Spend the night on the Salar De Uyuni (salt flats) in an Airstream, then wake up to breakfast cooked by your private chef.

If you want to get away from it all, follow in the footsteps of the explorers and head into the desert…

ATACAMA DESERT

South America

The driest desert in the world can be found on the Pacific coast, to the west of the Andes mountains and stretches from Chile to Peru. It receives less rain that the polar deserts. So if you go here on holiday you don’t have to worry about any activities being rained off. If you want to make your stay comfortable, book into the Alto Atacama Desert Lodge & Spa. Featuring six outdoor pools, a restaurant, bar and world-class spa, it’s definitely one oasis we wouldn’t mind getting marooned at.

ANTARCTICA

Antarctica

While it might have an icy landscape, Antarctica is counted as a desert as it rains less here than in the Sahara Desert. Penguins, whales and seals are the only wildlife to be found here, and plants like lichen the only vegetation. You can head to the White Continent by expedition boat or arrive by plane at stay at the Whichaway Camp, which is a set of six domes that include bedrooms with ensuites and a restaurant embracing a safari style feel.

NAMIB DESERT

Africa

The locals call it the Vast Place and they couldn’t be far wrong. The Namib Desert, which stretches from Angola to South Africa is home to some of the most unusual animals on Earth. If you want to see a Desert Lion or Desert Elephant, this is the place to do it. Book into the Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp to enjoy desert game drives and some serious pampering at this glamping site between the dunes.

SALAR DE UYUNI

Bolivia

This salty desert was created when a prehistoric lake evaporated a long time ago. It stretches out for more than 4,000 square miles and is a must do with day tripping tourists determined to get that perfect Instagram shot. Book the Airstream Uyuni and drive on to the flats to camp overnight, then wake up to breakfast cooked by your private chef.

RUB’ AL KHALI (EMPTY QUARTER)

Middle East

Covering Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Yemen, Rub’ Al Khali is the largest sand desert in the world. Until AD300 camel caravans would carry frankincense through the desert, but due to desertification it’s now tribes and explorers who make the crossing. Or it could be you if you stay at the Qasr Al Sarab resort in Abu Dhabi and ride out in your own camel caravan.

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