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Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa
Ranked #49 of 549 Hotels in Dubai
Certificate of Excellence
Dubai
Level 6 Contributor
74 reviews
42 hotel reviews
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“Had a unique experienced in this lovely hotel”
Reviewed 15 June 2014

Stayed here for two days and love it every minute. Love the authentic Arabic design and the ambiance of the hotel. Nice place to relax and do some star gazing at night at the open air restaurant with terrace. Staff are very polite specially the concierge, very helpful. I would highly recommend this hotel if you want to have a unique experience.

Room Tip: Just 45 minutes from Dubai city.
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
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Mohamed A, General Manager at Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa, responded to this review, 18 June 2014
Dear Guest,

Thank you for choosing to stay at Bab Al Shams Desert Resort and Spa and it was indeed a great pleasure having you and your family with us.

I am delighted to read that you had a memorable stay and thank you so much for your comments on our service and people especially with our Concierge team.

We are glad that you enjoyed the ambience and facilities we offer.

It was a pleasure to have you stay with us and we look forward to welcoming you back soon.

Best regards,

M. Aghoury
General Manager
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Sydney, Australia
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49 reviews
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Reviewed 14 June 2014

Stayed as a young family for 2 nights. I regret that I did not book for longer stay.

The hotel's desert oasis theme was unique with infinity pool sitting beside sand dunes. The room was spacious and had interior that matched the exterior of the resort. The restaurants were nice and rooftop bar offered great view and night scenery with all the lighted lamps. The Arabic buffet dinner with show was not cheap but unique. The food selection was not impressive but the setting and the design of the whole premises made up for it.

The taxi ride from Dubai costs about 120 Dirham and takes bit less than an hour. You probably have to request taxi about an hour before check out if you do not want to wait around too long at the lobby.

The staff were probably the most friendly bunch. I have never seen any hotel staff caring for departing guests like they did. We were waiting for the taxi after the checkout, and they constantly checked with us if we needed anything while we were waiting, and provided us with cold bottles of water as we get on the taxi.

Overall, relaxing and unique experience, and I would definitely recommend this resort to my friends and family.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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Mohamed A, General Manager at Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa, responded to this review, 15 June 2014
Dear guest,

Thank you for your sharing your feedback on TripAdvisor with regards to your recent stay at Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa.

I greatly appreciate your time taken to advise us the positive comments on our room, ambience and setting, swimming pool and most especially on our amazing and friendly staff.

We have noted all your comments on the food and our price and have taken them into consideration for review.

Once again, thank you for posting your review and we look forward to welcoming you again on your next visit to the resort.

Kind regards,

M. Aghoury
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Reviewed 12 June 2014

Beautifully designed, lovely gardens and pools. Service was excellent.

A perfect place for a romantic get away.

The only thing to watch is which night you're there. We'd picked a Thursday night which was sea food BBQ night - which was not great for me being allergic. The chef did me a steak so it was all fine.

Room Tip: I can't imagine there's a "bad" room at this hotel. It's really lovely.
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Mohamed A, General Manager at Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa, responded to this review, 15 June 2014
Dear guest,

Thank you for sharing this very kind review about your recent experience at Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa.

I am delighted to read that you had a wonderful stay with us and that you were pleased with the way our chef took care of you.

It was indeed a pleasure to have you stay with us again and we look forward to welcoming you back to the resort soon.


Best regards,

M. Aghoury
General Manager
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Munich, Germany
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Reviewed 11 June 2014

Even the hotel is far from the city, it is definitely worth it! I (from Colombia) stayed at the hotel with my German friend, as start of our trip around Dubai and Thailand, and couldnt be a better start! The combination of pool and desert is awesome, service and staff are incredible (we were getting complimentary water, sweets and fruits all the time!!!), and even we have traveled quite a lot around the world, we found this hotel as one of our best trip experiences!

Room Tip: Select desert view room!
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
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Mohamed A, General Manager at Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa, responded to this review, 15 June 2014
Dear guest,

Thank you for your kind comments on Tripadvisor with regards to your experience in Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa.

We are delighted to learn that you and your friend had an enjoyable stay with us.

We really hope to welcome you all again to the resort in not so distant future.


Kind regards,

M. Aghoury
General Manager
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Colchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 June 2014

Perfect location for some rest and relaxation with friends or romantic night/weekend. Pool side views of the desert. In the evening spend your night sat around the fire pit, enjoying a very traditional desert experience in 5 star comfort.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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Mohamed A, General Manager at Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa, responded to this review, 11 June 2014
Dear Guest,

Thank you for your review regarding your recent stay at Bab Al Shams Desert Resort and Spa.

We appreciate your time taken to advise us and the positive feedback and recommendations you have given. We are glad that we could contribute to making your trip to the Bab Al Shams a great experience.

We look forward to welcoming you again at Bab Al Shams.

Kind regards,

M. Aghoury
General Manager
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Hong Kong, China
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Reviewed 9 June 2014

Though it's a bit costly compared to other hotels we stayed in our trip, and it's in a remote location almost an hour by cab from the downtown area, we just love the traditional Arabic design when we entered the resort surrounded by the desert, our room is nice and clean though sadly couldn't have much nice desert view as blocked by the tall trees.

Our stay included buffet breakfast for two, restaurant environment is nice, but as for the food, rooms for improvement we would say.

Also thanks for the lovely welcome gifts for our anniversary celebration, the wine, the fruits and the chocolate just exceeded our expectation and definitely have made our day!

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Mohamed A, General Manager at Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa, responded to this review, 11 June 2014
Dear guest,

Thank you for your kind comments on TripAdvisor with regards to your experience in Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa.

We are glad to learn that you had an enjoyable stay with us. Thank you for your appreciative comments on the resort's ambiance, our room, and our Al Forsan Restaurant.

It feels great to know you our small anniversary presents were appreciated and had made your day.

We hope to welcome you back to the resort in not so distant future.

Kind regards,

M. Aghoury
General Manager
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Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 June 2014

We recently visited the hotel with some friends for a night and I can honestly say its the nicest hotel we have ever stayed in. Everything in the hotel was fantastic, from the Arabic design to the choice of pools. Would highly recommend this hotel to anyone wanting to get away from the hustle and bustle of Dubai.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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Mohamed A, General Manager at Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa, responded to this review, 11 June 2014
Dear guest,

Thank you for sharing this very kind review about your recent experience at Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa.

Our sole focus is to provide a flawless and excellent service to our valued guests, and to contribute towards a memorable stay at the resort. Therefore we are thrilled to learn that you have enjoyed your stay with us.

Your kind review has been shared with the team and we are looking forward to welcoming you back to Bab Al Shams in the future.

Kind regards,

M. Aghoury
General Manager
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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:
#6 Top resorts Hotel in Dubai
#37 Spa Hotel in Dubai
#40 Business Hotel in Dubai
#45 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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