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Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara

Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara

Liwa Desert, United Arab Emirates

Set within the Liwa Desert, part of Abu Dhabi’s Empty Quarter, Qasr Al Sarab is a secluded retreat with architecture akin to an ancient desert fort. It offers a spectacular setting amongst beautiful orange sand dunes and offers a real feel of Arabia.

At a Glance

  • Located in the middle of the desert

  • Rooms are spacious and beautifully decorated

  • Built in the style of an ancient Arabian fort

  • Lots of activities are available daily for all ages ranging from dune-bashing to archery

  • Large resort, rooms are spread out and in low rise buildings, there are also villas with private pools

Adventure, Family, Parties & events, Spa & health

Insider's View

For your own private pool opt for a villa- they are also ideal for guests traveling with children.

Emma Mark

Insider's View

Take yourself up to the top of the sand dunes to watch the sun set over the desert

Alice Moseley

Insider's View

Treat yourself to an afternoon in the Anantara Spa and sample the Arabian massage - their signature treatment

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Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your vacation to Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara or take a look at our itineraries to the desert in the UAE


Qasr Al Sarab is located just 2 hours from Abu Dhabi city and features stylish accommodation with tasteful Arabian style décor all of which has stunning views over the dunes.

Rooms are large and in low-rise buildings either on the ground floor or first floor and some have the ability to interconnect for families. For those who want a more private space then the one, two and three bedrooms are perfect and come with their own butler service and private pool.

Qasr Al Sarab has all the facilities that make for a perfect vacation including a spa with hamman, tennis courts, a kids/teens club (should it be required) and three dining options. Furthermore there is a Desert Excursions Center that can organize trips into the Desert from the hotel including camel treks, 4x4 desert safaris, and hikes to give guests a real feel for the location.


196 Rooms and Suites each elegantly designed rooms with picturesque desert views and either a balcony or terrace. The inventory is comprised of 70 Deluxe Garden Rooms, 42 Deluxe Balcony Rooms, 28 Deluxe Terrace Rooms, 14 Anantara Suites, 29 1-bedroom Anantara Pool Villas, 10 2-bedroom Anantara Family Pool Villas and three 3-bedroom Anantara Family Pool Villas.

Deluxe Garden Room

The Deluxe Garden Rooms at Qasr al Sarab are located on the ground floor and measure 40sqm in size. They open out onto a garden terrace and have views of the desert. There is a bathroom with a large bathtub and a walk-in shower. They have the ability to connect to an Anantara Suite. The maximum occupancy of Deluxe Garden Rooms is two adults and one child below 12 years old.

Deluxe Balcony Room

Deluxe Balcony Rooms are 40sqm in size and have the same layout as the Deluxe Garden rooms, but don't have the ability to connect with any room type. The maximum occupancy of Deluxe Balcony Rooms is two adults and one child below 12 years old.

Deluxe Terrace Room

Deluxe Terrace Rooms have the same layout internally as the Deluxe Garden and Balcony Rooms, but have a huge terrace making them 55sqm in total. No interconnecting rooms are available in this category. The maximum occupancy of a Deluxe Terrace Room is two adults and two children under 12 years old.

Anantara Suite

Measuring 130sqm, the Anantara Suites feature a large double bedroom with a separate sitting room. There is the ability to connect the Anantara Suites with a twin Deluxe Garden Room for families. The suites also have a private patio with dining set and sun loungers, as well as a kitchenette. The Anantara Suites sleep a maximum of two adults and two children under 12 years old.

1-Bedroom Anantara Pool Villa

The 1-bedroom Anantara Pool Villas have high levels of privacy and measure 106sqm. They feature spacious bedrooms with a separate sitting room and an en suite bathroom. Outside there is a plunge pool, an outdoor shower and a sitting area, and a barbecue can be arranged in the garden. All 1-bedroom Anantara Pool Villas come with their own butler, and have a separate entrance for the butler. The maximum occupancy is two adults and two children under 12 years old, or three adults.

2-Bedroom Anantara Family Pool Villa

2-bedroom Anantara Family Pool Villas are 190sqm in size, with a king room and a twin room, a separate sitting room and a kitchenette. They have a private plunge pool and an outdoor shower, while inside there are spacious bathrooms with rain showers and oversized bathtubs. Personalized butler service is included. The maximum occupancy of the 2-bedroom Anantara Family Pool Villas is five adults, or four adults and three children under 12 years old.

3-Bedroom Anantara Family Pool Villa

Qasr Al Sarab's 3-bedroom Anantara Family Pool Villas are very spacious at 210sqm. There are two king bedrooms and one twin bedroom, with three bathrooms. The villas have a separate sitting room, an outdoor plunge pool as well as an outdoor shower. Butler service is available in the 3-bedroom villas. The maximum occupancy of the 3-bedroom villas is seven adults, or six adults and four children under 12 years old.


Children are welcome. There is a kids club for children aged 4 years and above and babysitting is readily available. The is a teen’s room for older children which has computer games and things to keep older age groups entertained.


There are three restaurants: Al Waha restaurant serves fine Arabic cuisine. Suhail the French inspired restaurant and Ghadeer restaurant, featuring an island setting accessible via bridges for lighter, informal meals. Other facilities include: Anantara Spa, freeform infinity-edge swimming pool, floodlit tennis court and a state-of-the-art fitness center and yoga studio.


From Qasr Al Sarab, trips can be taken into the desert on camel back or four wheel drive. Falconry can also be experienced. There is a small on site museum at the hotel exhibiting artifacts and photographs from the middle east before oil was discovered and also displaying some preserved creepy crawly's which can be found in the desert.

Location & Directions

Liwa Desert, United Arab Emirates

Located about 200km from Abu Dhabi in an isolated part of the Liwa Desert, one of the largest uninterrupted sand deserts in the world. The hotel is also approximately a 4-hour drive from Dubai.

When to go

The best time to visit the UAE is between October and November and then February and March, when temperatures hang around the mid-20s and the humidity is under control. While December and January are generally considered the best months to go, the weather over the last couple of ‘winters’ has been unpredictable with occasional cloud and rain.

The month of Ramadan means hotel rates are heavily discounted, but while outside the resort, Ramadan is strictly adhered to, within the resorts you will notice very little difference.

High summer (July and August) means heavy discounted hotels it’s a great option for a cheap getaway but it will be very very hot and very very humid!

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