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Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Hamim
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Alexandria, Virginia
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“Can't wait to go back”
Reviewed 18 January 2011

The hotel and its setting are amazingly beautiful. Everything from pick up, to check-in, to check out was superb. We were picked up in Dubai, and the driver was exactly on time. Our bags were immediately wisked away upon arrival, and we were quickly shown to our room. When I pointed out that the wine and fruit - part of our package - were not in the room, the person who showed us to the room very gracefully and promptly rectified that.
We had the deluxe terrace room, which I highly recommend. The terrace was as large as the bedroom and had a comfy chair, a table and chairs for eating, and a built-in bench with cushions and pillows. The room had a sophisticated lighting scheme, with a romantic dim setting, and goose neck lamps for reading in bed.
We ate at Al Waha for breakfast - good custom-made omlettes and scrambled eggs - and the other two restaurants for dinner. The restaurants were indeed pricey, and I agree that the wine list is a bit limited. The lamb chops were quite good, as was the tuna starter, chocolate souffle and tiramisu. I agree, however, there is room for improvement. Further, we asked if off-menu items were possible but were told no; in a nearly empty restaurant it seems we should have been accommodated, within reason. The room service portions were very generous - one entree serves two. We were also glad to have brought a few snacks (some cheese, which we put in the mini-fridge) and crackers. The internet connection was very fast.
Raquel was a fantastic exercise class instructor; she encourged me to try cardio-boxing, which was fun. The spa was beautiful, and we enjoyed the treatments.
I could go on, but that's the idea.

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled as a couple
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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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Reviewed 16 January 2011

We (two families, including six teens / young adults and a 75 year-old) took villas 47 and 48 for three nights between Christmas and New Year, and every one of the 11 of us rates this as a best-in-a-lifetime holiday. The service is phenomenal, particularly in the villas in which personal butlers (ours was Manjula, highly commended) under the leadership of the omnipresent, omnipotent, suave and ever-amiable Richard Neville deliver 'round the clock, personal attention. And it is truly personal - greeting guests by name and knowing what they have been up to. The restaurants range from casual to haute cuisine and are truly excellent, if not inexpensive - and the staff (Jean particularly commended) are attentive, knowledgeable and friendly. There are activities available through a TDIC company that is not affiliated with the hotel - we did the dawn desert trek, dune bashing and camel trek, and although we have done all of these elsewhere, they are better at Qasr Al Sarab than anywhere else (they shampoo their camels....). The setting of the resort is just extraordinary, among the dunes of the north-eastern fringe of the Rub Al Khali. All in all, Qasr Al Sarab is a true destination resort and - provided you are prepared to pay for the privilege - a not-to-be-missed experience. Just to prove that this is a balanced review, a few quibbles follow. First, it is eye-wateringly expensive, even with the benefit of a three-nights-for-two deal (but worth it...). Second, our room had slightly smelly drains - addressed every day by the cleaning staff, but apparently not amenable to a permanent solution. Third, the wine list is pretty limited, which is neither commensurate with the quality of the restaurants nor necessary in very tolerant Abu Dhabi. That's it, really - minor issues in the scheme of things.

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled with family
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Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed 14 January 2011

It is such an amazing experience with lots of fun and enjoyment. Activities are great and all the staff are friendly. You feel that you are actually home. There is a big room for improvement in regards to restaurants and food. Wanna get away from busy life.......Qasr Al-Sarab is your place.

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled as a couple
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Toronto
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Reviewed 12 January 2011

This resort is gorgeous, majestic and beautifully located with fantastic vistas of the empty quarter. Stayed in a terrace room, which had a lovely room, terrace and a view. The bed was to die for, we had our own cupuccino/espresso machine, and the tv had many English channels. The food was top notch with many choices. The pool was heated and our daughter greatly enjoyed her swim. She also used our big round/jacuzzi like tub as a mini swimming pool. The service was very professional and efficient. Booked a dune bashing trip(hardcore) which was excellent and a 45 minute camel ride, which was less rewarding as the ride lasted only 15 minutes or so. Apparently, the 45 minutes included the transportation to and from the camel gathering spot. Overall, a special place to remember. Highly recommend it!!

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled with family
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Hong Kong
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Reviewed 12 January 2011

We have had a fantastic stay in this beautiful resort in the desert and we will definitely return and stay with them again.

The hotel location is just beautiful as most reviews say. Apart from the great environment, the hotel premises itself is beautifully designed with fountains, palm trees & flowers everywhere. And I truly love the huge teapots & gorgeous lamps as decorations.

We stayed in a Terrace Room and the room is spacious with good lighting system, touch-screen phones, LCD TV with TV games option for kids and even a Nespresso machine. Internet connection speed is unexpectedly fast. The bathroom is huge and well designed. The view of the room & terrace of course is fantastic. The desert view is stunning and it keeps changing throughout the day.

What makes this hotel stand out is its great team of staff. Each of them makes you feel welcomed everywhere. The buggy service is efficient and no matter how often we ask for their pick up, they come with a welcome smile. The staff at the Al Waha Restaurant is particularly attentive & friendly. They are very friendly to little guests and making them feel special.

The buffet at Al Waha is quite good but as an Asian, I do recommend to have more items of Asia favor like Thai or Chinese. Food at the Poolside restaurant is great with a lovely setting. Room service is efficient and the portion & quality is unexpectedly great.

About hotel facilities, the kid’s club is wonderful. There are Wii & Playstation for older kids. And a variety of toys for younger ones. The spa facility is good with professional therapists and a lovely setting with again desert view treatment rooms. The tour activities available at the hotel is well organized. There is a big souvenir shop but honestly there are not many to choose from. If you play tennis, do book the tennis court located at the other end of the hotel. It’s a beautiful location that you can see different areas of sand dunes. Staff at the tennis court is great too!

To sum up, it’s one of the most pleasant hotels we’ve ever stayed. Highly recommended to anyone who wants to have desert experience while indulging in the luxury at the same time. And it’s good for both travelers who want to have romance with their love one and for families with kids too.

This Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara deserves to be No. 1 and I'm looking forward to that.

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled with family
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abu dhabi
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Reviewed 9 January 2011

I am Suhail Jashanmal, and I worked on setting up my wedding for some time. I selected Qasr Al Sarab because of its beautiful scenery, and I knew a wedding there would be fantastic. I was right. Not only because of the beautiful scenery , but mainly because of the service the staff and the activities.

Previously,I had been to the same hotel, and I liked it then but I always wondered if it made sense spending so much on myself,but now I have no doubt.

From the food to the view, to the joy my guest got,I can definetly say it was one of the best stays I ever had and I know my guest will say the same.

For something completly unique you have to come here, regardless of what it costs you

Sincerly yours
Suhail Jashanmal

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled as a couple
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england
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Reviewed 6 January 2011

what can i say about Al Sarab well you wont believe your eyes and thats just the drive up to the place, once you arrive you are welcomed with cool towels and a refreshing drink. you are right in the middle of Liwa Desert and from every point of the hotel you can see amazing sand dunes which seem to be changing shape and colour every time you look at them. the bedrooms are the most amazing i have ever stayed in. I had the best nights sleep in the huge bed which i just sunk into and the bathroom was out of this world you could swim around in the bath it was that big, the room had different light settings which make it so romantic. if you have children over 12 they can not stay in your room you have to get another room which can make it pricey but Al Sarab is so romantic so nice to have time away from the teenagers. The food was amazing even though at breakfast service was slow and we had a little wait for some of our breakfast items so when we mentioned this to the manager he gave us lunch complimentary so i could not ask for more. hike up the sand dunes and see the most amazing sunset.

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled with family
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Property: Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara
Address: 1 Qasr Al Sarab Road, Hamim 131277, United Arab Emirates
Region: United Arab Emirates > Emirate of Abu Dhabi > Liwa Oasis > Hamim
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Hamim
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:5 star — Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara 5*
Number of rooms: 206
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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