Travel Diary – Qasr Al Sarab

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A few weeks ago Tim and me traveled to Qasr Al Sarab, a paradise in the middle of the desert and magic place in Abu Dhabi.

After a around 3 hours drive from Abu Dhabi city you arrive at Qasr al Sarab. It is located in the Empty Quarter in the Rub’tl Khali sand desert, close to the border to The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Not only people from Abu Dhabi visit this fantastic place for a little timeout, also travelers from around the world come here to enjoy this unique resort in the middle of the red sand dunes. But let´s start from the beginning….

Already on the way to Qasr Al Sarab was a lot to explore. On the first sight the road seems quiet boring but if you take a closer look you can spot camels and ghazals next to the street.
But watch out, as soon you stop to take a picture they will run away 😉

Shortly before you arrive, on the last 12 kilometers, you will enter the “real” desert. You pass a small way which guides you into the middle of the sandy dunes of the Rub’tl Khali sand desert until you reach the hotel.
Qasr Al Sarab seems like an Oasis after you drove to the desert and it is, as the name says, a castle in the desert. We can already tell you, that you will be impressed as soon your eyes are catching it!

We received a warm welcome and had a pleasant check-in, as the front desk came to us on the couch and not we had to queue in front of the reception. We got dates and a lovely fruity lassie to relax and feel arrived. It was super lovely and amazing, as this is exactly what you expect after a few hours drive through the heat.

We were really happy when the staff told us that they upgraded us to a bigger terrace room. They drove us to there with a golf buggy and already on the way there we very totally amazed by our surroundings. When we entered the room it smelled fresh and chilled, like in a spa. The bed was big, the bathroom even bigger and next to a jacuzzi and shower we also got a giant terrace overlooking the resort and the desert. This was really like a dream and in 1001 Arabian nights. I felt like we are Jasmin and Aladin, not Julia and Tim anymore. So pretty!

After we checked out the resort and the beautiful facilities, such as the nice pool area, restaurants and spa, we decided to book a sundown camel track.
It was only us and another couple who had the pleasure to enjoy this journey on the camels back through the sand.
After around 1 hour we reached one of the highest dunes and enjoyed the sundown.
Arabic, coffee, tea, dates and fresh fruits made it even more enjoyable. The costs for the fabulous experience were 300 Dirham, which were absolutely worth it. I would highly recommend this experience to all of my friends and family as the camel track was different to the ones I did before. This one was personal and intimidate. We were guided by a really Bedouin who was connected to the camels and who had a lot of knowledge about the desert and its characteristics, what you could honestly feel and what we highly appreciated.

After we came back from the trek we went back to our room and jumped under the shower to get ready for dinner. We chose the Steakhouse and had a great time under the stars.
I took Sea bass filet on Ratatouille. Tim had a trilogy of lamb. Both was pretty awesome!
As a appetizer we got a cold soup as a greeting from the kitchen and as an dessert we got some nice pralines. So yummy and just lovely

Additionally we went after the dinner to the lobby and had a Shisha, which was kind of a must had at Qasr Al Sarab, as it is just lovely to sit under the starts and enjoy it.

We went to bed and woke up early in the morning to watch the beautiful sunrise on the dunes. Unfortunately it was kinda cloudy so we didn´t spot the sun. However, we just went back to bed had a little nap and went to the breakfast later. The hotel offered a wide range of international and typical Arabic dishes and a rich selection of nearly everything you can imagine.
Fresh juices, nice warm and cold dishes, homemade bred and also a lot of things for allergic guests, such as diary and gluten free products. Amazing and super yummy!
After the breakfast we enjoyed the late check-out and relaxed again at the stunning pool and had a swim in the cold and crystal clear water. We enjoyed the quietness of the area and less guests during the summer season. Even it was hot with around 47 degrees we weren’t sweating in the sun as humidity was much less that in the city of Abu Dhabi. So we lied down in our sun beds, relaxed, swam and went back to the sun bed. Hehehe! Exactly what we wanted!

We had a super amazing weekend and cannot wait to visit Qasr Al Sarab again, very, very soon.

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2 Responses
  • Annalena
    October 1, 2016

    Ich wollte immer schon mal in die Wüste und dort die Sanddünen sehen. Muss fantastisch sein und danke, dass ihr mich mit den tollen Bildern daran teilhaben habt lassen.

    • Jules
      October 1, 2016

      Huhu, ich glaube du musst uns wohl ganz bald mal besuchen kommen 😉

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