The five-star, palatial Anantara Qasr Al Sarab Resort sits as an oasis in the middle of one of the world’s longest uninterrupted stretches of sand desert, the Liwa Desert, 190km from Abu Dhabi international airport.
The emotive landscape of undulating dunes provides the backdrop to an incredible romantic getaway as much as it does an opportunity for adventure. The villas, rooms and suites look out onto the desert, melding soft toned interiors designed with rich Middle Eastern fabrics, local artefacts and sharp geometry that frames the background. Relax in a day-bed or private plunge pool as you gaze over the spectacular view.
The hotel is incredibly well-equipped and staff evoke the true hospitality of the region, ensuring guests are kept in permanent luxury. Highlights include a freeform infinity pool where it is not uncommon to find local wildlife graze and take shade nearby.
There is a state of the art gym, an impeccably maintained floodlit tennis court and a very well-stocked library to flex the mental muscles. The hotel also has a team of experienced yoga instructors, or guests can even enjoy a spot of archery. For excursions off site, camel trekking is also an option.
Lastly, the Anantara Spa with its Arabic design is the ultimate oasis-within-an-oasis, providing its specialised signature treatments and therapies, sauna, massage and body scrubs. Anantara Qasr Al Sarab Resort was voted #2 best resort in the Middle East by Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards.