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Al Maha Desert Resort. United Arab Eremites.
can't help feeling a little like Lawrence of Arabia on the
journey to the Al Maha Resort in the heart of Dubai's
desert. Al Maha is located 45 minutes away from Dubai city
of Gold. Though 4-wheel drive jeeps have long since replaced
camels as the most common form of transport, the sense of
adventure, privacy and isolation remains. Open since March
1999, the Al Maha was the first ecotourism resort built in
the United Arab Emirates, home of the indigenous species
such as the Arabian Oryx and Gazelles have been reintroduced
and wander freely.
At Al Maha, your suite is more than just
somewhere to stay, it is part of the experience. The
architectural style, materials, and textures all draw
inspiration from the traditions of a Bedouin encampment.
Above you, the soft curves of the calico invoke the Bedouin
tent. Handcrafted woods turn furnishings into art. And the
legendary generosity of the desert is a way of life that is
reflected everywhere, from the sheer space of your cool
interior to the sweeping wooden veranda complete with its
own private temperature-controlled pool. Here is your suite,
you can be completely private. Just as a tent stands apart
from all others, your suite stands separately from it's
neighbors. But there is one thing that they all have in
common: the breathtaking views across the timeless desert to
the mountains beyond."
Samode Palace Hotel,
"The winner of the award for the
best Heritage hotel in the country, for 5 consecutive years,
the Palace has been meticulously restored offering a retreat
into an aesthetically beautiful environment where visitors
can enjoy India's natural beauty and rich history.
Samode Palace is one of India's most charming and romantic
hotels. It offers a quiet, elegant and luxurious atmosphere.
Considered India's finest hotel for its consummate standards
of modern hospitality, accommodation, services, cuisine and
amenities, it is the flagship of the Samode Hotels.
The Samode Palace hotel maintains an immutable majestic
presence and is a touching reminder of the vision of its
creators." Comment: Having traveled in India,
I can attest to the high standards Indians demand of their
premium hotels and services. Many of the hotels I
stayed at were top rated, but none compare to the Samode
Palace. Even without having stayed there, I feel
certain that the experience would be spectacular and not