Sunday, July 29, 2012

Tilal Liwa Hotel Summer 2012

A road trip to the sounthern most part of Abu Dhabi was our best bet for our summer getaway for 2012. We booked two rooms at Tilal Liwa Hotel for the weekend. Tilal Liwa Hotel is perched at the edge of the Rub Al Khali desert-the largest uninterrupted sand desert in the world and is home to the highest sand dune Tel Moreeb.

We started from Sharjah at 9 am, pick up our friends and head for a little breakfast before starting the journey. It was a three to three and a half hour drive to Liwa - that's about 330-380 km so we stack up on water, finger foods and gas.

We reached the hotel by midday and it was scorching hot outside. Ferald chose to park the car himself instead of giving it to the vallet, there was an ample parking space just outside in front of the hotel but it was too hot to walk from the parking to the hotel even if it was just a few meters away. A covered walk way would be great.

Nonetheless the doorman greeted us with a smile and assist us with our bags. They serve us some refreshing mint lemonade drink as we check in.The very friendly Filipina staff allowed us to check in even if we are an hour ealry since one of the rooms we booked was ready. As she handed the keys of our room she said that they have upgraded our rooms with balcony and courtyard view. I have requested for this while booking the room but was not given the confirmation and was told it is upon availabilty and eventhough the hotel was fully booked they still manage to upgrade us.Thank you Tilal Liwa :)

The rooms are spotless clean, there was complimentary tea and coffee, the shower is working well with hot and cold setting, there are many TV channels including English channels and wifi is also available and it is for free.:D Pardon me for not taking nice photos, I was overwhelmed by the beauty of this Arabian inspired hotel and my mind was already in Tel Moreeb. We actually have many photos but I will just share a few.
A few???? :D

Dinner and breakfast was good - it was actually included in our room package but the smell of grilled meat and seafood at the terrace was irresistable so in addition to the lavish spread already at Al Badiya restaurant, we shelled out an extra AED 175 or $ 20/ person for the b-b-q.

The swimming pool is clean and it is not too big nor too small. It seemed to be designed above the ground and its like an infinity pool but not the normal type it is looking not into the water but to the golden sands of the desert. We enjoyed it most in the morning after we finished with sand boarding - we really need to cool down. We could only manage to try sand boarding for 15-20 minutes and it was really fun although it was too hot to stay out. If it was in winter, we could have stayed longer and find a taller dune to try.

There are other activities like camel farm tour, dessert safari, quad biking, and table tennis. We could not go to the camel farm tour for lack of time so instead the boys played table tennis while me a my friend chilled at the swimming pool.

Tilal Liwa is not in Liwa proper, Liwa and Madinat Zayed City is another 30 minutes drive from Tilal Liwa and the Tel Moreeb-the highest sand dune in the world is at one hour but it is really worth the visit.


  1. glad you had great time!

    the place looks wonderful; the food seems appetizingly good!

  2. It seemed to be designed above the ground and its like an infinity pool but not the normal type it is looking not into the water but to the golden sands of the desert.

    Saadiyat Island Abu Dhabi


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