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8 Romantic desert hotels for honeymoon

Experience the romance of the desert with some of our favourite romantic desert hotels for honeymoon!
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We’re all about stunning beaches, but we’re equally obsessed with romantic and remote desert landscapes! Consider a stay in one of these beautiful romantic desert hotels for honeymoon. Switch off and feel you’re far away from the hustle and bustle and the stresses and strains of life. Take some time to relax and look forward to your life together with the desert backdrop hues of yellow, orange and reds.

From Utah to Abu Dhabi, Oman to Australia, Namibia to Chile, Dubai to Mexico — these exotic desert hotels are perfect for a secluded romantic retreat. Let’s go around the world and explore the more romantic desert hotels for honeymoon!

Amangiri – Utah, United States

Amangiri is a stunning outpost of the Aman hotel group blends into the surrounded by red rock canyons at Canyon Point in southern Utah, USA. This ancient, barely touched landscape is phenomenal. Amangiri is one of our favourite desert hotels for honeymoon.

You’re surrounded by spectacular national parks, like Grand Canyon National Park, Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon National Park. Discover stunning hiking trails and the rich tradition of Native American culture. Go horseback riding, or take a hot-air balloon ride or a helicopter tour. Don’t forget to take a trip to Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.

The spa is spread out over 25,000 square feet over the wilderness. The dining is exciting and unique. Think bison spring rolls, elk tartare and Colorado river trout.

The rooms are minimalist luxury. We’re in love with the Mesa Pool Suites where you can watch the golden sunsets over the Utah desert with your own plunge pool and firepit. Stargaze from your own sky terrace. This is luxury. Camp Sarika is just a short drive away and the tented pavilions have their own private pool overlooking the mesas. Ultra luxury wild west-style.

How to get there: Page Municipal Airport (airport code: PGA) is located 25 minutes from Amangiri. Complimentary transfers are included. From Phoenix and Las Vegas, it takes approximately 4 to 4.5 hours through beautiful scenery to reach the resort with various routes passing through national parks. 


Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara – Abu Dhabi, UAE

A secluded oasis in the Liwa Desert in the United Arab Emirates, Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara Abu Dhabi is one of the first we think of when we’re daydreaming about the best romantic desert hotels for honeymoon.

Built in a fortress style, this magical desert resort, set amongst the stunning rolling sand dunes in Abu Dhabi’s Rub Al Khali, also known as the Empty Quarter, is pure romance, Perfect for an Arabian Nights vibe. Traverse the desert by camelback or by fat bike. Learn about the ancient sport of archery. Unwind with hammam and desert rose ritual at the Anantara spa.

The Deluxe Terrace Rooms are stunning with panoramic views of the desert, but if you can, choose the palatial One Bedroom Anantara Pool Villa with your own private pool and garden. Anantara Qasr Al Sarab can arrange a romantic private dinner under the heavenly desert skies. This is the kind of experience we love in one of our favourite romantic desert hotels for honeymoon!

How to get there: Abu Dhabi airport is 200km (2.5 hour drive) Dubai is 300km (3.5 hour drive). Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara Abu Dhabi can arrange car transfers and helicopter transfer which take approx 50-75 minutes.

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andBeyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge – Namibia

When it comes to romantic desert hotels, we can’t think of a more incredible spot than the stunning andBeyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge. This remote lodge located deep within the Namib desert in iconic Sossusvlei is worthy of a stop on your romantic road trip through Namibia’s vast wilderness.

Under star filled Africa skies, you’ll find one of the most sustainable resorts. The stunning suites, with private pools, are their own mini solar power plant, producing enough energy to not only power the air conditioning, and all the super-comforts of a luxury lodge, but also the water treatment and recycling systems.

Explore one of Africa‘s most awe-inspiring landscapes on hikes and e-bikes. Take a hot-air balloon ride over the sand dunes.Imagine the breathtaking sunsets over the horizon every night. As the sun goes down, the galaxy comes alive above you. This is one of the best areas in the world for stargazing. andBeyond is a must add on to your Namibia honeymoon.

How to get there: The lodge is a 400km from Windhoek and a 380km drive from Swakopmund on good quality gravel roads. You can take a 1hr 15min flight from Windhoek (airport code: WDH), the capital of Namibia, followed by a 10min road transfer to the lodge.

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Paradero Todos Santos – Mexico

Paradero Todos Santos is a stunning minimalist hotel between the Sierra Laguna Mountain and the Pacific Ocean on Mexico’s Baja California Sur Peninsula is one of our new favourites.

Concrete, cacti and stargazing hammocks. All the suites are heavenly, but we want to stay in the Garden Suite Soaking Tub. You may feel like you’re in the desert, but you’re just 90-minutes from Cabo San Lucas. Take part in a sound healing ceremony and a chakra balancing treatment. Perfect tranquility. Later, order a mezcal martini from the swim-up bar at the half-moon infinity pool. Balance.

Paradero Todos Santos is about bringing farm-to-table cooking to another level. Home-grown pimento peppers, chocolate clams, line caught tuna. Nearby you can take a taco tour, visit a gallery in town, go whale watching or learn to surf. This is Mexico at its best.

How to get there: Fly to San José del Cabo Airport (airport code: SJD). Paradero can organised private transfers in a luxury SUV (complete with chilled towels and refreshing beverages) to the hotel, one hour away.

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Tierra Atacama Hotel & Spa – Chile 

Close to Chile’s San Pedro de Atacama volcano lies Tierra Atacama Hotel & Spa. The modern Chilean architecture mixed with Andean interiors makes for a contemporary South America design. Expect cowhide rugs and llama figures carved from volcanic rock.

Explore the Atacama desert and highlights like the Taito Geysers at sunrise, hikes on the salt mountains of Vallecito and the border with Bolivia at Cerro Toco Volcano Climb. Swim in the high altitude Cedar lagoon. Take a trip to the nearby town of San Pedro de Atacama.

Don’t forget to book a massage at Uma Spa. They use local herbs combined with Andean rituals designed specifically for couples looking to rejuvenate after days spent exploring the desert. Try a Rica Rica cocktail at sundown.

How to get there: There are daily flights from Chile’s capital Santiago (airport code: SLC), to Calama (CJC) in northern Chile, which is an hour’s drive from San Pedro de Atacama. Road transfers from Calama Airport take approx 60-minutes.

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Al Maha, a Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa Dubai

The UAE is not short of a wow hotel with rooftop pool and incredible views and has some stunningly romantic honeymoon hotels. 

Experience Arabian hospitality at Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa located just outside of Dubai’s city limits in a conservation area. Set amidst vast sand dunes stretching as far as the eye can see, the lavishly decorated Bedouin Suites are filled with authentic Arabian handcrafted furnishings and antiques. Cool off from the desert heat In your own private pool.

Take a leisurely camel ride and have a champagne picnic within the sand dunes. Enjoy romantic dinners under star-filled skies. Treat yourself to couples’ treatment in the stunning spa, for some restorative time together before heading back out to the glittering lights of bustling Dubai where more endless fun awaits…

Explore more of Dubai with our Ultimate Dubai Honeymoon Guide.

How to get there: Al Maha, a Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa, Dubai is 65kms (or approx 50 minute drive) from Dubai International Airport (airport code: DXB). You can pick up a taxi or the hotel can arrange a transfer.

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Alila Jabal Akdhar Oman

Nestled between the majestic peaks and lush valleys of the Al Hajar Mountain range in Oman lies one of our favourite desert hotels for honeymoon, the heavenly Alila Jabal Akhdar. Discover the rich heritage of Oman, one of our favourite honeymoon destinations (particularly for couples who’ve been everywhere)!

The arid desert mountains, the traditional Omani stone elements combined with sleek modernity with breathtaking views, 2000 feet above sea level, make Alila one of the most unique and romantic desert hotels for honeymoon. The Mountain View suites are wonderful, but the One Bedroom Jabal Terrace suites with panoramic views are a delight.

Explore highlights like the Nizwa Fort, Saiq and Jabreen Castle. Adventure seekers will love the Via Ferrata Cave Adventure. For romance, have dinner under the starlit sky at the edge of a cliff. Enjoy a cocktail in the Rose Lounge. The hiking and stargazing will be incredible but make time to relax in the resort infinity pool. We adore Oman and Alila Jabal Akdhar is a highlight.

How to get there: Located in the central section of the Al Hajar Mountains, Alila is 174km (approx 2.5 hours) drive from Muscat (airport code: MCT)

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Longitude 131° Australia

In Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in the Red Centre of Australia’s Northern Territory, you’ll find the luxury eco-tent boutique resort, Longitude 131°. Right at the stunning yet sacred, Uluru (formerly Ayers Rock), it’s perfect for couples wanting an unforgettable experience on an adventure honeymoon in Australia. It’s one of the most romantic desert hotels for honeymoon.

Set amongst the Mars-like landscape of rust red dunes in the Central Desert, the Dune Pavillion has views of both Uluru and Kata Tjuta. Explore the area by camel back, mountain bike, on a motorcycle or take a scenic flight. 

Learn about Aboriginal culture, from bush medicine to art. Experience native beauty products made from Kakadu plum and desert lime. Experiencing the sunrise and the sunset over this sacred space is one of the planet’s most exceptional travel experiences. Dine under the glittering kaleidoscope of stars.

How to get there: Ayers Rock Airport (AYQ), is three hours’ travel by air from most Australian cities like Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane & Cairns. Longitude 131° is a 15-minute drive from Ayers Rock Airport via lodge transfer included in your room rate. It is a 4.5 hour self-drive from Alice Springs (airport code: ASP).


From Utah’s Amangiri hotel perched atop red rock canyons near Canyon Point to Qasr Al Sarab Resort boasting stunning views over Abu Dhabi’s Liwa Desert. Longitude 131° nestled against Uluru and Tierra Atacama Hotel & Spa at San Pedro de Atacama Volcano.

Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa offering Arabian hospitality just outside Dubai City limits and Paradero Todos Santos providing rustic charm combined with modern comforts. Alila Jabal Akhdar nestled between Oman’s majestic mountain peaks to andBeyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge perched among mountains rising above African sand dunes. These romantic desert hotels for honeymoon will be like no other place on Earth.

Let us know in the comments if you’re planning a romantic desert hotel escape for your honeymoon!

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