The coveted award is the latest in a series of accolades the resort has been honoured with since its launch in 2009.
Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara emerged from the visionary leadership of the UAE and was designed to celebrate the traditions and culture of the country.
Built in the Liwa Desert, Qasr Al Sarab offers an unrivaled experience and is nestled within the world’s largest uninterrupted body of sand, offering guests panoramic views of Abu Dhabi’s towering and awe-inspiring dunes.
The architecture is inspired by authentic forts from the Liwa Desert, and is located in the Empty Quarter, overlooking a valley that runs for several kilometres from East to West. The resort was designed as a celebration of Abu Dhabi’s heritage to highlight its rich culture, and smoothly blends into the surrounding environment, which boasts settlements dating back 7,000 years.
Sitting upon a crescent-shaped dune, the resort offers 154 rooms, 42 villas and 10 royal villas, resembling majestic palaces, with spacious living and dining areas, private pools and outdoor terraces.
Speaking at the WTA ceremony, Wael Soueid, General Manager at Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara, commented, “We are honoured to receive such recognition and to be selected as the leading desert resort in the entire region. Awards such as these are vital to raising awareness for the travel industry in the Middle East. Anantara’s aim in the region is to become a role model in the Arabian hospitality industry, and key for Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort to achieving this goal, has been its dedication to ensuring every guest’s trip is enriched by local experiences, within a breathtaking environment.”
The World Travel Awards are prestigious the world over for recognizing true quality within the travel industry. Voting takes place online over an entire year, and travel agents and members of the travelling public globally are encouraged to vote.
The award follows on from Anantara’s announcement at ATM that its eagerly awaited urban resort, Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa by Anantara will open its doors on June 1, 2012 in Abu Dhabi.
David Garner, Regional Director of Sales and Marketing for Anantara Hotels, Resorts and Spas in the Middle East, said, “2012 promises to be an exciting year for Anantara in the region. With the opening of the Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa by Anantara we have added an entirely new dimension to our portfolio of properties in the Middle East. With this property Anantara’s tradition of understated luxury and outstanding guest experience will now be even more accessible from the UAE capital than ever before. The hotel is ideally situated to appeal to the growing number of travellers visiting Abu Dhabi.”
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