While some travellers long for tropical islands or snow-capped mountains, some of the most mesmerizing places are deserts. Discover the biodiverse ecosystems and photogenic landscapes at these exclusive resorts and camps.
Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara, United Arab Emirates
Situated in the sweeping sand dunes just outside of Abu Dhabi, Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara resembles the abodes of ancient sultans. For guests seeking something truly out of the ordinary, the Royal Pavilion Pool Villas offer a private sanctuary away from the rest of the resort, not to mention an ample 130 square metres of space and a personal plunge pool surrounded by greenery.
Tierra Atacama Hotel, Chile
The vast, evocative landscapes of northern Chile are some of the most striking on the planet. In the midst of this majestic wilderness lies Tierra Atacama Hotel, an impressively sustainable boutique. Dine on sumptuous contemporary Chilean cuisine while admiring the view from the signature restaurant’s floor-to-ceiling windows or go for a soak in Uma Spa’s outdoor hot tub and gaze at Licancabur Volcano in the distance.
Marquis Los Cabos Resort & Spa, Mexico
The dazzling beauty of the Baja Peninsula is on full display at this elite, adults-only getaway. The all-inclusive rate allows access to five superb dining venues, including Dos Mares, which serves pristine seafood and ceviches. Marquis Los Cabos Resort & Spa also happens to feature one of the world’s most stunning infinity pools.
The Saguaro Palm Springs, USA
Coachella Valley may be best known for its namesake music festival, but this sun-drenched region of California more than merits a visit during the rest of the year. Celebrities and assorted glitterati from Los Angeles tend to favor The Saguaro Palm Springs, a colourful boutique nestled between the mountains.
Ecolodge de Lompoul, Senegal
While Senegal may have managed to remain relatively under the global tourist radar for all these years, savvy travellers know that it’s one of the most beautiful and culturally rich nations on the continent. Ecolodge de Lompoul, a stylish oasis located Lompoul Desert allows you to experience the incredible surroundings while sleeping on Egyptian cotton sheets.
Shipwreck Lodge, Namibia
Namibia’s jaw-dropping landscapes suddenly stepped into the spotlight after the 2015blockbuster Mad Max: Fury Road showed its futuristic, steampunk vehicles blazing across the sands. It’s no wonder why the director opted for this location. The country is truly unlike anywhere on Earth and the Skeleton Coast remains wild, untamed and magical. At Shipwreck Lodge, guests stay in shipwreck-inspired chalets with a view of the ocean.
Desert Nights Camp, Oman
If you’ve ever dreamed of living out your own Arabian Nights fantasy, Oman’s only luxury desert glamping experience feels like something Shahrazad might have conjured. At Desert Nights Camp, you’ll ride on camels into the sunset and stay in one of 39 Bedouin-style tents kitted out with top-flight amenities and all manner of finery.
Mihir Garh, Rajasthan
This is truly the place to live like a king. Inspired by the royal palaces that dot the landscape of Rajasthan, Mihir Garh features just nine suites over its sprawling 1,700-square-metre grounds. Spend your afternoons riding regal Marwari horses or indulging in sumptuous picnics by a lake, then enjoy a Shikar dinner accompanied by performances around a bonfire.
Agafay Desert Luxury Camp, Morocco
Located an hour’s drive from Marrakech, Agafay Desert Luxury Camp is a dreamy oasis centred around a pool. After spending the night glamping in one of the chic, white tents, embark on camel rides or Quad excursions through the rustic sand-swept landscapes.
Discovery Bedu Camp, Jordan
Eco-conscious and blissfully remote area of Wadi Rum, Discovery Bedu Camp provides a welcome reprieve from the pressures of city life. Of particular note are the delicious dinners served out of a Bedouin tent under the stars.