The Middle East these days is known for civil war and political instability. But if you look beyond that, you will a find a few unexplored gems. The long stretch of coast along Oman has ideal conditions for big and long surfing breaks. Joe’s Point in Sur is the place to go. See some of the area’s amazingly well-preserved castles and forts, and enjoy some of the best food in the country. Escape the wrath of winter on a fitness retreat. Programs include training sessions with a coach, massages, mountain biking, kayaking or tennis.