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Review of Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa

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Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa
Ranked #48 of 545 Hotels in Dubai
Certificate of Excellence
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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37 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Lovely place to relax”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2011

We recently visited Bab al shams for lunch with friends. If you live i Dubai or the UAE, you definately feel like you are in paradise in the middle of the dessert.The drive is not too long either so just perfect for a lunch break.I have heard that Jumeirah does not manage the resort anymore, not sure how the resort is with new management, but we stayed here for 2 nights back in 2007, and service was excellent as usual. We had dinner in the outdoor al hadeera restaurant, and for me its still one of the best outdoor restaurants i ever been. food is superb, the entertainment spetacular and you are seating in your arabic cushion in the middle of the dessert! id go back if only for this experience!. If you live in UAE and drive a 4x4, you can just go for an afternoon drive in the dessert just by yourself too.

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  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Sleep Quality
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Dubai
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98 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2011

Dear Bab Al Shams,
I would like to personally commend your staff for their attentiveness and willingness to assist us and their kindness throughout our stay.
A special thanks must go to the guys managing the pool area for supplying refreshing cold towels and refreshments throughout the hot afternoon.
Also commendation must go to the waiters and chefs at both the Masala and Al Forsan for their professional product knowledge of the items served their friendliness and again their attentiveness.
Al Hadheerah the Arabic themed restaurant was fantastic with all it local Arabic feel including the museum, delicious food and entertainment a must see experience.

Wonderful experience.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2011

Stayed there 5 days for a long weekend. Great place which appears to be very remote but still close to Dubai. Very clean. Great rooms. Nice service. I would come again. They recently changed management though.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Brazil
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2011

The hotel really deserves its five stars: the common areas and the rooms are beautifully decorated in Arabic style; the massive swimming pool is excellent even during the summer; the staff is very friendly and effective; the buffet breakfast was fantastic; and food by the pool and at the Indian restaurant, Masala, was also very good (a little overpriced, though).
The price for the stay was more affordable than other similar resorts, and we were offered some extras: room upgrade, a cake and late check-out. Location is also a plus for a weekend trip, since it is very near Dubai.
Two things were slightly disappointing: 1) three adults cannot stay in the same room (we had to book three rooms for five people) and 2) the activities are a little pricey, less varied and less interesting than those of similar hotels. That being said, we didn't care so much, since the pool was so perfect for a short break!
Overall, Bab Al Shams is definitely one of the best options around.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2011

We went to Bab Al shams for one night, during our honeymoon. When we arrived we loved the scenery. Although it's clearly designed to look "authentic", the hotel, atmosphere is nice. However, looking at the service and amenities it's definitely NOT a 5 star hotel. The very much recommended diner show was aweful!! Horrible food (and I love Arabic food) and constant attempts from various people to sell you stuff... You feel soo pushed. At around $ 100 per person for the diner we felt very much ripped off, which spoiled our stay overall. So enjoy the quiet surrounding, but don't go for the show. Maybe this is all because the owner has changed (used to be part of Jumeirah group and I can't imagine them delivering such a poor quality)

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  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2011

Bab Al Shams is a beautifully built hotel, when you get there it feels like an oasis away from the hustle and busltle of the busy world. When you arrive you are greeted with great hospitality and the staff make you feel very comfortable.
The rooms and bathrooms are very spacious, this was brilliant for us as a family of four in our room.
The Poolside is very beautiful and there are shaded areas for when the heat is at its maximum. When you are at the pool the pool staff come round at regular intervals with ice cream, cold drinks, cold spritz for the face etc, you really feel looked after.
All the hotel staff are very friendly and even when you just go past someone, you are always greeted with a smile.
The breakfast and dinner is absolutely amazing.
The Room service is brilliant and there is never a frown from the room service staff. They even did so much to steralized my one year old bottles.
This is a first class hotel where the staff are so friendly and make you feel at home. It is a beautiful getaway.

D. Bharaj

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Dubai
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2011

We reallty loved Bab Al Shams, the staff are attentive, the setting is lovely and the facilities are superb. When we arrived at the hotel there was a lovely cake waiting for us in our room for our wedding anniversary and my husband also arranged for some flowers to be brought to the room. The pool area was perfect for during the day although it did get quite busy and sun lounges were reserved from quite early in the morning. The restaurants to choose from were great in the evening. It was really nice to wonder out into the desert and watch the camel rides at sunset, so peaceful and relaxing. Would thoroughly recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank HelenaDubai
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Property: Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa
Address: International Endurance City, 308th Rd, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Region: United Arab Emirates > Emirate of Dubai > Dubai
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#7 Top resorts Hotel in Dubai
#36 Spa Hotel in Dubai
#40 Business Hotel in Dubai
#46 Luxury Hotel in Dubai
#47 Family Hotel in Dubai
#53 Romantic Hotel in Dubai
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:5 star — Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa 5*
Number of rooms: 113
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Translated from Arabic as "Gateway to the sun", the *award-winning 5-star Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa is designed to resemble a fortified rural Arab village amidst the desert landscape. Featuring low-rise architecture, this sandy coloured style fort boasts the main tower with Reception area and lobby and clusters of two-storey buildings housing guest accommodation, restaurants, spa and meeting facilities interconnected by seemingly endless little walkways. The charm of Arabia is personified in every corner of the property with small lanes running through the hotel, scattered around ponds and secluded seating areas, shaded courtyards, water fountains and trickling streams bestowing the feel of cool tranquillity. The abundance of green garden areas and manicured lawns adds to the quiet and soothing environment of the resort. The rustic Arabian theme of exterior design continues to flow in the carefully selected interior decorations and settings featuring uncovered natural stone floors, bare plastered walls, dark wood and iron fixtures, warm dimmed lighting and an abundance of artefacts showcased throughout the property. The resort boasts 113 rooms and suites offering cosy accommodation in an authentic Arabian style with majority of the rooms having a private terrace. All guest rooms and public areas have complimentary Wi-Fi access. *World's Leading Desert Resort, World Travel Awards. ... more   less 
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