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29 Jul 2010

Abu Dhabi, July 2010 – Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara, was awarded ‘Best Hotel Spa’ and ‘Best for Luxury Public Spaces’ at the prestigious Hospitality Design Awards for Creative Achievement in New York. The luxury resort in Abu Dhabi’s enchanting Liwa Desert was the only winner from the Middle East and North Africa.


Now in its sixth year, the high profile Hospitality Design Awards for Creative Achievement – run by Hospitality Design magazine, the New York-based premier trade magazine serving the field of hospitality design – celebrate hospitality developments that use new materials and creative designs. Qasr Al Sarab, interior was designed by US-based HBA/Hirsch Bedner Associates and South African architectural firm Northpoint, beat stiff competition from 360 worldwide submissions to win the two awards and was commended for the way that its design remained true to the heritage of the area. This is the sixth accolade for Qasr Al Sarab since it opened eight months ago.


Since its opening, Qasr Al Sarab has been recognised with top accolades from around the world for its exceptional features and tourism offering. Some of these include: Middle East's Leading Desert Resort in the World Travel Awards 2010 in May; named in Condé Nast Traveller UK’s 2010 Hot List; Condé Nast Traveller USA’s Hot List and Spa Hot List; and taking second runner up for Spa Design Awards at The Middle East Spa Awards in May this year.


Situated in the Empty Quarter (Rub Al Khali), the world’s largest stretch of uninterrupted desert, Qasr Al Sarab has quickly earned a reputation for being a regional landmark with architecture reflecting a truly authentic Arabian culture and heritage. Perched atop a crescent-shaped dune, the true splendour of this fort-inspired design smoothly blends into its pristine surrounding environment and in a destination rich in history with settlements dating back to 7,000 years ago. Offering 154 rooms, 42 villas and 10 royal villas resembling majestic palaces with spacious living and dining areas, private pools and outdoor terraces, Qasr Al Sarab is a haven of exceptional comfort and pure extravagance.


The Hospitality Design Awards, judged by an expert panel of judges from the hospitality industry, were held at a glittering ceremony at the Millenium Broadway Hotel in New York City that showcased the most innovative example of new construction and renovation in the industry, and was attended by the elite of the interior design industry.

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