My family, which includes 2 boys, 11 and 5, and my parents from Texas who are in their 80's, visited Qasr al Sarab April 10-12, 2014. This was my second trip to the 'jewel of the desert' with the first trip taking place in November 2011. The family loved it the first time and we did not have a letdown this trip even though the temperatures soared to 45 (113) during the day (I would recommend Nov-Mar for the temperatures, but the rates are higher). The evenings were pleasant and we enjoyed a great alfresco dinner at Ghader, the Mediterranean restaurant by the beautiful pool. The breakfast buffet is also elaborate with special order omelets and eggs benedict available, which made my Dad very happy. The pool has a beautiful view over the 300m high sand dunes and was very refreshing in the 45 degree heat. The swim up pool bar made the weather even more tolerable. The highlight of the trip, however, was the dune bashing excursion we took at sunset with Mohamad. He had us all (yes, my 86 year old Dad went, too) screaming and laughing on a 30 minute ride that was better than any roller coaster ride you could take. Thank goodness Mohamad took a break after the first 15 minutes to give us a chance to catch our breath and enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Liwa desert dunes. At the end of the exhilarating ride, we had Arabic coffee and tea in the dunes while we watched the sun set over the magnificent dunes. It was a trip my Dad and I will never forget, nor my two boys. The service was impeccable as expected from an Anantara property. The camel ride is a bit "touristy", but, if you have never experienced riding a camel, then it is worth the time to try it (just hold on when the camel gets up!). The cost is pricey, but it costs a lot to run a 5 star resort, 7kms off the road in the middle of one of the biggest deserts in the world. Try it, you'll love 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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