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May 6, 2014

Royal Pavilion Villas by Qasr Al Sarab in Abu Dhabi

By Chris Boyle

The majestic Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara in the United Arab Emirates has revealed an exclusive collection of ten royal villa accommodations located in a secluded setting named the Royal Pavilion Villas by Qasr Al Sarab.

Set against the dramatic landscape of The Empty Quarter – the world’s largest stretch of uninterrupted sand desert, the exclusive collection of Royal Pavilion Villas is the epitome of luxury offering stays of understated sophistication and Arabian elegance.   Guests seeking a truly bespoke getaway and seclusion will create lasting memories at this unique Arabian retreat located just one kilometre from Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara.

Anantara Hotels Resorts & Spas in the Middle East continues to actively contribute to Abu Dhabi’s diverse tourism offering catering towards unique and memorable experiences for families and couples as well as business groups and incentives, and now those looking for the ultimate in bespoke luxury.

With welcome signature touches such as exclusive transport from Abu Dhabi or Dubai Airport to the resort (guests can choose from private limousine or helicopter transfers*), a warm reception from each guest’s personal villa host and a traditional UAE falcon experience upon arrival, guests staying at the Royal Pavilion Villas by Qasr Al Sarab will also be welcomed with a traditional Arabic tea tasting and Arabic inspired Afternoon Tea set, followed by a personal escort to their Royal Pavilion Villa for an explanation of amenities, facilities and dining options, all followed by a relaxing foot ritual to start their experience in lavish style.

The Royal Pavilion Villas by Qasr Al Sarab comprise ten fully self contained pool villas complete with swimming pool, outdoor rainforest showers, sunbathing cabana, terrace dining and lawned areas as well as the main Pavilion which features Porte Cochere, a welcome Lounge, The Dining Room, The Lounge, The Terrace, The Workout Room, The Spa and an impressive outdoor area.

Thoughtfully appointed, each villa features a 47 inch flat screen, slim line LCD screens in the bedroom and lounge areas, Bose Lifestyle Sound System in lounge, Bose blue tooth capable iPod dock and alarm with bedside wireless volume and snooze control, bathroom amenities from world famous luxury brands such as Elemis and Shiffa, personalised bathrobes with guest initials, butler pantry, as well as individual villa BBQ’s designed by Neil Perry, the Australian Chef and Restaurateur.

The Royal Pavilion Villas experience is one where every detail has been considered from the pre-arrival to the farewell.  Each overnight stay includes culinary presentations for breakfast, lunch and dinner including soft beverages. On arrival, guests are encouraged to meet with the Chef to talk through their preferences, hear details about the ‘market list’ items fresh for the day and have a tailor-made culinary journey created exclusively for them. From the freshest Canadian lobster to Japanese Wagyu beef to simple club sandwiches, whatever guests’ culinary desires may be, can be created for them by a team of highly skilled chefs at the resort.

Evening cocktails are served daily at the guests’ choice of either The Lounge or The Terrace, both offering spectacular views of the changing colours of the desert sands and the 180-metre-high sand dune opposite the Royal Pavilion Villas complex.  With the twinkling lights of Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort emerging on dusk, the experience is nothing short of fairytale grandeur.

Guests staying at the Royal Pavilion Villas by Qasr Al Sarab can also enjoy two activities per guest per night stay, from a list including camel riding in the dunes, hard and soft dune drives and the ever popular dune bashing, archery, desert walks, desert land sailing and fat biking, as well as the falcon and saluki show. There is also complimentary access to the tennis and basketball courts throughout the stay, as well as a dedicated private gym within the villa resort.

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The energetic will delight in a 24 hour Workout Room within the main Pavilion featuring the latest in cardio vascular and resistance equipment, or choose to take things down a notch with a dawn or dusk yoga class or meditation on the lawn. A purpose-built Spa has been included in the main Pavilion offering a variety of treatments for both individuals and couples. The Spa features a private relaxation terrace with lush gardens evoking the ultimate in serenity and calm.

All guests at the Royal Pavilion Villas by Qasr Al Sarab enjoy an exclusive invitation to dine at any of the restaurants at Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort with a choice of transfer available, from private camel with your own camel master (to be arranged ahead of time) or luxury  SUV.

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