V Presenter, News Anchor and mum of two

Laura Buckwell tells us her experience when visiting the beautiful five-star oasis.

As soon as we heard Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa was on Privilee as a partner hotel - we jumped at it. Ever since arriving to Dubai 10 years ago, I’ve been told how wonderful the resort is but somehow I have never managed to visit. Well there was no excuse when I saw it was a new Privilee partner hotel, we found it was not actually that far at all and pretty much a drive in a straight line. It was everything I’d imagined and a little bit more. A beautiful oasis in the middle of the desert. The drive up to the resort was magical and the walk through the hotel gave us a wonderful glimpse of authentic Arabian architecture, 'where old meets new'.

As we continued through the resort, we passed a beautiful courtyard with bellowing sheet curtains just before we arrived at it's three outdoor swimming pools, over-looking the desert. We headed straight to the main pool and the kids had a good splash around in 'proper' five-star liquid luxury.

Bab Al Shams wasn’t just a resort day, it was a full-on oasis getaway experience in stunning desert surroundings (it was a bonus to get 25% off our lunch with Privilee and access to the kids' club which was in a little Arabian hut too). Although it wasn’t the largest of play areas, the desert view outside the kids' club was magical and the facilities and toys were excellent.

We will be going back soon and recommend it to fellow mums who fancy a day out somewhere different - the day ended watching the sunset, camels and a quick free falcon show.


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Nov 17, 2019