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A Gourmand for a Day at Al Maha

The uber-luxurious Arabian inspired desert conservation resort Al Maha, on the outskirts of Dubai has always been an overnight retreat or treat I should say. I’ve been super lucky over my umpteen years here to have experienced this heavenly haven three times, if my memory serves me correctly. Fortunately for our wallets, it’s now open for us to experience as a day guest, like Six Senses Zighy Bay, whether you fancy lunch, afternoon tea or dinner under the watchful eye of Executive Chef David Miras – and many an Arabian oryx and gazelle.

Thanks to a Twitter event,* organised by social media queen Geordie Armani, FooDiva can certainly vouch for the lunch… which we paid for I should add. The resort is now managed by Starwood’s Luxury Collection brand and the quality of the food has drastically improved since they took over from Emirates’ hotel operating division – when has an airline excelled at F&B?… unless you are flying first class of course. Quality ingredients, yes sadly many flown in, but perfectly executed a la Francaise… For AED 240 per person, you can choose three courses from a small, seasonal a la carte menu at Al Diwaan restaurant – soft beverages included. Here’s a taster of our lunch:

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