Taking the high end to unheard-of heights in Dakhla, Al Tarfa is flat-out desert-fabulous. The traditionally inspired decor is superbly tasteful and impeccably rendered, down to the smallest detail – from the embroidered bedspreads that look like museum-quality pieces to the mud-plastered walls that don’t show a single crack. Private transfers to the hotel's isolated site, north of Al Qasr, can be arranged.
Even the golden dunes that flow behind the resort seem like they’ve been landscaped to undulating perfection. Each suite is unique, the pool is like a liquid sapphire and the spa features massage therapists brought in from Thailand.