Experience all the wonders of traditional desert living without compromising on luxury when you spend your weekend here.
A city built from the sand up, swapping out skyscrapers for dunes isn’t a challenging feat for Dubai dwellers. But for those accustomed to the modern luxuries that city life provides, experiencing the ancient traditions and natural beauty that the desert has to offer usually comes with compromise – camping doesn’t include in-tent service, after all…
But an oasis among the sea of yellow, Al Maha, A Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa, brings together all the enrichment of stepping back in time, to traditional Bedouin living with modern luxury service. Privacy is at the forefront, and every detail –sweeping or minuscule – is deemed attention-worthy.
If you’re yet to experience this iconic five-star resort – located just a 45-minute drive from central Dubai – here’s why the must-visit destination is the ideal weekend getaway.
Experience true privacy in secluded suites
By nature, the desert is a place free from a hectic, bustling population. Just a short drive from home, and guests at Al Maha, A Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa feel a thousand miles away from the business of day-to-day life.
Set in a peaceful location, the sense of privacy only amplifies as guests are welcomed into their secluded suites for the weekend. Each of the 42 suites within the resort is mindfully located a distance from the hotel lobby and reception, eliminating any undesired disruptions from the serene stillness that every accommodation option offers. Dip into your private pool, gaze upon mountain views and soak in the soul-satisfying solitude, undisturbed.
Get a taste of traditional Bedouin living
Charmingly cosmopolitan, experiencing the authentic traditions of the UAE can be a task when in the city centre. But here, it is delightfully inescapable. Set among the native landscapes of the United Arab Emirates, guests at Al Maha, A Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa take a step through time as they wake within the minimalist lodge-style structures, observe the rustic architecture and explore regional antiques and local artifacts. Ancient Arabia is all around.
Reconnect with nature, from wilderness walks to desert activities
And preserving time is a part of the Al Maha, A Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa experience in more ways than one, as wildlife conservation also sits at the heart of the hotel. Nestled between the palm groves, emerald canopies and the sandy dunes, wildlife roams freely. For those keen to explore further, desert activities such as camel treks, horse riding and falconry displays not only provide unique entertainment, but allow guests to interact with the desert inhabitants up-close – an experience they won’t forget in a hurry. Adventure seekers, meanwhile, shouldn’t miss out on the opportunity to embark on a guided wildlife drive.
Stimulate the mind and rest the body with unique activities
Once you’ve experienced the nature around you here on Earth by day, it’s time to contemplate the wider universe by stargazing at night; an inky black sky dotted with endless galaxies is glaringly visible once the city’s light pollution is cast aside. Indulge in your evening dinner under the stars by selecting the Dune Dining Experience or the Private Desert Sundowner Experience. Or, to soak up the atmosphere of fellow guests, head to the veranda in Al Diwaan to ponder the mysteries of the Milky Way as you chose from a wide range of delicacies.
And if there is still tension to melt away, the Timeless Spa is a must. The spirit of tranquility is carried into the serene spa where signature treatments are drawn from the wisdom of Middle Eastern and South-East Asian aromatherapy traditions. Whether you opt for a couple’s massage in the private space or take advantage of the relaxation and rejuvenation room, a limber body, clear mind and a light heart is a guarantee. If self-care if what you seek, take advantage of the Desert Day Packages that pull together the perfect itinerary of activities and treatments – from yoga in the desert to therapeutic deep tissue massages.
Trust in dedicated five-star service every step of the way
But what really makes Al Maha, A Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa a rare haven is its fusion of five-star service into such a setting, marrying modern luxury with ancient tradition. Minimal in design but uncompromising on service, dedicated staff are on hand to ensure all guests’ needs are met, from dining requests, to tailor-made desert experiences. So, while you may be cutting back on demanding technology, concrete towers, and crowds of people for a weekend of seclusion, on-demand service isn’t left at the door when you check in.
Find out more about Al Maha, A Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa here.