Guide to Sustainable Hotels in Desert Locations
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Guide to Sustainable Hotels
in Desert Locations

When planning your desert vacation, there is a lot to think about in terms of sustainability. With the possibility of water scarcity, you’ll want to make sure you’re staying at a hotel in desert locations that take eco-friendly initiatives seriously. If you wish to stay at a small resort or a large hotel, there are a plethora of options for your trip to the desert. This article will discuss three fantastic desert vacation locations for your next trip.

andBeyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge


Located in southwestern Namibia, andBeyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge is hidden in the mountains and provides guests with luxury in the middle of the desert. To reach the hotel, you’ll need a one-and-a-half-hour flight from Windhoek, the capital of Namibia, to the hotel in the desert. When you arrive, you’ll be amazed by the bright orange sand dunes and valleys, with the hotel right in the middle of it all. There are 44 different suites and rooms on site.  Activities include shopping, an observatory, a wellness center, a wine cellar, and more.

The hotel features solar panels, a hot water system, a gray water recycling system, and a rainwater harvesting tank. All of this is powered by roof solar panels. You’ll be in good hands here, as this desert vacation locale was the winner of the Gold Key in 2020. 

Al Maha Desert Resort Dubai

Credit: Al Maha Desert Resort Dubai

The Al Maha Desert Resort Dubai is located in the middle of the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve and is only a one-hour drive from downtown Dubai. The Government created this beautiful location to reintroduce indigenous fauna to the area, and this luxury resort is in the middle of the dunes, sand, and plants. The resort offers 42 individual suites for guests to choose from at this beautiful hotel. This hotel features a one-of-a-kind spa and activities such as desert excursions, a pool, and horseback riding.

Al Maha Desert Resort Dubai was built in 1999 as Dubai’s flagship environmental project. In 2010 they pledged to reduce water consumption by 20% and electricity consumption by 30% by 2022. In 2013 they won the MENA Travel Awards. In addition, Al Maha has received a Green Key certification.

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Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara

Credit: Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara

Only 90 minutes from Abu Dhabi, this secluded desert resort features 140 rooms in an eco-friendly desert vacation. Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara is situated in the middle of sand dunes, offering a hotel in a desert oasis.

The resort is committed to making sustainability at the forefront of the resort by focusing on a sustainable luxury approach to everything about the hotel. For example, the hotel offers plastic-free water bottles that are biodegradable. In addition, other efforts include sustainable keycards, a greenhouse, disposable packaging, energy conservation, green waste management, water conservation, and more. As a result, the hotel is awarded the Green Globe Certification since 2013 and it has got platinum in 2022.

Click here to make your reservation at Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort!

Every single one of these hotels we reviewed is the perfect option for a trip to the desert. With eco-friendly policies at the forefront, you can ensure that your desert stay is sustainable. If you would like to stay at a world-sustainable award-winning hotel, check Feynan Ecolodge in Jordan. If you want to visit the desert, why don’t you choose a sustainable hotel?

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