Where: Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara, United Arab Emirates
The Lowdown: A magical desert resort just 90 minutes from central Abu Dhabi. Ride camels, experience desert traditions, and go on unique culinary journeys, finally unwinding at the Moroccan hammam. With 52 pool villas, you could just stay in the comfort of your spacious room, relaxing by a private pool with every need tended to by your personal butler, enjoying a menu co-created with your personal chef. This secluded oasis further offers 140 rooms and 14 suites, providing capacious, intimate spaces along with special experiences and sports, such as archery and desert yoga. Ride dunes instead of waves in this other-worldly resort.
Stylish Eats: Despite the remote location, the choices are endless for gastronomic discoveries. For breakfast, taste flavored Saj breads and Emirati pancakes at Al Waha. Experience sunset alongside a symphony of scallops and lobster at Suhail’s rooftop terrace, overlooking the wide desert with an open kitchen. For a true Bedouin experience, dine on cushions and carpets under the stars at Al Falaj, with the hypnotic sound of the qanun. If you’re looking for that unique and romantic dining experience, Dining by Design is a must, where first-class culinary meets the real Arabian desert. Saving the best for last, we suggest experiencing an interactive chef experience. SpiceSpoons offer a step-by-step cooking class, where you can master the region’s defining spices and textures.
Suite Talk: Stunning desert panorama, spacious living areas, oversized bathtubs, and walk-in rain showers, the Arabian heritage is reflected in each of the rooms with earthy hues, bronze chandeliers, and Middle Eastern fabrics. Open your room up to a lush green oasis with the Deluxe Garden Room, or enter a desert sanctuary in the One Bedroom Anantara Pool Villa, where you can take a plunge in the cooling waters and then rinse off under the outdoor shower. For the ultimate luxury experience, we suggest the Royal Pavilion Pool Villa, where your very own Villa Host will tend to your every need.
Insider’s Tip: Go on a guided desert walk to explore the local area before booking an archery session. Take a relaxed desert trek by camel before fulfilling your inner adrenalin junkie with sand sledding. Staying during a full moon? Take a midnight desert drive or go horse riding in the moonlit valley. You can also discover the ancient sport of falconry with the Falcon and Saluki show. Looking to discover more about the rich regional history? Traverse the Liwa Oasis visiting date and camel farms, the historic Liwa fort, and the Mureeb Dune, one of the world’s largest hill climbs. For ultimate relaxation, enter the Anantara Spa. Here, you can experience complete tranquility and pampering with rose milk baths, heated marble beds contrasted with an ice blast, and historic desert sand scrubs.
Vogue Verdict: The ultimate luxurious desert retreat, unlike any other resort experience.