Anantara Qasr al Sarab Desert Resort

Qasr al Sarab by Anantara is a desert resort located among the towering dunes of the Rub’ al Khali, also known as the Empty Quarter.

Qasr al Sarab

A trip to the Arabian Desert has been on our list for quite sometime:

Qasr Al Sarab


So, we treated ourselves to Qasr al Sarab’s 5 star luxury during an overnight layover in Abu Dhabi back in March 2016.

Qasr Al Sarab

The 206 room hotel overlooks the largest uninterrupted sand desert in the world.

Qasr Al Sarab

Qasr al Sarab offers a variety of recreational activities, but we only had time for two: Camel Trekking and Dune Bashing.

Qasr Al Sarab

Qasr Al Sarab

The Sunset Camel Trek includes a stop for refreshments and takes about 2 hours total.

Qasr Al Sarab

At first I was afraid it was going to feel like a carnival pony ride, but I was pleasantly surprised.

Qasr Al Sarab

The majestic desert at sunset and the quirky camels (and guides) made for an unforgettable evening.

Qasr Al Sarab

As previously mentioned, the trek ends with refreshments:

Qasr Al Sarab

And then a bonus treat of downhill sand dune running:

Qasr Al Sarab

It’s trickier than you think!

The next morning we sleepily watched the sunrise over the desert:

Qasr Al Sarab

And then went Dune Bashing!

Qasr Al Sarab

That’ll wake you up, that’s for sure.

I wish my photos could capture the height of the dunes that we whizzed up and down.

Qasr Al Sarab

It was invigorating and mind-blowing!

Qasr Al Sarab

I never once felt unsafe, but this is definitely an action-packed activity for thrill seekers.

Needless to say, we had an outstanding time at Qasr al Sarab:

Qasr Al Sarab

And all of the fun we had playing in the sand.

Qasr Al Sarab

Qasr Al Sarab

Anantara Qasr al Sarab Desert Resort

1 Qasr Al Sarab Road
Hamim 131277
United Arab Emirates
200 kms from Abu Dhabi International Airport

Activities

  • Sunset Camel Trek
    • Price: 305 AED plus 10% service charge and 6% tourism fee per person
  • Sunrise Dune Bashing
    • Price: 305 AED plus 10% service charge and 6% tourism fee per person

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