The NamibRand desert might be the dictionary definition of remote. Only Mongolia is less populated than Namibia, and this being a desert there aren't exactly hordes of people loitering around. Deep in this desolate but utterly stunning landscape lies Wolwedans Dune Lodge, a superslick place, and if that wasn't hermit-like enough, they have their own Private Camp, another two miles further into the bush and designed for just one couple.

Stars down to the horizon

If you manage to feel claustrophobic here, there might be deeper issues at work, but for the rest of us not much can beat lying back in the hammock on the wooden deck, watching the sun go down. There is so little light pollution here that you can see stars right down to the horizon.

Dilemmas, dilemmas

When the emptiness and sheer silence of the surroundings eventually sinks in, you can decide to knock up a delicious supper in the fully stocked kitchen or ring the lodge proper so they can deliver a gourmet feast by Land Rover. Next decision - sleep in the sumptuous double bed with the canvas sides to the bedroom rolled up or down. Dilemmas, dilemmas.

The luxury of privacy

All this doesn't come cheap - but with privacy the new luxury, this is a luxurious as it gets.

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Part of our new series 'Around the World in 80 Senses', celebrating our favourite things from our extensive travels. As with any self-respecting list, there's absolutely no scientific basis to the choices we've made. It's all shamelessly subjective, and we'll be listing this year's 80 Senses (in no particular order) between now and Christmas, so keep an eye out for new entries here on the blog and on our Twitter and Facebook pages.