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Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa

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Reviewed yesterday NEWvia mobile

Great location one hour from Dubai, on the road to Abu Dhabi. Excellent Arabic food - too much choice. Also a place to experience the culture, look how they lived historically, kamel riding. Definitely worth to visit, especially as this is putting Dubai in a different perspective

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Reviewed yesterday NEW

Lovely location, beautiful hotel, clean rooms, huge pool (a little cold perhaps). Indian restaurant Masala served delicious food for a reasonable price while being serenaded by by a very talented bunch of musicians. Will definitely go back.

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Lausanne, Switzerland
Reviewed 3 days ago NEWvia mobile

Very charming place with delicious indian food and oustanding service from M.Nibni,who has been giving us very good advices on choosing our meals. The food with spicy but not too much. Just perfect!We will be back.

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

Dear C-A H, Thank you for your kind comments. I will be sure to let our staff Nibin know how much of an impact he has made on your experience. We are always pleased to be your second home when you're at the area. Kind regards, Reuben Mifsud | Cluster General Manager Meydan Hotels & Hospitality T: +971 4 381...

London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 4 days ago NEWvia mobile

Hotel situated at 45'/1 hour driving from Dubai and 1h30hrs from Abu Dhabi. Very unique and special hotel in the desert which is perfect for family stay with kid as there is everything that you need without moving from the hotel. 2/3 swimming pool facing the desert, bicycle activities,Camel driving, 4x4 desert tour,... The rooms has they unique style with...

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

Dear Gastronomia1973, Thank you for giving us a perfect rating and for recommending our hotel to other travelers. Though you find our prices not up to your expectations, I am glad that you had a wonderful stay overall. I very much look forward to welcoming you back in the near future to remain a Bab Al Shams fan. Kind regards,...

Dublin, Ireland
Reviewed 4 days ago NEWvia mobile

Nice location in the desert makes for what feels like a traditional experience. Interior of facilities and building design are nice. Pool areas are plentiful with lots of space so getting a lounger isn't a problem. There's extra touches lacking.. Spa only has treatments, no facilities to actually unwind which is surprising given this resort is in its nature a...

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

Dear AJCeire, I appreciate you taking the time to provide me with such detailed feedback of your stay with us. I am very happy to read that you are pleased with the facilities and services provided by our service team. I personally took note of the various other comments you mentioned which regretfully did not meet your expectations during your...

Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

So, 50% off bookings says the website, and no matter which link you follow, you end up with rates which are significantly higher. I have stayed at this hotel multiple times and its getting more and more expensive for a very underwhelming offering. The normal rate for a twin room, ends up at 2,000AED after the 50% discount, which is...

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

Dear Tina and Graham, We appreciate you taking the time to provide us with such feedback about your stay at Bab Al Shams. I am saddened to read that few areas of your stay did not meet your expectations. Apologies for the inconvenience. Your comments are much appreciated as they are indeed crucial in supporting our improvement efforts. Thank you...

Astoria, New York
Reviewed 1 week ago

Just stayed in Bab Al Shams few days ago with my friends and seriously cannot wait to go back. I have never been to Dubai before and was looking for a unique place to stay in. We did not want to stay in a hotel/resort that we could find anywhere else. This resort was so wonderful. The architecture and layout...

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

Dear Hwapyung M, What a wonderful review, we truly appreciate your business and your trust in us. I am extremely delighted to read that our ambiance, staff and services met your needs and expectations. Thank you and we look forward to welcoming you back to Bab Al Shams in the near future. Kind Regards, Reuben Mifsud | Cluster General Manager...

Lattakia, Syria
Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful place in the heart of the desert View fantastic sunsets Good service and fine dining restaurants Resort recommended for relaxation My visit was one of his restaurants who enjoys intimate atmosphere with singer

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

Dear Hishamabdullah, I appreciate your positive feedback about our resort, its sunset views, restaurants and staff service. I am glad you enjoyed your stay with us. I assure you I have passed on your comments to my team. I very much look forward to welcoming you back in the near future to remain a Bab Al Shams fan. Kind regards,...

Reviewed 1 week ago

+'ves: The staff were amazing, particularly in the Indian restaurant where they couldn't do enough for us. Swim up bar is lovely. Indian restaurant was probably the best I've ever eaten and the staff were 1st class. Loads of live entertainment which was all amazing. Fireworks both nights I was there. Falcon show was cool. -'ves: The larger swimming pool...

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

Dear Ewan G, I appreciate you taking the time to provide me with such detailed feedback of your stay with us. I am very happy to note that our Masala team provided you with an excellent service. I personally took note of the various other comments you mention which regretfully did not meet your expectations during your stay. Rest assured,...

Lancaster, United Kingdom
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were two female friends travelling from Dubai to Abu Dhabi and back up to Bab Al Sham, Dubai. We stayed one night and had the two half days at the resort as we checked in at 12 and our room was ready. Valet and concierge sort car and cases and we went and explored the resort. All 5 star,...

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

Dear T0nyandSuzy, Wow! What a wonderful review, we truly appreciate you taking the time to share your amazing experience with us. I am very happy to read that our staff and services met your needs and expectations. Thank you for recommending our resort and we look forward to welcoming you back in the near future. Kind regards, Reuben Mifsud |...

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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 | P.O Box 8168, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Region: United Arab Emirates > Emirate of Dubai > Dubai
Price Range: $258 - $831 (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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#7 Top resorts Hotel in Dubai
#37 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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“desert view a good choice.”
 of 5 bubbles johnfgriffiths, 13 Feb 2017 | Read review
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“The goundfloor rooms have outdoor anterooms. Perfect for drinks”
 of 5 bubbles cocong1960, 26 Jan 2017 | Read review
“I feel the lower level rooms were best.”
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“Ask for the desert view room or a garden view, they're different both precious.”
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