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Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa

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Hove, United Kingdom
Reviewed yesterday NEWvia mobile

This hotel is situated 45 minutes out of the main residential area of Dubai in the desert. It is delightfully designed in local style, with good sized and well equipped rooms. Service is friendly and impeccable and nothing is too much trouble. Good pool area and a selection of restaurants are on offer. Outdoor pursuits on offer include camel or...

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Stockholm
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Bab Al Shams is a fantastic place if you want to relax away from the bustle of Dubai. The architecture is lovely, the desert views nice, and the pool area is impressive. ROOM The rooms are quaint, in a "desert palace" style. Our room had a jacuzzi. The rooms are pretty dark, since they are protected agains too much sunshine....

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York, England
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Bab al Shams is in an amazing desert setting yet only 45 mins drive from the centre of Dubai. The hotel has a very tasteful Arabic theme, lovely rooms, stunning bathrooms, beautiful communal areas, restaurants and bars. The Arabic evening in Al Hadheera fort restaurant is a must-do and in a different league to the regular desert trips out of...

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London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Booked a 1 night stay to celebrate a birthday. Was not disappointed. Decor was beautiful and created a very unique environment. Room was absolutely stunning, with additional finishing touches making the stay extra special. Service from the staff was exceptional. Can highly recommend the Masala restaurant for delicious Indian curries and the rooftop bar for an evening drink under the...

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toronto
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Less than an hour from central Dubai this resort exudes old world charm but with very modern facilities. From the moment we arrived we were greeted by friendly staff, a quick check-in and someone to guide us to our room (this is necessary as the rooms are spread out). We had a second floor corner room with a small balcony...

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Reuben M, General Manager at Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa, responded to this review

Dear Straller, Thank you very much for taking the time to post a detailed but very positive review of your stay with us last January. I am pleased to read that you loved your entire experience from the warm welcome on arrival, efficient check-in process, room ambience, decors, and amenities and special occasion set-up especially prepared for you. We are...

Hong Kong, China
Reviewed 6 days ago NEWvia mobile

We were staying at this resort for a few days mid of March 2017. Hospitality, service level, quality of foods, fit out of the property, etc. all deserves a triple A. We would be happy to come back someday.

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Reuben M, General Manager at Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa, responded to this review

Dear Jetlag1001, Thank you for giving us a perfect rating and for recommending our hotel to other travellers. I'm sure our entire hotel staff enjoyed catering to your needs as much as you enjoyed your stay. Look forward to your return soon. Kind regards, Reuben Mifsud | Cluster General Manager Meydan Hotels & Hospitality T: +971 4 381 3122 M:...

Vienna, Austria
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Very nice international food, with great variety. Brunch in a beautiful green garden, pool available. Great entertainment for kids (camel and pony rides, pets), jumping castle, live music etc. We liked most the paella and grill.

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Reuben M, General Manager at Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa, responded to this review

Dear Bri196, Thank you very much for your positive review posted here at TripAdvisor. I am so delighted to read that you enjoyed your entire dining experience at our Al Forsan Restaurant during Friday Brunch, from our amazing food selection, live music and kid's activities. I hope your next visit is just around the corner. Looking forward to welcome you...

Nieuwpoort, Belgium
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were invited for a saturday lunch buffet in this wonderful resort restaurant. Sitting inside or outside with super service. You are welcomed at the frontdoor with a refreshing towel and lemon icedrink. Then seated in a very nice and cool restaurant and choosing exquisite dishes from the buffet. The Chef has explained the dishes we didn't know. And of...

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Reuben M, General Manager at Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa, responded to this review

Dear WalterJGD, I am always pleased to receive feedback such as yours. My team and I are thrilled to read that you have thoroughly enjoyed your entire dining experience at Al Forsan Restaurant. I am very happy to know that our staff made you feel comfortable. Thank you for choosing Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa. We look forward...

Hobart, Australia
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was our third return visit to the lush Oasis of Bab Al Shams.What makes this resort so special that we have kept coming back each year on our Dubai stopover travelling home to Australia. Yes it's beautiful, luxurious,magical, great nightlife, amazing pools, fabulous dining,private rooms with an Arabian decor,water features & quiet corners...all these things make it a desirable...

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Reuben M, General Manager at Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa, responded to this review

Dear Victoria P, Thank you for staying with us again. I appreciate your wonderful feedback about our resort. It is delightful to know that you have thoroughly enjoyed your stay in our property, particularly for its luxurious, magical and of course Arabian ambiance. In addition we are glad to know that you had a pleasant experience in our amazing pools,...

Darlington, United Kingdom
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited Bab al shams to watch the sunset from one of their restaurants on the rooftop. Lovely views of the desert. Restaurant was very authentic with gorgeous Arabian style food. Lovely attentive and helpful staff who created a warm atmosphere. There was even musical entertainment which was excellent. The hotel grounds themselves are beautiful with lovely poolside areas. Highly...

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Reuben M, General Manager at Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa, responded to this review

Dear Amanda S, Thank you for writing us a review following your recent stay. I am truly glad to read about your flattering remarks on the overall facilities of the resort, our Al Sarab Rooftop Lounge, it's food, entertainment and most especially our amazing staff. These are only few of the many things that we greatly take pride in. Once...

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
  • Pool
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  • Spa
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
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  • Hot Tub
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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
Region: United Arab Emirates > Emirate of Dubai > Dubai
Price Range: RM764 - RM3,158 (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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Also Known As:
Bab Al Shams Desert Resort And Spa
Bab Al Shams Desert Hotel Dubai
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#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
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  • Can tickets for local attractions be purchased at the front desk?
  • Do you have to pay extra for a mini-fridge?
  • At what time does the pool open each day?

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“I'd ask for a room near the swimming pool (which is also near restaurants & lobby)”
  • Deluxe room with terrace
  • Bath tub in Deluxe room
 of 5 bubbles roamingmatt, 29 Mar 2017 | Read review
“Choose a room with a desert view - if mobility is an issue, ask for a ground room.”
 of 5 bubbles straller, 25 Mar 2017 | Read review
“All rooms are perfect!”
 of 5 bubbles 221koeng, 13 Mar 2017 | Read review
“room with terrace is nice”
 of 5 bubbles NLaz2015, 4 Mar 2017 | Read review
“desert view a good choice.”
 of 5 bubbles johnfgriffiths, 13 Feb 2017 | Read review
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