Looking to travel for beauty and adventure? Don't want to give up luxury?
Here are five destinations sure to please the hip, the romantic, the thrill-seeker and more without skimping on amenities, even in the middle of nowhere.
The Far-Off Chic Adventurer
Unchartered Africa's San Camp -- Kalahari Desert
Reason to Go: Six-star tent camp in world's most removed frontier
Its location couldn't be more remote, San Camp by Uncharted Africa -- owners of celebrity hotspot Jack's Camp -- unveils an all-new design along a reef palm oasis in the middle of the Makgadikgadi Pans and Kalahari Desert in Botswana.
Exotic animals like rare brown hyena and African aardvarks roam the great plain, offering one of the most romantic adventure experiences in the world. With no manmade structures and no human life, the beauty of the area is its sheer nothingness and what is perhaps the quietest and most untouched place on earth.
The luxury tent camp is constructed of antique safari tents from the 1940s arranged with nickel-bucket showers, wooden canopy beds and paraffin lamps. Uncharted Africa maintains luxury amentieis by sheer manpower as there is no electricity at any of its upscale retreats. But that simply means that luxury is built by human hand with five-star dining and silver-tray service that is never more than a nod away.A mere six freestanding safari suites means exclusivity and high staff-guest ratio. All this while you roam the prehistoric lakebeds afoot and on all-terrain dune bikes looking for prehistoric antiquities and extinct fossils of animals like the giant zebra.
The Far-Off Romantic
Ksar Char Bagh -- Marrakech
Reason to Go: The Marrakech dream experience without the rabid tourism
It's a dusty 15-minute ride from city-center, a trip very likely made in the hotel's own London taxi, on a bumpy country road through inhospitable desert of weathered palm trees and endless horizon. Located near Amanjena by Aman Resorts, visitors arrive at this 13-villa mini-resort greeted by its Parisian owners, Nicole and Patrick LeVillair, and their exceptionally mannered staffed.