Every place has a story and every traveler writes their own tale. Come with me to Tilal Liwa Hotel and discover mine. At last, the much-awaited long Eid weekend came upon us, and instead of flying out to a faraway land, we decided to stay close to home. The Tilal Liwa Hotel is nestled in the heart of the Rub Al Khali Desert in Abu Dhabi, about a three-hour drive from Dubai.
When we arrived we were cordially attended to by the staff, who were happy to welcome me and my family to their Desert Oasis. The lovely Carlota had given us a grand tour of the property and made sure that we were adequately taken care of before parting ways. To toast to the beginning of our staycation, we savored a bottle of sweet Italian bubbly in the comfort of our Courtyard room.
The Tilal Liwa Hotel is a cozy estate boasting of Arabian charm, distinctive Arabic architecture, sand-washed walls, great arches, exemplary interior design and furnishing. It also has function rooms for hosting events, one of which was ‘The Majlis’ that I took an immediate liking to. I loved the homely arabesque interior of the stately majlis, with its tall wood paneled ceilings, grandiose Arabic lantern chandelier, and authentic Persian rugs on the walls and marble floors.
Situated in the heart of the Rub Al Khali Desert, the Tilal Liwa Hotel is a charming hideaway for a peaceful break far from the busy city. If you want to get away from it all, this is the place to be. If you’re a tourist in the UAE, get the native Arabian experience by riding a camel into the sunset and feel just like a local. With panoramic views of the desert, the Tilal Liwa Hotel offers leisure activities such as camel rides, desert safaris, and dune buggies to make your stay even more enjoyable.
Play is the highest form of research, said Albert Einstein, so my genius boy was gladly mixing work and pleasure at the Kids Club. Face painting, lego blocks, bouncy balls, toy animals, and much more recreational activities. Your child will be spoiled for choice at the Tilal Liwa Hotel. The Kid’s Club was a sure fire hit with my little one, and we literally had to drag him out of there upon checking out!
The most noteworthy feature of the Tilal Liwa Hotel is the infinity pool that appears to roll into the infinite desert. You get the best view of the desert from here, but if you’re cautious about staying in the sun too long, you can always relax beneath the grand archway.
Prior to checking out, I scheduled in some me-time for a Swedish massage at the Tilal Liwa Hotel Massage Centre, and I walked out of there like a brand new person. After frolicking in the desert for a good hour, it was just what my weary bones needed to pick me up!
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Tilal Liwa Hotel, and went home with beautiful memories. Thank you especially to Carlota and the team in charge of the Front Desk, Recreational Activities and Food & Beverage, for making our stay truly comfortable and an undeniable pleasure.
Tilal Liwa Hotel
Madinat Zayed – Al Gharbia
Abu Dhabi – United Arab Emirates
Tel: +971 2 894 6111