On the outskirts of Abu Dhabi in the world’s largest uninterrupted sand desert is where Qasr Al Sarab by Anantara invites adventure in the most luxurious of ways. The castle-like exterior reflects traditional Bedouin forts of yesteryear with turrets, courtyards, and fountains. On arrival, guests cross a bridge through an arched entryway before being led into the lobby and lounge where Bedouin artefacts abound and the windows and doors have been designed with tradition in mind. Dimly lit lanterns and falaj-style water systems add to the charm. The 7000 hectare resort has 140 rooms, 14 suites and 52 pool villas. The standard Deluxe Balcony room offers uninterrupted desert views from a private balcony. The Deluxe Garden Room has a terrace from which to savour the unique setting. Rooms are subtle in their design with blends of Arabia with richly coloured rugs countering the contemporary style. Pool villas face the sunset, with the Royal Pavilion Villas – among the finest in Abu Dhabi, set half a kilometre from the resort.

For an authentic dining experience choose Al Falaj where you will sit Bedouin-style on cushions and carpets under the stars. Suhail is the rooftop restaurant and a good spot for a sunset drink. Ghadeer, the poolside Mediterranean restaurant, and Al Liwan the lobby lounge. From the hotel discover the Rub’ al Khali desert by camel or fat-tyre bicycle, sandboard down the golden slopes, and try your hand at archery. If something gentler is better suited, enjoy desert walks or unwind in the luxurious hammam at the Spa.


 

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