Al Maha

Ahlan! discovers exactly what puts the ‘ah’ into the desert resort…
Wednesday , 03 September 2008
Al Maha

Still one of the Emirate’s best kept secrets, the desert resort of Al Maha is the ultimate escape for city-weary folk looking for the kind of luxurious calm that other travellers jet off to the far reaches of Bali to experience.

Set amongst the gently sloping dunes, just an hour out of Dubai, Al Maha fuses five-star luxury with traditional Bedouin hospitality, boasting just 42 suites arranged around a desert watering hole.

A soak in your private infinity pool is any visitor’s priority, as wild Oryx graze just metres away.

Dine out on your private deck, or in the restaurant, after cocktails in the quaint bar in which visitor’s regale one another with tales of the day’s activities.

In fact, the whole Al Maha experience is geared towards doing as little, or as much as you want. Might we suggest doing not very much at all…

While you're there...

The falconry displays are a morning highlight, with the opportunity to watch and photograph the birds of prey in flight, and even handle them.

Desert trek
A sunrise trek through the dunes on horseback is the ultimate activity to ease you into the day. Alternatively, watch the camel train approach against the backdrop of the setting sun, and climb aboard your own ship of the desert for a date with champers (date juice during Ramadan) and strawberries in the dunes.

Experience this age-old sport in the perfect setting, as experts offer tuition for absolute beginners, leaving you to hit a few bullseyes before breakfast.