Need to escape the city? Reconnect with nature and yourself in a luxurious suite at Bab Al Shams Desert Resort

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Nov 1, 2020

Sprawling desert sands meets traditional Arabian style in these luxurious desert suites at Bab Al Shams Desert Resort

If this year has made you yearn for some time to reset in nature, there’s one place that tops our list. Just a 45-minute drive from both Dubai and Abu Dhabi, the Bab Al Shams Desert Resort is renowned for its luxurious authentically design and comforts. Since 2004, people have been flocking to the resort for a break from the city, whilst enjoying luxurious levels of hospitality in one of the 105 hotel rooms. And for those looking to experience total isolation, the suites here have just the right amount of privacy and natural connection.

And it’s a lot more affordable than you might think… Keep reading to find out why we love this iconic desert resort.

Bab al shams entrance amid the dunes
The entrance to Bab Al Shams Desert Resort amid the dunes. Credit │Supplied

The suites

There are ten suites at this hotel, each landing you in the midst of the dunes for total seclusion. Both the Junior and Deluxe suites have their own terraces in which to relax away from the crowd. Decorated with handcrafted Arabian furnishings, the rooms and separate majils provide lots of space in which to relax but those who need more room, the deluxe suite is your go-to. Blending into the desert landscape, you can sequester yourself away with the family or cosy up with a loved one in total peace.

The pool

Then continue the secluded vibes to the pool with a Private Cabana Experience where you can spend a lazy day in your own poolside pergola. Included in the package you’ll get one main dish each, a fruit sharing platter, four house beverages and free-flowing soft beverages all day. Those staying in the hotel will pay Dhs600, while for day guests it’s Dhs1000. But for those staying in a Deluxe Suite, you can enjoy the experience complimentary.

The food

Dinner spread at Bab al Shams
Get a taste of true Arabia at Bab al Shams Desert Resort. Credit │Supplied

The dreamy desert resort is also known for its line-up of delicious restaurants, so don’t miss out on dining here as you recentre. Those after authentic Arabic plus international flavours, should head to Al Forsan where traditional dishes are served alfresco during the winter months. For a taste of India there’s Masala or for the flavours of Italy, Le Dune curates a sampling of true Italian fare in the desert.

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