Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa

When my father-in-law visited us in August, we took the opportunity to go for a quick getaway. We were looking for a destination that wasn’t too far of a drive, family/child friendly and would not break our bank. We settled with Bab Al Shams after asking around and reading some good reviews on Tripadvisor.

Located just 40 minutes away from Dubai, it was a quick, scenic desert drive there. Along the way, we saw signs warning the presence of camels and horses but never once chanced upon them. The resort was situated smacked in the middle of a desert.

Here are some photos taken during the getaway:

Room

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Facilities

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Activities include camel riding, falcon watching, swimming, spa, desert safari and more.

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In a nutshell, it was a relaxing escapade. The service was good and welcoming, the room was luxurious and comfortable, and the breakfast had ample yet exciting varieties (even honey dripping from its comb!). This resort makes a perfect holiday destination for honeymooners and city dwellers looking to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. As for families, a maximum of two nights is recommended due to the lack of child-oriented activities, especially for younger kids. Otherwise, the Bab Al Shams is overall, an interesting and pampering experience 🙂

TIPS: The rates are cheaper if you book in advance via the resort’s website. There are no eateries around the area, with the nearest mall around 25-30 minutes away. So do bring along your Entertainer vouchers for discounted dining deals at the resort’s restaurants. We had a satisfying dinner at Masala. If you have the budget, go for the famous Al Hadheera desert restaurant!

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