Al Maha Desert Resort
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I have definitely been enjoying Dubai and some of the fun things it has to offer. A couple fridays ago a group from my program went on what is called a Desert Safari. Basically there is a huge company that organizes huge groups of people to be able go basically off-roading in the desert. They take probably around a hundred big …
... for us to take pictures during the daytime, sunset and evening. The view was stunning, especially at night time. At the bottom of the building there is a water fountain designed by the same team that made the Belagio fountain in Las Vegas. We stayed for a show and then went back into the air conditioned mall to watch We Are The Millers at the movie theatre. It was one of the funniest movies that we have seen in a long time, go see it. ...
Got up around 8am . I love the smell of this hotel, so fresh. Went down to have a swim in the pool, this pool is so pretty and it looks right over to the Atlantis hotel!! I can see from my balcony and from the ocean One and only resort , this is at the end of the crescent. I also had a dip in the ocean, the water is warmer than the air and the swimming pool. I was gliding along the water on my back for ages and then I got stung by jelly fish!!! It stung and it felt like ...
... 296875); -webkit-composition-fill-color: rgba(175, 192, 227, 0.230469); -webkit-composition-frame-color: rgba(77, 128, 180, 0.230469); -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; ">We took the train to Gardemoen airport, and then the shuttle-bus back to the hotel which was only about 6-7 km from the airport. Had a pleasant dinner and hit the sack early ish, although I was up until almost 12 before falling into bed.
Nice brekky with the kids and mum and John. Wonderful surprise. Kids gave me a sky dive for my birthday can't wait. Uneventful flight to brissie then a great catch up with Shaun, joy will and belle, oh those kids are soon cute. Then the flight wasn't as bad as we expected got a bit of sleep and good movie ...
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I stayed here in November 2000 on my honeymoon and I still remember it now as the best hotel I have ever stayed in. From the moment you arrive and are greeted with Al Maha cocktails (mango and strawberry!) the service is impeccable. You are assigned your own member of staff to ensure you are happy with every aspect of your stay and the lady we were assigned was both extremely helpful and unintrusive.
My husband and I stayed at the Al Maha Desert Resort in May for 5 nights. We chose this particular hotel as we wanted to stay somewhere relaxing, romantic, secluded, with great service - we certainly got all of those! This hotel is the most relaxing place we have ever stayed (and we have recently been to Maldives, St. Lucia and Tobago) and the service was impeccable although not obtrusive. In fact, I would say that this resort was the best one we have ever stayed at.
My husband and I stayed here for 2 nights after staying at the One & Only Royal Mirage on Jumeirah Beach for 4 nights, and what a difference it was.
So its a place that we always wanted to try after reading so much about it in the media.... Al maha does have an incredible location - the middle of the Desert surrounded by a very exclusive fence- part of the eco tourism... and to ensure that nothing gets in that shouldnt- think dune buggys and a hapless tourist..!!!
Woken gently in the morning with native Oryx relaxing next to your private pool.. bliss
My husband and I stayed here in September 2004, on the 2nd leg of our honeymoon and what a fantastic choice!! After the 'Burj' we really thought nothing would come close but 'Al Maha' was by far the most enjoyable due to the peace and tranquility.
Luxury Desert Oasis
Al Maha was an amazing and unique experience. Highly, highly recommended. Only slight negative is that the restaurant does not really take advantage of the desert scenery and is slighly bland, but still top class. We went there in August when it was too hot to eat outside, even at night, so I guess if you went in a cooler time you could eat outside on the deck and then the above would not be an issue.
Okay. We stayed here first and then at the Burj al Arab (world's only 7 star hotel). Al Maha is owned by the Emirates Group and appears I think in the Emirates flight guide. It's about 45 minutes from what I remember from the airport and it is VERY relaxing. The staff were brilliant. It was summer and very hot. Just walking from your room to the main lobby/restaurant was enough to bake you so they had golf buggies to take you from your room to the main building. It was never a problem for them. The dune riding was amazing but the falconery we missed. The food was amazing - huge tiger prawns I remember on one particular buffet. The plung pool was heaven and completely not overlooked. The bedoin style "tent" was beautifully appointed. We had a venomous snake try to make it's way under our door and one of the staff took care of it before we opened our door. . . No big dress code for dinner so it felt relaxing. There is little to "do" besides the camel/dune riding and falconry but for relaxing for 2 nights it's a perfect retreat. If I was passing through Dubai again I'd definately go back.
Al Maha was the most memorable experience of my lifetime. The suite, plunge pool, food, activities, staff, facility, guides who took us for dune riding, falconery, camel riding, camel racing, everything just culminated into one fantastic lifetime experience.
My husband and I went there in august 2000 and would like to take our kids but unfortunately they do not allow kids below 12 and ours is going to be born next month. We are going to Dubai in August this year and the only regret will be that we cannot share the magic of Al Maha with our child. In short, Al Maha is sheer magic on earth.
Superb, unique and memorable
Our visit in Dec '03 was superb in every respect. Service, food, people, setting, activities, accommodation, facilities and weather were all impossible to fault. At the time of our visit, building work and the consequent lack of a swimming pool were minor issues that didn't really detract from our enjoyment - every suite has its own plunge pool anyway.
Plan on enjoying the activities (off-roading, archery, falconry, horse riding, trekking, camel riding) as it's many miles from anywhere and there's nothing else to do except sit in the sun. But be warned - the camel ride will reach parts of you that other actvities won't normally reach!