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Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort, United Arab Emirates

Courtesy of Anantara Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort

Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara, Abu Dhabi

The company known for stocking Thai jungle lodges with fine wines and fitting Maldivian overwater bungalows with Egyptian-cotton sheets has set its sights on the Empty Quarter—an ocean of dunes across the planet’s largest uninter-rupted desert. At the princely desert fortress, stone walls are draped with jewel-toned textiles, and helipads accommodate visiting Emirati sheikhs. Guides lead intrepid travelers on camel treks through the Liwa Desert. Doubles from $354.

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