Qatar Airways offers connecting flights from Washington Dulles to Muscat, Oman.
Barr Al Jissah
Luxurious resort 10 miles south of Muscat consisting of three hotels: Al Waha, aimed at families; Al Bandar, for business guests; and Al Husn, a six-star haven aimed at the very top end. A double room in Al Waha starts from $221. The hotel’s Bait Al Bahr restaurant serves fantastic seafood in a prime location overlooking the ocean. Entrees from $30.
Al Bustan Palace
Located 10 minutes up the coast from the Barr Al Jissah, Al Bustan is the hotel all the newcomers measure themselves against. Doubles from $208. The award-winning buffet at Al Khiran Restaurant — themed to a different cuisine each night — costs $55 per person. Afternoon tea (from $9) in the hotel’s opulent central atrium is a must.
North Ghubra 32, 18th November Street, Muscat
Elegant, super-stylish retreat 10 minutes from Muscat Airport, renowned for its contemporary design and indulgent Balinese spa. Doubles from around $255. The hotel’s main restaurant, simply called The Restaurant, has four show kitchens serving up delicious Arabic, Indian and Western dishes. Entrees from $17.
Bait al Zubair Museum
Al Saidiya Street, Muscat
In a converted traditional Omani house on the edge of the Old Town. Features an extensive private collection of ethnographic artifacts. Around $5.
About 100 miles inland from Muscat, this gargantuan fort is Oman’s grandest piece of architectural heritage, harking back to the 17th century, when Nizwa was the capital of Oman’s vast empire. $1.30.
Jebel Akhdar Mountains
Looming to the west of Muscat, the Jebel Akhdar range is a popular base for trekking, particularly around Jebel Shams, Oman’s highest point. Most hotels can arrange an excursion. Expect to pay around $50 to $70 for a day trip.