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Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara

Al Mirayr, Abu Dhabi

All about Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort

A desert oasis in Abu Dhabi, the Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara is an architecturally beautiful and unique hotel that captures the spirit of Arabia. 

It’s a tranquil retreat in the Empty Quarter, an elegant resort in the largest uninterrupted sand desert in the world. Arrive and you’ll feel you’re somewhere special straight away – this is a place with an essence all of its own.

Step into your room and find all the amenities and luxury that discerning guests expect from a modern hotel. Whether you opt for a terrace, a balcony or choose a family friendly pool villa, you’ll find that the desert castle design and decor celebrate your surroundings, drawing on Arabic influences. 

Brew up a fresh coffee then wander out to explore the gardens and gaze out at the desert. Feeling peckish? Take your pick from a tempting range of restaurants and cafes or ask the concierge to arrange an unforgettable dining experience for you – such as a private barbecue under the stars.

Every comfort has been thought of, and there’s plenty to occupy you too, from basketball and tennis, to desert adventures and stress-busting treatments in the Anantara spa. 


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Perfect for...

Honeymooners who want the romance of the desert, families who love to adventure together and those seeking a unique stay.

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You’ll love…

The desert setting in the Empty Quarter, the indulgent suites and spa and the gourmet food on offer.

Hotel amenities

Your desert oasis awaits

The 206 rooms here range from elegant garden and balcony rooms through to spacious suites and family villas, all the way up to lavishly appointed Royal Pavilion Villas.

Whichever you plump for, you’ll have a flat-screen TV, complimentary Wi-Fi, coffee machine, air conditioning, minibar and more. 

Deluxe Garden Rooms have their own private terrace from which you can access the resort’s gardens, while upper floor Deluxe Balcony or Terrace Rooms have their own outdoor seating areas allowing you to marvel at the majestic views.

Anantara Suites offer a private garden terrace, separate sitting rooms, along with pillow and soap menus, plus the oversized tub and separate rain shower that all rooms enjoy.

Choose from one, two and three-bedroomed sized family villas, with their own plunge pool and a dedicated villa host. The Royal Pavilion Villas, meanwhile, are situated outside the resort. These adults-only villas are surrounded by sand, the perfect place to enjoy a bespoke meal cooked by your personal chef.

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What’s nearby

The resort stands alone in the desert, some 125 miles (200 kilometres) from Abu Dhabi - with its seclusion being part of the hotel's appeal. You can drive there in around two hours to experience the likes of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, the delights of Yas Island and the fun of Warner Bros.™ World Abu Dhabi.

Of course, you can choose to stay local to the resort - there are plenty of activities nearby centred around the desert. Gallop through the dunes on a horse or enjoy the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to go camel trekking. With sunset, sunrise and family treks available, you’ll experience a unique slice of Arabian life.

You can also travel out of the resort to get a real understanding of desert life, with a falcon and saluki show that demonstrates hunting techniques. Or plan a visit with informative guides to local camel farms, a falcon house and Arabian horse stables.

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Desert Safari

There’s more to the dunes of the desert than just sand. Hop in a 4x4 and discover indigenous flora and fauna in an exhilarating experience. Whether it’s dune bashing or a starlit dinner, all kinds of safari are available.

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Horse Riding

Horses play a prominent part in Emirati life, with majestic Arabian horses available for you to ride. Whether it’s a gallop along a sun-kissed beach or a trot through the parched, undulating dunes, horse riding in Abu Dhabi is truly unforgettable.

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Mangrove National Park

To see a different side of the nation’s abundant nature, travel into Abu Dhabi to explore the tranquillity of Mangrove National Park. Home to unique birds and animals, it’s a gorgeous and vital ecosystem with plenty to see and do.

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How to get here from the airport

After touching down at Abu Dhabi International Airport, Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort is 125 miles (200 kilometres) away. If you’re hiring a car at the airport, it’s about a two-hour drive. 

Taxis from the airport will be metered, however some drivers will prefer you to pre-book the trip. A comfortable alternative is to arrange a private transfer through Etihad.

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