Prosecco, sand dunes, bubble baths, three course meals, camels, more sand dunes, dates (the edible kind), swimming pools, lie ins, more prosecco and even more sand dunes…welcome to Qasr al Sarab.
The UAE has an insane amount of hotels, so when my boyfriend and I decided to disappear out of Dubai for a long weekend, the decision on where to go wasn’t easy. I can’t remember how I came across this hotel (Instagram, probably) but I fell in love with it. Situated three hours outside of Dubai, Qasr Al Sarab by Anantara is a 5 star hotel in the middle of nowhere – literally. The drive there was the hardest part, both of us had no 3G left, so I printed off some shoddy directions from the internet and ended up calling the hotel for directions about 7 times, so make sure you have your bearings first because getting lost in the desert really isn’t the ideal way of kicking off a romantic mini break…
Once there, our stay was amazing. The only let down was the weather (for a change). Because of the heat, half the restaurants were shut and outdoor activities deserted. Apologies for those who don’t like to talk about money, but what’s the point in writing a review if you can’t give people the information they want? So on that note, I booked our garden view room (which was the cheapest of all options) on a “buy one get one free” summer package, so I spent Dhs1,400 ( about £250) for one night and got the second free – an absolute bargain for a 5 star hotel in my opinion! They also offer balcony rooms, private villas, suits etc etc for a higher price.
The food was sooooo good – on the first night we got into the super fluffy bath robes and ordered room service & prosecco…because why not? And the second night we went to the Ghadeer restaurant and absolutely ate our body weight in a delicious three course meal (although our bank accounts suffered for it the next day!). An international breakfast buffet – with everything you can imagine including camels milk – was also put on every morning (and included in the price of the room), but unfortunately they boast no pork license, so it was chicken sausages and beef bacon – meh. Oh, and the bedrooms come with a bath tub of biblical proportions which I could have stayed in all day and sacked off the rest of the holiday *hearts for eyes emoji*.
The hotel service was unrivalled with staff at your beck and call for simply everything you can imagine – someone even came up to us at the pool to clean our sunglasses. Complimentary golf buggies are also on offer to escort you to absolutely anywhere on the Qasr Al Sarab grounds (because the hotel is that big).
My last tips: this a romantical place, full of couples and not full of kids, so I recommend this hotel if you’re looking for a lavish getaway for two. Be prepared to splash the cash, because EVERYTHING you order comes with a 10% service charge and 6% “tourism fee” on top – hellooooo VAT?!?! Lastly, to break up the journey on the way home, we stopped at the Sheikh Ziad Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi which was every bit as incredible as you’d imagine…a must for everyones bucket list.
For more information visit http://qasralsarab.anantara.com/