Located 45 minutes outside Dubai on its own 225-sq. km (87-sq. mile) nature reserve, this exclusive desert resort combines luxury with eco-tourism. Al Maha is designed to resemble a Bedouin encampment set against the backdrop of the Hajar Mountains, with detached suites interspersed around the idyllic resort. Each suite offers handcrafted furnishings and antiques, a specious bathroom with Bulgari amenities, and a private temperature-controlled plunge pool. On-site activities include falconry, camel treks, horse riding, archery, desert drives, and guided nature walks. Off-site activities include mountain safaris, and excursions to Hatta or Al Ain. Oryx (Arabian Desert antelope), gazelles, camels, and other exotic wildlife make up the sanctuary's unique flora and fauna. Al Maha's "Timeless Spa" sits amid lush gardens and the main pool area, and offers relaxing massages and other body treatments as well as a sauna, steam room, and Jacuzzi. Guests can dine in the acclaimed Al Diwaan restaurant or in the privacy of their own veranda. The staff to guest ratio is 3:1, ensuring highly personalized service. The resort never feels crowded, and this is truly a place to escape.
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