Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara

By: Editor In Chief
Sat 10 January,2015

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Filed Under: Travel & Tourism

Escape to Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara and let the stresses of everyday life melt away. Uncover a heritage of rich local culture, and reminisce over ancient splendour. Take in towering red sand dunes that glimmer in the desert sun for as far as the eye can see. Glimpse free roaming sand gazelles and captivating Oryx, and explore a landscape of breathtaking natural beauty.

Launched in Oct 2009, Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort is located just 90 minutes from Abu Dhabi, set within the famed Liwa Desert – an area steeped with tradition and bursting with legacy. Step back into traditional Arabia and journey into the fabled desert from this magnificent 206 room resort. Designed to absorb the region’s distinctive custom, guestroom interiors are inspired by the simple grandeur of an old desert fortress and boast locally hand-crafted furnishings, rich carpets and embroidered fabrics to evoke ambient warmth and an inescapable sense of romance.

For the ultimate in lavish experiences, guests are invited to retreat in three bedrooms villas, promising a regal getaway. Featuring the finest five star services, including a 24/7 butler, these private palaces benefit from two bedrooms with King beds, one bedroom with Twin beds, a common lounge area, pantry, private pool, sundecks, oversized bathtubs, rain showers and complimentary WIFI.

Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort also offers one and two bedroom villas as well as a range of comfortable rooms all exuding sensual Arabian touches. Adorned with hints of Bedouin tradition and exquisite reminders of timeless culture, guests are assured of feeling a million miles away from the fast pace of city life.

Unveiling a series of gastronomic adventures, the resort offers a variety of enticing dining choices. Relax in comfortable chairs at Suhail – Rooftop Bar and Grill, where guests can feast on the finest grills and seafood whilst taking in sweeping views of the starlit dunes in the distance. Or indulge at Al Waha restaurant, where the finest Middle Eastern and international delights await. Ghadeer is a poolside restaurant where guests can enjoy two different ambiances – a relaxed atmosphere during the day, and dinner by candlelight at night, with delectable cuisine hailing from the local area, complemented by flavours of the Mediterranean. For light bites or treats at anytime Al Liwan lobby lounge is an idyllic rendezvous spot for friends and family, offering traditional blends of tea, rich Middle Eastern coffee and fine snacks.

Qasr Al Sarab unfolds a gateway of cultural discovery to the mesmerising traditions of the Liwa Desert. Be prepared to stand in awe at the sight of amazing natural phenomenon, such as the crystallised sand formations known as ‘Desert Roses’ that embellish some of the largest dunes in the world.

Traverse the undulating landscape by traditional means atop a camel with an experienced guide, and live out epic Arabian experiences as you soak up the region’s fascinating history. Glimpse at the Arabian wildlife as they roam in their natural habitat, a 9000 sq km protected nature reserve. Or simply pass an evening in the style of centuries gone by, gazing at a starry sky from the desert’s natural vantage point of a beautiful ochre red dune.

Reveal the true spirit of Arabia with a visit to the Bedouin Tent by the Falaj. Become immersed in the local way of life and savour a string of authentic Arabian customs, against the backdrop of vast dunes and enchanting desert surroundings.

After a day of enthralling activity, let the beautiful and supremely intimate Anantara Spa become the perfect oasis of privacy and serenity. Relax in one of five spacious desert view treatment rooms, from which to enjoy a wide range of divine indulgences. The highlight of the spa is an exclusive Moroccan-style Hammam with the calming sound of running water echoing from ornately tiled walls. Double heated marble beds, Jacuzzis, steam rooms and an exclusive Ice Cave pamper those who indulge in the ornate Hammam. Take pleasure in signature experiences, richly inspired by the region and fused with the finest local ingredients. Choose from a soothing selection of Thai-themed treats for overall rejuvenation, and reap never-ending pleasures with luxurious facilities such as a Vichy treatment room, whirlpool bath, steam and sauna.

For those with lots of energy to burn, the fitness centre offers a variety of different classes held outdoors, in the main pool and aerobics studio including Kinesis, yoga on the dunes, pilates, Zumba, BLT, Aquafit, core conditioning, step aerobics, weight limited training, cardio kickboxing classes, tennis, basketball, volley ball, along with a weights and cardio room available for those looking to work off extra steam.

Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara is a scenic retreat located in an astounding, unique environment, encompassing authentic aspects of desert life and capturing the true heritage and culture of the region.

A tapestry of colour, culture, luxury and ingenuity are just waiting to be discovered at Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara.

For Bookings and Reservations Please contact Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara on Tel: +971 2 886 2088 or email: For further information please visit


Editor’s Note:

For hundreds of years throughout Thailand, people would leave a jar of water outside their house to provide refreshment and extend a welcome to the passing traveller. Anantara is taken from an ancient Sanskrit word that means 'without end', symbolising this sharing of water and the heartfelt hospitality that lies at the core of every Anantara experience.


From lush jungles to pristine beaches and legendary deserts to cosmopolitan cities, Anantara currently boasts 30 stunning properties located in Thailand, the Maldives, Indonesia, Vietnam, China, Cambodia, Mozambique and the United Arab Emirates, with future properties to open in Mozambique, China, Sri Lanka, Mauritius, Laos, Qatar and Oman.

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