Frankincense was the making of this Middle Eastern peninsula but it's home to many more attractions.
Oman offers a completely different taste of a region that people often overlook.
Culture and history share centre stage with luxury in this resort that has royal connections.
Should I fly to Muscat and then do a tour? I have also heard there are now cruises on offer.
Roaring down an Oman desert dune in a 4WD and strolling an historic Magna Carta trail in England are among our travel writers' top holiday destinations for 2015.
A mountain resort set in the midst of an Omani food bowl provides a luxurious experience for its guests.
Make sure you leave any preconceived behind when you visit this slice of the Arabian Peninsula.
A satisfyingly strong gin and tonic precedes lunch and I decline the polite offer of another.