it with the readers.

We are very proud to know that so many aspects of our resort delighted you. Indeed our custom size beds are spacious and could accommodate Grandpa Joe, Grandma Josephine, Grandpa George and Grandma Georgina easily!

It would be a pleasure to welcome you back at our resort in the near future.

Kindest regards,
Lara Keijzer
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013

This was our (husband and me) second stay with Al Maha (3 nights) and were even happier than our first time. Both the spa service and food have improved significantly. The field guides, as before, were fantastic, our field guide Darryn in particular. This is a truly luxe resort (if you are looking for more than your standard 4-5 star hotel) and we definitely recommend it.

Room Tip: Villa 40 is the furthest away from the main building, but somehow manages to be even more private th...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Marketingteam_3, Manager at Al Maha Desert Resort, responded to this review, August 22, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience about your recent stay in Al Maha on Tripadvisor.

We are pleased to learn that we have met your expectations and your compliments will be passed on to the field guides; particularly to Darryn. It is very rewarding to read that you have found a great enhancement to the spa service and food as we strive to continuously seek ways to improve our guests’ experiences.

We hope there will be a third occasion to welcome you back at our resort in the near future.

Kindest regards,
Lara Keijzer
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Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

Possibly one of the best resorts I have ever visited. It provides a beautiful experience starting from the drive in to the private cabins. The service is excellent, and everything has been already though of, including binoculars for oryx watching, a drawing pad and aisle if you want to get creative! The highlight for me is having ultimate privacy of being in a reserve with gazelles and oryx roaming freely, drinking from your pool. Being one on one with nature and still having the luxury of a hotel is really exquisite. I can not recommend this place enough.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Marketingteam_3, Manager at Al Maha Desert Resort, responded to this review, August 7, 2013
Dear Guest,

We are delighted to learn that you had an exquisite experience at Al Maha Desert Resort and would like to thank you for taking the time to share your experience here on Tripadvisor.

Your feedback is much appreciated and has been shared with all our ambassadors.

Guest satisfaction is our main goal at Al Maha, and it is rewarding to learn that it has been achieved during this occassion.

We would like to thank you for the recommendations you have made and hope that we will have the pleasure of welcoming you back to Al Maha soon!

With Kindest Regards
Fawad Yaqub
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Address: Dubai Al Ain Road | Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, Murqquab, United Arab Emirates
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Location: United Arab Emirates > Emirate of Dubai > Murqquab
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 hotels in Murqquab
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Al Maha Desert Resort 5*
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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