Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa
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As summer is the most quietest time in Dubai, all the hotels offer great deals on weekend and weekday packages, ranging from chill out to spa treatments. As my birthday approached I found a great deal offered at Bab al Shams, a 5* Jumeriah Hotel located out in the desert.
Heading off with a friend, she drove as I was still on crutches ( …
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HE SAID: After spending some time in the city, we decided to head to the dunes of the desert for a relaxing stay at Bab Al Shams Resort; www.jumeirahbabalshams.com. This place is fantastic. It's a luxury resort that is located right next to the sand dunes. It's a unique experience to swim in their infinity pool or hang out on a lounge chair with a …
... in everything in Atlantis is incredible. At 3.30 we met our tour driver at the concierge. We booked a desert tour. It was awesome, we would highly recommend it to anyone coming to Dubai. We were picked up in a 4x4 and taken out about an hour south to the desert. We were welcomed with ice cold drinks and watched a falcon demonstration first. We were told that it was 42 degrees. It felt it too! The falcon was awesome, and her trainer was very skilled. ...
... even though there was a fairly strong breeze. Everything looks like a moonscape at the moment because of the haze due to the heat. We had some dinner at a restaurant and then returned to our room. Watched the 9 o'clock fountain display from our room, great view and then some much needed sleep after been awake for 22+ hours. Looking forward to more adventures tomorrow. Will have to find indoor activities as it is too hot to be outside for too long.
How has this resort rated in the past?
This is the perfect desert oasis. Ask and you shall receive. Friendly staff and gorgeous location. a great place to pamper yourself.
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We travelled to Dubai for the first time, the trip was a 7th Wedding Anniversary present from my Husband. The whole holiday was a surprise, when he told me that we were going to Dubai I knew that It didn't matter where we were staying as the standard of hotels there are pretty high. As we were driving to the hotel through the desert I was not quite sure what to expect. It just felt so serial and out of this World the location was perfect away from all the hustle & bustles of Dubai a place you could really unwind & relax.
Disappointed by Bab Al Shams
Very disappointed. Lots of upset experienced by guests at check in when every individual occupant of each room was required to produce passports - or go home! "Did we not read the confirmation advice??"
Hotel feels small and confined. No privacy around pool I am vegetarian..lunch on arrival and dinner on first night had the same contents and very expensive (especially for a vegetarian) £40 GBP for a self service buffet.
Lots of very pleasant staff but SO poorly trained. Why..why why...?
(It took an hour for bath salts to be delivered to our room and we gave up asking for directions within the hotel.}
UAE hotels have a lot to learn.
The Magical desert Resort
This Resort is a dream comes true. Niched in the desert about 30 mins away from Dubai city, Bab Al Shams is an oasis in the desert. A fantastic resort built in old traditional Bedouin Arabic style, it entails mazes , patio with fountains, roof tops for shisha samplings, pools etc; the rooms are perfected in true Bedouin style and decors and attention to details take you out of this world.With its spa facilities, the resort is a unique experience.
The outdoor restaurant is fabulous and the dancers (male and female), food are all so perfect.
I cannot recommend enough this place for Travellers to Dubai who wish to be transported to a unique and sumptours experience.
Amazing desert resort
What a place! Situated about 50 Klm directly West of Dubai City in the middle of the desert. You see very few other cars as you drive out - just sand blowing over the road. Then you arrive at this glorious oasis. Arabic style resort. Beautiful rooms. Great meals. The chilled infinity pool looking out over the dunes is amazing, and sundowners at the rooftop bar should not be missed. Our young kids loved it too.
What a fantastic hotel. Well, not a hotel really, more like a little town out in the desert.
We stayed here after a disastrous trip to Hatta Fort, and it was exactly what we were looking for - a place to relax and unwind that was peaceful and comfortable.
This hotel is our favorite in Dubai. We stayed Madinat Jumeirah resort also for few days, but Bab Al Shams offered more arabian feels and experiences. As previous review, our children (8 and 3 years old) enjoyed free camel ride and touching a falcon. You must not miss a dinner at the Arabian Restaurant. Most enjoyable experience. My 8 years old daughter enjoyed filling many different colors of sand in a glass bottle to create a picture of camels in the desert and her name which she displays in her bedroom (from DH50) and also Indian Tattoo (from DH90) while we were having wonderful dinner. Our 3 years old daughter enjoyed touching a falcon and riding camel few times (free) and most of all she was treated like a princess by very friendly restaurant staff, waiters and chefs. It was very hot (over 40C) when we stayed since it is in the middle of desert, so It is best to avoid summer. I would suggest to stay few days here and few days in Jumeirah Beach area or City Centre hotels for shopping/beach etc. Most enjoyable stay. Highly recommended!
Context: As expats in Azerbaijan we get away from Baku 3 or 4 times a year and once or twice to Dubai as it's only just over 2 hours' flight away. With 2 young kids (7 and 4) we normally stay in hotel on J. Beach somewhere. However, our benchmark would be Hilton, Meridien etc. rather than Burj al Arab. Wanting to try something different we had rented an apartment in Dubai Marina but, visiting friends who were already staying at B-a-S, we were sufficiently impressed to book in there for our last four nights from 30th March.
After happily leaving the Palm Tree Courts (Jebel Ali Hotel), my wife and I raced through the desert to get to the Bab Al Shams. (stayed from 8 - 12 March 05) At the moment, this hotel is made up of 115 rooms, 1 pool (infinity pool overlooking sand dunes in the desert), 1 main restaurant and 1 desert restaurant.