Crowne Plaza Muscat, Sultanate of Oman

Set atop a cliff overlooking the Gulf of Oman, this chic hotel is 4 km from the Royal Opera House Muscat and 15 km from the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque.

Bright rooms feature free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs; some offer gulf views and/or balconies. Upgraded rooms provide access to a private lounge. Suites add sitting and dining areas. Room service is available 24/7.

The 4 dining options include a Persian restaurant, and an Italian eatery with sea views. There's also an English-style pub, and a bar overlooking a heated outdoor pool. Other amenities include a sundeck, a gym and a sauna, plus a private beach.