Another Saturday means another afternoon tea and this time Mr. Z and I were on an adventure into the vast sand dunes of Dubai in search of Al Maha Desert Resort and Spa.
Be careful, if you miss the very inconspicuous highway exit it will put you back another 20 minutes onto your already 50 minute drive out of Dubai – this place really is in the middle of the desert!
With only one sign along the way to guide us we clung to our GPS and carried on (very glad that we were in an SUV I might add).
Before long we made it to the first entrance of Al Maha and were greeted by the local camels.
You then come to the first gate which grants you access onto the reserve where Al Maha is built.
The guard gives you a slip and tells you to keep it and return it on your exit, to drive under 40KM, not to go offroading and that from his gate the resort is another 9KM.
We thanked him and set off through the gates.
It wasn’t long before the reserve introduced us to its main resident, the sand gazelle.
We spotted these little beauties all the way to the resort.
Up and over the sand dunes trudging along at 40KM an hour we finally reached the resort.
Al Maha doesn’t boast an over the top grand entrance the way all other Dubai hotels and resorts seem to do.
Instead there is a small area for parking, a little roundabout and an old door on a plain facade.
Though in the middle of this beautiful untouched desert (not torn up by the tire marks of dune bashers) the simplicity is welcome and you instantly feel at ease.
Step inside and it’s simple and quiet with old photos and plaques highlighting the history of how the Al Maha resort came to be.
As you will see from the picture below Al Maha is the Arabic word for Oryx.
In the corner of the lobby sits a small bar where the afternoon tea is served looking out over the reserve.
Savory and sweet dishes are presented in a self service manner.
Mr. Z and I set our things out on the terrace before coming inside to fill our plates.
With the afternoon heat a little too much we moved into the quiet lobby to finish our tea.
While the breads and cakes of the afternoon tea were nothing spectacular compared to what you would find in the city I have to say the scones and fresh clotted cream were one of the best ever.
We lounged about the lobby sipping our tea and soaking in views of the desert through the giant windows.
What I Wore:
Dress Forever21 // Sandals VC Signature // Necklace Marina Collections
After tea we decided to explore the grounds before heading home.
Small stone paths pave the way between the private bungalows.
The sand gazelle can be found throughout grazing in the bushes and aren’t shy to cross your path.
We found a path through the bushes that opened out to the dunes.
With the sun just beginning to set we headed back to the hotel and set off through the long winding desert road home.
Having had just a taste of the resort I can honestly say I am very keen to come back and stay for a weekend.
And just before we came to the conservations end we found a whole herd of Oryx grazing along the road.
Such beautiful animals and such a beautiful place. The desert really is full of life.
A weekend well spent in my book.
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