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Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Reviewed 16 October 2015 via mobile

It was summer time and I had a desire to be in the desert. So I came across this hotel and I read the type of activities they provide, and I liked it. Plus it was a 30min drive from my house. I absolutely admire the hotel for everything they build and offered. The architecture is based on the heritage...

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

Dear fuad_alhosani, 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

Prague, Czech Republic
Reviewed 16 October 2015

we spent a weekend at Shams last November. It offers a nice escape from the hustle of Dubai. The amenities are great, large beds, spacious rooms, great outdoor pools and amenities, large selection of restaurants and activities.

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

Dear DaviHofm, 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

United States
Reviewed 15 October 2015

In the middle of the desert this hotel is beautiful and interesting. The rooms are very dark but well appointed. We are a family of 5 and they were able to accommodate us with adjoining rooms which was great.

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

Dear M L, 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

Singapore, Singapore
Reviewed 15 October 2015 via mobile

Got a taxi out from Tecom Dubai without any problem which cost 115 Dirham. Arrived out to the Banquet and the place was very quiet due to it been a DRY NIGHT but the food was very good. There was no music or dancing but it was still a good night and as usual left after eating way too much....

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

Dear Pat D, Many thanks for reviewing us! I was happy to hear that you enjoyed your dinner 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

Winchester, United Kingdom
Reviewed 11 October 2015

Stayed here for our 20th Wedding Anniversary for 3 nights. Just used the facilities to chill out by the pool and enjoy the restaurants. Overall, the experience was wonderful and we'd really recommend it. Friendly and attentive staff, fantastic pool and lovely food. It is expensive (but the UAE is in general), but worth it.

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

Dear RobW_Waterloo, Thank you for sharing your wonderful review on TripAdvisor and congratulations 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

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Reviewed 11 October 2015

This is not the usual beach resort weekend getaway. Instead, Bab Al Shams is like an oasis of green, calm tranquility in the middle of the hot, brown desert. When booking a room, you can choose between a courtyard view or desert view, as the hotel is surrounded by desert on all sides. I liked the Arabic architecture and ambience....

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

Dear Shamona C, 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

Portsmouth, United Kingdom
Reviewed 11 October 2015

Arrived on a Tuesday for a three day all inclusive plus stay. The place is beautiful, very well maintained pools and gardens. We counted a dozen or so bird species, with an unaccompanied walk out to watch the rising sun providing ample evidence of other wildlife in the area. The rooms were quietly cooled, of a good size and interestingly...

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

Dear jomob, Thank you very much for your wonderful review on TripAdvisor. I truly do appreciate your kind comments; it is heartwarming to know that our hospitality and service does not go unnoticed. Please rest assured that I shall personally be sharing your feedback with Amit & Elias as well as the entire team. We thank you for your recommendation...

London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 9 October 2015

Lovely clean and stylish hotel. Room was beautiful with traditional decor. Amazing stone bathroom area too. Food was excellent at the Arabic buffet which also had great entertainment. Breakfast was even better. Fantastic selection.

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

Dear Dylan F, 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

Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Reviewed 9 October 2015 via mobile

Spent a fantastic evening here with buffet style dinner and live cooking stations plus some great entertainment. The choice of food was excellent and the service was very attentive, which made for a most enjoyable evening. Would highly recommend

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

Dear Scott M, Many thanks for your review! I was happy to hear that you enjoyed your dinner with us in Al Hadheerah and hope to see you again soon! Kind regards, Mohamed Aghoury, Cluster General Manager

London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 7 October 2015

This hotel is stunning. The location is superb and isolated in the desert. The service is impeccable and so is the food. The sun loungers are large and soft with thick towels. Very luxurious and a great way to unwind. We only stayed for 2 nights but will definitely come back for a longer trip. 2 small niggles: bed is...

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Dear perbinder, 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

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  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
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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: $246 - $1,000 (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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#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, 25 Mar 2017 | Read review
“All rooms are perfect!”
 of 5 bubbles 221koeng, 13 Mar 2017 | Read review
“room with terrace is nice”
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“desert view a good choice.”
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