Top 6 Desert Hotels That Will Leave You Longing for a Vacation in 2020
SCALE has made it a little easier for you by shortlisting the top 6 desert hotels to visit in 2020. Are You Ready for your Next Vacation?
- Banana Island Resort and Spa by Anantara
This beautiful resort bringing an exclusive island feel to the ever-expanding urban environment of Doha, Qatar is a 20 minutes ride by boat from Doha. The Banana Island Resort and Spa by Anantara is located on a breathtaking 13-hectare island that feels a world away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
With architecture inspired by tropical resorts teamed with local vernacular, the myriad of facilities are housed along the entire length of the island.
Fusing modern Arabic design with luxurious amenities with pool Villas and villas over the water provides an almost endless choice for guests. It almost feels like paradise with the waters stretching out into oblivion on one side and the skyscrapers a little out of your visibility on the other side of the resort.
- Al Faya Lodge designed by Anarchitect in Sharjah:
What is better than a tranquil saltwater spa amidst the seamless desert lands?
The Al Faya Lodge located on the red sands of the Sharjah desert and the foot of Mount Alvaah is designed as 5-star boutique hotel.
The highlights of the Al Faya include a saltwater spa with an open-air swimming pool with steel panels that open into the sandy scenery.
It does get better, as each room has its very own skylight which brings in large amount of natural light during the day and a beautiful view of the stars at night while the master suite also has its own private terrace.
Architect: Anarchitect l Landscape: DesertINK l Spa consultant: The Wellness l Contractor: Alba Tower & Obaid Al Abdi l Lighting: Deltalight l Outdoor chairs: RODA l Photography Fernando Guerra.
- Amangiri Resort designed by Marwan Al Sayed, Wendell Burnette, and Rick Joy in Utah:
Amangiri Resort has been designed in a clever way to camouflage with the Utah desert landscape. The architecture draws its inspiration from the calm desert colors and silhouettes of caves. The best part of Amangiri is the 25,000 square foot spa overlooking the vast desert. Don’t forget to check out the pool which surrounds a gigantic natural rock formation.
Architect: Marwan Al Sayed, Wendell Burnette, and Rick Joy
- AndBeyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge in southwestern Namibia:
At the AndBeyond Sossusvlei lodge each suite is climate controlled and accommodated with its own private plunge pool and lounge seating to soak up the sun. The best part? The wifi is weak here, which means 100% relaxing. The rooms also have floor to ceiling frameless windows that invite the exterior into the interior. This results in the unanimity of the stunning sands outside along with the finest luxury inside.
Architect: Johannesburg-based architect Jack Alexander and long-established design agency Fox Browne Creative.
- Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara the most Instagrammable hotel in the world:
Yes! you read that right; this is the most instagrammable hotel in the world.
The Qasr Al Sarab which translates to “the Mirage Palace” stands majestically tall in the remote Liwa Desert. With an extravagant entrance, the aesthetics resemble a royal palace. The most expensive room at $1,225 is ultra-luxurious with a private pool and terrace overlooking the endless desert.
Architects & Interior Designers: The interior was designed by US-based HBA/Hirsch Bedner Associates and South African architectural firm Northpoint.
This Arabian-style hotel spans across 500 acres of property with 101 standalone villas which include freestanding tubs and sun decks looking over an onyx-roamed reserve. Do try out their exclusive experience of “dining on the dunes” under the stars.