Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara

Abu Dhabi, Middle East

The hotel

An oasis of luxury spectacularly located in the beginning of the Empty Quarter, the world’s largest uninterrupted sand desert. Magical doesn’t even begin to describe the Anantara Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort, there’s an almost mystical quality to it, making it a superb choice for that special occasion – a honeymoon perhaps or a special anniversary? Sun soaked dunes provide a dramatic backdrop, admire them from the sun deck that surrounds the swimming pool. Like the bedouin, camel riding is the way to explore. Alternatively, hop on-board a 4x4 for a spot of dune driving or find your way round by bike. The amenities at the Anantara Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort are as mind-blowing as the destination itself. There is everything you could possibly want for an indulgent week or two. For a start, the suites and rooms are considered amongst the finest in Abu Dhabi, featuring rich interiors and breathtaking desert views. A state-of-the-art fitness centre, tennis courts and the Anantara Spa await you also and, if you’ve children with you, they’ll love their very club, one aimed at younger kids, the other specifically for teens. There are four dining venues in total, each one offering an extensive range of Middle Eastern dishes as well as gastronomic experiences from around the globe – reserve yourself a table and enjoy!

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Safari
  • Spa
  • Swimming Pool
  • Kids Club
  • Babysitting service
  • Room Service
  • Laundry Service
  • Internet Access
  • Restaurant

Where is it

Embedded deep within the legendary Liwa Desert. Transfer time from Abu Dhabi International Airport: 2 hours.

Hotel information

205 villas, rooms and suites. All with air-conditioning, flat-screen TV, media system, telephone, complimentary WiFi access, mini-bar*, Nespresso™ coffee maker, safe, hairdryer, iron and board. Deluxe Garden Rooms are located on the ground floor featuring a terrace that showcases stunning, uninterrupted desert views, with 1 king-size bed or 2 double beds, sleeping maximum 2 adults and 1 child (under 12 years).

Half Board option: includes lunch or dinner in AL Waha or Ghadeer (dinner set menu for Ghadeer), except for 31 Dec which is restricted for lunch only. Should the guest booked Half Board wish to dine in other restaurants: AL Falaj or Suhail, the hotel will extend a credit.

Full Board option: includes lunch and dinner in AL Waha or Ghadeer (dinner set menu for Ghadeer), except on 31 Dec. The hotel reserves the right to change the meal set up from buffet to à la carte or set menu with no prior notice. Should the guest booked Full Board wish to dine in other restaurants: AL Falaj or Suhail, the hotel will extend a credit.

Above is inclusive of local mineral water only. All other beverages shall be paid upon consumption.

The hotel reserves the right to change the meal set up from buffet to à la carte or set menu with no prior notice.

Deluxe Balcony Rooms are located on the upper floor with spacious balconies with 1 king-size bed or 2 double beds, sleeping maximum 2 adults and 1 child (under 12 years).

Deluxe Terrace Rooms are located on the corners of the upper floors, with an outdoor terrace, with 1 king-size bed or 2 double beds, sleeping maximum 2 adults and 1 child (under 12 years).

Anantara Suites are on the ground floor with a patio, sun loungers and a separate bedroom with 1 king-size bed and living room, sleeping maximum 2 adults and 2 children (under 12 years). 1 child (under 12 years) sharing existing bedding with parents free of charge, 2nd child (under 12 years) where applicable will be charged AED 450 for extra bed, both on a bed a breakfast board basis. Anantara Suites can connect to Deluxe Garden Twin.

One Bedroom, Family Two Bedroom and Three Bedroom Pool Villas are also available, each with living, dining and kitchenette areas and private plunge pools.

Suhail (steakhouse and rooftop lounge, open for dinner and drinks), Al Waha (Middle Eastern and International buffet, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner), Ghadeer (light poolside meals and Mediterranean cuisine, open for lunch and dinner), Al Liwan (lobby lounge). Al Falaj* (Arabic barbecue dinner in the sand dunes, open October-April, subject to weather). Dining by Design* (personal dining experience). Swimming pool. Anantara Spa* with luxurious treatment rooms and Moroccan hammam. Fitness centre. 2 floodlit tennis courts*. Archery*. FAT Biking*. Desert walks*. Desert yoga*. Dune bashing*. Falconry*. Saluki Dogs Show*. Horse riding*. Camel riding*. Liwa Tour*. Library. Kids' club* and teens' club*. Babysitting* (on request). Laundry/dry-cleaning service*. Complimentary WiFi access. 24-hour room service*.

3 nights between 27 Dec–2 Jan.

Check out not permitted on 30 Dec–1 Jan.

* Denotes local charge.

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Very nice experience

May 19, 2019 Freedom56738358946

We had the very nice experience here. Thanks very much for all the staffs, we enjoyed the stunning view, the very clean and beautiful rooms, very nice services in both activities arrangement , room services, food quality. We are impressed most for the activities tour guide as they are experts and very nice. Thank you!!
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Stunning & unique!

May 12, 2019 Stella0707 Hong Kong, China

We truly enjoyed everyday of our desert life there. It was definitely something different. Every corner was photo postcard perfect! The drive was about 3 hours from Dubai airport but it wasn’t as bad as we thought it’d be. It felt much faster than it actually took. We went in May which was considered a low season and for one night, the hotel… Read more
We truly enjoyed everyday of our desert life there. It was definitely something different. Every corner was photo postcard perfect! The drive was about 3 hours from Dubai airport but it wasn’t as bad as we thought it’d be. It felt much faster than it actually took. We went in May which was considered a low season and for one night, the hotel occupancy was so low that one of their restaurants was closed for dinner. It didn’t bother us at all but we overheard a couple got really upset as it was their last night there and they didn’t know the restaurant would be closed. Perhaps the resort can work on a better communication system with their guests, a simple note in the room would be good enough. Our only comment is that we wish the resort had a better variety of restaurants as well as more entertainment facilities such as a proper pool or snooker table would be great (they have a pool table in the kids room (not sure why) and the DVD selection is vintage!). We did join a few activities such as camel ride, dune bashing etc. but it’d be great if they offer something more inside the resort. All in all it was still a lovely experience, we loved all the staff there, they were friendly and accommodating. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Excellent location

May 12, 2019 Voyager47561810385

Not so good transportation inside facilities. You have to be patient with the boogies. Excellent location. Pool service very slow and pool bar extremely slow for easy tasks as shisha or sandwiches. Early and late check in and out does not work, even if you ask for it through their own mail service.If you need two rooms next to each other you may… Read more
Not so good transportation inside facilities. You have to be patient with the boogies. Excellent location. Pool service very slow and pool bar extremely slow for easy tasks as shisha or sandwiches. Early and late check in and out does not work, even if you ask for it through their own mail service.If you need two rooms next to each other you may or may not get them depending on your effort not theirs... Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Bad experience especially when it comes to food

May 10, 2019 330tariqa Saudi Arabia

Especially in Ramadan the resort was not prepared and we couldn’t find any thing to eat @iftar time no Arabic coffee even we need to wait for restaurants to open and order even after ordering it will takes from 1:30 to 2 hours to get the food
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Another great experience

May 8, 2019 bonoilanda Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

We spent the first weekend of May there since last time we were there 3 years ago and I have to say that the place remains perfect and unique. Staff are very helpful and friendly, facilities are great and the food is really good. Hope to come back before 3 years.