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.
- 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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