The deserts of the United Arab Emirates hold a mystical allure, and the island city of Abu Dhabi serves as a hub from which to explore it. To experience the level of luxury characteristic of this wealthy Emirate, consider a stay at the Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort. Located in Abu Dhabi's Empty Quarter in the Liwa Desert, Qasr Al Sarab makes you feel blissfully secluded from the rest of the world.
One of the resort's finest offerings – its freeform infinity-edged swimming pool – allows guests to cool off while enjoying sweeping views of the valley below. Watch from the edge of the pool as the local wildlife graze, or plan your pool time in the evening to see the blood red sun dip below the sandy horizon. For an even more exclusive swimming experience, look to the private villas on offer. Each comes with its own private plunge pool with the same picture-perfect views of the surrounding dunes.
Private plunge pool — Photo courtesy of Qasr Al Sarab
Qasr Al Sarab's pools aren't the only accolade-worthy offering; the five-star property houses a signature Anantara Spa equipped with Jacuzzis, saunas and traditional Moorish hammams; a library; floodlit tennis courts; an Emirati cooking school and four excellent restaurants to choose from. Early morning desert treks, yoga classes and camel rides complete the menu of activities.