Qasr Al Sarab by Anantara
A secluded oasis in the desert, Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara is magical — you’re surrounded by dunes as far as the eye can see. Reminiscent of a traditional Bedouin village, the resort sits among the incredible rolling red and orange dunes of Rub Al Khali, the world’s largest uninterrupted sand desert. Although it’s about 75 miles from Abu Dhabi Airport, this property is worth the trip. The lantern-lined approach into the valet parking bay sets the scene for the enchantment to come, which continues in the stunning lobby and pervades every inch of the public spaces and guest rooms.
Reminiscent of a Bedouin village, the resort sits among the rolling dunes of the world’s largest uninterrupted sand desert.
Accommodations (140 rooms, 14 suites, and 52 pool villas) are spacious, with gardens, balconies, or terraces; suites are larger; and villas have private pools. Decor throughout features subtle earth tones and contemporary Islamic-inspired furnishings. Bathrooms are elaborate and impressive, with dual vanities and luxurious oversized soaking tubs.
With desert views of varying distance, all rooms and villas mix Arabic decor with dark wood furniture, marble floors and neutral earth tones. Entry-level Deluxe Garden and Deluxe Balcony rooms are very spacious and offer the best value; Deluxe Balcony rooms offer roof-level views of the fort and desert, Deluxe Garden rooms also look out over the dunes but at ground-floor level, with the added bonus of a small garden and private outdoor terrace. On the upper floors, Deluxe Terraces have roomy outdoor spaces with day beds looking out across the sand. Upgrade to a super-luxurious, one-bedroom Anantara Pool Villas for a separate living area, kitchenette, a private plunge pool, sun deck and personal butler.
The sumptuous and serene Anantara Thai spa is set among aromatic hanging gardens, around a peaceful courtyard filled with trickling fountains. It means business with its navy- and gold-tiled hammam, ice room and six lavish treatment rooms. There are also two outdoor Thai salas for private yoga. All therapists are Thai and, as per UAE law, women are always treated by female therapists and men male therapists. The wide range of treatments includes exotic wraps, jetlag-combating herbal compress massage, floral foot rituals, milk baths, scrubs and OPI mani-pedis. Spa treatments and also offered in your room.
This is one of the most incredible resorts in the world, with landscape, luxury, and culture all in the one location.