No, wait, it’s a comely young woman sipping champagne by a glittering pool. And better yet, it’s no mirage...
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.