Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara

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Average rate: $108 - Hotel class: 5 stars
1 Qasr Al Sarab Road, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

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Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara Abu Dhabi Reviews

Amrisalem Amrisalem
37 reviews
1001 nights Nov 01, 2011
Managed by Anantara, The resort is a piece of art in itself, a wonderful traditional Emirati architecture.

A wonderful and amazing lifetime experience as I have spent 4 nights in that amazing exotic desert resort

Normally one would love to have a room/suite with a sea view, but have you tried a room/suite with a desert view

There sand dunes look like ocean waves, a spectacular scenery and a wonderful feeling when you walk bare foot on the sand.

The Location:

In the middle of Liwa desert, the Empty Quarter, about 200 km away from Abu Dhabi city towards the Saudi boarders

Getting there:

You can go there either by car or helicopter, but you would need to reserve in advance for the later option

By car it is gonna take you around an hour and a half, and always pay ATTENTION to the road signs as there is a museum on the highway and there are a couple of HUMPS near the museum, so be very careful as most of the cars will be speeding over 150 kmph. a 2 lane highway with reflectors on the road sides as the road is not lite.

Driving is not recommended by night

The Service

Excellent, they would do literally whatever you think of to satisfy your fantasies,

I was often surprised by staff addressing me by name, something that I have missed in most of the hotels and resorts I have been to.

As all employees were extra friendly and helpful, I knew most of the hotel staff by name.

but I was surprised that in neither of the 2 rooms i had tried they served a fruit basket, anyway, too good is never enough 

The Room:

Excellent, Emirati traditional style furnishing, loved the balcony as that was something that I had to upgrade the room to get.

The View:

As i have tried 2 rooms for 2 nights each, one had a pool and sand dunes view, while the other had amazing roofs and sand dunes view.

Dining:

All restaurants are very good

Suhail: my favourite of them all, with a French chef, I loved the foie gras

A very wide selection of quality wines, service is amazing

waiters are very knowledgeable about wines and food, as I have asked for a wine tasting they invited a wine guru to attend.

Al Waha : an all-day open buffet dining restaurant, very wide variety of quality and tasty food

Ghadeer : a pool bar and restaurant, very good drinks and food

Al Liwan : A gathering place' in the lobby, the traditional setting of a Middle Eastern bazaar.

Note: all restaurants share a sand dune view, an advance booking is needed as you might end up ordering from the room service. An advance booking throughout your stay is highly recommended.

Room service food was good, have tried their Carbonara

Spa:

Very good Thai therapists. tried their traditional Thai massage as well as their Swedish massage both were excellent.

But note that it is always fully booked so I would suggest that you make a booking a day or 2 ahead before you reach the desert resort.

Activities:

1- Camel ride

2- Mountain biking: will be accompanied by a guide, I have been told that the guide will take you on the asphalt road leading to the hotel, if you do not get the chance to do several stops during your car ride on your way to the hotel then I would strongly recommend it.

3- Walking/hiking/trekking : a must do, but I have done it myself

4- Dune bashing: a must do

5- Archery

6- An outdoor Emirati & Arabic dinner in an Emirati tent: not always available

Note: an advance booking of the activities is highly recommended

Other notes:

Please note that DU mobile phones service has no coverage in that area, try an Etisalat line

Official website:

http://qasralsarab.anantara.com/
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spocklogic says:
Nice collection of desert photos. Did you try any archery?
Posted on: Dec 16, 2011
Africancrab says:
Congratulations on the feature, well done.
Posted on: Nov 05, 2011
montecarlostar says:
Congrats on the feature, Amr!! That's where I would be staying in Emirates and wearing what I have on my profile pict ;)= hahahaha
Posted on: Nov 03, 2011
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SamanthaMaeer Samantha…
6 reviews
High class desert luxury Dec 13, 2010
Although not a cheap bed for the night, if you have a couple of hundred quid to drop it's well worth it. Built literally in the middle of nowhere you are surrounded by rolling deep orange dunes. The terrace rooms have an enormous balcony and the style is "traditional" which makes a fabulous change from all the glitz and glamour usually associated with the "chandalier" hotels of Abu Dhabi. The sunset camel ride is a bit expensive but worth it. Didn't try the other activities so can't say. The food is also particularly good to say you are in the middle of the desert. Highly recommended - check the website for special offers especially if you can book 30 days in advance.
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Babymaria says:
Wow, that is so interesting Samantha. The sunset camel ride was sooo sweet! (",)
Posted on: Jan 05, 2011
Eric says:
Thanks for sharing your hotel review on TravBuddy!
Posted on: Dec 13, 2010

Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara Overview

This Abu Dhabi hotel offers guests convenient proximity to some of the attractions and activities that define the desert. Surfing on the sands, taking a safari and even engaging in a camel excursion can all be arranged through this hotel. This hotel can be reached from the Abu Dhabi International Airport, which is approximately 90 minutes away.

This hotel offers its guests just under 200 rooms from which to choose. They feature views of the expanse of sand dunes nearby the Anantara Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort Abu Dhabi. The establishment also provides Internet connectivity, a desk for working and a private bath in all of its accommodations.

The Anantara Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort Abu Dhabi can arrange for numerous adventures in the Empty Quarter in which guests can engage. There are also a host of facilities right onsite, including restaurants and a coffee shop. There are also business facilities available for those who arrive on work-related matters. Tennis courts and a spa are available, as well.

Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara Amenities

  • Business Center
  • Room Service
  • High-speed Internet
  • Fitness Room/Gym
  • Parking
  • Swimming pool
  • Disabled Access
  • Concierge
  • Valet Parking
  • Tour Desk
  • Massage / Beauty Centre
  • Elevator / Lift
  • 24 Hour Reception
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Babysitting / Child Services
  • Air Conditioned
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Tennis Courts
  • Housekeeping
  • Banquet Facilities
  • Conference Room(s)
  • Currency Exchange
  • Medical Assistance Available
  • Safe-Deposit Box
  • Sauna
  • Mini Bar
  • Cable / Satellite TV
  • Bath / Hot Tub
  • Porters
  • Wake-up Service
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Coffee / Tea Maker
  • Hair Dryer
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • TV
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Laundry service
  • Bicycle Rental
  • Shops
  • Excursions
  • Water Activities
  • Surfing
  • Photocopier
  • Desk
  • Direct dial phone
  • Facsimile
  • Ballroom
  • Disabled Accessible Rooms
  • Wheel Chair Access
  • Fitness Facilities
  • Jacuzzi
  • Steam Room
  • Massage
  • Spa & Wellness Centre
  • Steam Bath
  • Internet Connection (wireless)
  • Bathrobes
  • Shower
  • En suite
  • Private Bathroom
  • Child Pool
  • Pool Outdoor
  • Kids Club
  • Cots
  • Highchairs
  • Luggage Storage
  • Designated Smoking Area
  • Souvenirs/Gift Shop
  • Express Check-In/Check-Out
  • Shoe Shine
  • Free Parking

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