How this desert resort changed my outlook on life

Bianca Cheah reveals how a recent trip to the UAE desert resort, Qasr Al Sarab Anantara taught her to live in the moment.

It’s no secret that I travel a fair bit, but most of the time I’m travelling for work, sourcing what’s new in the fitness and wellness world for you. While I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to explore the world, finding time to enjoy it on my accord is most of the time non-existent (sad face). That was until last week when I had a travel experience of a lifetime…

Two weeks ago when work was getting the better of me, my husband surprised me with a trip to the UAE. Little did I know that this trip to the UAE desert resort called Qasr Al Sarab Anantara would totally change the way I perceived life. Yes, the resort is located in the desert which means hello 45 degree heat. At first, it is very confronting and claustrophobic, reminiscent of standing in front of a heater at home. I couldn’t escape it. But, at the end of my stay I actually enjoyed it (and miss it as I write this). There’s no humidity at all, just dryness. I must say, I’ve never seen my hair so smooth and frizz free. I guess the most notable part of the stay at this desert resort was the whole experience and “oneness” with the surrounding dunes. It’s almost like the moving dunes had cast a spell over me – so serene and breathtaking. Even the aromas of musks and Arabian spices floating around the resort captured my attention. The architecture was almost of a Moroccan influence and the foods…pita breads, hummus and tomato dips were absolutely incredible.

I’m sure most people would agree that getting away is almost impossible, but for me the fact that I have been super lucky with this holiday (saved up and spent wisely on my needs, not wants) has really showed me that there is a whole world out there waiting to be explored.

I value ‘me’ time because it resets my whole body and mind. I can’t stress enough the importance of finding balance and relaxing, away from the daily grind. It doesn’t have to be overseas, it can be a weekend escape. Just be sure to leave the emails, put down the phone and be in the moment with the surrounds and your loved ones. Balance is key.

There’s only been a few resorts in the world that not only are incredibly striking, but have acted on my emotions. Qasr Al Sarab ranks in my top two and The Post Ranch Inn up in Big Sur California is my number one. A truly breathtaking, magical experience and I highly recommend both places for anyone wanting to be enchanted by a life changing experience.

THE QASR AL SARAB VILLA

Lover, Bianca Cheah, Qasr Al Sarab
The one bedroom villas backyard. Wearing Lover The Label dress
Qasr Al Sarab Anantara, Bianca Cheah, UAE Desert, desert resort UAE, Abu Dhabi
The villa bath tub. Wearing Tigerlily Bikinis
Lover, Bianca Cheah, Qasr Al Sarab
The villa’s backyard. Wearing Lover The Label dress and Kirstin Ash necklace
Qasr Al Sarab Anantara
The Villa

THE QASR AL SARAB RESORT

Qasr Al Sarab Anantara, Liwa Desert, UAE desert resort
Qasr Al Sarab Anantara outdoor dining area
Qasr Al Sarab Anantara, Bianca Cheah, UAE Desert, desert resort UAE, Abu Dhabi
Beautiful Arabian lanterns align all the hall ways and stair wells
Qasr Al Sarab Anantara, Liwa Desert, UAE desert resort
The food!
Qasr Al Sarab Anantara, Bianca Cheah, UAE Desert, desert resort UAE, Abu Dhabi
Wearing One Teaspoon top, Kookai skirt and Converse sneakers
Qasr Al Sarab Anantara, Bianca Cheah, UAE Desert, desert resort UAE, Abu Dhabi
The architecture! Wearing Bandier Fit X Tone It Up outfit
Qasr Al Sarab, Liwa Desert
Hello Qasr Al Sarab Anantara
Qasr Al Sarab Anantara
The archways with falconer. Photo by Anantara
Qasr Al Sarab
The courtyard. Photo by Anantara
Qasr Al Sarab Anantara, desert resort, UAE
Qasr Al Sarab entrance. Photo by Anantara

 

THE DUNES

Qasr Al Sarab Anantara, Bianca Cheah, UAE Desert, desert resort UAE, Abu Dhabi
The Liwa Desert. Photo by Simon Chalmers
Qasr Al Sarab Anantara, Bianca Cheah, UAE Desert, desert resort UAE, Abu Dhabi
The Liwa Desert. Photo by Simon Chalmers
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As one of Australia’s leading fitness models and health bloggers, Bianca Cheah is a picture of glowing wellness. A businesswoman, entrepreneur, brand ambassador and one of the country's most high profile models, Bianca is a force to be reckoned with and is dedicated to sharing her wellness and health philosophy to Australia and the world. With a background in design, media and both the beauty and fitness industries, the Queensland-born beauty has spent the past decade becoming an authority on health, stylish living and wellbeing. Seeing a gap in the market for a stylish health and fitness site, Bianca launched a blog called Sporteluxe in December 2012 and in less than a year transformed it into the country's most innovative and exciting digital publication. Today as founder and Managing Director of Sporteluxe.com, Bianca is not only the face of Sporteluxe but oversees the strategy and direction, is the driving force behind the brand and has built the go-to site for everything luxe health, luxe fitness and luxe living and has now become a mini health empire for those who seek out inspiration daily. The Bianca Cheah empire continues to grow as she embarks on a number of exciting new collaborations, projects and business ventures in the beauty and health spheres.