Staycation: Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa

Head deep into the dunes to experience another side to authentic Arabian hospitality


The rooms 

With its Arabian fort-like ambience and secluded desert dunes location, this is a getaway that combines rustic charm with 21st century comfort at every turn. The resort’s 115 guestrooms and suites are a nod to cultural symbolism, with locally inspired artwork and decorative camel saddles mounted on the walls. The calm-inducing Hamman-style bathrooms, however, steal the show.

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 The food 

It’s hard to beat Al Hadheerah desert restaurant, a fairytale setting for a spectacular Arabic feast complete with live entertainment, although the irresistible taste of the sub-scontinent awaits at Masala. As the sun sets, head to Al Sarab Rooftop Lounge and drink in the sweeping views of the resort. Plus, this month Al Forsan Lounge is showing all the FIFA World Cup matches, with themed snacks and drinks.

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 The activities

It’s a toss-up between action and relaxation with a host of family-friendly activities to try, from camel riding and desert safaris to falconry, horse riding, archery, mini golf and croquet. If that sounds a little too taxing, you can drop the children off at Aladdin Kids’ Club and book a pampering couples’ treatment at Satori Spa, or head to the outdoor swimming pool for a refreshing dip in the water. 

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