Starwood has taken over the management of the Emirates-owned Al Maha Desert Resort and Spa in Dubai, with the property now marketed under the group’s Luxury Collection portfolio.
The hotel will remain under Emirates’ ownership, but will be renamed Al Maha, a Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa, Dubai.
The property is located within the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, and features 42 secluded suites with tented roofs, floor-to-ceiling windows, private deck and pool. Guests at the resort can enjoy experiences including Sunset camel rides, desert safaris, wildlife drives, horse-riding and falconry.
Commenting on the management agreement with Starwood, Emirates said:
“Emirates regularly review its businesses to assess how they can be further developed. Al Maha was created on the back of a pioneering philosophy of conservation-based hospitality and has achieved consistent success since its opening 10 years ago. Its many accolades are a testament to this achievement, and now, Emirates believes that with Starwood Hotel’s expertise, Al Maha can be even further elevated.
“Emirates treats every decision on a case-by-case basis, and so the decision as regards Al Maha it is not reflective of how Emirates will proceed with its other properties. It’s currently focusing its attention on its new luxury conservation based property Wolgan Valley, located in Australia’s Blue Mountains which opened in 2009. It has been well received by the marketplace and has been awarded numerous accolades including a place on Conde Nast’s “Hot 100” list.”
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Report by Mark Caswell