Soak up true Arabian hospitality on the Al Maha Desert Conservation Reserve.
Swap tropical ocean view for a sumptuous nomadic lifestyle at the heart of the Arabian Desert. Few places in the world does a better job than the Al Maha Dubai resort in combining nature, ethnic culture and luxury.
A 50-minute drive from Dubai’s surreal skyscrapers to the southeast will take you to this verdant oasis surrounded by ranging sand dunes, palm trees and shrubberies as well as sprinting Arabian Oryxes. The intimate adult-only resort is a part of the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve. Throughout the resort the interiors take influences from the style of the Bedouin people.
Each of the 42 suites comes with a private pool and is situated under an elegant white tent built to fit in the desert’s vast landscape – all man-made structures are designed to blend into the natural surroundings.
There are a whole host of desert activities. Guests can choose to spend a few intimate moments with different wildlife via camel trekking, horse riding, falconry or desert safari. To wrap up a day, nothing beats a private dinner accompanied by flaming torches and Persian carpets on an Arabian sand dune under star-lit skies.
Dubai International Airport (ICAO: OMDB) is about 65 miles or a 45-minute drive away. Al Maha can pick up guests by a luxury 4X4. Alternatively, Abu Dhabi Airport (ICAO: OMAA) is 90 minutes by car.
Al Maha Dubai, Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, Al Ain Road, United Arab Emirates; tel: +971 4 832 9900; www.al-maha.com