Pinterest says that desert escapes are the top travel trend for 2018. Pinterest has over 4 billion travel ideas and has witnessed a 33% increase in travel-related pins, so there’s lots of holiday inspiration to be found there.
Desert Escapes are top of the Pininterest list for 2018 and here is our pick of the best that will scorch your socks off!
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The Desert, Utah
Experience the earth’s beauty at its most basic form in this red-rock, rugged desert-scape. Beyond the few pine-clad mountains, there’s little vegetation in this vast arid region. The unique rock formations have been sculpted by time, water and wind. Visit the red-rock spans in Arches National Park, the sheer-walled river gorges in the Canyonlands and the stunning buttes and mesas of Monument Valley.
Amangiri resort is your second reason to visit this stunning region. Tucked into a protected valley with sweeping views towards the Grand Staircase, The resort is built around a central swimming pool with spectacular views. Blending with its dramatic surrounds of deep canyons and towering plateaus, this wilderness escape could not be more rugged. Amangiri’s Aman Spa features a floatation therapy pavilion, water pavilion with sauna, steam room, cold plunge and step pool, fitness centre and yoga pavilion. Amangiri’s trail system allows guests to explore the region’s striking desert scenery on foot. Aman resorts are one of my favourite luxury hotel brands and you can read about my recent trip to Aman Grand Canal in Venice.
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The Best Desert Hotel In Dubai
Al Maha Review is a magical escape in the dunes. Arrive as the sun sets behind the dunes and the lights of resort starting to shine out from among the trees. The greeting here is towels and iced drinks and a level of service from staff that never fades throughout your stay.
Al Maha is an all-villa hotel with 42 rooms set among an oasis of trees. The Bedouin Suite is the entry level room, a spacious 75m. The interior is large and luxe, the ceiling mimicking a tented roof and living up to its name with authentic décor in the form of Bedouin water jugs.
The foyer doubles as the refreshment area – there is an extensive array of complimentary tea and coffee, even real cream in the minibar. Also a decanter of sherry refilled daily if you’re so inclined. The bathroom is enormous with an oversized soaking tub, walk-in shower, Bvulgari amenities, and separate toilet room. The main space features plenty of comfortable seating, and doors to the patio on three sides.
The highlight to me was the enormous back patio and infinity pool looking out onto the desert plain. Though you might hear your neighbours, each villa offers substantial privacy with thick screening.
In addition to the infinity pools at each villa, Al Maha also features a main horizon pool with a beautiful view and balmy ambience. Al Maha is part of the Starwood portfolio and you can get discounts, free breakfasts and upgrades at luxury Starwood hotels with our Luxury Concierge.
Luxury On The Edge Of The Palm Springs Desert
From high atop a bluff where the eye can see as far as the imagination will allow, The The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage rekindles the spirit of one of Palm Springs’ premier luxury hotels. This luxury retreat enables guests to surrender to the serenity of a relaxing spa, indulge in fine dining, or follow the pros to one of the more than 100 world-class golf courses that have made Palm Springs one of the world’s top golf destinations. Desert sunrises and sunsets leave a colourful imprint on the surrounding mountain ranges and Coachella Valley below. The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage leaves a sensory impression that will stay with you too. You can also get free breakfasts, room upgrades and more at Ritz Carlton hotels with our Luxury Concierge.
Desert Luxury Camp In Erg Chebbi, Morocco
For something truly authentic, try Desert Luxury Camp, (pictured above), located in Erg Chebbi sand dunes by Merzouga in Morocco. These golden sand dunes climb to heights of over 150m and the camp is nestled right in these dunes. Access is solely by 4x4WD, camels or helicopter.
The Desert Luxury Camp itself is outrageously beautiful and very decadent with candles and silks everywhere. Tents are beautifully decorated, with stripped bold colours on the walls and huge comfy beds sitting on thick pile rugs. Bathrooms, which are in another tent attached to the sleeping tent, have a hand held shower, toilet and beautiful fossil sink (we still have no idea how the plumbing like this works in the middle of nowhere!). Dozens of extreme-ish activities are offered from the Desert Luxury Camp during the day, from sand boarding, camel treks, quad biking or guided walks, to slow pace activities such as yoga or watching the sunset.
At night, candlelit dinners are prepared beautifully by the Berbers and served under the stars. Live music is played around the campfire until late, then simply sit outside your tent to stargaze. Oh so romantic….
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