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Anantara Qasr al Sarab Desert Resort

5.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Although we did as much as we could in a day and a half, we wish we stayed longer to take full advantage of all the incredible activities and service offered by the hotel and its staff. This is one of the most incredible and memorable resorts we've been to and we would recommend it to anyone looking for a totally unique experience.

The abstraction of the desert landscape cleansed me, and rendered my mind vacant with its super-uous greatness: a greatness achieved not by the addition of thought to its emptiness, but by its subtraction. In the weakness of earth's life was mirrored the strength of heaven, so vast, so beautiful, so strong. -T.E. Lawrence There is not much one can say about Qasr Al Sarab, it has to be experienced, from the beautiful sand dunes that greet you prior to reaching the Qasr to the beautiful library waiting room with a live Kanoon player the place is perfect. The room we stayed in was spectacular with a beautiful view (our one year old had a blast running around that huge terrace) We were also happily surprised that the -awesome- staff had left my wife a Happy Birthday message (and later on surprised us with a birthday cake). I can't review the activities because as we were with a one year old, our options were limited. However, a stay covering spa, pool, nice long walks and amazing restaurants is more than sufficient for a two day stay. (Side note, they do have a baby care center but we didn't use it) With regards to restaurants, while the ones we ate at were very nice, the Al Falaj is in a league of its own. This traditional Arabian restaurant is located a bit further away from the Qasr, further into the desert and under the stars. The stay left such an impression that we will be visiting Annantara Sir Bani Yas Island later this year.

We went to this hotel which was expensive looking for a wonderful experience the food andvservice in the BBQ restaurant was very low-quality there was bug spray in my friends glass and when we complained they did give us a complimentary meal even though we had in fact not eaten anything I was disappointed that the GM of the hotel did not personally go out of his way to make contact and show some concern and empathy you would expect more from Anantara. I have stayed in several of this brand and always first class. Alas this one was not the hotel was wonderful as were the activities. some of the staff were excellent but when we had a compliant especially poison in the water glass. It seemed not to be a serious issue. So expensive and not worth it.

Visited with my brother and his wife. It was my second trip and their first. It’s a stunning hotel in an amazing setting. The rooms were beautiful and the staff worked really hard to make it a magical stay.

Anniversary weekend, stayed in a pool villa which was extremely spacious inside and even bigger outside. Very high quality finishes and facilities. Villas face West to watch the sunset over the dune. Great staff all round who will do everything to make your stay comfortable. Dined in Sohail restaurant which is steak and seafood, very, very good and with a great cocktail menu.

I am from EU…so I am not exactly used to desert view. This resort is amazing. I felt like in a fairytale. We stayed here two nights at the end of October (with three small kids)….it was magical. It's worth the drive out there. The desert around the resort is magical. It's really beautiful. It's really amazing what they created in a desert like this. We stayed in one bedroom pool villa. We had one king size bed and two additional beds for the kids. The room is big, but with three kids it gets quickly small. The pool is not very big, but enough to refresh yourself….. so during the day, we stayed with the kids in in the resort pool area. The main pool is very big, the kids loved it and me too. Here you don't have to worry about water, 'cos they give it to you complimentary when you come to the pool. Here is also one restaurant, then you have a pool bar. The resort staff is very kind and professional …nothing bad to say about them. They solve everything fast. We had an accident with the room key…as my little son was messing with the door so on the way out we locked ourselves out. ….but they solved the situation calmly and quickly. The food is good.You have different restaurants. I recommend trying the Arabic one. It's situated at the edge of the hotel near the desert dunes. Practically is like eating in the desert. You have carpets on the desert floor, so you don't feel the cold of the sand at night (the sand gets quite cold at night)., and you don't eat the sand . The kids loved this restaurant especially because of the dunes, which are illuminated in the night so they can run up and down as much as they want…and believe me, they'll love it. But I have one warning for all of the future travelers… check often your email before going to the resort …even if you've already booked….the reason…this is UAE…so you can get a reservation canceled a day or two before arrival. We experienced this in January 2017…when a sheik decided to take the whole resort for his family and his staff. So you can't do anything about this. And now we were also nearly canceled, because of some government event. But after several emails and phone call, they let us stay for two days, but we had to leave before the 1.11. as they had to prepare the hotel for this event. Of course, all the hotel guest had to leave. What can I say this is the beauty of travel, cultural differences, unexpected situations on the road. But even if you have bad luck the first time I suggest to try again….it's worth the try.

We stayed two nights at Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort and what an amazing place. Every where you looked was photogenic. The sunsets from the pool side and from the sand dunes was amazing. The service was excellent. We enjoyed dinner at Ghadeer Restaurant on the first night and we relaxed and enjoyed the atmosphere and on our second night we enjoyed dinner at Suhail Roof top restaurant to savour our last evening in the desert. The scenery was like looking at a Lawrence of Arabia movie. Very romantic and just an amazing place. We came half way around the world to visit this amazing resort.

We have returned to this hotel for the second time to spend 3 nights with family (2 adults + 2 kids/6 and 16 years old). The whole establishments is fabulous. We stayed in an Anantara family pool villa with 2 bedrooms and the spaces, the terrace overlooking the dunes and the private pool were just perfect for us. We went to restaurants, but also had in-room dining and both were great. The activities are not to miss! Especially the dune-bashing! It is a funny ride!

A change in scenery in the warm stark desert was just what we needed for three days and two nights after a trip to the Greek Islands. The staff was all that one could ask for, Ria and Somen at Al Waha restaurant made us feel very at home, while Midhun and Anowar at the spectacular pool met our every wish, even before we had thought of them. Next time we are in that part of the world, we will return.

I stayed here for my honeymoon, this place was fantastic. I had an amazing time, the resort was beautiful. The rooms are lovely and a great size, the staff on site are friendly and very helpful. To your needs, by the pool they provide regular water bottles to keep you hydrated. The breakfast buffet was great I had a lovely feast the duration of my stay, the dinner options were nice too. The resort was not too busy when I went, as it was in the summer months. So if you like a quiet stay but can manage the heat I'd recommend you stay then. They also have a variety of activities to do whilst in the desert, we opted for Camel riding. But you can do sand dune boarding, quad biking and more. I'd recommend this place to all. The only downside was that the USB option on the TV did not work, and I was unable to plug in my laptop via HDMI.

Room options

Deluxe Room, Terrace

King 1 | Sleeps 3

Villa, 1 Bedroom, Private Pool ( Anantara )

King 1 | Sleeps 3

Suite ( Anantara )

King 1 | Sleeps 3

Deluxe Room, Balcony

King 1 | Twin 1 | Sleeps 2

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

96% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 3227 reviews