Koorakai Desert Retreat



“This house is spectacular.”

This house is spectacular. It is beautifully decorated, it has everything you need, it is minuted away fro Joshua Tree’s entrance. Also, Nigel and Daria are really welcoming hosts, they were always on top of everything, responded right away. I cannot recommend this place enough!

- Miguel

“The kids never wanted to leave the house!”

I can’t speak highly enough of this wonderful place. The location is amazing, just a few minutes drive into the park. The house itself is immaculate and so beautifully designed in mid century modern decor. The kids never wanted to leave the house (my daughter said she wishes it were her house!), since they were having so much fun there and it was so beautiful. But once we got to the park they never wanted to leave the boulders. The hosts were completely receptive, generous, and easy to contact when we needed something. All I can say is go! Go!

— Diana.


“An atmoshere of contemplative beauty.”

We expected that the place would be thoughtfully decorated but were amazed at how beautifully put together every room was. If you appreciate mid-century furniture in an atmosphere of contemplative beauty, you'll love it. It was so peaceful and serene that we didn't want to leave the house even though we came to enjoy the park. They've thought of every last detail, down to the iPhone charger and spare hats in case you forgot to bring your own. Nigel and Daria have created the most perfect desert getaway.

— Richard

“Really, just 5 minutes from the entrance.”

This is a lovely house in a perfect location for Joshua Tree National Park- really just 5 minutes from the entrance. We really appreciated the stylish, eclectic mid-century modern decor, the comfortable beds, the well-equipped kitchen, and the little touches like bottled water. Nigel and Daria were proactive about making sure that we arrived okay and could contact them if necessary. Overall, the house and hosts exceeded our high expectations from the website description. Thanks, Nigel and Daria!

— Johanna


“Will just have to come back very soon.”

The house is very close to Joshua Tree park entrance, in a lovely and amazingly quiet location. The house was very comfortable, spotlessly clean (I'm a bit of a germaphobe so this is really important!), very nicely appointed with a stylish flair, there were many lovely touches we appreciated like many games to play and books to read, beds were very comfortable with great linens. There was a beautiful back garden with a nice sense of space and privacy where we loved eating our breakfast, seeing the occasional rabbit and beautiful birds and also spent the evening, looking at the stars, cooking great food on the grill and really wishing this house belonged to us so we could stay there permanently! Will just have to come back very soon :)

— Antony

“We booked away and the house exceeded our expectations.”

Koorakai is a beautifully appointed home offering you luxury in the middle of the high desert. My husband and I were looking for a last minute quiet getaway for a few days and stumbled upon the listing for Koorakai Retreat. We had a few questions about the house and Nigel and Daria were incredibly quick to get back to us - this was especially appreciated since our trip was so spontaneous. They addressed our questions efficiently and also offered information about Joshua Tree and their favorite restaurants in the area. We booked away and the house exceeded our expectations. It is super cozy and felt like home. We enjoyed quiet evenings watching the moon rise from the patio and cooking dinner in the kitchen. They had all the necessities I keep in my kitchen so made it so easy. The house was very clean - this includes the sheets and towels.

— Nancy