And since Oman is apparently the new Dubai, no other sultanate will do.
Head to the new Six Senses Hideaway Zighy Bay, a new luxury resort in a modest fishing village on the Musandam Peninsula. There's the location: a mile-long private expanse of beach on the eerily blue Zighy Bay. There's the waterfront spa: Arabian hammams, gardenside steam showers, and a four-handed signature massage. And the cuisine: the mountaintop restaurant serves the day's catch from the in-house fisherman with wine paired by the in-house sommelier—or go truly local with some non-alcoholic laban spiked with cardamom.
But the real difference comes in the 82 private villas, where standard service sails beyond the usual plasma screens and WiFi—each one is well heeled with its own infinity pool, personal butler, and wine cellar (a slight step up from the mini-bar). Or shack up at the three-villa Private Reserve if you must have your own private beach, gym and on-call personal chef. If you're not too weary from the steaming and sun, head out for local activities like good old-fashioned camel racing, shopping in the souks in Muscat, or the must-do wadi bashing (twisting a 4WD through dry and rocky riverbeds)—you may just keep on driving the 5 hours over to Dubai.
Because we still like the old Dubai just as well as the new one.