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Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort

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Some girls wanted Barbie’s Malibu Dream House; I wished for a tent and
camel. My wanderlust was first inspired by documentaries about the nomads who
traverse the Rub’ al Khali, or Empty Quarter, outside Abu Dhabi. Which is why I
was especially intrigued by the opening of Asia-based hotel group Anantara’s
206-room Qasr
Al Sarab Desert Resort
(doubles from $462), in a
sheltered wadi edged by ocher dunes. Trade-route artifacts sourced from local
souks—bedouin jewelry; hammered-brass vessels—help to create a place for me to
live out my childhood fantasy. —Shane Mitchell

Great Luxury Adventure Hotels

Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort

Some girls wanted Barbie’s Malibu Dream House; I wished for a tent and
camel. My wanderlust was first inspired by documentaries about the nomads who
traverse the Rub’ al Khali, or Empty Quarter, outside Abu Dhabi. Which is why I
was especially intrigued by the opening of Asia-based hotel group Anantara’s
206-room Qasr
Al Sarab Desert Resort
(doubles from $462), in a
sheltered wadi edged by ocher dunes. Trade-route artifacts sourced from local
souks—bedouin jewelry; hammered-brass vessels—help to create a place for me to
live out my childhood fantasy. —Shane Mitchell

Courtesy of Anantara

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