From sinking into a state of spa-induced bliss to saying “I do” amid the dunes, Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara excels in creating meaningful moments
Set deep within the sun-drenched dunes of the Rub Al’Khali (the largest uninterrupted sand desert in the world), Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara lures travellers in search of a tranquil Arabian escape steeped in tradition.
Get behind the wheel of a four-wheel-drive and make the two-hour journey (200km) to the heart of the oasis from Abu Dhabi International Airport. Stretch your legs and prepare to slow down the pace as you discover all this luxurious hideaway has to offer. Start by settling into your room – we recommend the One Bedroom Anantara Pool Villa, which features a private pool and outdoor dining area where you can soak up the stunning desert scenery.
If you’re aching to unwind, head straight to Anantara Spa, which draws upon traditional Arabic rituals and ingredients to help you feel your best. The signature Desert Fusion Massage uses specialist techniques to combat stress, fatigue and muscle tension by kneading hot stones and desert sand poultice combined with sweet almond oil over the body.
For head-to-toe pampering, try the Traditional Moroccan Hammam, which involves a black olive soap cleanse and steam bath as well as a full body scrub with a kesse mitt at the skilful hands of a therapist. A relaxing bath, mini facial and hair treatment complete this traditional ritual, although brave souls can step into the ice room for an invigorating finish.
There are five dining venues to choose from, including the popular steakhouse and rooftop lounge Suhail (arrive at sunset for the best views). For special occasions you can book a private in-villa barbecue, orchestrated by a dedicated chef and butler. Alternatively, take advantage of the Dining by Design service, which will whisk you and your loved one off for a romantic dinner in the grounds.
You can fill up the memory bank by taking part in a selection of the adventurous activities on offer, from camel trekking to falconry. We suggest you saddle up and explore the surrounds on horseback before the hot summer months kick in (from May onwards) when this experience is put on hold. If you’re new to horse-riding, or are a seasoned equestrian, your expert instructor will be happy to tailor the ride to suit your ability.
With so many treasured elements, it may come as no surprise that the resort is popular for wedding ceremonies. Whether you have your heart set on a grand ballroom celebration or would prefer an intimate ceremony in a private villa amid the dunes, the dreamy setting will set the bar high for a stellar future together.
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