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TLC AND A FAB­U­LOUS MOONLIT DIN­NER IN THE RE­GION’S MOST LUXE DIGS? AL MAHA DESERT LUX­URY RE­SORT & SPA IS WHERE IT’S AT!

Cosmopolitan Middle East - - CONTENTS - WORDS: KAVITA SRINIVASAN

Al Maha Desert Lux­ury Re­sort & Spa.

Just over 40 min­utes from the heart of the city, and lo­cated in the Dubai Desert Con­ser­va­tion Re­serve, serene Al Maha Desert Lux­ury Re­sort & Spa is the per­fect spot to cel­e­brate the on­set of win­ter. While I’m a huge fan of city life, there’s noth­ing quite like ac­tu­ally hear­ing birds and see­ing Ara­bian Oryx and desert gazelles pranc­ing at your doorstep as you’re sip­ping on a del­ish bev­er­age in a pri­vate in­fin­ity pool. And don’t get me started on the views. With lush green­ery, tum­bling sand dunes and ma­jes­tic moun­tains fring­ing the scenic vis­tas, I for­got I had a phone for a few hours. Dig­i­tal detox at its best and just what the doc or­dered.

Stay

The 42 Be­douin style pri­vate suites with un­ob­structed views of the royal Ara­bian Desert, are built to make the most of the nat­u­ral sur­round­ings. Warn­ing: once you get into the bed, you may not want to get out of it... ever. I’m a mat­tress snob and Al Maha’s beds are the best I’ve ex­pe­ri­enced in the Mid­dle East – no joke. The tra­di­tional Arab dé­cor, in muted beiges and rich reds, dot­ted with an­tiques and hand­i­crafts, beau­ti­fully com­ple­ments the acres of nat­u­ral vista at your doorstep. Our favourite part was the enor­mous wooden deck and tem­per­a­ture con­trolled in­fin­ity pool. End­ing ev­ery day with a dip and a hot (rain) shower was ut­ter bliss.

Eat

It’s hard leav­ing your room to go any­where, but wit­ness­ing the sun­set from the gor­geous Al Di­wan restau­rant is worth be­ing

a lit­tle ways away from my dream bed and pool. From Oc­to­ber 26 on­ward, Al Maha will be host­ing a special Desert Moon Din­ner once a month. Af­ter be­ing picked up at a des­ig­nated spot by a com­pli­men­tary limo, you’ll be trans­ported to desert par­adise with a cool glass of bub­bly, a starter and an ex­trav­a­gant spread of in­ter­na­tional and tra­di­tional of­fer­ings. And you can go right back home if you chose not to spend the night.

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