Emirates Al Maha Desert
Resort & Spa - a 42-suite luxurious cameo hideaway located in the heart of the
desert - is among Condé Nast Traveller’s list of leading hotels.Beating off fierce international rivalry, the resort which is tucked within the 225
square kilometre Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, and which embraces the
indigenous culture, wildlife, desert habitat and environment of the region, bears
the distinction of being the sole Dubai representative in the exclusive Condé Nast
Traveller 2007 Top 20-Hotel List for Africa, Middle East and Indian Ocean Islands.
Al Maha - Arabic for Oryx, a once threatened species, re-introduced in keeping with
the resort’s conservation drive - was favoured by whopping 79.6 percent
respondents who rated the traditional Bedouin oasis encampment on numerous criteria.
These included Ambience and Design; Location; Facilities; Food; Rooms; and Service.
Emirates Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa rubs shoulders with the world’s leading
properties in Seychelles, Maldives, Mauritius, South Africa, and East Africa in
receiving recognition from the internationally renowned travel publication.
Tony Williams, Vice President, Emirates Hotels & Resort said: “We are honoured to
represent Dubai in this prestigious list comprising the best of worldwide
hospitality. We are also delighted that our meticulous attention to maintaining the
highest possible standards of guest accommodation, comfort and personal service has
once again been rewarded by the readers of Condé Nast.”
“We have created a traditional Arabian home environment that is entirely in
balance with the surroundings, while offering guests an intimate, romantic and
private experience of luxury in the desert.”
The resort’s individually designed suites that echo conventional Bedouin
architecture, contemporised to incorporate modern day comforts, have their own
unique artwork, antiquities, hand crafted furniture, rugs and carpets. Widely-spaced
to guarantee privacy, the suites, each with their own temperature-controlled
swimming pools and outdoor deck, offer panoramic views of the Hajar mountains and
the surrounding nature reserve.