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Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa

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London
Reviewed September 1, 2015

I along with my wife and parents visited Dubai in 2011 and decided to spend some time in Bab-al-shams as it was recommended to us by a relative. The resort has got some really nice views of the desert and has a nice swimming pool overlooking the desert. For lunch we tried Al Forsan, however the most amazing part was...

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Mohamed A, General Manager at Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa, responded to this review

Dear RahulMahajan, Thanks for reviewing us! It was great to see that you had an enjoyable stay at the Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa and liked the pools, the food, and the service. It'll certainly be a pleasure to welcome you back again and we hope it won't be too long a wait! Kind regards, Mohamed Aghoury, Cluster...

Bucharest, Romania
Reviewed September 1, 2015

The Resort is close to Dubai, but sufficiently remote. It's very classy. The pools are awesome. I recommend it for couples, but you can go with friends as well (as I did). The food from the restaurants wasn't as good as in Dubai itself, but ok. Personnel are polite are helpful. They have camel back rides, hawks and shows with...

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Mohamed A, General Manager at Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa, responded to this review

Dear Ioana L, Many thanks for reviewing us! I was happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay here at the Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa and we all hope to see you again soon! Kind regards, Mohamed Aghoury, Cluster General Manager

Toowoomba, Australia
Reviewed August 31, 2015

Everything was incredible at this hotel from the service, to the rooms, to the atmosphere. We arrived very late at night and it was wonderful to be greeted so warmly from the 2 men working out of the front of the hotel. The hotel is about an hour away from Dubai but they have free shuttles everyday that take you...

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Mohamed A, General Manager at Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa, responded to this review

Dear Anji J, Thank you so much for your kind words and the good score you gave us. We are very pleased that you enjoyed your stay at our hotel. We are proud that we can provide our guests the relaxing atmosphere of an Arabian Oasis just a few kilometers away from Dubai. Please come back soon - we would...

Dundee, United Kingdom
Reviewed August 30, 2015

We had a weekend at Bab al Shams recently and it was lovely and peaceful, a true escape from the hustle and bustle of Dubai. All the staff were extremely polite and helpful a real credit to the hotel. Without a doubt the staff make your experience very enjoyable. Beautiful low set hotel with lovely pool and grounds plus the...

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Mohamed A, General Manager at Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa, responded to this review

Dear mumzie278, Many thanks for your review! I was happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us and hope to see you again soon! Kind regards, Mohamed Aghoury, Cluster General Manager

London, United Kingdom
Reviewed August 30, 2015 via mobile

We live in Abu Dhabi and so stayed at Bab Al Shams to combine some luxury with a weekend of cycling as there is an incredible cycling track all through the desert right outside the hotel. We didn't think the hotel was as incredible as some of the other luxury desert hotels in the region. It was a lovely weekend...

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Mohamed A, General Manager at Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa, responded to this review

Dear allstartsprog, Thanks for your review! I was disappointed to hear that some aspects of your stay were not so great. Please accept my apologies for the service shortfalls you encountered during your time here. It would be a pleasure to welcome you back to show you that we can do much better. Kind regards, Mohamed Aghoury, Cluster General Manager

Croydon, United Kingdom
Reviewed August 27, 2015

I found this hotel,staff & services very special indeed. My only issue with this hotel is the cost of the food & drink in the restaurants. I would advise all my fellow travelers to book a minimum of HALF BOARD if you want to stay at this hotel otherwise you will need a very large wallet. I did make a...

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Mohamed A, General Manager at Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa, responded to this review

Dear Thomas H, Many thanks for reviewing us! I was happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay here at the Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa and we all hope to see you again soon! Kind regards, Mohamed Aghoury, Cluster General Manager

Jaipur, India
Reviewed August 27, 2015

v celebrated our marriage anniversary here which was extended to us by our dubai based son and let me tell u v had an unforgettable romantic feel.this desert resort is very far fm the city-approx.1and half hrs.but worth staying.the ambiance was cool,calm n with an earthy charm.the rooms were quite comfortable,cozy with modern amenities.the bathrooms were not very spacious but...

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Mohamed A, General Manager at Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa, responded to this review

Dear dprakash533, Thank you for sharing your review on TripAdvisor and congratulations once again on your anniversary. I was very pleased to read your kind comments and will make sure to share them with the entire team. Thank you once again and we look forward to welcoming you back again soon. Best regards, Mohamed Aghoury, Cluster General Manager

Perth, Australia
Reviewed August 25, 2015 via mobile

Bab Al Shams was amazing. The plus points: Masala Restaurant - absolutely delicious food. We were on an all inclusive package & felt like royalty. We picked whatever we wanted from the menu. The service was also really good. We went there twice during our three day stay. The chef's butter chicken was a hit. We were served by waiters...

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Mohamed A, General Manager at Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa, responded to this review

Dear Une_Bella, Very many thanks for your review! It was a pleasure to have you as our guests and I was happy to hear that you had a great stay with us! I do hope that we'll have the pleasure of welcoming you back in the not too distant future! All the best, Mohamed Aghoury, Cluster General Manager

Scottsdale, Arizona
Reviewed August 23, 2015

I visited this resort with my family for my birthday. We did not stay at the resort, but had a reservation at Masala Restaurant. It is quite a long drive from the city. The staff are very welcoming, and they love their jobs in the hospitality industry! Their smiles and the short tete-e-tetes I had with them made this very...

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Mohamed A, General Manager at Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa, responded to this review

Dear skjuly25, Many thanks for your review! I was happy to hear that you enjoyed your time with us and hope to see you again soon! Kind regards, Mohamed Aghoury, Cluster General Manager

Reviewed August 22, 2015 via mobile

Loved every bit of it! From Al Hadheerah dinner to our photo shoot, this was an amazing place! Very different from a usual 5 star hotel, this resort had a very earthy feel to it. We got upgraded to a deluxe room, staff were very friendly and helpful. The place is a treat for photographers n instagrammers! Woll definitely return...

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Mohamed A, General Manager at Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa, responded to this review

Dear Sheryl O, Thanks for reviewing us and for your kind words. It was good to see that you had an enjoyable stay with us and we hope to see you again soon! Kind regards, Mohamed Aghoury, Cluster General Manager

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
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  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa
  • Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
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  • Wheelchair access
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  • Smoking rooms available
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  • Free Parking
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  • Business Center with Internet Access
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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 

Additional Information about Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa

Address: International Endurance City, 308th Rd, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Location: United Arab Emirates > Emirate of Dubai > Dubai
Price Range: $176 - $714 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa 5*
Number of rooms: 113
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Bab Al Shams Desert Resort And Spa
Bab Al Shams Desert Hotel Dubai
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#8 Top resorts Hotel in Dubai
#38 Spa Hotel in Dubai
#40 Business Hotel in Dubai
#47 Family Hotel in Dubai
#48 Luxury Hotel in Dubai
#53 Romantic Hotel in Dubai
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“Choose a room with a desert view - if mobility is an issue, ask for a ground room.”
 of 5 bubbles straller, 2 days ago | Read review
“All rooms are perfect!”
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“room with terrace is nice”
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“desert view a good choice.”
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