Thirsty Souls

Thirsty Souls: Desert Oasis

This week we're thirsty for an oasis. Cool your jets by dipping into one of these chic desert pools. No mirages here -- only real memories in the making.

1. Casa Tiny, Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca, Mexico

This one bedroom/one bathroom luxury cabin has everything you need for a romantic getaway or a soul-searching solo retreat: a hammock, a pizza oven, and one ace of a pool.

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2. Social Pool

This minimalist sculpture isn't currently open to the public, but we're hoping for a revival. Give us a key and the coordinates, and we'll begin our own trek to the "little pool hidden in the desert."

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3. Sossusvlei Desert Lodge, Namibia

Sossusvlei Lodge offers adventurous guests several options for recuperating from a long day of nature hikes and helicopter rides. Grab a cold one at the Acacia beer garden, watch the oryx and springbok chilling at the waterhole, or slide into the sparkling pool for some safari star gazing; this is Africa like you've never seen it before.

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4. Marmol Radziner's Desert House, Desert Hot Springs, California

With over 2,400 square feet of deck space and a killer view of San Jacinto peak, this desert modern hideaway boasts the pool of our dreams.

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5. Beresheet Hotel, Mitzpe Ramon, Negev Desert, Israel

Talk about living on the edge. This hotel near the ancient Spice Route sits on the rim of the Ramon Crater, and its architecture and design mirror both the ruggedness and refinement of the surrounding landscape.

Book a room with a crater or desert view and lounge at the outdoor pool with a dozen of your new best friends. 

6. The Land Yacht, Joshua Tree, California

Book a vacay in this converted Airstream trailer for a nostalgic weekend that's as American as apple pie.  The livestock tank pool is worthy of your inner party animal, and the chimenea can hardly wait for you to fire it up and tell your best ghost story. S'mores are recommended but not required.

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7. Lakshman Sagar, Pali, Raipur, India

Rent one of these upscale cottages and you'll have access to a private plunge pool and a fabulous rock-cut pool.  Did we mention that liquor tasting, kite flying, and goat herding are on the activities menu? We're sold.

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It's important to take a break from social media every so often and socialize in person. We do it Cali-style: under the sun and in the water. 


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