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Al Maha, A Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Murqquab
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Reviewed March 22, 2014

We are currently staying at the Al Maha and wow this is a truly wonderful place. From the moment we arrived we have been looked after by friendly and so attentive staff. The service is relaxed but perfectly done, the activity guides are informative and easy going.
Being a very small resort there is just the one resturant but the menu is varied and we have had some excellent dishes - the jumbo prawns have to be seen to be believed!
The suites are well spaced out and VERY private, (suite 7 looks out other the desert) it's wonderful sipping drinks in the dark in the private infinity pool.
Not sure what else I can add - if you get the opportunity then don't miss coming to this place for a few days.

Stayed: March 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 April 14, 2014

Dear Guest,

It is so nice to read that you wrote a review on Tripadvisor whilst still being with us in Al Maha.

We are happy to read how much you appreciated everything about our unique resort. From your review we note that the ambassadors took great care of you in an unobtrusive way, you thoroughly experienced the private pools at the best and were delighted with our culinary offerings. Indeed the jumbo prawns are …jumbo! We are thankful that you recommend Al Maha as a perfect getaway and we hope to have the pleasure in a future moment in time to welcome you back once more.

Kindest Regards,
Lara Keijzer

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Reviewed March 21, 2014

We stayed from March 2nd to the 4th' 2014 for two days with our two children at Al Maha in one of the Royal Suites. The service was excellent the food was excellent and the over all ambiance was peaceful and relaxing. The activities are plentiful and the guides do an excellent job of making you feel comfortable all the time. It was a bit cold one night when we were having dinner outside, noticing that the kids were a bit cold, they brought blankets for the kids to use. I would like to thank everyone at Al Maha for making our stay wonderful, a special thanks to Shrini for the kitchen tour and we hope to see you all again soon

  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled with family
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Marketingteam_3, Manager at Al Maha, A Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded April 14, 2014

Dear Guest,

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with readers on Tripadvisor about your stay as a family in Al Maha. It is a great pleasure to read that your whole family found the resort optimal and sharing a royal suite which has two bedrooms was a pleasant choice. From your review we understand that our ambassadors took good care of your family, in particular meeting the needs of your children during the older evenings. Your compliments of Srini have also been shared with his department.

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

Warmest Regards,
Lara Keijzer

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Reviewed March 20, 2014

We spent 3 nights and 4 days at the Al Maha and found the hotel exceptional. The service was excellent and unobtrusive. Everything you could want was provided. The hotel is set in a conservation area in which gazelles and oryx roam freely. It is so peaceful. There are abundant bird species and it was a pleasure to sit and watch them coming down to drink and bathe at the pool that was situated outside the suite. The activities that are held morning and evening are entertaining and educational. I particularly enjoyed the wildlife drive. One of the highlights of our stay, and there were several, was the picnic in the desert which was great fun. it would be unfair to pick out specific staff as everyone was was so friendly and helpful. I must comment on the meals that were provided and say that they were excellent in every way, I could not fault anything that was provided at Al Maha and will definitely be returning there

Room Tip: All the rooms are good, we stayed in no.4 and found it to be totally private. We did have lots of vi...
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  • Stayed: March 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 April 14, 2014

Dear Guest,

Thank you very much for writing a review on Tripadvisor with regards to your stay in Al Maha.
We are so pleased to read how much you thoroughly enjoyed your three nights stay in the resort, the animals in the reserve, the activities, cuisine and not to forget the service from all our ambassadors. Thank you for your compliments and we are happy to know you are considering a return visit to Al Maha if the occasion permits.

We look forward to welcoming you once more.

Kindest Regards,
Lara Keijzer

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Reviewed March 19, 2014

Had a simply great week at Al Maha with my wife to celebrate 25 years together - perfect romantic spot for couple to get away and enjoy a simply great resort / exceptional service and enough optional activities to get away and celebrate in fine style. The highlight was the unobtrusive service and an unforgettable scenes in the desert - too many to write down. We were prompted to go because it was rated one of the top 10 romantic getaways - what a high expectation that set for us yet Al Maha delivered!

Room Tip: ask for an unobstructed view of desert / quiet and private backyard
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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 March 29, 2014

Dear Guest,

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

We feel very honoured that you decided to choose to stay in Al Maha to celebrate your 25 years together and even more so knowing that we managed to deliver on your high expectations from reading about us as one of the World’s most romantic getaways!

From your review you understand you appreciated the subtle service and care from all our ambassadors and the beautiful scenery in particular. We would like to wish you both many more happy years together and perhaps we will be able to welcome you once more in the foreseeable future.

Kindest Regards,
Lara Keijzer

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Reviewed March 18, 2014

Me and my wife wanted to stay at Al Maha for 2 nights because of the amazing reviews we have been reading here. Unfortunately the resort was fully booked and were were put on the waiting list for the second night. We got an email a few days before our arrival date saying the second night is available. However we couldn't afford to be left stranded without accommodation so we already booked another hotel in Dubai.

Even though we only spend 1 night in Al Maha, it was truly an unforgettable experience. We love how the resort is located in the middle of nowhere. This is the perfect place to go to if you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of a city.

The service from all the staff was also top-notch. Everyone was every friendly right from our guest relations manager (Alvin), field guide (Andy), the buggy drivers, the pool boy etc. We would like to specifically mention our waitress, Kayzee, at the restaurant during lunch and dinner. She was super friendly was especially helpful with our orders and endless questions about the resort. She told us she is still on probation but we told her she will do great with her amazing attitude, patience and willingness to help.

If there is one drawback from our stay, it was 1 of the female staff at the spa. She seems rather sad because she didn't smile as much as the other staff. This not a deal breaker by any means but it's just quite noticeable since everyone else at the spa was also really welcoming with their friendly attitudes. I highlighted this issue to my therapist and he apologized.

Again I would like to emphasize this is not a big issue but was noticeable enough for me and my wife. Other than that, I definitely would recommend everyone to visit Al Maha for an experience you will never forget. If we ever visit Dubai again, we will definitely visit this resort for 2 nights this time. Definitely not an experience to be missed.

  • Stayed: March 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 March 29, 2014

Dear Guest,

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

We are very pleased to read your review and how pleased you were with the stay, although indeed you were only able to stay for one night due to the resort being fully booked originally. We are however glad that in this short stay you did get to appreciate the Al Maha experience.

Thank you for your special appreciation of Kayzee, Alvin, and Andy, as well as the other ambassadors in general. We are happy to know you will recommend our resort to family and friends and we hope that you do have the chance to visit us again for a longer stay in the near future.

Kindest Regards,
Lara Keijzer

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Reviewed March 10, 2014

My husband and I spent an exceptional weekend at the Al Maha Desert Resort. We were celebrating the wedding of friends of ours and were a group of 12 people including the bride and groom.
We experienced an outstanding service during our stay. It was our first time staying at the resort and we had a wonderful time in this beautiful and peaceful resort. And the dinning was outstanding! The Executive Chef is a true culinary artist!

  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled with friends
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Marketingteam_3, Manager at Al Maha, A Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded March 29, 2014

Dear Guest,

Thank you very much for this great review on Tripadvisor regarding your stay in Al Maha for your friend’s wedding.

Indeed Al Maha is a beautiful and peaceful resort and we are very happy to read you experienced the same in company of the intimate wedding group. From your review we understand that you were particularly pleased with the care and service delivered to you by all our ambassadors and last put not least the meals prepared by Executive Chef David Miras and his team. Rest assured your comments have been shared with them.

We hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you back to Al Maha in the future.

Warmest Regards,
Lara Keijzer

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Reviewed March 7, 2014

We spent two days in this beautiful hotel resort for our friend's wedding. We have traveled all around the world, stayed in great five stars hotels but Al Maha is definitely the best hotel experience we have had so far ! This quiet and peaceful place is located right in the middle of a desert reserve where Oryx and Gazelles are curious enough to come very close to the windows of your beautiful suite. Food and beverages are under David Miras' responsibility (Executive Chef / Food and Beverage Manager), you will taste dishes wearing his special signature, this Chef has great talent. One last sentence: the whole wedding event was held in the presidential suite and was perfectly organized ! The service was excellent !

Nous avons passé deux jours dans ce superbe hôtel pour le mariage de nos amis. Nous avons voyagé partout dans le monde, séjourné dans de grands hôtels cinq étoiles, mais Al Maha est certainement le plus bel hôtel dans lequel nous ayons eu à séjourné jusqu'à présent ! Cet endroit calme et paisible est situé dans le désert en plein milieu d'une réserve où des Oryx et des gazelles sont assez curieux pour venir très près de la fenêtre de votre belle suite. Nourriture et boissons sont sous la responsabilité de David Miras (Executive Chef / Food and Beverage Manager), vous pourrez déguster des plats portant sa signature particulière, ce chef a beaucoup de talent. Un dernier mot : la réception de mariage a eu lieu dans la suite présidentielle et a été parfaitement organisée ! Le service était parfait !

Room Tip: All suites are comfortable but if you want to taste the exception, book the Royal suite, you won'...
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  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled with friends
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Marketingteam_3, Manager at Al Maha, A Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded March 9, 2014

Dear Guest,

Thank you for taking out your time to share your comments with us and readers on Tripadvisor about your stay in Al Maha.

It is a delight to hear how much you enjoyed your friend’s wedding in the Presidential Suite and we feel very honoured to know that as a well-travelled guest you found our resort the best so far! From reading your review we understand how much you appreciated the wildlife and tranquility as well as the service from all our ambassadors. Thank you for showing your appreciation to David Miras and his team in particular.

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

Kind Regards,
Lara Keijzer

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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: $1,135 - $2,323 (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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