Family Getaway to Qasr Al Sarab – Anantara, Abu Dhabi
Part 2 of celebrating my 30th birthday was a surprise stay at Qasr Al Sarab by Anantara. I’ve been to Anantara The Palm Dubai several times, both to stay in, spend time at the beach, brunch and even view residential properties, it’s THAT great, so its fair to say I had high hopes for Qasr Al Sarab.
It’s not close to Dubai, so expect to travel. Its the 45 minute or so drive to Abu Dhabi and then a couple of hours on from there too, nestled in the heart of the desert. The sand changes from a pale yellow to deep orange hues as you approach the resort. A beautifully constructed man made oasis.
The resort houses 205 rooms, villas and suites. A decent amount, yet you still feel there’s no one else around (there were, we saw them at breakfast!) but that’s how tranquil the stay is. We had booked a villa for my husband and I and my 7 month old son. Anantara had provided us with a cot that we could sleep our baby in beside our super King size bed. As you enter the villa, you have a cosy dining and bar area to walk through, before entering a beautifully decorated, Arabic style lounge. The floors are tiled and the interiors are bold shades of red and brown. You have ample amount of space in the bedroom which also leads on to a huge bathroom with a side for him and a side for her. There’s also a shower indoors and outdoors, as well as a huge bath to soak away in.
Just outside the villa, guests have their own plunge pool, this view will take your breath away. The landscaped view of the uninterrupted desert is just something else, nothing I’ve experienced before. You could spend literally all day in the pool feeling at one with the desert.
Swimming Is A Must:
We spent most of our time in the villa and chilling in the pool other than when we were visiting one of the restaurants to eat. There’s a steakhouse, restaurants for mediterranean cuisine and international cuisine. To get to the restaurants and the main reception and lounge part of the resort, we had to call for a buggy. Depending on where your room is you could walk but a buggy only took a couple of minutes to arrive at our villa. If you have a baby with you, the pram will also fit on to the buggy safely. We had breakfast at Al Waha (the International Cuisine restaurant) and the restaurant was huge. All the usual cuisines were there for you to choose from with multiple live cooking stations topping up breakfast. There are both indoor and outdoor dining options for all year round, if the weather permits, I’d certainly recommend sitting outdoors, that desert view never gets old.
After breakfast we would typically go for a stroll around the resort. We loved doing this and admiring the sheer size of the resort, it’s absolutely huge. There’s also tennis courts, a spa, gym and other business and library rooms. When we found the community pool we were taken aback once again, the pool is absolutely stunning. It probably takes between 5-10 minutes to walk around the whole pool with it’s bends and curves, and would be endless fun to swim in all day for kids or just admire from the deck chairs that surround the whole pool. There’s a bridge, waterfall and dips to wonder around.
If only we had longer at the resort I would have loved to try out the spa and more of the restaurants, Anantara have again exceeded my expectations and I’d highly recommend the resort for it’s culture, quality of rooms, food and service of staff to everyone. It’s such a unique, relaxing and memorable experience.
Love, Anisha xox