Tilal Liwa Hotel Abu Dhabi

Endless road or desert hills, a lonely palm tree or a herd of camels, whispering summer winds or fine dust wondered at its fair. It doesn’t matter because once we found its tip, for sure it magnificent! Tilal Liwa surely didn’t fail to surprise us.

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Tilal Liwa Hotel is situated on the edge of the Rub’ Al Khali desert, the largest contiguous sand desert in the world, encompassing most of the southern third of the Arabian Peninsula. This chic resort is 68 km from the Liwa Oasis, a large oasis area in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

img_0843img_9424 img_9426We drove for about 3 hours from Dubai, pretty long journey. Take note, when driving to the road going to Tilal Liwa Hotel isn’t that easy, there must be a thorough care as the highway is mostly driven by huge trucks. Although there’s a limit of speed everywhere but the turns and exit is quite confusing specially if you’re just new to the area. But luckily, our GPS guide us so well and we arrived in the hotel safe and sound.

img_8575img_0840img_8670Processed with VSCO with c1 presetAs soon as we arrived the valet personnel immediately assisted us with our luggage and our car. We’re pretty excited to find solace in our room and experience what the hotel features. Our check in at the reception was pretty smooth and fast.

By the look and feel of the entire lobby, the ambiance is quite calming and inviting, designed in traditional Arabesque interior and cool blend of neutral earthy tones and Arabian opulence of interior decor.

img_0835 img_0836 img_0837 img_0838img_0568img_8839img_8841The heart of the hotel is its infinity pool that features an Arabian arc facing the vast golden desert. It almost like bathing in a royal pool, filled with precious water desert, perfection as its brought to feel a cool and relaxing moment while the sun is kissing the skin. It’s most striking and eye catching part of the hotel. It’s my most favorite!img_9793 img_8928 Processed with VSCO with f2 preset img_8813 Processed with VSCO with c1 presetimg_0841 Processed with VSCO with c1 presetimg_0566


Other hotel features are;

  • Al Badiya Restaurant, an all day dining experience serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, serving a wide selection of contemporary and regional cuisine from a vibrant open kitchen.
  • Layali Bar, offering cocktails and a range of eclectic snacks from around the world in this lively yet intimate bar, the ideal meeting place before or after dining.
  • Al Liwan, a garden setting near the pool where informal drinks and dining can be experience. They also serve shisha.
  • Al Dhafrah, nestled in the magnificent desert surroundings amidst the palm trees and the traditional tents in an Arabesque oasis setting. Perfect place to unwind while dining and drinks under the sparkling evening sky.

Processed with VSCO with c1 presetimg_0567 img_0839Their leisure facilities is also impressive, it includes Body & Soul Recreation club that offers invigorating work out fully equipped with the latest state-of-the-art cardio vascular machines and free weights area. They also feature steam and sauna, and a massage area. Processed with VSCO with c1 preset Processed with VSCO with f2 preset img_0842 There’s other interesting activities that you can enjoy too. Check the list HERE.

Honestly, it’s an interesting place to stay, it may be a long journey but it’s totally worthy. Just to be there and experience the wonder of nature is priceless. Speaking of prices, it’s totally a value for your money! You may also check the packages they offer HERE.

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It’s truly one of a kind staycation. A perfect place for retreat and experience surreal stay away from the bustling and busy city life.

Transportation. Also here’s additional information for those who plan to visit from outside UAE. Distance from the airport, Tilal Liwa Hotel is 1 hour and 31 minutes away from the Abu Dhabi International Airport. While there’s options of transportation if you prefer not to drive; Car hire, Shuttle service (surcharge), Airport shuttle (surcharge).

Weather. Perfect weather to go and enjoy the desert and its outdoor activities is (Mid) November to April.

Hotel Services. Express check-in/check-out, Currency Exchange, Tour desk, Luggage Storage, Concierge service, Babysitting/child services, Laundry, Dry cleaning, Ironing service, Shoeshine, Trouser press, Daily maid service, Meeting/banquet facilities, Business Center, Fax/Photocopying, Gift Shop, VIP room facilities, Bridal suite.

Recreational facilities: Billiards, Table tennis, Darts, Cycling,Horse riding, Sauna, Fitness centre, Massage, Bicycle rental, Bikes available (free), Games room, Children’s playground, Karaoke, Entertainment staff, Kids’ club, Evening entertainment.

Dining options: Restaurant, Bar, Breakfast in the room, Restaurant (à la carte), Restaurant (buffet), Snack bar

Languages spoken: Dutch, Italian, French, English, German, Arabic