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What We Love

  • Free-form swimming pool in the heart of the desert
  • Sunrise camel treks and sunset rooftop cocktails
  • Views of the wadi from rooftop restaurant, Suhail
  • The pampering Anantara Spa with a traditional hammam
  • Great Teen and Kids’ Club
  • Free WiFi
  • Combine with a stay at the Armani Hotel Dubai for a complete UAE experience

What To Know

  • A 10 percent service charge and a 6 percent tourism fee will be collected by the hotel at check in
  • About 120 miles from Abu Dhabi — within a two-hour drive
  • Taxis from Abu Dhabi airport cost approximately $115, each way
  • Relentless heat in the summer months
  • Limited amount of outdoor activities
  • The hotel has two yearly gala dinners - Dec 24 (optional) and Dec 31 (mandatory); please see the details section for further information


  •  Babysitting
  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap Accessible
  •  Kids Club
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Spa
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The Review

You’ll be in Mahdar Bin Usayyan (Western Abu Dhabi Emirate) with a stay at Anantara Qasr al Sarab Desert Resort.

Make yourself at home in one of the 206 air-conditioned rooms featuring minibars and espresso makers. Rooms have private balconies or patios. LCD televisions with cable programming provide entertainment, while complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected. Detached private bathrooms with separate bathtubs and showers feature complimentary toiletries and bidets.

Relax at the full-service spa, where you can enjoy massages, body treatments, and facials. Encounter the local wildlife with a safari, then enjoy recreational amenities including outdoor tennis courts and a health club. Additional amenities include complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and babysitting/childcare (surcharge).

Grab a bite at one of the hotel’s 3 restaurants, or stay in and take advantage of 24-hour room service. Relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge or a poolside bar. A complimentary breakfast is included.

Featured amenities include a business center, express check-out, and complimentary newspapers in the lobby. Event facilities at this hotel consist of conference space and meeting rooms. Free valet parking is available onsite.

How to Get There

Anantara Qasr al Sarab Desert Resort
1 Qasr Al Sarab Road
Mahdar Bin Usayyan, 131277 United Arab Emirates


5.0 Excellent 3929 Reviews
Nothing short of paradise!
Reviewed 22 hours ago

The moment you set eyes on the rolling dunes you know you’re some place special and exquisite and it just keeps getting better from there.
Aside from the beauty of the location and the resort, the service is impeccable and the staff ever so polite, friendly and helpful.
We were there with our 2.5 year old and have absolutely zero complaints. The pick up car from the airport had plenty of water and other drinks as well as snacks for the 1.5 hour journey to the resort, on arrival we were served Arabic coffee and other drinks while we checked in, making the whole process very relaxing and giving us glimpse of what was to come. Our holiday was thoroughly relaxing and enjoyable. Although the only activity our son could do was the animal experience due to his young age (which he loved!), despite this he had a great time at the resort throughout. The kids club and the pool are enough to tire out the little ones, and of course the dunes.
Once again, I would like to mention the wonderful staff at the resort. Mahesh and Nomer were very efficient and thorough with cleaning our rooms (which got super messy to say the least). Anamul at the reception did a very quick check in. Zahid at al-Falah cooked up yummy Arabic dishes. Afridi who drove us back was full of information regarding the area and was very safe and careful since we had a toddler with us. There are so many others but unfortunately we’ve forgotten their names.
To sum it up, Qasr al Sarab is unmissable if you’re visiting UAE.
We are definitely coming back here and soon!

Unique and memorable experience
Reviewed 4 days ago

We have travelled many places and this one was particularly special. Out in the desert you'll meet the raw surroundings with an immaculate resprt designed to delight you. The staff are very accommodating and I would highly recommend.

Amazing oasis in the desert
Reviewed 4 days ago

We had an amazing 2 night break in this amazing hotel. The staff were exceptional. They couldn’t do enough for us whilst we were there. We would definitely go back. The Bedouin dinner was out of this world with the back drop of the dunes and palm trees. How idyllic am ad e tire this was.

Excellent 2day break.
Reviewed 5 days ago

Long journey, but that gets you to the real dunes rather than barren desert nearer the city. Disappointed we did not get upgraded; although not a high-level Anantara loyalty member, there were room categories above ours that were available and as a short stay it always bewilders me when some hotels don't make that extra effort. That said our room was comfortable, well positioned, not as big as the pictures make out, but worked fine. From there on, the hotel was excellent. Not generally a buffet guy, but expansive spread, the best I have seen for a while, great service. Not that busy when we stayed early April so space around the pool and using the pool was great. Gym was fab. Kids club for my 8year old boy good, although lacked a little structure - nevertheless he returned ad hoc whenever he wanted and seemed happy their or by the pool. Was 45c when we stayed so we opted not to do many of the activities and to be honest we have done many of the advertised ones before, but climbing the sand dunes for sunset was special. It's an experience worth doing once. Very much enjoyed our stay.

Just perfect !
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Everything perfect! All facilities great and the staff just exceptional. There wasn’t one thing I could point out that was less than very good. It is definitely one of the best hotels I have ever stayed in and I have travelled extensively in my lifetime. Different than many, because of the desert setting, but mesmerizing beyond belief. Planning to return soon with the kids (and we live in Europe). Really worth the trip.