Arguably one of the coolest locations in the UAE, Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa sits pretty in the heart of Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve. With undulating dunes whichever way you look, architecture and décor that pay tribute to the heritage of Bedouins, and tented suites that add a whole new meaning to ‘glamping’, a sense of desert adventure is high at Al Maha.
The interiors pay homage to the resort's surroundings
The fact that Arabian Oryx and gazelles wander freely around the resort (we caught one sipping from our private pool on arrival), elevates the enchantment. While our days are spent between languishing in the Timeless Spa, trekking through the great outdoors atop a camel, and sipping sundowners in our plunge pool, the true magic of the resort comes to life at twilight. The Desert Moon Dinner is a captivating way to indulge your inner Arabian princess – a beautiful al fresco evening under the stars paying homage to the art of Bedouin food, traditions and hospitality. A lavish buffet – we prefer to call it a feast – is paired with traditional live music and a falconry show, really immersing you in the world of age-old nomadic desert living. If your desire is to escape the city and lose yourself to utter seclusion, this ticks all the right boxes.
The opulent three-bedroom Presidential Suite has a living room to match
Once sun is up, it’s back to the joy of exploring – this time with a nature walk, archery and wildlife drive (bring binoculars if you have them). If you want to take things up a notch, jump on a horse and experience the desert from on high. And if you’re a green-fingered nature buff, the Ghaf Tree Walk around the conservation area will feed your soul. While it’s not quite an adults-only resort, there’s a no-kids-under-10 policy ensuring tranquility is the order of the day, allowing you to relax and unwind or explore and do more to your absolute heart’s content.
Desert Moon Dinner
Desert Moon Dinner (March 29), from Dhs699; Rooms from Dhs5,250 a night; Marriott.com
From the March 2019 issue of Harper's BAZAAR Arabia.
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