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“Exotic Arabian themed hotel in the middle of the desert”

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Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa
Ranked #49 of 556 Hotels in Dubai
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 27 January 2012

We chose this hotel as a destination for our first wedding anniversary and it turned out the be the best choice. It is in the middle of the desert - a desert resort. Something we had never experienced before.

It has an arabian theme to the entire property. By far, the best service we have experienced in any hotel we've stayed in. This hotel has impeccable service.

The pool is worth a special mention. The pool is never ending.

Definitely a must go if you have a spare day in Dubai. Worth the experience.

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  • Stayed: March 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 January 2012

Really nice place , good facilities and excellent service, especially by the pools and at breakfast. Excellent rooms in unique styles. All in all, a great experience.

  • Stayed: January 2012
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Reviewed 24 January 2012

The Hotel Was Nice ...
But the look of the rooms were kinda retro.
The Main Problem we had was while havin dinner @ the desert restaurant we already did the reservation & when arrived @ the restaurant our reservation was not present there in the list & we had to wait 1 hour to get seated.

  • Stayed: March 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 23 January 2012

With family or with friends, the place is absolutly a peice of paradise. The style, the colours, the decor, the pool.....waw

  • Stayed: June 2011
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Reviewed 21 January 2012

I have stayed in the hotel on three occasions in 2011, last being for Xmas, each time we have bought family or friends, still fantastic, the staff are very good, although check in and check out is still one of my beefs from every hotel i visit and Bab Al Shams is definiately not the quickest, spent xmas eve in Al Hadeerah Restaurant which was very nice, camels walking in the hills at the back, men on horses re-enacting a tribal fight. The xmas day lunch was fantastic, very very busy, and apart from having to keep asking for a parasol, as was sitting outside in the sun, it eventually arrived and considering how busy it was the staff did an excellent job, with the most amazing food choice as also for the Al Hadeerah, they even managed to find some gluten free bread for me. Rooms are great, and the bathroom, especialy the tub, down side is the lighting in the room is way too dark, they should have a discrete extra modern light with at least a 100 watt bulb, got given lots of nice extras in the room at xmas which was a nice touch, i am planning on coming back in a couple of months times for a weekend. Previously the service around the pool was not good, but has improved. The gym has some equipment that was not working properly but otherwise highly recommend resort if you want to get away from it all and really relax.

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 19 January 2012

Arrived at this resort in the early hours of the morning after a long flight from Sydney and it really was quite spectacular. Checking in was quick and all the staff were very helpful. Our room was just the standard room but it was still great - first floor, little balcony overlooking the desert, tea and coffee facilites, great king bed, a lovely bathroom with all the normal amenities.

On the first day we signed up for horse riding (all activities are charged by the way - except to play table tennis!) and then spent the afternoon lazing by the stunning pool. Staff brought over complimentary fruit on sticks for us, laid out our towels on the sun beds, service with a smile. There were nice little touches throughout our stay from complimentary camel rides and bird show, to turn down service and fruit and dates stuffed with nuts left for us in the evening.

We also ate the the buffet restaurant - Al Hadeerah - my partner and I had so much fun there. It's not totally 'authentic' but I think you just take it for what it is...we thought the entertainment was great - dancing, singers, a little show with horses and camels walking across the horizon, fireworks... all under desert stars. The food was expansive as well. A poultry and meat area, rice, breads, dips and sides, kebabs, a fish and seafood section, loads of different desserts. I think I tried to eat one of each dessert! We loved it!

It's not cheap but it's only 1 hour away from Dubai city and it was totally worth it!

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 January 2012

Beautiful hotel and cracking accomodation, food is excellent. However it is around half hour drive from Dubai so would not stay here if you wish to sample life in Dubai. Great for a couple of nights luxury in the desert with an infinity pool and a number of restaurants. Food and drinks are quite expensive though.

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about 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:
#6 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: £220 - £693 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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