The United Arab Emirates

Al Maha, Dubai

Hidden among the sand dunes of the Dubai Desert lies Al Maha, a luxury resort where the secluded location makes it the perfect getaway for those wanting to hear nothing but the sound of birdsong in the morning as they wake from their bed. With 42 luxury suites to choose from, all with their own private pool and unparalleled views over the rolling dunes beyond, escape to Al Maha and hit the reset button.


In just under an hour’s drive from Dubai, you’ll arrive amid the red sand dunes of the desert where the Al Maha staff will be waiting for you. In a location as remote as this, you can expect to truly experience the Arabian desert for all its mysterious beauty. From bareback horse riding, camel treks and nature walks to signature desert safaris or practising the arts of archery and falconry; you won’t miss a single thing.


Desert luxury at its finest, check in to one of the 42 suites to find private pools surrounded by wooden decks with panoramic views of the mountains and sand dunes, bathrooms with walk-in showers and king size beds to fall into. The Arabian camp-like resort boasts lavishly decorated guestrooms with authentic handcrafted Arabian furnishings and swathes of desert hues. Each room also has thoughtful touches, like binoculars and an easel with art materials just in case your creative instincts are inspired by the landscapes.


Al Maha is, without doubt, our kind of detox. Step out of your suite and onto your decking each morning and be welcomed by hazy desert skies above unspoilt sand dunes. The Al Diwaan restaurant offers al fresco dining on its deck with uninterrupted views of the reserve, but for ultimate seclusion, opt for a private desert picnic, dune dining or even deck dining outside your very own suite. Make sure that you experience a hot air balloon ride above the Dubai desert just before sunset, too – it’ll be an experience that will stay with you for a lifetime.

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