The attraction’s of Dubai aren’t limited (if “limit” is even the right word to use here) to the spectacular edifices built in the city proper. One shouldn’t forget the city was built in the desert, which still forms much of its surroundings. This arid wasteland is nevertheless an excellent place to establish a high-end retreat, one which takes advantage of the locations secludedness and picturesque nature, while also offering guests facilities worthy of Dubai’s acclaimed hotels. Something like Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa.
Built in an Arabic fort, around a desert oasis, Bab Al Shams is nevertheless just 40 minutes away from Dubai and 45 minutes the city’s airport, so access shouldn’t be an issue. The retreat offers a variety of rooms and suites, from the cozy and elegant Superior Rooms, to the lavishly appointed Deluxe Suite, to the sumptuous Royal Suite. Dining options are remarkably varied, ranging from the Indian-themed Masala, to the Arabic and Italian fusion Le Dune Pizzeria. Finally, this desert oasis boasts its own oasis of tranquility – the delightful Satori Spa.
With all the attention focused on Dubai’s world-famous sky-scrapers, it’s easy to overlook spots like Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa. But if you’re looking for a more relaxing, quieter time and still want to be within reach of glamorous city, this excellent retreat is definitely an option you should consider.