Anantara Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort

5* out of 5 stars

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. 

Please note: A tourism tax of AED 15 per room per night applies at this hotel, to be paid locally.

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Accommodation

Deluxe Garden Room

Located on the ground floor and facing the desert, Qasr al Sarab Desert Resort’s Deluxe Rooms combine glorious royal Arabic décor with private terraces and access to the garden area. Stunning views of the uninterrupted desert valley are complimented by the interior’s sumptuous and inviting design, brought to life by a silver and bronze bejeweled chandelier.
 
Lie back on the king-size or twin beds with high tread-count linen, or take a relaxing soak in the oversized round bathtub or rain shower. All the while, our desert accommodation’s luxurious amenities such as flat-screen TV with DVD player, media box, free wi-fi, personal Nespresso coffee machine, a pillow menu, air-conditioning and a work station await you.

Deluxe Balcony

Located on Qasr al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara’s upper floor, our Deluxe Balcony Rooms come equipped with a private balcony and seating area from which to take in the dramatic desert valley view. Our luxury accommodation brings the splendor of the Emirates indoors, with Arabian décor designed to immerse you in a vibrant and majestic culture.
 
Each room is fitted with an oversized round bathtub big enough for two and rain shower to wash away any aches and stresses. A host of five-star amenities including flat-screen TV with DVD player, media box, free wi-fi, personal Nespresso coffee machine, a pillow menu, air-conditioning and a work station provide for all your needs.

Anantara Suite

The 14 One-Bedroom Suites at Qasr al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara each come with a palatial king-size bedroom, separate living room, and the option to connect with a twin bedroom for families. Bask in our Abu Dhabi hotel’s meticulous approach to tasteful Arabian décor, or sit out on your private patio complete with dining set and sun loungers.
 
All suites come with additional Anantara benefits, including oversized round bathtubs, rain showers and kitchenettes. Accommodation features such as desert views, flat-screen TV, DVD player, media box, free wi-fi, personal Nespresso coffee machine, a pillow menu and a work station all come as standard.

Anantara Pool Villa

The 29 One-Bedroom Villas at Qasr al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara are designed for those who enjoy their privacy, plenty of space and top-of-the-line amenities. Bask in the sun beside your private plunge pool. Retire to the outdoor shade for a cocktail brought to you by your personalised butler service. Rinse down under the outdoor shower before slinking inside to relax amid fine Arabian décor.
 
Our desert villas provide accommodation to suit the most demanding of requirements. Each luxury lodging comes equipped with a kitchenette, spacious bathroom with rain shower, flat-screen TV, DVD player, media box, free wi-fi, personal Nespresso coffee machine, a pillow menu, air-conditioning and a work station.

Two Bedroom Anantara Family Pool Villa

With one king bedroom and one twin bedroom, Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort’s 2 Bedroom Anantara Family Pool Villas are perfect for either families or groups of friends. Each villa serves as its own home-away-from-home, with a private plunge pool surrounded by sun deck and shaded areas. Our personalised butler service ensures you won’t have to lift a finger as you relax amid glorious Arabic décor in your private desert villa.
Floor-to-ceiling wooden doors separate the space, with bejewelled bronze and silver chandeliers hanging from above. While the style is classically elegant, all modern conveniences have been incorporated into the design of this luxurious villa, including kitchenette, spacious bathrooms with rain shower, flat-screen TV, DVD player, media box, free WiFi, personal Nespresso coffee machine, a pillow menu, air-conditioning and a work station.

Deluxe Terrace

With your own expansive rustic-style terrace, it will feel more like you’re in a suite when you choose a Deluxe Terrace Room. Each terrace provides not just uninterrupted desert valley views, but also an intimate outdoor dining area and day beds on which to recline in either the sun or shade. These corner rooms on the upper floor comprise 50 square metres of space finished to the highest standard of Arabian design.
 
The perfect combination of indoor/outdoor living, whichever part of the room you choose to be you’ll be well taken care of with flat-screen TV, DVD player, media box, free wi-fi, personal Nespresso coffee machine, a pillow menu, air-conditioning and a work station.

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Food & Drink

Al Liwan

With its name meaning ‘a gathering place’, Qasr al Sarab Desert Resort’s lobby bar takes on the flavour of a Middle Eastern bazaar. Local food and drinks such as strong Arabian coffee, mint teas, Arabic pastries and dates from Liwa offer distinctly authentic taste sensations. Must-try items include harerowa, ginger tea with milk, shay bezaafaran and chay halib bezaatar, all complimented perfectly by local decoration inspired by UAE culture.

Al Waha

Al Waha, or ‘The Oasis’, serves as an all-day dining haven of gastronomic delights. A tantalising buffet with live cooking stations showcases Middle Eastern and international cuisine with a touch of traditional Emirati flair. The authentic flavours of this Abu Dhabi desert restaurant include Makbous, Shawarma, Hareess and Biryani, all brought to life by selected theme nights featuring local performance artists.

Dining by Design

Dining by Design is the ultimate customization of your individual dining experience. Enjoy a romantic signature dinner amidst the golden sand dunes or indulge in a tantalizing culinary treat while watching the sunset from your private terrace. Your imagination only sets the limits.

Ghadeer

Offering icy treats to help you stay cool at this poolside bar as well as popular grilled sandwiches and light meals on an adjoining terrace for casual outdoor dining. By night, Al Ghadeer restaurant transforms into a romantic retreat, offering local favourites like the Arabic Mixed Grill and Rabbit Leg as well as ethnic Mediterranean cuisine with influences from Greece, Spain, Italy and Portugal.

Suhail

Named after a star that Bedouins of old used to navigate through the desert, Suhail serves the finest cuts of meat and the freshest seafood from across the world. At this rooftop bar and restaurant, guests can enjoy a tranquil atmosphere and sweeping views of the wadi below while they partake in fine dining with a French touch. Bask in cosy armchairs on the roof terrace or retire indoors for air-conditioned comfort and private dining options. Exclusive degustation dinners and wine tastings can also be arranged.