Sheltering Dunes  

 ARABIA RETREAT

Escape from intolerable demands and travel to a land of carefree nomadic existence. Let yourself be whisked away on a journey of lasting impressions, combining Arabian Culture, Sheltering Dunes and a Signature Retreat Program to nurture your mind, body and spirit. Discover the world’s largest sand desert on the outskirts of Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates. Stay for 5-Nights at Qasr al Sarab Desert Resort nestled amongst the dunes in Rub al Khali. This magical resort by Anantara escapes all comparisons. The light, the colour, the texture, the shapes and the "emptiness"  makes Rub al Khali the ideal destination to refresh and rejuvenate mind, body and spirit.

9 Days ex Australia

This is the place to come to reclaim yourself.

A  Spellbinding Therapeutic Landscape

THE PSYCHOLOGICAL VIRTUES OF THE LIWA DESERT

Cocooned

Cocoon yourself in the protective and sheltering dunes of Rub'al Khali.  Retreat from the stressful conditions of life into private new world. A place of natural calm. Out here, you feel cuddled in the soft embrace of the earth.

Far-Seeing, Deep-Listening

Looking across the desert calms interior noise.  No static in the scenery. When the eye can rest, the mind can rest. Out in the desert we may hear that soundless sound that discriminates silence from silence. It is then that we can look into our heart and discover our radiant I-point. 

Nature-Assisted Colour Therapy

  • The stillpoint awareness of a violet dawn

  • Rose coloured love at sunrise

  • Morning pale as a sea-shell

  • Whitelight noon

  • The vibration of luminous gold at sundown

  • Indigo unity at dusk

  • Soft, silky, sand that changes changes its form and colour

A Taste of Infinity 

Infinite earth, infinite sky. Infinity is a dependence most of us don't realise we have. An infinite invisible background supports existence in a relatively seamless way and inter-permeates everything. If our awareness of this background support is wounded we feel alone, disconnected and unassisted. Rub'al Khali's magic may help restore this mysterious connection. Out here we feel small. And the smaller we get the more we blend into the nothingness. That is: energy, spirit, infinity. At that point, we may become aware that we are part of something larger than ourselves.

RIDE A CAMEL INTO THE EYE OF THE SUN

...and forget the conventions and restrictions of this world.

Optional Resort Activities and Tours

  • Guided Dune Walks 

  • Camel Rides

  • 4WD Safaris

  • Archery

  • Liwa Oasis Tour

  • Archery

  • Horse Riding

  • Desert Fat Biking

  • Dine by Design

  • Falcon & Saluki Show

  • Sand Boarding

  • Cooking classes

  • Spa Treatments

TRAVERSE THE DUNES ON CAMEL BACK

Balancing the long journey of getting there with an opportunity to actually “being there” 

NIGHT TIME DUNE WALKS

Embark on a truly mystical and enchanting desert walk at night and watch as the moonlight reflects onto the endless formations of magnificent dunes right before your eyes

FALCONS & SALUKIS

Symbols of speed and ability.

ITINERARYAt a Glance

 

DAY 1

AUSTRALIA - ABU DHABI

DAY 4

ARABIA RETREAT

DAY 7

ARABIA RETREAT

DAY 2

ABU DHABI

DAY 5

ARABIA RETREAT

DAY 8

ABU DHABI - AUSTRALIA

DAY 3

ARABIA RETREAT

DAY 6

ARABIA RETREAT

DAY 9

ARRIVE IN AUSTRALIA

The Resort

Nestled in a place of high dunes and stirred up dust, Qasr al Sarab Desert Resort creates new spellbinding impressions. A fortress of turrets, courtyards and fountains, the resort provides the perfect background for our own 1001 Arabian Nights storymaking. A cosy lantern-lit arabian village by night - a surreal sand-castle dream by day.

The Spa

Pamper yourself in Arabian luxury. Ancient hammam rituals contrast the heat of marble beds with an invigorating ice blast. Explore spa treatments inspired by indigenous ingredients, from desert sand to desert rose.

SPA FACILITIES

  • Variety of massages, body experiences, facials and signature treatments

  • Seven luxurious treatment suites for individuals and couples

  • Relaxation area with amazing views of the desert

  • Private male and female changing areas

  • Two heated Jacuzzis

  • Two steam rooms

  • Ice room

  • Sauna 

Anantara Pool Villa

Retreat Space

 

At Qasr al Sarab Desert Resort we arrange private indoor/outdoor space to be used as a collective space for our retreat programs. They are as follows:

Deluxe Terrace Room
For groups of 4 participants. These beautifully appointed corner rooms on the upper floor are the perfect combination of indoor and outdoor private space, with a 45 sqm rustic-style terrace and impressive desert views. 

One Bedroom Anantara Pool Villa
For groups of 5+. The pool villa features a private pool, large private outdoor area and spacious indoor space, complemented by stunning desert scenery.

Dune Spaces

Outdoor spaces close to the resort with cushions, carpets and lanterns. Other outdoor spaces is Safari style in a remote dune setting which is reached by 4wd.

 

PLEASE NOTE: Each retreat program is different, please check the itinerary for specific inclusions.

Accommodation

DELUXE GARDEN ROOM

Your ground floor room opens onto a refreshing oasis of green, with unending desert beyond. Wake up to sunrise over the dunes and enjoy a cup of tea out on your shaded terrace.

Please Note: Room upgrades are available upon request at additional cost.

Where is Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort?

Qasr al Sarab Desert Resort is located in the Liwa Oasis in the United Arab Emirates (UAE for short.) United Arab Emirates is made up of seven emirates and sits at the northeast end of the Arabian Peninsula on the Persian Gulf, bordering Oman to the east and Saudi Arabia to the south and west. The driving time to the resort from the capital city, Abu Dhabi, takes approximately 90 minutes.

Upcoming Retreats

YOGA FOR EVERYONE

The

Heart

 SEQUENCE

10 - 19 March, 2020

with

MARY McCarthy

Fully Escorted ex BNE

“Use this sequence of heart openers to tune in to your anahata and inner voice and find the path to your heart’s calling.”

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