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Hotel of the week: Barr Al Jissah Resort

This 600-room luxury complex is arguably Oman's “most ambitious resort project to date.”

Muscat, Oman

In an Arab nation intent on boosting tourism, this 600-room luxury complex is arguably the “most ambitious resort project to date,” said Henry Wismayer in The Washington Post. “Ochre-colored hills” loom up behind the resort’s three hotels, creating a “staggeringly dramatic setting” for a do-nothing vacation on the crescent beaches of the Gulf of Oman. An “unfailingly lovely” staff caters to guests’ every need at the resort’s 15 bars and restaurants, six pools, and lazy-river ride. The resort even keeps two camels ready to provide shore-side rides.shangri-la.com; doubles from $181

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