Like the 'mirage' it is named after, this seductive oasis rises from the golden dunes of an iconic Arabian sandscape. Perched on the fringes of the planet's largest uninterrupted sand desert - the legendary Rub' al Khali - Anantara's Qasr Al Sarab aims to beguile its guests and delivers in droves. By day the remote 19,000-acre hideaway is all about shaded walkways, discrete courtyards and sparkling fountains. Within 140 sunset-facing rooms, 14 sumptuous suites and 52 pool villas, the look is an authentic tribal blend of embroidered fabrics, exotic Bedouin accents, marble floors, jewelled chandeliers and pared-back earth tones.
A sanctuary of wellbeing drawing on an array of ancient cultures, uncover palm-lined infinity-edge pools peering out on the desert valley, sunrise desert yoga and a sumptuous Anantara Thai spa set among aromatic hanging gardens. Several enticing dining options include one designed as a Bedouin camp where diners recline on sofas placed out under the stars, catered by a private chef and butler. By night, the resort resembles a majestic desert palace and evokes Arabian mystique and intrigue.
Beyond the lantern-lined bridge and majestic turreted gate, adventure beckons. With the allure of mile upon mile of shifting dunes and epic wilderness, guests can take a camel trek, mountain bike safari; try sandboarding, dune bashing and archery. Watch the hunters of the desert take to the sand and sky and discover the traditional ancient pursuits of falconry and Saluki hunting. The resort even runs a breeding program to reintroduce Arabian Oryx antelope back into their natural habitat, and further flora and fauna of the desert can be uncovered on a guided safari.
Spa and wellness enthusiasts
Those looking to escape the urban hustle and bustle
THINGS TO DO AT THE RESORT:
Wake to hypnotic views of the undulating dunes
Practice your serve in the shaded tennis courts
Challenge the family with a game of giant chess or giant jenga on the warm sands
Unwind with a Desert Rose Ritual or Royal Hammam therapy in the spa
Dine with stunning sunset views at the Suhail rooftop grill
Test out your aim during an archery lesson
Master the art of Middle Eastern cuisine at a cooking class
Spot constellations in the magical and unpolluted desert skies
THINGS TO DO NEARBY:
Whip up sand clouds as you zoom over the dunes on a desert drive or Polaris adventure
Scale the towering dunes and discover the life of the desert on a guided walking tour
Get to know some of the desert’s most ubiquitous inhabitants during a camel trek
Explore the otherworldly landscapes by fat bike
Raise adrenaline levels further by surfing the dunes on a sandboard or sled
Slow the pace with sunset riding in the desert
Experience a barbecue like no other in the middle of the desert
Absorb ancient desert traditions during a thrilling falcon and saluki show
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