Escape To Africa’s Most Breathtaking Desert Hotels
By Leah Freeman-Haskin
Combining a trip to the Motherland along with a desert adventure could be the ultimate spiritual experience. If you’ve ever dreamt of sleeping amongst sand dunes and the silence of ancient landscapes, these desert-chic hotels are the perfect escape from everyday life and connection to the past that you may be seeking.
Little Kulala, Sossusvlei, Namibia
This 67,000-acre, desert-oasis is situated along the Auab riverbed in the Kulala Wilderness Reserve in the Namib Desert. Enjoy the silence of the desert and the ancient camel-thorn trees from your climate-controlled thatched “kulala” with a private pool and star bed or venture out with a ballon safari allowing you to soar above the desert.
Scarabeo Camp, Agafay Desert, Morocco
The “dusty luxury” lifestyle and stunning views of the Atlas Mountains at Scarabeo Camp allow you to completely unwind and disconnect from everyday life. Located just under an hour’s drive from Marrakech, this tented camp offers all of the luxuries that you would find in a five-star hotel with modern amenities and stunning traditional design.
Adrère Amellal, Siwa, Egypt
“A place out of time”, Adrère Amellal will take you back to basics. With no electricity, the rooms are softly lit with a dozen beeswax candles and the starry desert sky. Each room is also hand built, blending naturally into the landscape and paying tribute to nature and to talented local artisanship. Drive, walk, play or dine in the rolling dunes of the Great Sand Sea or visit the city center for a stroll through the marketplace.