Qatar’s first luxury resort heralds a new era for tourism in the tiny Arabian Gulf emirate. Laid out like a village on the edge of Doha Bay, the property showcases the country’s modest architectural heritage (the Emir himself had a hand in the design) and a level of service that comes courtesy of its Ritz-Carlton management. Reminiscent of an old Qatari palace, the lobby is furnished with antiques from across the region: Syrian lamps, wooden stools from South Africa, and a dazzling 1,000-piece handblown chandelier. Fourteen beits, or courtyard houses, offer 170 guest rooms among them, all made cozy with four-poster beds and oversized bathtubs. Or live like a sheik in the 1,700- square-meter Beit Al Shoukh. At US$27,000 a night, this is one of the world’s most expensive presidential suites.

97-4/425-6666; www.ritzcarlton.com; doubles from US$370

This article appeared in DestinAsian Magazine’s 2007 Luxe List.