A night spent in the desert is nightmare fodder for some people. For the more adventurous among us, maybe you’ve spent hours daydreaming about surviving in the desert with only your wits to protect you.
Luxurious desert hotels are the best of both worlds. You get the adventure of trekking all the way to the hotel, which can be extremely remote, but when you get there you’re greeted with comfortable beds, cozy linens, and all the amenities you could ever want.
It’s glamping, but taken to a new extreme. We’ve corralled a few of the top desert hotels in the world – take a peek to see which ones will make your ultimate vacation bucket list.
Amangiri Resort – Utah, USA
If you live in the United States and want to soak up some desert atmosphere without leaving the country, then your first choice should definitely be the Amangiri resort in Canyon Point, Utah. It belongs to Aman Resorts International who offer luxury accommodations in scenic and unique places around the globe.
The Amangiri is completely secluded by southwestern rock formations, and you can swim in their 80-foot infinity pool after a day of hiking in nearby national parks. They have several amazing suites, as well as an entire four-bedroom house that can be rented in full. Suites start at $2,000 per night or the entire house can be yours for just $8,750 per night.
Longitude 131 – Yulara, Australia
Located almost directly underneath sacred Uluru (also known as Ayer’s Rock), this amazing vacation destination is a must-see for adventurers looking to explore the history and landscape of Australia. Set in the rolling red hills of the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, the Longitude 131 resort is made up of large airy tents that house different gathering and sleeping spaces.
While you’re there, the resort offers plenty of options for custom tours – take a bike or even a helicopter into the desert, then get dropped off right outside your bedroom door. The suites start around $1,060, but you can also rent the luxurious Dune Pavilion, a larger, private suite for around $1,800 per night.
Qasr Al Sarab – Abu Dhabi, UAE
The Qasr Al-Sarab resort is the literal manifestation of an oasis in the middle of the airy Rub’Al Khali desert, the largest uninterrupted sand desert in the world. The resort is comprised of over 200 suites, including the Royal Pavilion Villas. These elegant private quarters come with amenities like a nightly massage or choice of different activities like camel trekking, bike tours, or a drive along the dunes.
While you’re there, you can balance relaxation with adventure, spending your days wandering through the desert, then enjoying a spa treatment or a swim in the pool at night. Rooms start around $290, while a full villa rents out for about $2,744 per night.