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Report Published: 31 Aug 2010

Hotels - Remote Luxury Prevails


A spate of new hotel openings this year all located in dramatic, often hostile, landscapes and terrains suggest that travellers are being swayed by the kind of luxury that is not necessarily driven by in-room extras and gimmicky hotel amenities but by what a property can offer in vistas, views and unique locations.

Take Abu Dhabi’s rugged Liwa Desert where the ultra-luxe Qasr Al Sarab sits in the world’s largest uninterrupted sand desert while the 97-room Six Senses spa hotel Evason Ma’In, Jordan can be found near an oasis on the eastern edge of the Dead Sea. In Tasmania, the 20-suite Saffire Freycinet (pictured) is remotely located near the 400 million-year-old pink granite Hazards Mountains, while the Amanresort in Utah, US,  has carved a niche in the striking desert landscape.

Qasr Al Sarab

Evason Ma’In

Saffire Freycinet