For anyone with a T.E. Lawrence fantasy, Qasr Al Sarab is the place to stay – Annabelle Thorpe, THE TIMES
A lavishly appointed hideaway on the edge of one of the world’s largest sand deserts, the Qasr Al Sarab certainly lives up to its name, which translates as “mirage palace”. Crossing the bridge at the entrance, you leave the extreme landscape of endless dunes behind you and step into a world of mosaics, palm trees, and gently bubbling fountains.
Each of the palatial villas boasts beautiful Oriental textiles, artworks with local connection, and a private pool – a luxury that is particularly welcome in these arid climates. And with everything else taken care of, you can simply relax with a peppermint tea, sit watching the camel trains, and soak up the contrasts of the fairy-tale place.
150 km/93 miles south of Abu Dhabi in the Rub’ al Khali oasis, birthplace of the ruling families of Dubai and Abu Dhabi
Rooms from $380, suites from $625, villas from $750, breakfast included
154 rooms, 42 private villas, and 10 royal villas
Arabian palatial village surrounded by huge dunes
Bedouin-style dining at Al Falaj, plus international and Mediterranean cuisine
Be sure to take one of the sunrise or sunset dessert walks in the Empty Quarter and watch the sand dunes turn to golden mountains
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1 Qasr Al Sarab Road ~ Abu Dhabi ~ United Arab Emirates
Telephone +971 2 886 2088