Few would use the words “luxury” and “desert” in the same sentence. In fact, deserts are almost entirely known for being hot, sandy, desolate – but you have to try these luxury desert experiences that will change your perception as a travel enthusiast. 

Luxury desert experiences can, and do, exist. From Africa, to Australia, to the Middle East, many deserts have become a travel lover’s treasure, full of complex ecosystems and breathtaking views. If you’re up for the ride and able to withstand a little sun (alright, maybe more than just a little), then pack your bag, fill up your canteen and get ready for an adventure like no other.

Dune Bashing In Rub’Al Khali

If you’re adventurous, travel east to the Rub’Al Khali, also known as the largest uninterrupted sand desert in the world. A true Middle Eastern treasure, among the many activities available is dune bashing, also known as off-roading. Ride along and travel through the large dunes and sand mountains for an experience you’ll never forget. Anyone over the age of six is welcome to come along the ride, usually taking place in the morning or evening.

dune bashing Abu_Dhabi

Abu Dhabi. Photo: Łukasz Zabierowski via Wikimedia Commons

Wildlife Adventure In The Austrialian Outback

A desert basecamp may not sound too luxurious, but at Longitude 131, it’s just that. Located within the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, the resort offers travel lovers fine luxuries such as a spa and gourmet dining. We suggest dining at Table 131 and enjoying the EcoSmart campfire and relaxing views. Its true attraction, however, is its gorgeous sunset, sunrise and stargazing views. Lay down your head and look up for a clear, spectacular look at the glorious sky.


Photo: via Longitude 131

Nature’s Beauty In Canyon Point

You may never have heard of Canyon Point, Utah before, but that’s all about to change. The Amanigiri Resort, located within Canyon Point, is tucked away within gorgeous canyons. With over 600 acres of land, you can spend your days taking in the stark beauty and cultural heritage of the area. Learn about the Navajo, kayak through Lake Powell and take your family fossil hunting in one of the world’s best paleontology sites. The Amanigiri Resort is the perfect travel destination for nature lovers.


Photo: Amanigiri Resort

Spa Rejuvenation in Dubai

Hop on a plane and head on over to Dubai for a relaxing travel experience. At the Al Maha Resort, located in the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, relaxation is key. The spa offers hydrotherapy and Rasoul treatment rooms, as well as custom treatments and therapies.

al maha desert

Photo: Al Maha Desert Resort

Al Maha showcases the heritage and architecture of the Bedouins and allows you to experience it in a unique way. So lay back in this verdant palm oasis, deep within Dubai’s magical dune and desert landscape and enjoy the desert life.

Al Maha-Royal Suite private pool

Photo: Al Maha Desert Resort

These luxury desert experiences are just what an adventurous travel lover may be looking for.

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