Published September 05, 2010
Champagne and Archery in the Arabian Desert
You’re wandering in the desert with just a canteen and a compass, crossing dune after dune, ready to
collapse, until—there, in the distance, you see a flash of movement. It could be a mirage, or a runaway
No, wait, it’s a comely young woman sipping champagne by a glittering pool. And better yet, it’s no
Welcome to the Qasr al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara
, a sprawling resort in a remote patch of
Arabian desert, taking reservations now.
In short, it’s a secluded desert village with 10 miles of sand in every direction. If you prefer a car to
the on-foot-with-compass thing, you’re in for a two-hour drive from Abu Dhabi. Once you’re there,
you’ll want one of the high-walled, marble-floored bungalows that looks suspiciously like an Arabian
palace, complete with a butler and a walled-off pool you’ll have all to yourself. (Your royal cannonballs
will remain private.)
And then come days filled with camel treks through the dunes and archery lessons on a range behind the
villas. When you’ve made a dozen or so new desert-dwelling friends, you can arrange for an outdoor feast
two dunes over. There, resort attendants will spread rugs, pillows and tents over the sand, then offer
choice cuts of lamb, a fleet of hookahs and a guitar player for a sunset serenade.
We’re 90% sure it’s all really happening.
Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara
1 Qasr Al Sarab Road
Abu Dhabi UAE
+971 2 886 2088