An Arabian Utopia – Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort

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Amid rolling sand dunes and under desert skies, the stunningly beautiful Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara offers an Arabian adventure brimming with wonder.

As the sun begins to peek over the endless sand dunes, a caravan of camels sways slowly over the desert sand. The morning sky turns from inky black to deep brown, then on to a burnt orange, and the thousands of stars that danced in the atmosphere the night through retire for the day.

Like ripples of ribbons in the distance, the sand dunes slowly come to life as the desert sun casts its fiery glow upon them. And there, among all this beauty, lies the wondrous Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara. With a name that translates to ‘Palace of Mirage’, this exclusive retreat appears as if an entrancing desert oasis, rising unexpectedly from the dunes in the heart of the Liwa Desert.

For an otherworldly Arabian experience, Qasr Al Sarab beckons you with a majestic welcome. A world apart from the towering skyscrapers that the UAE is famed for, this dusty pink and ochre-toned resort offers authentic Arabian rooms and villas in subtle natural tones filled with locally inspired decor.

For something truly special, bed down in one of 14 tastefully decorated Anantara Suites, each with a private patio offering gorgeous views over the desert landscape.

When it comes to dining, there’s an abundance of fine fare to suit every taste. Al Liwan offers an authentic Levantine bazaar atmosphere, while those seeking a taste of romance will delight at poolside haven Ghadeer.

Suhail offers the finest cuts of meat served in a sumptuous rooftop restaurant and Al Waha exudes style and sophistication with an ever-changing showcase of cuisine, all complemented by a sprinkling of Emirati flair.

Make the most of this desert oasis with a Dining by Design experience and enjoy a romantic signature dinner atop golden sand as the sun sets behind folded dunes.

Of course, no Arabian retreat would be complete without a camel excursion — head out at sunrise or sunset and enjoy spectacular views just as the Bedouins used to. For something more energetic, try your hand at fat biking or sand boarding, and don’t miss the dune-bashing experience in a convoy of gleaming Land Cruisers — a thrilling way to career around this orange landscape.

To get a real sense of where you are, try out authentic Emirati pastimes of days gone by, including falconry and archery, and learn more about hunting during a Saluki dog show.

For an Arabian escape filled with auburn-hued scenery sure to stay with you for years to come, retreat to Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara.

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