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Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa
Ranked #57 of 565 Hotels in Dubai
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 20 February 2012

Beautiful rooms - all with an authentic Arabian feel. Great for a romantic getaway - even though it is a resort you don't feel over-whelmed with other people or screaming children. Great selection of dining options and excellent standard of food. Beautiful pool area over-looking the desert. Sundowners on the rooftop lounge is a must in the winter months. This was my second visit - the first time I went was when the hotel was managed by Jumeirah and I have to say that there are a few differences in terms of management etc. My first stay was outstanding, and although the second time did have some flaws I would still recommend the resort to people wanting to get out of the city for a quiet weekend.

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 February 2012

We spent three nights here in October with our 8 month old son. It was really hot, but the staff brought cold flannels, ice lollys and fruit skewers to you by the pool, and the pools were fantastic - three of them (one for children) all with shaded areas, varying depths and water features. The staff were friendly and helpful and the hotel is beautiful, especially at night when the corridors and courtyards are lit by lanterns. The buffet breakfast is good, and the food at the other restaurants is good too (we didn't try the arabian village restaurant in the desert because of our son). There are camels rides (extra cost) and a falcon show at dusk. If you are looking for somewhere to spend a few relaxing days, this is the place!

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  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 11 February 2012

Pool area was very relaxing but I was seriously disappointed with the rooms. Looked outdated with cracks everywhere. Place needs an update in certain areas.

  • Stayed: February 2012
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2  Thank Sanyang
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Reviewed 8 February 2012

One evening we drove out of Dubai into the sunset for what we were told was a fine dining experience. This was an understatement. Bab Al Shams is an oasis in the middle of the desert. The hotel is five star and majestic. The dining experience was extraordinary with local fare so fresh and tasty, it was the best meal we had during our four day stay in the Emirates. After dinner we sat under the stars for tea and shi-shas. You have to experience this if you are in this part of the world.

  • Stayed: April 2011, travelled on business
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Reviewed 5 February 2012

Me, my husband and two girls aged 6 and 9 stayed at this resort over the weekend 3rd feb 2012. As soon as we arrived we were greeted and made to feel very welcome. My girls were given soft camel toys and dates. Checking in was very smooth although we arrived at 11am our room was not ready until 3pm ( this was not a problem as we intended on lazing by the pool anyway). We made use of the sun loungers and the girls were happy to play in the pool and use the kids club. One pool was freezing but the family pool was lovely and warm. At. Night we ate in the pizza restaurant which was very nice and we ate in the buffet retaurant for breakfast, both were made cheaper by using the Dubai entertainer buy one get one free vouchers! We had booked two rooms as our daughters were too old to be sharing our room. We had one main door then both rooms came off a small area so were interconnecting. The rooms were very spacious and our daughters room had a balcony. We cannot wait to go back again!

  • Stayed: February 2012
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Reviewed 4 February 2012

This was our 3rd stay here and again it did not disappoint.
Thanks very much to Thomas for allowing us to change rooms to get a desert view. This meant we could sit in our little garden and watch the Bee Eater catching its food.
The gardens , grounds, pool and general ambience of the property made it really relaxing .The general service from all staff was excellent and the food really good, especially the Indian restaurant. We also enjoyed having pasta dishes added to the pizza restaurant menu.
For us the weather was perfect , clear blue skies and temperatures in( I think )the mid 20's.The clear sky made the evenings in the rooftop bar really special. It was really enjoyable to look through the telescope and see planets such as jupiter.
I really recommend this for a relaxing break in the sun.
The only slight negative is the cost of food and drink for people on holiday, rather than dubai residents, it is very expensive. The quality of the food and drink was faultless but means a substantial addition to your hotel room rate.

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 February 2012

Was in Dubai on business over my birthday weekend, my wife was also there on business at the same time, and one of our associates recommended we got out of town and spent a night here. And I'm very glad he did.

Unlike most of Dubai, this place is low-rise and swish - with no attitude to it at all. A great place to relax during the day and a stylish but under-stated place to spend an evening.

We loved it - perfect romantic retreat, we would have loved to spend another night or two there but we needed to be back in the craziness of town for business so reluctantly had to head back. Life doesn't get much better than watching the sun set over the desert from the rooftop bar with a G&T in hand.

If you go to the desert restaurant of an evening, it starts to feel a little bit more package-touristy - which may not be for everyone. But the show and the fireworks are spectacular. And make sure that you have a very light lunch so as to leave plenty of room to sample the vast choice on offer.

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  • 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
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
#40 Business Hotel in Dubai
#41 Spa Hotel in Dubai
#44 Family Hotel in Dubai
#50 Luxury Hotel in Dubai
#53 Romantic Hotel in Dubai
Price Range: £128 - £839 (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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