The Big Six: Luxury desert camps
Saturday 22 January 2011
Desert Nights Camp, Oman
Though it's only a two-hour drive from Muscat, Desert Nights Camp feels like a completely different world to the Omani capital. Set in an oasis in the Wahiba Sands, the 30 Bedouin-style tents here are as comfortable as they are remote, with double and family-sized tented suites that come complete with bathrooms, electricity and minibars. In a nice nod to the location, guests are given fresh dates and Arabic coffee on arrival.
Desert Nights Camp, Al Wasil, Oman (00 968 92 81 83 88; desertnightscamp.com). Double tents start at 93 rials (£156), half board.
Kerdan Camp, Egypt
Kerdan is the latest opening from Desert in Style, which specialises in remote but luxurious fixed camps in the Egyptian Sahara. It is set within the "White Desert" national park, close to spectacular rock formations and "white mushrooms", huge fungi-shaped geological formations carved by wind and sand. Named after the traditional necklaces worn by Bedouin women, the camp's 12 tents each come with a small terrace and guests also have use of private bathroom facilities.
Kerdan Camp, between Baharia and Farafra, Egypt (00 20 2 2419 3451; desertinstyle-egypt.com). Doubles start at US$100 (£65), half board.
Wadi Rum Private Camp, Jordan
This camp is designed for travellers who seek more solitude than is usually found in the campsites around Wadi Rum – and who can afford to pay for the privilege. It is a moveable camp, set up to suit the day's conditions within the sandstone valley. Guests arrive in time for sunset over the red sand and rocks, and an authentic Bedouin dinner is eaten under the stars.
The tailor-made travel specialist Scott Dunn (020-8682 5075; scottdunn.com) sells one-week packages to Jordan, including one night at the Wadi Rum Private Camp. Prices start at £2,175 per person, including flights, transport and half-board accommodation.
Three Camel Lodge, Mongolia
Guests at this stylish Gobi Desert lodge stay in one of 20 ger tents, each with a wood stove, hand-painted beds, artisan-made furnishings and a private bathroom (freebies include locally produced toiletries and camel-milk moisturiser).
Three Camel Lodge, South Gobi, Mongolia (00 976 11 313 396; threecamellodge.com). Doubles start at US$160 (£103), full board.
Wilderness Camp, India
An offshoot of Rajasthan's lovely Rohet Garh hotel, this desert camp is equally magical. Guests can expect six richly decorated tents overlooking the desert-scape and star-gazing at night.
Wilderness Camp, Rohet, Rajasthan, India (00 91 29 36 268 231; rohetgarh.com/wilderness.htm). Tents for two start at Rs11,000 (£157), including all meals and standard transfers.
Sahara Safari Camp, Morocco
Specialist Morocco offers this new luxurious safari-style camp, seven hours' drive from Marrakech, or five from Ouazazarte. It has eight private sleeping tents and shower/bio-loo tents, solar-powered lanterns and a large salon.
Sahara Safari Camp, Mhamid, Morocco (020-7193 2461; saharasafaricamp.com). Tents sleeping two start at £120, full-board, including guided walks and a half-day camel trek.
Geoffrey Macnab reviews American Hustle, also starring Christian Bale and Bradley Cooper
newsFormer soldier taped 33 of the animals to the floor and then stamped on them one by one
Michelle Nijhuis' daughter insists (s)he is, and she learnt a valuable lesson on gender in books
news Opponents claim it would stop performers such as Beyonce and Madonna appearing on TV
It takes a platoon of chefs, litres of brandy and rum, and almost 100kg of dried fruit
food + drink
- 1 America's 'virgin births'? One in 200 mothers 'became pregnant without having sex'
- 3 Sun will 'flip upside down' within weeks, says Nasa
- 4 Christmas comes early: Justin Bieber is 'retiring from music'
- 5 Iain Duncan Smith leaves Commons food banks debate early
Exclusive: Young people ‘want UK to stay in Europe’: Four in 10 adults aged 18 to 24 are ‘firmly in favour’ of membership, poll shows
Tom Daley ‘is gay because his father died’ says UK evangelist
Iain Duncan Smith leaves Commons food banks debate early
Kiss and yell: Italian protester charged with sexual assault after kissing riot police officer
PM denies two child limit for benefits is part of Tory welfare policy
Anachronistic and iniquitous, grammar schools are a blot on the British education system
- < Previous
- Next >
£18000 - £27000 per annum + Award-Winning Benefits: Round The World Experts: D...
£18000 - £22000 per annum + Award-Winning Benefits: FCm Travel Solutions: FCm ...
£23000 - £27000 per annum + £18K base & uncapped commission & benefits: Flight...
Excellent Salary: Austen Lloyd: We would very much like to hear from applicant...