Best Hotel In The World Chile – Deserts are magical and unique places that offer spectacular scenery, intense colors, towering sand dunes, peaceful tranquility and incredible starry skies. Deserts actually make up about a third of the Earth’s land area and are among the most biologically diverse places on the planet. Spend some time in the desert is on the bucket list of many travelers, with sand dunes, stargazing and mountain biking are some of the activities that are possible when visiting a desert destination. From Chile to Namibia and the US to Australia, here are my picks for the 10 most beautiful desert hotels and resorts in the world.
More information is available under the slideshow. Do I think I missed one? Share your favorite desert hotel in the comments section or take my poll below.
Best Hotel In The World Chile
Longitude 131 ° is a transcendent experience of discovery located in the spirited heart of Australia. Against the majestic Uluru, 131 ° longitude offers spectacular views of the wilderness of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park and the World Heritage listed wilderness. In the Red Dune floodplain and nestled between desert oak and spinifex are fifteen tented pavilions, each offering a connection with the foreign landscape and its heritage, as well as a charming base from which to explore Australia’s incredible Red Centre. The Premium Dune Pavilion is the only accommodation overlooking the World Heritage-listed wonders of Ulur u and Kata Tjut a. Discover vibrant Aboriginal artwork alongside relics from the region’s explorers, a bar and restaurant offering contemporary Australian cuisine and friendly staff ready to share a yarn.
Stunning 7 Star Hotels In The World That Exude Luxury
In harmony with the environment and local traditions, Explora Atacama offers an exploration of the essence of nature and a travel philosophy that seeks to satisfy the desire for adventure in an untouched universe. The 17-hectare (42-acre) hotel grounds include 20 native plots, some with well-worn paths and buildings, which Explora is committed to preserving out of deep respect for the area’s original inhabitants. Explora Atacama’s 50 rooms are designed to take full advantage of the silence, privacy and space of the surrounding landscape to ensure deep relaxation after a long day of exploration. Start on foot, horse or bike with your guide on one of the 40 explorations of surreal beauty. The nearby Termas de Puritama, with its exceptional hot spring pool, is a relaxing place to spend the afternoon. The restaurant’s cuisine features local ingredients such as quinoa and shanar.
Located in the legendary Liwa Desert, one of the world’s largest uninterrupted sand deserts, Anantara’s Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort embraces the epic adventures of this inspiring landscape, offering a luxurious oasis for discerning travelers. Here, guests can lounge by the plunge pool outside their private villa or sprawl out on a sumptuous daybed surrounded by rich Middle Eastern fabrics and local artifacts. Considered some of the finest luxury resort accommodation in Abu Dhabi, each room, villa and suite offers desert views that blend our opulent interiors with the landscape. Dine at the resort’s beautiful and intimate restaurants. Let the tension melt away as you embark on a rejuvenating journey at the Anantara Spa or set out to explore the desert with a range of innovative activities; try sand dune trekking, camel trekking or sandboarding.
An oasis of peace awaits guests at The Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah, Al Wadi Desert. The property offers an unforgettable experience in a special nature reserve (inhabited by Arabian gazelles, camels and oryxes). A jewel across endless sands, the resort is set against the waters of the Arabian Gulf and the beautiful Al Hajar Mountains, creating a surreal aura of desert romance. Here, the thatched roofs of traditional Bedouin nomadic dwellings, the modern furnishings of villas in classic Arabic style, and the thrill of a private pool in the middle of the desert make every trip a truly grand adventure. The spa has an indoor hydrotherapy pool known as the Rainforest and a fitness centre. The resort’s Experience Concierge can arrange a desert tour on camel or horseback, a private archery lesson or an evening of stargazing.
The opulence and elegance of Zannier Hotels Sonop, in the southwestern corner of Namibia, immediately evokes the 1920’s era of British explorers. Built on granite boulders, the tented camp enjoys a remote and untouched setting in 13,800 acres (5,600 hectares) of untouched wilderness. Every object and antique in Ojak’s ten spacious tents has been carefully selected – binoculars and maps, traveller’s stories, telescopes, antique desks and handmade stationery – to make every moment a unique experience. The lodge captures the restorative essence of the desert landscape with a spectacular outdoor infinity pool, spa, fitness center and daily yoga. Tours include horse riding from our own stables, private dining on top of the dunes, electric fat bike or walking trails and private sunset safaris. The magic continues after dark with a nightly gala-style dinner, outdoor cinema and stargazing under the endless African sky.
The Most Beautiful Hotels In The World
Limestone walls of ancient cattle coral blend into the Tierra Atacama Hotel & Spa, a tribute to the indigenous people who once inhabited this surreal landscape. That sense of place is evident everywhere in this glass-walled, 32-room splendor, from the artisan furnishings to the native medicinal plants in the gardens. The hotel’s architecture, interior design and gardens were designed by some of Chile’s leading creative talents, using furniture and accessories made from local materials. Explore the area’s salt pans, volcanoes, and geyser fields on hikes, horseback rides, and more, then return for a spa treatment, relax on a basket swing, or relax by the pool. When night falls, you can take in the glittering stars, sink into the peace and marvel that it is the Atacama desert. The vibe is completely casual; the locally sourced cuisine and wines, simply divine.
Al Maha, A Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa is located in a lush green oasis amidst some of Arabia’s most impressive sand dunes and desert landscapes. The resort looks like a luxury Bedouin camp and is only 45 minutes from Dubai. This secluded retreat offers private and alluring experiences with great hospitality, privacy and absolute comfort. Al Maha’s 42 Bedouin-inspired luxury suites offer relaxation while embracing a vision of responsible tourism. The suites blend subtly into the desert and offer unsurpassed luxury. Beautifully furnished with a unique collection of authentic Arabian artefacts and antiquities, all suites have private plunge pools and offer stunning views of the Dubai Desert Reserve and its wildlife (gazelles and Arabian oryx).
Beyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge is one of Africa’s most exclusive hotels, nestled in an ocean of towering sand dunes, rocky outcrops and endless gravel plains. 10 beautifully designed stone and glass suites spread along the curve of the rim, open to ever-changing views. Each suite offers a secluded, shaded terrace complete with a private plunge pool, a living room with a fireplace, a large retractable skylight above the bed, and a private bathroom with a glass-enclosed rain shower that offers 180º desert views. The main split-level guest space (where the public spaces are located) is an inspired masterpiece of glass, rock and steel, with large glass panels that fold to reveal unobstructed views of the desert. To ensure you get the most from your desert adventure, the team at &Beyond will help you plan a variety of exciting, expertly guided experiences during your stay.
Amangiri, which translates to peaceful mountain, is located on 600 acres in Canyon Point, Southern Utah. The resort, the finest luxury hotel in the US, is located in a protected valley overlooking the Grand Staircase, Escalante National Monument. Built around a central swimming pool with spectacular views, the stunningly beautiful resort blends into its dramatic surroundings, where deep canyons and high plateaus create a raw landscape of immense power. Amangiri also has a high-end glamping site called Camp Sarika, which is attached to the main resort. Amangiri’s trail system and unparalleled access allow guests to explore the region’s beautiful desert landscape on foot. Amangiri is operated by Aman Resorts, one of the world’s most exclusive ultra-luxury hotel brands.
Of The World’s Best Pools With A View
Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp is located in the famous Kaokoveld of Namibia’s ancient Namibian desert, an otherworldly and remote landscape carved over the centuries into massive sand dunes and rocky mountains. While the lodge may not be as luxurious as some of the places described above, it is at the top of my list because it offers an incredible wildlife viewing and coastal experience in addition to its fabulous desert setting. The eight luxurious tented suites of the lodge tower over the ocean of sand like whitecaps. Highlights include a spectacular excursion to the Skeleton Coast and dinner under an incredible starry sky, perhaps by a bonfire as a jackal calls or a lion roars to signal the stillness of the inky night. The property also doubles as a research and conservation center for the desert-adapted predators of this harsh region, the desert-adapted lion and brown hyena.
Contact me for a spa credit and two personal experiences (for