A Grand Entrance to the Ultimate Relaxation

We drove non-stop on the road that snaked its way among towering sand dunes and, just as  we began to think that we’d made a mistake coming all the way here, we finally saw it:  a series of towers, turrets and serrated roofs in the sandy vastness.  It is colossal.  It’s an entire city!  I briefly wondered whether our arrival will be announced by a fanfare of trumpets.

We were ushered into this elegant reception hall – an enormous chandelier hung from the high ceiling, walls were adorned with lanterns and framed photographs of royalties, sofas were either carved in traditional design or dressed in exotic-patterned fabrics, traditional lamps and lanterns everywhere, a fountain right in the middle of the hall, and  massive glass windows farther back that offered a glimpse of the rich desert behind it.  Soft Arabian music played in the background.

As we sat there, transfixed, a man came and offered us wet towels and a glass of freshly-squeezed orange juice as they took care of our check-in formalities.   The place is grand.  Qasr al Sarab is not a resort.  It’s a palace.  It’s an enormous sand castle – a magical kingdom – sculpted into towers and turrets peppered with torches and lanterns straight from an Indiana Jones movie!

The picture of the lobby (second from the bottom) is from Google images.


  1. Wow! What a place! I agree it’s a palace.So did it cost a bomb?

    When you mention ‘sandy vastness’,I thought they were sand castles,not the real thing! 🙂

    1. Lat, when you climb up a dune and look below, they do look like sand castles! 😀

      It’s a five-star resort, so yeah it should cost a fortune, but we got the stay for free!

      1. Still the camera has something to do with it. I doubt you wouldn’t be able to take such quality photo with a regular mobile phone’s camera (not talking about iPhone or Sony Ericcsson 😀 ).

        Congratulations to you, too, though! 😉

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