Qasr Al Sarab by Anantara

Abu Dhabi

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  • Luxurious desert hotel in Rub’ al Khali
  • Traditional Arabian BBQ under starry skies
  • Desert adventures, including camel trekking, archery, and fat biking 

Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara is very much an oasis among deep golden sand dunes, and offers you a unique and luxurious desert stay within Rub’ al Khali, the world’s largest sand desert. The grandeur of turrets, fountains, and courtyards perfectly combine with cosmopolitan chic in this dramatic remote location.

Rest your head in one of 140 rooms or 14 suites, all of which provide views of the endless dunes and the resort’s lush gardens. There are also 52 pool villas featuring a Villa Host service, your own plunge pool, and a sun terrace for a secluded Arabian nights’ experience. These villas are ideal for friends and family travelling together. Deeper into the desert and away from the main resort you’ll find the exclusive and sumptuous Royal Pavilion Pool Villas.

There are endless activities for you to relish at Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara that wonderfully encapsulate the desert. You could go camel trekking, horse riding, and fat biking, enjoy a guided moonlit desert walk, or an adrenaline-filled 4x4 ride or sandboarding over the dunes. Try the classic Bedouin sport of archery or witness traditional falcon and saluki (regal hunting dog) shows.

You can even dine under the stars in the traditional desert style of the Bani Yas people, with a lively barbecue dinner as you enjoy Arabian tales at Camp Nujum.


Bars & Restaurants


There are five restaurants at this sumptuous resort, choose from casual poolside dining and Mediterranean flavours at the romantic Ghadeer, Bedouin-style dining in Al Falaj, or light bites and Arabian pastries from the all-day lobby lounge, Al Liwan. Experience mesmerising sunsets at Suhail, the rooftop lounge and steakhouse, or go for Anantara’s signature private dining concept, Dining by Design, for an intimate and bespoke meal.


For cocktails under the stars, the rooftop lounge at Suhail takes some beating. Relax with an apéritif as the sun sets over the desert. During the day the poolside bar provides refreshing drinks and light snacks.

Beach & Pools

Swimming Pool

Parasols and submerged loungers are plentiful around the main pool, with the swim-up Naseem Pool Bar ideal for refreshing drinks and light snacks. There is also a dedicated swimming pool just for children.

Activities and Entertainment


The desert provides the perfect space for giant games of chess and jenga, as well as desert sand volleyball. Plus there are three shaded tennis courts that are floodlit for evening play, and a high-tech fitness centre. At Spice Spoons, you can familiarise yourself with Middle Eastern spices with a step-by-step cookery class.

Kids' Club

Children are welcomed at Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara, with a kids’ and teens’ club and desert excursions just for them, as well as cooking classes and a dedicated kids’ splash pool.

About the location

Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara is located on the outskirts of Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the world’s largest sand desert, Rub’ al Khali, also known as the Empty Quarter.

From the traditional and nomadic culture of Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara, you can venture into a world of entertainment and cosmopolitan Arabian culture, rooted in 5,000 years of rich history.

A city made up of connected islands, it’s easy to get around Abu Dhabi. Visit one of the world’s largest mosques, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, or discover the presidential palace, Qasr Al Watan.

Witness marine wildlife, including the resident hawksbill turtles and humpback dolphins off the natural island of Saadiyat, which is also home to world-class golf courses and the famous Louvre Abu Dhabi.

Or head to Yas Island for family entertainment, from the Yas Marina Circuit which hosts the F1 Grand Prix, to top-notch theme parks like Yas Waterworld, Warner Bros, and Ferrari World.

There’s so much to experience during your luxury holiday in Abu Dhabi, but one thing’s for sure - there truly is something for everybody.

Nearest airport

Well worth the journey, Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara is located one hour and a half from the centre of Abu Dhabi and two hours and twenty minutes from Abu Dhabi International Airport.

Deluxe Garden Room
Rooms at Qasr Al Sarab by Anantara

2 adults 1 child

  • Deluxe Garden Room
  • Deluxe Balcony Room
  • Deluxe Terrace Room

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Suites at Qasr Al Sarab by Anantara

3 adults

  • Anantara Suite

Two bedroom Villa
Villas at Qasr Al Sarab by Anantara

  • One bedroom Anantara Pool Villa (3 adults)
  • Two bedroom Anantara Family Pool Villa (5 adults)
  • Three bedroom Anantara Family Pool Villa (7 adults)
  • Royal Pavilion Pool Villa (2 adults)

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Tripadvisor review Feb 22 2024
Extraordinary hotel in the desert, astonishing views and services. The staff is very gentle and welcoming, they seems happy to work there. Magical place, very quiet and relaxing. Best Anantara I...
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Super recommend QASR!!

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Tripadvisor review Feb 21 2024
Resort was perfect since checkin (fast and cordial). The whole experience was much better than we expected. Room services were faster than any other resort and buggy drivers were super friendly and...
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