Following on from part I of the luxurious desert hotels that you need to know about, we bring you part II…
Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara- Abu Dhabi
Retreat to Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara in Abu Dhabi’s legendary Liwa Desert in the Empty Quarter, the largest uninterrupted sand desert in the world. Embrace the epic adventures of desert culture with renowned luxury at this lavish oasis. Much larger than other hotels on our list, Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort is made up of 206 rooms, suites and villas that are inspired by the simple grandeur of an old desert fortress and boast locally hand-crafted furnishings.Rich carpets and embroidered fabrics evoke ambient warmth and an inescapable sense of romance. Adorned with hints of Bedouin tradition and exquisite reminders of timeless culture, guests are assured of feeling a million miles away from the fast pace of city life. No desert hotel would be complete without offering the chance to explore the otherworldly landscape on its doorstep. Explore the rugged beauty of the Rub’al Khali with unique desert activities from the extensive list of experiences available at the resort. Traverse undulating landscapes atop a camel, follow in the Bedouin footsteps with a hike in the dunes, or roll on the towering sand hills with a thrilling Dune Bashing session. For the ultimate in romantic experience couples should try and coincide their stay with a full moon so that they can embark on an unforgettable Horse Riding experience in the moonlit valley. Horse Riding is also available at sunrise and sunset for beginners and seasoned riders alike. Try something new for the first time and go on a Fat Bike ride in the desert, or rent a sand board and slide down giant dunes.
For more information please visit qasralsarab.anantara.com/
Longitude 131°- Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia
Longitude 131° is one of Australia’s most acclaimed luxury wilderness retreats comprised of 15 tented pavilions with unrivalled views of the country’s best-known natural wonder, Uluru, otherwise known as Ayers Rock. Guests adopt the spirit of the original pioneers, relaxing after a day’s exploring in these canopied pavilions, recreated for the 21st century as sanctuaries of earthy elegance. Blending into the surrounding desert land, Longitude 131° sits adjacent to the World Heritage-listed Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. It offers superb contemporary accommodation in the style of a luxury desert camp, right at Australia’s spiritual heart. Each of its tents has been carefully designed to have minimal impact on the delicate natural environment, standing lightly upon red sand dunes to provide an intimate encounter with the vast and unspoilt outback landscape. Central to a stay at Longitude 131° is its selection of signature experiences – exclusive guided excursions to some of the most spectacular locations around Uluru and neighbouring Kata Tjuta (the Olgas). Options include a sunset walk at the base of Uluru as the rock’s dramatic Kantju Gorge is illuminated in vivid evening light, or a sunrise expedition to the Walpa Gorge among the dome formations of Kata Tjuta. Exceptional dining is another hallmark at Longitude 131°, celebrating the best of contemporary Australian cuisine with a fusion of modern and indigenous flavours. Guests can dine and relax in the jovial atmosphere of the Dune House, the heart of Longitude 131°, or enjoy an outdoor dining experience under a billion stars at Table 131°.
2017 is an exciting year for Longitude 131° with numerous multi-million dollar additions and updates to be made to the retreat including the addition of a spectacular new premium suite and the property’s first dedicated spa. The new premium suite will be designed to offer the ultimate in desert luxury. Positioned discretely away from other pavilions, it will be the first accommodation to offer views of both Uluru and nearby Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) and will feature expansive glass walls, exterior decks, separate living and sleeping areas and a private plunge pool. As for the signature spa, it will take inspiration from the desert environment and the traditions of the indigenous Anangu people. Designed to meld with the surrounding landscape, it will offer an exclusive treatment space with a private outdoor deck and spa pool, providing a sanctuary for indulgent massages, facials and body wraps.
For more information please visit longitude131.com.au/
explora Atacama- Chile
Set to reopen on January 15th 2017 after extensive renovation works, explora Atacama offers the opportunity to discover nature at its very finest and most ruthless in one of the driest deserts on earth. Carefully built within the San Pedro oasis, explora Atacama’s location and explorations are the best base from which to discover the many wonders of the desert. Adventure is at the heart of Explora Atacama and with over 40 different guided explorations it is clear to see why. Adventures includes hikes, bike rides, high mountain ascents and horseback rides, with different difficulties suitable for enthusiastic novices to adept experts.
To celebrate the reopening of explora Atacama on January 15, 2017, explora are offering one free night for all three-night minimum stays booked by March 30, 2017. The offer is valid for stays until April 30, 2017. Maximum 3 rooms per reservation. Cannot be combined with others promotions or benefits. All former explora travellers will receive an additional 5% discount at the final value of the reservation.
For more information please visit www.explora.com/hotels-and-travesias/atacama-hotel/
The Phoenician – Scottsdale, Arizona
For those of you who have yet to discover the delights of Scottsdale and the Sonoran Desert then the Phoenician is the perfect place to become acquainted. The AAA Five Diamond resort is a visual masterpiece, spanning 250 acres of lush gardens and dramatic desert terrain against the spectacular backdrop of the picturesque Camelback Mountain in Scottsdale, Arizona. Here, the spirit and vitality of the Southwest are embodied throughout the resorts landscaping, art and architecture. The intimate Canyon Suites, nestled against Camelback Mountain, is a boutique resort within the resort offering guests enhanced signature services, such as a therapeutic bath turndown, freshly brewed tea or coffee in a sterling silver set and a Canyon Ambassador to take care of the guest’s every desire. The property features elegant, residential-style accommodations (currently being newly refurbished, ready for completion in November 2016). Dining can be a casually elegant affair, as found at the Italian-inspired Il Terrazzo; as informal as a refreshing salad enjoyed poolside; or as memorable as a romantic feast just for two under the stars. The world-class recreational offerings of The Phoenician’s golf, tennis and spa facilities are balanced by the more unconventional pleasures of touring the resort’s fascinating Cactus Garden or exclusive multi-million art collection; or feeding Koi at Necklace Lake Lagoon.
For more information please visit www.thephoenician.com/
Royal Mansour Marrakech- Morocco
One of the most luxurious and opulent desert hotels in Morocco (and owned by the King), the beautiful Royal Mansour Marrakech feels wonderfully private, with its rooms set in individual riads with exquisite craftsmanship throughout and just a stone’s throw from the medina. It has an exceptional grand spa which – amongst its myriad relaxing treatments – offers one of the best hammam experiences in the world. Cuisine at Royal Mansour is led by Michelin starred Yannick Alléno who creates delectable cuisine throughout the hotel, from the open-air La Table restaurant, to the sophisticated La Grande Table Marocaine restaurant which serves sublime Moroccan flavours in its sumptuous setting. The regal Royal Mansour is also creating a whole new oasis for its guests which will open in September 2016 to include lush landscaped gardens, a large swimming pool, seven pavilions (which can be rented as day rooms with lounge spaces a shower and a changing room and tables for dining), and a new outdoor restaurant from Yannick Alléno where breakfast, lunch and dinner will be offered. Sun loungers will be dotted around the area, both around the pool and amongst pockets of greenery offering shade and privacy.
For more information please visit www.royalmansour.com/
Tierra Atacama- San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
Tierra Atacama is a beautiful boutique hotel on the edge of San Pedro de Atacama. It was created by the Purcell family, long time owners and operators of the Ski Portillo, famous in Chile for its excellent skiing, food and warm hospitality. Like Portillo, Tierra Atacama provides guest experiences that combine rugged outdoor adventure and sports with luxurious indoor comforts, hospitality and excellent service. Tierra Atacama may not be as luxurious as the other hotels on the list but it offers a luxury that money often can’t buy- a home away from home. The friendly ambience and relaxed nature of the hotel cannot be overlooked and with spectacular panoramic views of the majestic Licancabur Volcano, you may never want to leave. Admire your surroundings on a seat by one of the terrace fire pits, lounge next to the pool or relax on one of the shady outdoor decks. When night falls, take in the brilliant twinkling stars and bask in the silence of the Atacama Desert.
For more information please visit www.tierrahotels.com/tierra-atacama-hotel-boutique-amp-spa/
The Serai- Jaisalmer, India
Set on a one hundred acre private estate of indigenous desert scrub, within the great Thar Desert, The Serai draws inspiration from the royal caravan sites of Rajputana; with 21 luxury tented suites – six of which feature a private walled-in gardens, heated dip pools and Jacuzzi jets. The Royal Tented Suite includes a private spa, outdoor pool, dining and lounge tents, all encased within a private enclosure. Each of the canvas tents are positioned on honey sandstone plinth and feature a terrace lounge. If you are in the mood for exploring a little further afield then The golden fortress of Jaisalmer – a UNESCO World Heritage Site is 45 minutes away and the SUJÁN Luxury team has curated a range of heritage city walks, temple trails, village excursions and camel safaris to give an authentic destination experience. The award winning SUJÁN Spa comprises four tented treatment rooms and expert therapists administer a range of treatments and therapies created by Raison D’Etre, using organic and ayurvedic products, blended with healing herbs and ingredients from the Thar Desert to achieve a relaxed state of wellbeing. Evenings are spent under the vast expanse of the desert sky, punctuated by the stars and ancient melodies of Manganiyar desert folk musicians. Many of the experiences shared at The Serai would not have been possible without the collaboration of local communities. The ancient folk musicians, who sang for the Owner’s family when they first visited in 1971, are the same family of musicians who share their music around the campfire today at The Serai.
For more information please visit sujanluxury.com/the-serai/index.htm
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