By Evie Carrick
June 22, 2019
Courtesy of Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara

You don’t have to travel to the moon for a whopping $35,000 a night to visit an otherworldly place. Spanning 250,000 square miles and covering parts of Saudi Arabia, Oman, Yemen, and the United Arab Emirates, great Rub' al Khali desert is the largest contiguous sand desert in the world — though it feels like it's from another one. Also known as the Empty Quarter, here, sand dunes reach nearly 1,000 feet high, inviting travelers to sandboard down the dunes or explore the landscape on 4x4 or camel.

Courtesy of Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara
Courtesy of Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara

But as any traveler knows, after a day of exploration and adventure, there’s nothing more needed than a place to kick back and relax. Travelers won’t have to go far to find a true desert oasis, with the ultra luxurious Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort nestled among the Rub' al Khali’s great sand dunes.

Located just over two hours from Abu Dahbi by car, the five-star Qasr Al Sarab is a secluded escape that resembles an old Arabian fortress fit for a king. Sheikhs and high dignitaries visit for a luxurious escape and guests from all over the world are treated to breathtaking views of the expansive desert surrounding the resort. Travelers can explore the otherworldly terrain or relax at the property’s outdoor pool and on-site restaurants.

Courtesy of Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara
Courtesy of Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara

Rates at the desert oasis start at $250 a night and include a welcome drink and a daily buffet breakfast for two guests. Guests can book a standard Deluxe Garden Room or opt for the space and luxury of one of the property’s two-bedroom villas with a private pool and balcony.

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