The Vibe: Voted the most instagrammable hotel in the world.
The Area: Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara is situated in the Liwa Desert, known as the Empty Quarter, the world’s largest continuous sandy desert, a 90-minute drive from downtown Abu Dhabi.
The DNA: Bedouin artefacts are plentiful in common areas and hotel thoroughfares, windows and doors have been designed with tradition in mind, while dimly lit lanterns and falaj-style water systems are a nod to days gone by. The castle-like exterior reflects traditional Bedouin forts of yesteryear. Guests cross a lantern-lined bridge, through an arched entryway before being led into the impressive lobby and nearby lounge, where a live Qanun player adds to the charm.
Suite-Me-Up: 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.
✅ free Wi-Fi • size matters: 205 rooms & suites, including 52 villas (48-190m2) (517-2,045 sq ft) • hotel opened: October 2009 • interior design: Hirsch Bedner Associates, Northpoint ✅ free on-site parking • no pets allowed • 24-hour front desk • wheelchair accessible