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  • Al Maha is a luxe version of a Bedouin camp.

    Al Maha is a luxe version of a Bedouin camp.

  • Each suite has a private infinity pool and sundeck.

    Each suite has a private infinity pool and sundeck.

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    The Amangiri blends seamlessly with its surroundings.

  • The swimming pool at the Amangiri.

    The swimming pool at the Amangiri.

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    Laucala Island was once owned by Malcom Forbes.

  • Luacala is made up of 25 sprawling villas.

    Luacala is made up of 25 sprawling villas.

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    Minaret is New Zealand's first luxury tent lodge.

  • Minaret features luxuriously furnished tented suites.

    Minaret features luxuriously furnished tented suites.

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    The secluded Shakti 360°.

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    Shakti 360° is a remote retreat in the Himalayas.

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AL MAHA DESERT RESORT & SPA
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Nestled in a date-palm oasis deep amid the rolling dunes of the seemingly endless Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve (225 square kilometers, in fact), Al Maha is a luxe vision of a Bedouin camp. Its 42 canvas-covered suites are worthy of a sheik, with four-poster beds, chaise longues, hand-knotted carpets, and antique tabletops trimmed in brass. Each also has its own private infinity pool and sundeck, the perfect perch from which to spot wildlife such as gazelles, desert foxes, and Arabian oryx; in-room binoculars are a thoughtful touch, as are the drawing supplies—easel, paper, and pastels—for those who want to sketch the Lawrence of Arabia scenery. Activities include camel riding, Bedouin-style barbecues, 4×4 desert safaris, and falconry demonstrations, though guests could just as easily stick close to the comforts of the camp, sampling the spa’s rasoul mud baths, nibbling on meze in the dining pavilion, or just staring off across the sand to the distant outline of the Hajar mountains.

971-4/832-9900; al-maha.com; From US$1,880

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