Staycation: Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa

Fabled charm meets top-tier luxury at this desert dream getaway


The rooms

Encapsulating the heart and soul of Arabia, swing open the doors of your room or suite to reveal an enchanting desert backdrop. Go wild by booking the Terrace Room, which offers a panoramic view of the expansive Palm Grove and towards the golden dunes where wildlife such as gazelle, geckos, cornucopias and the endangered Arabian oryx wander free in their natural habitat.


The food

Foodies can embrace the holiday spirit thanks to the 10-day festive fiesta (from 20-30 December) at four of the main restaurants. Highlights include the festive brunch at Al Forsan, with its huge buffet and fun kids’ area; the festive tree lighting on 7 Dec, complete with carols and traditional bites; and the spectacular New Year’s Gala Dinner at Al Hadheerah, complete with firework display.


The activities 

The weather is perfect at this time of year – ideal for ticking all those active pursuits off your wish list. Improve your stroke in the infinity pool, embark on a thrilling dune drive, or explore the local landscape on a fat bike. Horse and camel riding is also available – go at sunset for the best views. At the end of an action-packed day, wind down in an outdoor cabana with a pampering spa treatment. 

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