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Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa, Dubai [Master Thread]

Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa, Dubai [Master Thread]

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Old Jan 6, 12, 6:14 am
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Originally Posted by nabeelj View Post
Was just told 140K per night for a 1-night stay in March!!!
Sounds like they are offering 1 cent per point. Rates in March are around $1400

FWIW having been there I'd say one night really is not enough to make it worthwhile. While it's not a place you could spend a week either, I would say you'd need at least 2-3 nights to appreciate it properly
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Old Mar 4, 12, 1:53 pm
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Be aware that the Al Maha is sold by far cheaper via TUI and other tour operators. I saved about 750 Euro per night (!) via a BRG claim today (5300 AED plus tax vs. 570 Euro al in).
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Old Mar 17, 12, 10:57 am
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We stayed here last week for 2 nights and had a wonderful stay, absolutely beautiful property, I highly recommend it for 2-3 nights, wish we had done a 3rd night.

The Bedouin Suites are terrific and your private pool is even heated. Food was top notch, alcohol and soft drinks not included in board. Activities are fun, i especially enjoyed the falconry and sundowner desert camel ride.

I booked at around $800/night several months ago as a prepaid rate via Starwood. By the way, the trip took about 2 hours from Jumeira and about the same upon our departure to Saadiyat in AD. Sedans are fine, but it is gravel road upon entering the resort perimeter, so I actually recommend a vehicle with a higher suspension, such as an SUV.
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Old Jun 6, 12, 7:17 am
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I had another amazing stay at the Al Maha. Location, staff and cuisine, everything was really spotless and lived up to our expectations, Funny enough, even if one considers that rates can be as high as 2000 USD per night, I believe that this property is worth this money and considering the quality of the cuisine and the activities offered is even good value for money. With a bit of research you will find by far better rates than offered on SPG.com, but.....

.... HOWEVER ....

Here the problem started. My accepted BRG claim gave me a rate close to 40 percent of the published BAR. I saw online that the hotel was playing around with the rates and even after my ambassador contacted them they were not willing to return to the confirmed BRG rate (but something in between the BAR and the BRG rate). It took another long and pretty strict letter to clarify this and it worked at the end of the day....

.... HOWEVER ....

When the points posted they had obviously treated the rate as non qualifying points were only given for incidentals, not for the room rate. I had to involve my ambassador once again to get this settled....

Conclusion: a fantastic place, however, they appear to have some problems with the SPG world....
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Old Jul 4, 12, 9:06 pm
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Originally Posted by Flying Lawyer View Post
When the points posted they had obviously treated the rate as non qualifying points were only given for incidentals, not for the room rate. I had to involve my ambassador once again to get this settled....

Conclusion: a fantastic place, however, they appear to have some problems with the SPG world....
I did not have any problem with my rate, it was a very good prepaid rate. However, like you, the base points did not post, only incidentals. My ambassador got it all sorted out without any trouble. Now i know some properties have problems with posting star points on the prepaid rates, so not sure if that was the case here or not.
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Old Jul 7, 12, 9:16 am
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I am staying here for 3 nights in August. Pretty cheap rate but ramadam and hot! Ł400 a night. Anything I should consider before I go (ie anything I should take?)
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Old Aug 31, 12, 10:07 am
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Stayed in June - good to stay in the desert and see the wildlife close up, but overall not quite as good as we had hoped.

Full review on Driven2travel.
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Old Aug 31, 12, 2:01 pm
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Originally Posted by price123 View Post
Stayed in June - good to stay in the desert and see the wildlife close up, but overall not quite as good as we had hoped.

Full review on Driven2travel.
you didn't do the suv dune riding? that was a highlight! was a long time ago when we went (2006) but we loved it
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Old Aug 31, 12, 3:09 pm
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Originally Posted by ma91pmh View Post
you didn't do the suv dune riding? that was a highlight! was a long time ago when we went (2006) but we loved it
OH has slipped disk so must be careful. Also I get a bit car sick!
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Old Sep 7, 12, 11:55 am
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Can I get a confirmation about how many points per night this is. I think it should be 60K... cat 7 x 2 because of villa, but someone in a previous post mentioned 140K!

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Old Sep 3, 13, 10:57 pm
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Is This Resort an SPG Property???

Just spent 3 nights with my wife as part of a Birthday celebration at the Al Maha Resort. The rate paid was just over $US2K per night for a Royal Suite. The rate includes accommodation and meals with drinks being an additional charge.

At checkin there was no acknowledgement / recognition for being Lifetime Platinum. Midway through the stay one of the management team asked why a Platinum SPG member would come from Australia to stay at the Al Maha Resort?

The meals and service offered at the resport was excellent. The price of wine was about 4-5 times that of the price being charged for the same wine at Dubai Airport shops.

Upon checkout I wanted to use Instant Awards to pay for some of the incidentals and was advised the resort only had limited participation in the SPG program and didn't support the SPG Instant Awards program. The limited participation reference on the Al Maha website doesn't indicate this "feature".

At checkout the Al Maha attempted to charge me AED450 for a one way transfer back to the Sheraton Emirates Mall. This is despite have paid AED400 at the Sheraton Emirates Mall for a two way transfer. It took about 30 minutes for the Al Maha resort agree to remove this charge from the bill even though I showed them a copy of the bill from the Sheraton Emirates Mall.

After 2-3 days SPG points for the incidentals were credited to my account. We are still waiting to determine if I will receive the SPG points for the $6K of accommodation. Again the limited participation reference on the Al Maha wesbite doesn't indicate this "feature".

All in all the Al Maha Resort is a special place for a maximum 2-3 night stay. If anyone is looking to leverage their SPG status at this resort I would spend the money somewhere else.

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Old Sep 29, 14, 3:11 am
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Does anybody have SNA experience at this property ?

Thinking about booking a night on points (39K special offer) to experience this unique property.

Standard suite is "Beduin Suite", so I wonder if anybody has experienced larger suites ("Royal" or "Emirates") available with SNA's ?

(I've not passed the 50 nights mark yet, so unable to try myself)
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Old Sep 29, 14, 3:18 am
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Originally Posted by raunow View Post
Does anybody have SNA experience at this property ?

Thinking about booking a night on points (39K special offer) to experience this unique property.

Standard suite is "Beduin Suite", so I wonder if anybody has experienced larger suites ("Royal" or "Emirates") available with SNA's ?

(I've not passed the 50 nights mark yet, so unable to try myself)
I believe you can't use SNA for all suites properties.
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Old Sep 29, 14, 6:02 am
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I believe you can't use SNA for all suites properties.
That is indeed correct, SNA's cannot be used in those properties.

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Old Dec 17, 14, 5:01 am
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Starwood Lurker,

Understanding that you have to phone to book an award, but is there a set points rate for this property. 60K and 140K have both been quoted on the thread ?
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