Not many resorts can match the grandeur and splendour of Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara, located among the dunes just outside of Abu Dhabi.

It has already earned a title as the most Instagrammed hotel on the planet and we can see why. The dramatic exterior reflects traditional Bedouin architecture and it’s difficult to take your eyes off the surrounding landscape.

Over the past few months the hotel has undergone some refurbishments and has taken added precautions to guarantee the safety of guests. Now it’s finally ready for reopening on August 15.

Make a splash

One of the most notable new features is the famed pool area that has been transformed into multiple zones so guests of all ages can find the perfect spot to cool off. Expect children’s splash pad area, luxurious in-water loungers and an in-water swing, new cabanas providing enhanced privacy and a 50-metre stretch for laps. Oh we forgot the best part. There is a new swim-up bar which offers the perfect pool time menu including a collection of desert-inspired mojitos and a new signature “Farm to Fork” pizza with ingredients from the resort’s own greenhouse. The new Resort Lifestyle Guru will be on hand to provide you with inside tips and recommendations.


Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort new offers 2020

Head in the game

Those who want to keep on top of their fitness goals will appreciate the reworked gym that now features new Technogym equipment, including the Zwift virtual cycling system. Outside you can find a desert volleyball court and super-sized Jenga and chess – your brain needs a workout too. Note that the tennis and basketball courts are open 24 hours.

The chill zone

The wellness centre is taking a sustainable approach to health by phasing out of plastic water bottles and the introduction of solar panels to support power and hot water. You can also look forward to new relaxation spaces for men and women, indoor and outdoor meditation zones and Psammo therapy sand-heat.

Little royals

Families can take full advantage of the upgraded kids’ club that features a new soft-play zone in the pool, nutritious menu options, and complimentary activities and experiences.

Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort new offers 2020

The offers

We are already booking in for a future weekend, especially as there are three great offers to choose from. The Summer Surprises room rates start from Dhs999 per room per night (a 30 per cent saving on the usual rate) including breakfast for two.

Alternatively you can enjoy a villa lifestyle at half with rates starting at Dhs1,999 when booking the Summer Villa deal that includes including breakfast for two in a one-bedroom pool villa and four in a two-bedroom pool villa. Both offers are available until October 31 2020.

If you want to feel like a true VIP then the The Royal Desert Hideaway package is for you. Royal Pavilion One-Bedroom Pool Villa is as fabulous as it sounds with prices starting from Dhs3,999 per villa for two nights. Let your Personal Villa host take care of everything as you enjoy daily in-villa breakfast, one activity per day, and two 15-minute relaxing neck and shoulder massages at the spa. This offer is available until July 31 2021.

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