Published on January 25, 2017

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Amangiri

Snapshots of the Amangiri resort have undoubtedly begun to filter your Instagram or Pinterest feeds, inspiring a serious case of wanderlust. The luxe retreat is situated in Canyon Point, Utah, standing in as the quintessence of a desert oasis. The breathtaking scenery of the surrounding mountains and canyons should be reason enough to visit the resort. Though we must admit, the desert-facing spa and accommodations make quite the case as well.   

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For those who are heading into Coachella Valley for the annual music festival, we’ve got some good news. Consider the mud-ridden camping grounds a thing of the past. This luxe resort promises to be a “home away from home” with four units spanning the compound, each featuring a private patio complete with a cactus garden.
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Scarabeo Camp

One glance at this stunning retreat and we’re putting glamping in the Moroccan desert on our bucket lists. The setting is simple yet carefully thought-out – spacious tents dot the desert landscape, each equipped with vintage Berber rugs and various found objects, which seem to suggest an impending expedition. Candlelit communal tables come adorned for every meal, while an endless list of activities – ranging from yoga classes and dune buggy tours to full-day mountain treks complete with a scenic picnic – will keep you happily occupied. 

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Ace Hotel & Swim Club – Palm Springs

We’d be remiss should we exclude this iconic spot from our list. Situated near the center of Palm Springs, the resort boasts its iconic mid-century modern decor scheme and all the essentials for a desert getaway. Bonus points for being in close proximity to landmarks such as Joshua Tree, Salvation Mountain, and more!

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Korakia Pensione

Modeled after the intricately lavish Moroccan estates, Korakia Pensione is the quintessence of a modern oasis. The self-dubbed Mediterranean escape boasts a series of villas and bungalows thematically categorized to emulate the Mediterranean and Morocco. Indulge in a home-cooked Moroccan breakfast, take a dip in one of two salt water pools, and spend the afternoons lounging in the resort’s vintage library, followed by an outdoor movie screen for a night under the stars. 

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Alto Atacama

The concept behind the Alto Atacama Desert Lodge & Spa is a simple one. Tranquility is at the forefront, environmental sustainability a focus, and local culture an inspiration. Located in the San Pedro region of Chile, the resort is comprised of architectural elements reminiscent of the surrounding villages. A gateway to multiple points of exploration in the northern Chile desert landscape, six pools, and spanning lounges that promise R&R, the resort is pure bliss. 

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Lodge Altitude

Between the breathtaking views of the volcanos of the Andes and the encompassing desert landscape, this retreat promises an escape like no other. Situated at 2,500 meters above sea level, the mountainous terrain inspires a geographical juxtaposition that’s simply incomparable. Spend the day by the solar-heated pool, tour the highland lagoons, or spend the evening on an astronomical tour you won’t forget. 

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Hotel Aire de Bardenas

Comprised of a string of cubist buildings, this contemporary retreat is situated in Spain’s Navarra desert. Featuring prize-winning architecture and a landscape that is rivaled by few, Hotel Aire de Bardenas offers a wide variety of experiences, most notably the Bubbles – semi transparent bubble domes, which allow for 360° views of the vast landscape. 

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Photography by ALISON BROOKS