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Al Maha, A Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Murqquab
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Reviewed February 14, 2014 via mobile

Love the pool, love the privacy, love the staff, love the stay... This is a place that anyone going to the UAE must visit... Pricey but worth it... You will also see antelope and go on camel rides.
The rooms needs an upgrade but that's coming in the summer of 2014.
A proper desert retreat.

Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Marketingteam_3, Manager at Al Maha, A Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded February 24, 2014

Dear Guest,

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

We are delighted to know you have very much enjoyed our desert resort, particularly the privacy, wildlife, private pool and not to forget the service from our ambassadors. Thank you for mentioning the price-quality ratio of this hidden gem in the desert. As a Dubai resident we would also like to take this opportunity to inform you that Al Maha also has three Day Packages for non-residential guests.

We do hope to have the pleasure to welcome you back at Al Maha in the near future.

Warmest Regards,
Lara Keijzer

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Reviewed February 13, 2014

Extraordinary. When the royal family in Dubai gets out of town they come here.
Every villa has their own private pool. Imagine how romantic that is…
Great activities in the desert…sand dune surfing, camel riding, falconry. It's really a great place and if you have the opportunity it's worth experiencing.

Room Tip: Every villa is spectacular
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  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with family
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Marketingteam_3, Manager at Al Maha, A Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded February 24, 2014

Dear Guest,

Thank you for writing a review on Tripadvisor about your stay in Al Maha.

We are most pleased to read how much you enjoyed your stay with us. From your review we understand you appreciated so many aspects of your stay; be it the suite with private pool or the many activities.

We hope to welcome you back once more in the foreseeable future.

Kind Regards,
Lara Keijzer

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Reviewed February 11, 2014

What else can I say. First stay in Al Maha was in April 2005 (see my review “Woken gently in the morning…”) and back for third time in 2014.

Management has changed over time, but the experience remains - simply sublime.

Many other reviews including my first have exulted the amazing experience of Al Maha.

All I can add is that over time nothing has diminished, if anything improved and nothing has dated so you can rely on reviews over the past 10 years.

The staff are simply amazing. The resort is sublime. The food is first class. And the service and attention is to die for.

I tell everyone who will listen that this is the must do Bucket List for those in are expats in the UAE or those who can while visiting.

Cannot think of any negative to say. Bravo Al Maha!

Room Tip: Emirates Suite for up to 5 guests is an amazing option if you can. Fully recommended. Make sure...
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  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled with family
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Marketingteam_3, Manager at Al Maha, A Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded February 24, 2014

Dear Guest,

We are really appreciative that you have taken out your time to write another review on Tripadvisor about your most recent stay in Al Maha.

Having read both your new review as well as the previous one from 2005, we are most pleased to learn that we have managed to provide a consistent, high level of service during your stays. We feel very proud to know that the experience is still a delight; be it the quality of the cuisine, the overall look of the resort and suites or the friendliness of our ambassadors.

Thank you for including the photographs and recommending the Emirates Suite when travelling with family. Lastly, we are very delighted to know you are recommending our resort to your friends in Dubai. Please note we now also welcome Day Guests at Al Maha with three different package offers.

We hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you back at our resort for the fourth time!

Warmest Regards,
Lara Keijzer

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Reviewed February 10, 2014

We recently had three wonderful nights at the Al Maha Desert Resort and can't wait to return! This is perfection in all respects and we're not surprised that this hotel is rated Number 1 in Dubai by Trip Advisor.
The service is exceptional - at the moment you arrive you are allocated a specific 'Hostess' and a specific 'Activities Guide' and between them your every need is catered for. The Bedouin Tents are delightful and we were lucky enough to stay in Number 22 which has uninterrupted desert views and is private and very quiet. The Arabian Gazelles come right up to the plunge pool every day and there is an abundance of interesting and unusual birds chirping around the pool too. Binoculars are provided along with a guide of the birds and animals that you might see,
The very large bed in the room is the most comfortable we have ever encountered in any hotel room with goose down feather pillows and duvet. There is a nespresso machine with lots of coffee pods provided, a welcome plate of dates, nuts and Arabic sweets, water for drinking and water for the kettle, a large selection of different teas and luxury products in the bathroom.
Two activities per day are included and we went dune driving, camel riding and on the nature drive all of which were excellent and gave us great close ups of the Oryx in the reserve.
The food is excellent and there are three large meals per day provided plus pastries and coffee available in the bar for pre-activity top ups should you need them!
We wouldn't hesitate to recommend this hotel and can't wait to return - it's first class.

Room Tip: Room 22 for a great desert view.
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  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Marketingteam_3, Manager at Al Maha, A Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded February 24, 2014

Dear Guest,

Thank you very much for taking the time to write this detailed review on Tripadvisor about your three night’s stay in Al Maha.

We are very pleased to read how much you enjoyed your stay with us; highlighting many aspects at our resort that contributed to this. From reading we understand you appreciated the personalized service and care that was provided to you by your own guest services agent and field guide. Furthermore we learn you got to see abundance of wildlife and birds at the resort, be it during the activities or at the suite itself.

We are most pleased to know that you will consider returning to Al Maha in the future and we very much look forward to welcoming you again.

Warmest Regards,
Lara Keijzer

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Reviewed February 5, 2014

I should lie to you ......... by saying that this is not one of the most fabulous experiences we have had on a holiday, that the service is not impeccable from the moment you arrive at this exciting, vibrant place, that the food is not delicious and the service is not by far the most superior, professional service we have in countered by friendly staff throughout the resort. Service you would have to travel far to better anywhere in the world........... if I lied it would keep the property a secret from the outside world and we could return as there would always be a vacancy.
You can not call this a hotel, it is far, far more... An exciting experience far from the normal working world where you forget your mobile phone but still connect to the (free) internet if you so wish. Ride a camel or horse, see falconry or just lazy in your private pool, all you have to do is decide what to do each day and it will be sorted out for you in a brief call to reception.
Go, try and enjoy.

Room Tip: Just make sure you know the location of this resort, it is not for the shopper who wants to visit a...
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  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Marketingteam_3, Manager at Al Maha, A Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded February 12, 2014

Dear Guest,

We just love all the lies you have shared with us. Thank you for your feedback indeed.

We couldn’t agree more that Al Maha is an experience and experiences are memories – we thrive on creating special ones. Thank you for giving us the opportunity.

We are pleased to see that your experience with us too was special. We will make every effort to accommodate your future visits and look forward to welcoming you again.

Kindest regards.

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Reviewed February 3, 2014

Not every day you get to stay at a hotel in the middle of a desert nature reserve... wow.

Definitely do the desert drive. Something like a natural roller-coaster!

The view can vary quite a bit by room, so make sure you ask for one with a good view of the desert.

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled with family
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Marketingteam_3, Manager at Al Maha, A Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded February 12, 2014

Dear Guest,

Thank you for reviewing Al Maha, A Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa.
We certainly wish you could stay with us more often!

Glad you enjoyed our Desert Drive. Our Field Guides can certainly make it an enjoyable and exciting journey and the landscapes in the high dunes are definitely picturesque. We hope you have also experienced the other Activities we have an offer which too are extremely interesting.

All our suites indeed vary in view of the desert however unique with each suite. The colours at sun rise and sun set are exquisitely magical and always a camera’s best friend.

We look forward to welcoming you to our desert hideaway in the near future to experience all of this once more.

Kindest regards.

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Reviewed February 1, 2014

Perfect in every way; the service, amenities and ambiance. Bulgari toiletries reinstated since our last visit. Quiet and private. Nothing too much trouble. Even offered to contact cab company to ensure timely pick up from resort.Should be the benchmark for all luxury hotels.

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Marketingteam_3, Manager at Al Maha, A Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded February 12, 2014

Dear Guest,

Thank you for your valuable time to review Al Maha, A Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa.

We are happy to have you experience our jewel in the desert and appreciate your kind recommendation.

Please allow us the pleasure to welcome you again and guide you to yet another unique stay.

Kindest regards.

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Additional Information about Al Maha, A Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa

Address: Dubai - Al Ain Rd | Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, Murqquab, United Arab Emirates
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 Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Murqquab
Price Range: $1,012 - $2,969 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Al Maha, A Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa 5*
Number of rooms: 42
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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