Photos: Sheela Mehrotra

" the end of a 20 km meandering trail from the highway in Hameem (about 2 hrs from Abu Dhabi), emerges Qasr Al Sarab. Set amidst the undulating dunes of the Rub' al Khali, a 250,000-square-mile sea of sand that is the world’s largest contiguous desert, the Anantara property evokes images of a desert fortress and an Arabian fairy-tale like palace, boasting unobstructed landscape views of the sunrise and sunset. I couldn't have put a price on this experience. A truly unique place of impressive design paralleled with tireless, rhythmic and dreamy views."