Sleeping under a desert sky doesn’t get much more luxurious than this…
If Aladdin, Sinbad and Ali Baba were all gallivanting around the Middle East today, they would certainly draw swords to own the Qasr Al Sarab.
The ultimate modern Middle Eastern resort (parking for 15 choppers set the scene for you?) the Qasr Al Sarab is a modern miracle.
The resort from Thai luxury operators Anantara is 200 kilometres south of Abu Dhabi in the Liwa Desert – right on the edge of the accurately-named Empty Quarter.
Located on the edge of the largest stretch of uninterrupted desert sand in the world, building the complex was a challenge and it reportedly took 5000 workers three years to complete.
It is immediately obvious the resort is a celebration of the Emirati desert culture with tall turreted walls, a pool surrounded by palm trees like an oasis –it’s a modern day Aladdin palace.
The mystical Arabian Nights fantasies are encouraged with 2500 Emirati artefacts strewn throughout the lavish 206-room-and-villa complex.
But what’s the attraction? Endless sand dunes are really not that exciting are they?
The raw nature of such a harsh environment touches everyone, particularly from the safe confines of a luxurious resort. The fine dining options and a spa with Thai-trained therapists are also pluses.
The sunsets and sunrises are magnificent (as you can see in this view from the resort to one of the Royal Pavillions) and the dusk camel trek an absolute highlight.
Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara
From $381 per night (plus taxes)