Staycation: Al Maha, a Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa, Dubai

Adopt the Bedouin way of life at this luxury resort in Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve

 

The suites

You can get a real feel for the local culture inside these suites, which pay homage to the desert surroundings and are styled with Arabian artefacts and antiques. Each one features an infinity style private pool that overlooks the golden dunes. Grab the binoculars from your room, head out onto the deck and wait for wildlife, such as gazelle and Arabian oryx, to wander into view. 

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Dining & spa

Al Diwaan invites you dine alfresco on the veranda for a breathtaking view of the reserve. Sample indigenous delicacies before heading upstairs to Hajar Terrace Bar for drinks. Indulgence of the pampering kind calls at Timeless Spa, which specialises in Middle Eastern and South East Asian aromatherapy traditions. Still the mind with a session in the therapy bath.

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The activities 

Archery, nature walks, desert drives, wildlife safaris, falconry, horse riding and camel trekking are just some of the thrilling ways to explore. Set off with a field guide who can offer an insight into the conservation projects in place as you search for telltale footprints. Sand gazelle, the Arabian red fox and Arabian oryx are among the four-legged friends who roam the area.