5 Best Desert Resorts in the World
The desert is a magical place, offering shimmering vistas, intense colours, huge dunes, tranquillity, clear skies, bright stars, and magical experiences. It’s no wonder that a desert break is high on the bucket list of every discerning traveler.
By hearing the word “desert,” what comes up on your mind first? Dry, sand, or an isolated place, right? How about “resort”? Water, swimming, party, and fun. These two words seem the opposite of each other, but in this article, they’re together as a topic. And, yes, if you are thinking it literally. Desert resorts do exist and today we gathered the 5 Best Desert Resorts in the World!
If you’re up to desert-adapted wildlife such as ostrich, springbok, and gemsbok and also larger carnivores like brown hyena and even cheetah, then one of the 5 Best Desert Resorts in the World located in Namibia, or more known as Little Kulala, is for you.
It is situated in the private Kulala Wilderness Reserve and consists of 11 climate-controlled, thatched “kulalas” (the word means ‘to sleep’) which merge impeccably into the desert landscape, each with a private plunge pool.
An elegant entertainment area includes a library, wine cellar, craft boutique, lounge, and dining areas. Interiors make use of neutral colours, gorgeous textures, and natural light and take its inspiration from its surroundings, notably from the magnificent Dead Vlei.
If you’re looking to conquer the deserts of South America, well, you’re too late, Spaniard Diego de Almagro already did that a few hundred years ago. But, to fully understand, appreciate, and explore Northern Chile’s incredible Atacama Desert, this is number two on our list of 5 Best Desert Resorts in the World.
Luxury and authenticity are balanced at this low-lying and rugged 50-room hotel with views of the Atacama and its volcanic mountains. But, simply staring out at the view won’t do, so head over to the stables and choose from one of the hotel’s 26 horses which have been specifically trained to handle the local terrain. As you sip South American wine and night begins to fall, you’ll notice that the Atacama is home to some of the clearest skies in the world. Good thing that Explora Atacama has outfitted the property with its very own observatory.
A jewel amidst the endless sandscape, the resort is set against the waters of the Arabian Gulf and magnificent Al Hajjar Mountains, offering you the surreal aura of desert romance. Here, tented roofs in the style of traditional Bedouin nomadic dwelling, modern villa furnishings in classic Arab style, and the thrill of your very own private pool in the middle of the desert make your journey a veritable grand adventure.
An oasis of peace awaits you at Banyan Tree Al Wadi hotel, a desert resort comprising an Asian-inspired spa, a dedicated nature reserve (where you interact with Arabian gazelles, camels, and oryxes), and an 18-hole championship golf course, and access to a private beach.
Set in the red, wild interior of the Australia’s Outback, also known as Ayers Rock, it offers unfettered luxury among a spiritual land that has been prized by the Aborigines since ancient times as one of the most extraordinary, special places on the planet.
During the day, explore this fascinating terrain with personal guides and return for a refreshing dip in the pool that provides an oasis among the sand dunes. Dine on fantastic three-course meals and fine Australian wine under a blanket of stars, then lay your head down at night in a palatial tent, complete with air conditioning and a minibar.
If you want to go on an exotic vacation but you just don’t have time to fly to the other side of the globe at the moment, Amangiri will make you feel as if you’ve traveled to some unique, far off place without traveling hours, or days, to get there. Located in the desert of southern Utah, this 34-suite luxury resort set in Canyon Country is quite popular with the rich and famous, and effortlessly blends into the spectacular setting.
Watch the sun rise over 400-year-old limestone formations just before setting out on a desert hike with your own personal guide, followed by horseback riding through fiery red-rock canyons, spa treatments, and fantastic organic meals. Eventually, you’ll return to your chic modern suite with a private plunge pool and terrace that opens up to a mesmerizing dark night’s sky filled with billions of intensely glowing stars.
If you’re looking for a romantic escape with your mate, then the typical beachside resort won’t cut it this time. Who knows? This just might be what the love doctor ordered. After all, it’s off the real blankets. You can also check on Oasis of Huacachina which was mentioned in one of our articles about “Breathtaking Destinations in the World.”
Pro Tip: If you’re planning to visit the 5 Best Desert Resorts in the World, make sure to do your research first; also try looking to book your flights using online travel agencies as they tend to, on average, reduce airfare costs by about 43%, a few good ones being Flighthub.com, Travelocity.com, JustFly.com or Expedia.com.