Visit these desert hideaways on all seven continents for experiences that will leave you feeling fully restored and inspired by the time you leave.
Amangiri blends into untouched red-rock country, claiming 600 acres of the vast and majestic Colorado Plateau, the original Wild West. In this desert landscape of canyons, mesas, ridges and gorges, the modernist Suites of Amangiri and the tented Pavilions of Camp Sarika offer an inspiring welcome to one of the world’s most dramatic secluded settings.
Hotel San Cristóbal Baja
Named in honor of Saint Christopher, patron of travelers, surfers, sailors and protector during long journeys, Hotel San Cristóbal sits on the beach on the southwestern edge of the Baja peninsula in Todos Santos, Mexico. Positioned along the Tropic of Cancer and framed by the Sierra de la Laguna mountains, Punta Lobos, and the Pacific Ocean, there is something about the quality of light here in this convergence of nature. It is a stop on the open road of Gray and Humpback whale migration and home to the stoic giant, the cardon cactus, as well as over 150 species of birds. The cycles of the days and seasons, the sunrises, sunsets and tides, and the majesty of the night sky are the greatest amenities the hotel has to offer.
Tierra Atacama, Chile
Escape to a world of clear night skies, high altitude lagoons and moon-like valleys at Tierra Atacama. High in the northern desert of Chile, our Tierra Atacama lodge encapsulates exquisite design, authentic experiences and an intimate, home-away-from-home atmosphere, where a sense of both adventure travel and pure relaxation lingers in the air. The essence of this unforgettable desert landscape is at the heart of Tierra Atacama. The property was designed by some of Chile’s most renowned architects, with regional sensibilities, eco-friendly design and boutique comforts firmly in mind.
Argos in Cappadocia, Turkey
A unique landscape created by volcanic tuff and delicately shaped by wind, snow and rain for over thousands of years... The homeland of the Hittites, the largest monastery settlement of the world for centuries, the native land of grapes and wine, the cradle of Christianity, the heart of the Seljuks, the oasis of the Anatolian steppe or the "Land of Beautiful Horses" as the Persians called it: this is Cappadocia... The unfolding of a fascinating history, a mystical atmosphere, a beauty forever etched in mind... And in the middle of all this stands a hotel built with a love for this region: Argos in Cappadocia... It is the most special hotel of the land which underground cities were carved into thousands of years ago, millions of pigeons considered to be the safest nest, and monks retreated to for centuries. The hotel offers an unparalleled stay with a unique value offering from one of a kind room options to an enchanting history, staff to food & beverage varieties, decoration to architecture, eco-consciousness and pet friendliness to a meaningful contribution to the region.
&Beyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge, Namibia
Set amidst an ocean of dunes, rocky outcrops and gravel plains, the utter tranquility and extraordinary clarity of light makes this area one of Africa’s most compelling landscapes. The night skies are heavenly, with the concession bordering the International Dark Sky Reserve of the NamibRand Nature Reserve. A canvas of beauty that invites reconnection with yourself and nature. Sustainability and uncompromised luxury go hand in hand at Sossusvlei. Ten beautifully appointed stone and glass suites, spread out along the curve of the escarpment, open onto ever-changing outlooks. Each spacious air conditioned suite offers a secluded, shaded veranda complete with private plunge pool, a living room with a fireplace, a large retractable skylight above the bed, and an ensuite bathroom with a glass-encased rain shower offering 180º desert views. The two-bedroomed Star Dune Suite is an ideal option for families or groups of friends.
Zannier Hotels Sonop, Namibia
Set within their own 13,800 private acres of untouched Namibian desert wilderness, the lodge with 10 tented suites is constructed on top of granite boulders in authentic 1920’s British colonial style. Stretching from horizon to horizon, captivating beauty and boundless freedom surround you, with adventures from sunrise to sunset. One- and two-bedroom tented suites embrace views of the untamed desert, each featuring a partially-walled bathroom, vintage bathtub and private terrace. Guided excursions include horse-riding, electric fat bike or walking trails, hot air balloon safari and private sunrise or sunset safaris. After dark, the magic continues with an open-air cinema and stargazing under the endless African skies. Wellness integrated with the restorative essence of the desert landscape with a spectacular open-air infinity pool, spa, fitness center and daily yoga. From breakfast atop sand dunes to five-course Gala-style dining, cocktails and parlor games, every dining experience provides opportunities to share sightings and stories of the day.
Anantara Sahara Tozeur Resort & Villas, Tunisia
Head to the desert for stillness, adventure and breath-taking beauty. Anantara Sahara Tozeur Resort & Villas is your luxurious gateway to the majesty of the Sahara. Wake up to desert sunrises from the privacy of your pool villa at one of the best Tunisia hotels. Drive through the dramatic Atlas Mountains to the abandoned villages of Chebika, Tamerza and Mides. Return to the resort for poolside bliss, hammam spa rituals, and dining under the stars in Berber style.
Al Maha, a Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa, Dubai
Al Maha, a Luxury Collection Desert Resort and Spa, Dubai is a private, guest-only oasis nestled among the lush palm groves, emerald canopies and iconic sand dunes of the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve. The hotel offers secluded tranquility and iconic vistas of the sweeping plains and Hajar Mountain massif. Take an unforgettable horse ride, camel trek or nature walk. Join a signature desert safari or practice the distinguished arts of archery and falconry. This 5-star hotel boasts private swimming pools with majestic dune and mountain views and the 42 suites combine discreet refinement with authentic regional antiques, local artifacts and thoughtful nuances.
Qasr Al Sarab
On the outskirts of Abu Dhabi, the world’s largest sand desert – the Empty Quarter – beckons. Qasr Al Sarab by Anantara rises up from flame-colored dunes like a mirage, inviting adventure in the most luxurious of styles. Traverse the Rub’ al Khali by camelback. Dine under desert skies. Unwind with hammam and desert rose rituals at our relaxing Abu Dhabi resort. For the most exclusive of stays, reserve a Royal Pavilion out in the desert.
With views direct to Uluru (Ayers Rock) and across the desert to Kata Tjuta, Longitude 131˚ is Australia’s most celebrated luxury camp. Dotted among the red-rust dunes of the Central Desert are sixteen tented pavilions, each offering connection with the outback landscape and its heritage as well as a glamorous base from which to explore the incredible Red Centre. Discover vibrant Aboriginal artworks alongside relics from the region’s explorers, a bar and restaurant offering contemporary Australian dining and friendly staff ready to share a yarn.
White Desert Antarctica
Arrive by Gulfstream jet and stay at these unique camps for a carbon-neutral experience that is as luxurious as it is adventurous. After landing on the ancient blue ice of Wolf’s Fang Runway, guests are whisked away to Whichaway, White Desert's flagship luxury retreat with breathtaking views across the freshwater lakes of the Schirmacher Oasis, or to Wolf’s Fang, their brand new camp in the imposing mountains of Queen Maud Land. With only 12 guests on each departure, they tailor the experience to be as relaxed or as adrenalin-fueled as you wish.
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