Liwa Desert Travel Guide
Anantara Resorts are still bucking the economic trend: they continue to launch new properties in all corners of the globe. Up next is the Anantara Qasr Al Sarab Resort & Spa, located in the state of Abu Dhabi but around an hour and a half's drive into the desert. It's in a spectacular region which apparently has sand dunes four times higher than the Leaning Tower of Pisa (although we hope the dunes look a little more stable).
Across the resort you'll find 196 rooms and suites, three restaurants and of course an Anantara Spa complete with an impressive marble hammam bath. They'll also set you up to go sand-surfing, camel riding through the desert or quad-biking if you prefer.
Their website will let you book rooms starting from October 25 this year, at least a full week ahead of the November opening we heard about earlier this year. The lower range of rooms start from 1,700 AED ($460) with a one bedroom villa going for 4,200 AED ($1,140).