Qasr al Sarab is a very special place from the moment you turn off the highway and wind up through the dunes to the fort-like structure awaiting your arrival. It may be prefabricated for a tourist clientele, but it works, with everything having a luxurious Bedouin feel about it. From the moment you are seen through reception you are aware of being surrounded by outstanding scenery, which becomes more and more evident as you pass through a sunset and a sunrise. The quality of the rooms, ac and bathrooms is excellent, with a two person bathtub which may be an attraction! A bit short on storage/hanging space but I guess few people stay longer than three nights. The food is very good and if you aren't staying on a half-board package is surprisingly not too expensive considering you have no choice of going anywhere else within 100Km! The evening buffet is 200 AED/pp (£35) which includes water and coffee, but you can eat in the pool restaurant, with a reasonable choice of extremely well-cooked food from 7pm, for less including a cocktail. We didn't eat in the speciality restaurants as we didn't see the need to. The bar in the main building is well-stocked and there are some interesting cocktails available, including things like a Turkish coffee Martini (AED 45, about £7.50), but you can get a Lebanese beer for AED 25, just over £4 . As you are so far from anywhere you will not find anything to do, or to spend money on, other than relax, use the gym or spa, or take part in the various activities that are run on site - some of these can be quite challenging, physically. The Spa is pretty much international prices. The activities are run by well-trained and knowledgeable staff who also are very adept photographers if you are on the back of a camel! The night sky can be a bit hit and miss, dependent upon the weather and sand storms, but can be quite spectacular once you have been ferried to a bit of dark sky a number of Km away. If you are a committed star gazer don't expect the staff, on the night walk, to teach you much. The total silence, sitting on a high dune in the dark, surrounded by the stars is a very special experience. The pool area is sublime and the service from your 'Sunshine Butler' around it is second to none. You are awash with free bottled water at every turn. If you want to escape and do nothing this is the place to do it, and if you want a desert experience, romantic or otherwise, then I couldn't think of a better place to do it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Where mystic charm, cultural passion and unparalleled luxury evoke distinctive memories. Set in the middle of the Rub' al Khali or Empty Quarter, the largest uninterrupted body of sand in the world, Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resorts by Anantara is isolated from the world, yet is less than 200km away from Abu Dhabi. The resort brings the mysticism of this eminent location to life, inviting you to discover the unique appeal of its surroundings. Enjoy an array of facilities and immerse yourself in the wonderful splendour of an eternally changing landscape. ... more less
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