BEST FOR: Hiking in the outback. In the heart of the Nitmiluk National Park is Cicada Lodge. Owned by local Jawoyn people, the rooms are decked out with Bulgari toiletries and verandas to enjoy the views. The park itself is ideal for hike-lovers, while water buffalo roam the plains. Back at the hotel, enjoy a poolside drink, then tuck into seasoned crocodile tail. The ultimate outback experience.
DON’T MISS: The wow-factor heli-tours, which drop you off at waterfalls to take a private dip. Rooms from AUD$645 per night; cicadalodge.com.au
Atlas Mountains, Morocco
BEST FOR: Camping under stars. Like a mirage in the Agafay desert, 40km from Marrakech, this camp is made up of cabins with private decks and Berber tents. If you want to feel cut off, this is the place: there are hot showers and toilets, but no electricity – it is all candles and campfires. Enjoy quad biking and donkey trekking by day; at night, sample delicious tagines as Gnawa musicians serenade you under a canopy of shooting stars.
DON’T MISS: A sunset camel ride to soak up the stunning landscape. Rooms from 5,583MAD per night; boutiquesouk.com
What to wear there
The majestic Katherine Gorge in Nitmiluk National Park
SAND AND STARS
Bask in the quiet of the Moroccan desert in one of Boutique Souk’s private tentscredits
Photographs: Tourism NT