Suite of the week – Royal Pavilion Villas at Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara

Set against the stunning landscape of The Empty Quarter – in the world’s largest stretch of sand desert, is the stunning collection of Royal Pavilion Villas, an extension of its sister property, the glorious Qasr Al Sarab. A stunning property that is steeped in luxury and Arabian elegance offers its guests the ultimate getaway.

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Decked in rich Arabian décor and fabrics, local artefacts, the Royal Pavilion Villas offer a sense of place in this secluded palace, where luxury blends with landscape. The retreat offers 10 one-bedroom Royal Pavilion Pool Villas that feature separate living room and dining area, a king size bed, an oversized bathtub and a rain shower. A secluded terrace looks out into the desert and offers an al fresco dining area, a private swimming pool, an outdoor shower with shaded day beds. Guests have access to free WiFi from the comfort of their villa. Accommodation includes daily buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner for every night stayed.
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More pampering waits at The Spa by Anantara – a real sanctuary for relaxation and revitalization that offer Asian techniques with traditional Arabian oils and the signature Hammam experience. For guests who would like to explore the desert, two desert activities are allowed per person, per night where they can choose from choice of Sunset or Sunrise Desert Walk, Dune Drive, Camel Trek, Archery, Land Sailing and Fat Biking, Falcon and Saluki Show. For those guests who prefer to soak in more relaxation, they can exchange the two desert activities for one 30-minute head, neck and shoulder massage per person per night. The main pavilion offers more indoor health and fitness facilities with a fitness studio, complete with weights and cardio equipment.
Guests at the Royal Pavilion Villas have several intimate dining options including The Dining Room which also features an extensive wine cellar, The Lounge, the Terrace offering great views and great Arabic food and The Terrace Barbeque for some alfresco grilled cooking. There is also Dining by Design, where you can customize your dining experience to delight the most adventurous palates and discerning tastes. room
Cost: Starting from AED 5,500 ($1,500)++ or AED 6,380 ($1,738) net
Size:  130 sq m + large outdoor area featuring a private swimming pool, cabanas, outdoor shower and an alfresco dining area
Occupancy: 2

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Why should you splurge on it?
Royal Pavilion Villas by Qasr Al Sarab follows the journey in the steps of explorer Wilfred Thesiger, through the legendary Liwa Desert. The retreat sits nestled in a crescent-shaped dune in the Rub’al Khali or Empty Quarter, the largest sand desert in the world, showcases the rich Emirati heritage in an ultra-luxurious and modern environment, making a stay here an experience of a lifetime.

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Where : Royal Pavilion Villas by Qasr Al Sarab
P.O. Box 131277, 1 Qasr Al Sarab Road,
Abu Dhabi, UAE
Phone : +971 2 886 2088

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Previously travel-editor and long-time resident of extravagant Dubai, Shalu is likes a dash of luxury in everything she does. While luxury travel is a weakness, she believes there is something very attractive about understated luxury. And when she’s not dreaming of pristine beaches, private jets and molecular dining, a shiny pair of Blahniks is what she lusts for.