district: Liwa Desert
Set in the vast dunes of the Empty Quarter, the world’s largest continuous sandy desert, the luxury Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara was voted the most instagrammable hotel in the world. This scenic setting is a 90-minute drive from downtown Abu Dhabi, but immerses visitors in a remote desert experience that’s unparalleled.
Accommodations range from spacious deluxe garden and balcony rooms to stand alone villas with up to three bedrooms with private plunge pools and butler service.
The resort offers some cool experiences, including Bedouin Night Camping, which allows guests the opportunity to sleep under the stars in traditional Bedouin-style tents surrounded by enormous, rolling sand dunes. Other activities include archery and falconry shows, camelback riding, desert dining and fat biking through the sand dunes.
Restaurants include the newly renovated Ghadeer restaurant (complete with a pizza oven) for Mediterranean dishes, and Suhail, a rooftop lounge and grill. Breakfast is served at the Al Waha restaurant and light bites can be enjoyed at the lobby lounge Al Liwan. The Anantara Spa offers a wide range of wellness and beauty treatments.
✅ free Wi-Fi • size matters: 205 rooms, suites & villas (48-190m2) (517-2,045 sq ft) • hotel opened: 2009 ✅ free on-site parking • no pets allowed • 24-hour front desk • wheelchair accessible