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 Magical desert resort

Jul 20, 2019 Stujames64

Spectacular location, beautiful building and excellent staff. The rooms are lovely with views over the Empty Quarter dunes and the pool is perfect. Great breakfast to. Overall, a unique experience - highly recommended
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Jul 20, 2019 Curiosity632271

I took my daughter to Qasr Al Sarab on our way to the UK. It is the most amazing resort I’ve been in my life. The staff are extremely friendly and helpful. Even in the summer there are enough activities to occupy my 6-year-old daughter. The food is amazing as well! Will definitely come back again!
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Loved it!

Jul 17, 2019 E978CLrebeccas Manama, Bahrain

We had three nights in a pool villa in July, and despite the heat we were able to enjoy being outside by dipping into our own private pool. Total luxury, and worth the addition cost of the room. We also loved the food and the friendly and attentive staff, and everything about this hotel is spot on. Can't wait to come back.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Unforgettable- AMAZING... but expensive

Jul 14, 2019 marko1974 chicago

We stayed for 2 nights and it was the highlight of our trip to the UAE... One cannot describe here the location.. surrounded by sand dunes in the middle of the desert. The facilities are very clean, modern, and elegant. The pools and service are top notch. The food and drinks are SUPER expensive. A hamburger with fries is $30 USD at the pool… Read more
We stayed for 2 nights and it was the highlight of our trip to the UAE... One cannot describe here the location.. surrounded by sand dunes in the middle of the desert. The facilities are very clean, modern, and elegant. The pools and service are top notch. The food and drinks are SUPER expensive. A hamburger with fries is $30 USD at the pool restaurant.. a bit ridiculous. We had the dinner buffet in the desert.. it was too expensive and just so so.. there was a lot of wind in the evening hence we had sand in our food/plates and mouths... its also pretty dark out there and maybe not worth the $250 for a couple to have a little dinner. All in all it is a place that is unforgettable even though it is not cheap at all. You must experience it yourself. Read less
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Jul 13, 2019 dhj0120

We went on a staycation from Abu Dhabi, with the additional goal from my perspective of a marriage proposal. The journey through the sand dunes is an indication of what to expect at the resort, nature at its finest. From arrival you are treated as special and looked after from friendly and attentive staff, nothing seems to be too much trouble.… Read more
We went on a staycation from Abu Dhabi, with the additional goal from my perspective of a marriage proposal. The journey through the sand dunes is an indication of what to expect at the resort, nature at its finest. From arrival you are treated as special and looked after from friendly and attentive staff, nothing seems to be too much trouble. We arrived early and the villa was available as soon we had finished the check in process. We had a 1 bedroom villa with a private pool and I cannot understate how impressive this was. The villa was everything we expected but I was not prepared for the amazing view that we had from our garden and pool. We booked into the steakhouse and the staff ensured the proposal went off without a hitch, even collecting the ring from the villa and taking it to the restaurant. I don't like singling out an individual, but Alexandria in the bar is an absolute gem and helped out with the proposal. 3 days of absolute bliss, made even better by a late check out. I cannot recommend this resort enough, it is a must visit resort! Read less