Dubai – Bab al Shams Desert Resort & Spa

The desert … you really need to go there if you are in Dubai. The desert is the highlight for me every time. And this year we even spent two days and one night in the desert – at the Bab al Shams Desert Resort & Spa. A dream out of 1001 nights!



The Bab al Shams is totally in the middle of the desert! Far and wide nothing but sand. From Dubai it takes about 45 minutes by car to the resort and already the way there is wonderful! At first you have a wonderful view of the skyline of the Sheikh Zayed Road and the Burj Khalifa and then you can see how the sand is becoming more and more fine and the further you go the trees and shrubs are becoming less and less. In the end, you’ll see the palm-lined entrance to the Bab al Shams Desert Resort.


The hotel is so oriental and traditional and adapts itself with the sand-colored walls perfectly to the environment. In the entrance hall you will find many oriental details such as carpets, lanterns and seats. Completely different than the modern hotels in Dubai but still beautiful! The rooms can be reached by a short walk through the hotel area, which is simply beautifully designed and completely opento the outside! Numerous palm trees and open lounges with comfortable cushions are found along the paths. In the middle of the area is a beautiful place with a water area, which is beautifully lit at night. More orient-feeling isn’t possible! The rooms are like the whole area totally authentic and traditional. All the oriental details can be found here again! From the balcony or terrace you have a direct view into the desert.




The pool area is simply a dream! The highlight is definitely the infinity pool with direct view into the endless desert. As already mentioned the entire hotel is totally open and so there are no borders or fences at the pool area. So the view is boundless and up to the horizon. Really a great feeling of freedom!


Also in the pool area is everything very oriental. For example, large clay vases are placed in the water and beautiful sand-colored arches and seats are designed. In addition to the large infinity pool, there are two other pools, which are right next to it. A very flat which is more for children and a slightly higher with a great pool bar.



As you can imagine, you can experience one of the most beautiful sunsets in the desert. And on the rooftop terrace of the Bab al Shams the stay is truly unforgettable! Directly above the main restaurant, adjacent to the pool area, is an incredible rooftop lounge. Different seating corners decorated with oriental lanterns and cushions and then the incredible view into the wide desert. I can’t put it into words!



If you want more adventures, you can also get this at the Bab al Shams. The hotel offers desert safaris with the jeep or quad, riding on horses and camels and the famous falcon show. There is a long list, which you can finde in the hotel!


Otherwise, you can also just walk on a discovery tour. With just a few steps you are out of the hotel and is in the middle of the desert. Especially in the early evening, when the sun is already far down and everything immersed in a beautiful, warm light is worth a walk. Pull out the shoes! The sand is beautifully warm and soft. If you see a dune, climb up in any case and just sit down in the sand. A light wind blows through your hair and you experience an incredible feeling of freedom. If you are lucky, you can even see a small desert animal or even spot a few antelopes in the distance.

I could tell you more and more about the great stay in the desert, it just inspires me again and again and belongs always to the most beautiful experiences in Dubai. The two days and night in the desert have put another one on top! I would highly recommend the Bab al Shams to anyone! Click here to go to the website with many more impressions.

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