We stayed at Tilal Liwa for the weekend and while the hotel itself is quite nice, we would recommend that you not get your hopes up fro the meals as the food isn't great.
Our other big concern was with the activities as we wanted to go dune bashing and called before we booked the dune bashing trip to make sure that it was proper dune bashing. The receptionist assured us that the dune driving was intense but when we got there we got into the SUV, the man drove us literally 500m from the hotel where we stopped on a dune to take pictures and then he turned the vehicle around and we drove back. My friend, who knows a lot about dune bashing, noticed that the driver did not deflate the tires at all when driving in the sand (which is a must for safety) and he did not even have the proper tires for safely driving on the dunes. We wondered why the hotel chose to put its guests in such a dangerous position!
When we got back to the hotel we talked to the manager about our concerns and he assured us we would be compensated for our disappointing dune bashing trip and then he proceeded to avoid us for the rest of the weekend.
Also, it's important to know that the hotel is actually quite far from the Liwa Oasis, probably a good 45 minutes.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Tilal Liwa Hotel is a 4 star hotel. A stunningly secluded Desert Hideaway perched at the edge of the majestic Rub Al Khali desert, with breathtaking views of some of the highest dunes in the world. Immerse yourself in an authentically Arabian “Oasis of Hospitality,” where tantalizing restaurants, an infinity outdoor pool, and a full range of luxury amenities offer lush accompaniment to the surrounding desert beauty. Whether you are embarking on an exhilarating Desert Safari, discovering the raditional sights of Al Gharbiya – Camel farm, dates plantation, Heritage Fortress, or simply escaping to solitude for a few days,our captivating four-star UAE hotel resort guarantees an unforgettable Arabian hospitality experience. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Tilal Liwa Hotel Madinat Zayed, Emirate Of Abu Dhabi