Really getting away from it all is one of life’s greatest luxuries and whilst living in the Middle East your weekends may be saturated with sunshine and sandy beaches, the need for a change of scenery is something we all need, however amazing the view from our balcony.
Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa, part of Meydan Resorts is an ultra exclusive hideaway nestled amongst rolling sand dunes in the very heart of the desert in Dubai.
The resort is a renowned favourite with those ‘in-the-know’, celebrities and residents of the neighboring emirates of Dubai and Abu Dhabi for offering a one of a kind experience.
Designed in the style of an ancient Arabic fort, situated in the midst of some of the world’s most stunning natural scenery, the low-rise resort translates to mean ‘Gateway to the Sun’ and as you drive through the enormous curved gates, the searing Arabian rays bouncing off the oversized lanterns that line the pathway, this could not be more apt.
Here, you are offered complete privacy, an indulgent treat, and a perfect weekend break where you can meander through the shaded courtyards and hidden walkways, drift through the still waters of the infinity pool as well as dine under an uninterrupted blanket of starry sky at Al Hadeerah restaurant.
Bab Al Shams is an oasis of calm just close enough to the bustling metropolis of Dubai but still far away enough to gain a sense of relaxation that is based on sensory pleasure.
With a tasteful and traditional Arabic interior, the rooms & suites of the resort are undoubtedly luxurious with lashings of dark wood, a colour burst of silk canopies framing the oversized beds and all the amenities that you could need for a relaxing break in the sun without trying to overcompensate for the simplicity of the design with high-spec mod-cons and fussy gadgets. The overall effect is one of tasteful tradition, something that is evident throughout the entire resort from the moment of approach.
If it is relaxation you are after, relaxation is what you get with the world-renowned Satori Spa offering a variety of treatments from massages to facials. The Desert Spa Indulgence package is exactly that, a treat for the senses, incorporating a body brush, Balinese massage, prescriptive facial and a soothing neck & scalp massage. If it all becomes a little much like hard work, the more active can even partake in a spot of outdoor yoga as you glance out onto a seemingly never-ending horizon of beautiful sun-kissed dunes, a rolling palette of oranges and reds.
When it comes to culinary excellence, Bab Al Shams does not disappoint with a host of restaurants serving every cuisine from Arabic to Indian. The Al Sarab rooftop lounge is a breathtaking spot to enjoy shisha and watch the sunset and Al Hadheerah is a must for anyone that has never visited the desert before, a chance to be completely immersed into Arabic culture, with live cooking stations, traditional spit-roasts and magical entertainment.
This exclusive resort offers a little respite in your busy life; a glittering oasis which invites you to dig out your Missioni kaftan and let yourself become submerged into another world, Bab Al Shams really is the ultimate luxury retreat.
For more information http://www.meydanhotels.com/babalshams/