Oman is now open to fully vaccinated travelers since 1st September 2021. Oman Air offers direct flights from destinations in India to Oman. You need a negative RT-PCR test taken within 72 hours of your arrival into Oman and register in advance on their website – https://covid19.emushrif.om/
Oman as a destination provides an amazing choice for adults and children alike, a holiday to Oman offers huge diversity from relaxing beaches to adventures into the mountains and desert experiences.
Oman offers great diversity; Muscat’s beaches are perfect for a winter sun beach holiday or a romantic honeymoon, yet Oman’s interior is where things become very special indeed.
Move south and explore the rolling dunes of the Wahiba Sands where you can stay in a traditional bedouin tented camp. Oman’s stunning mountains contain Wadi Gul – Oman’s answer to the Grand Canyon, a great ingredient to your luxury Oman holiday. Take treks or bike rides through the mountains through traditional Arabic villages or just sit back taking in the views.
The country has been voted one of the 12 safest destinations in the world 3 times in a row and the infrastructure is extremely well developed. The Omanis are known for their extraordinary hospitality and openness. You will surely encounter their kindness again and again during your stay. Whether in the form of an invitation to an Omani coffee, traditionally accompanied by dates, or through their willingness to help in all matters.
The best time to visit Oman is between November and mid-March, when the cooler air brings the mountain scenery sharply into focus and daytime temperatures average at 25°C. For the rest of the year, much of Oman is oppressively hot and hazy, particularly between May and August.
The capital of Oman proves that tradition and modernity do not have to be mutually exclusive. Here you can expect magnificent Arabic buildings such as the Sultan Qaboos Mosque and the modern establishments like the Royal Opera House.
Muscat is divided into three main districts; the old town, Muttrah (the port area) and Ruwi. It’s a remarkably laid-back capital city with a friendly atmosphere, and lots to explore, with its souks and gated walls enclosing the area around the port, the Sultan’s Palace and the harbour.
EXPERIENCES IN MUSCAT:
AL JALALI FORT
Etched into the rocky cliff-face overlooking Muscat’s port, this fort was originally built in the 16th century by the Portuguese to hold prisoners. After being converted into a museum, the fort has since closed, but you can still get up-close by taking the steep but short climb up the snaking path to the top – the views from here are well worth the extra effort.
A trip down to the city’s main waterfront is one of the most popular activities, this quaint bay becomes particularly enjoyable as the sun sets and the sea breezes pick up. Pick one of the dozen or so restaurants fronting the bay, or enjoy a cup of traditional Omani tea as you admire the views out into the the Gulf of Oman or across to the Western Al Hajar mountains that loom spectacularly over the city.
Muscat is fast making a name for itself as a top global diving destination, with the waters off the northeastern coast in the Gulf of Oman providing some particularly excellent diving conditions. Beginners can find a range of PADI centers dotted throughout the streets near the port, while those already qualified can rent equipment and hop on one of the daily excursions out.
MUTRAH SOUQ (MARKET)
The major district of Mutrah was once a small fishing village; this trade has now all but vanished, paving way for the capital’s biggest and busiest market – or ‘souq’ – to dominate the region. The maze of narrow alleyways under the timber-roofed building conjure up an exciting mix of exotic sights and smells, all to the sound of the bustling crowds and hawkers squabbling over prices.
SULTAN QABOOS GRAND MOSQUE
As both the capital and largest city of an Islamic country, Oman is in no short supply of mosques. The largest and most spectacular just happens to be the only one in the city that is fully open to non-Muslim visitors, allowing those of an alternative faith to appreciate the stunning architecture and design both inside and out. The whitewashed complexed topped off with a glowing golden dome is an icon of the country, and a must-see for all visitors to Oman.
ROYAL OPERA HOUSE
Royal Opera House Muscat is the leading arts and culture organization in the Sultanate of Oman. The vision of the Opera House is to serve as a centre of excellence in global cultural engagement. See world-class performers grace the stage at this architecturally impressive venue.
BAIT AL ZUBAIR
Bait al Zubair Museum displays the Zubair family’s collection of Omani artefacts that spans a number of centuries, and is considered to be the finest that is privately owned. Its ethnographic artefacts reflect highly specialised inherited skills that define Oman’s society, both past and present. It is one of the country’s architectural icons. The complex consists of five separate buildings (Bait Al Bagh, Bait Al Dalaleel, Bait Al Oud, Bait Al Nahdhah and Gallery Sarah) as well as a garden with a number of traditional features, café and gift shop.
WATER SPORTS CENTER – BANDAR KHAYRAN
Where majestic mountains meet the sea, roughly 50km from Muscat. The bay is a must visit for those who would like to experience Oman’s natural beauty. Paddling through the Fjords is a fun way of exploring the hidden beaches and coves.
Kayak, hike, snorkel or swim at one of the region’s most scenic spots. Kayak after dark from October to March to experience the bioluminescent plankton. A truly magical sight,
HOTELS IN MUSCAT:
Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah:
Nestled in between the dramatic backdrop of rugged mountains and the pristine waters of the Sea of Oman, Shangri-La’s Barr Al Jissah Resort and Spa is set on 124 acres of stunning scenery and home to three spectacular hotels: Al Waha, “The Oasis”, is the perfect family destination, Al Bandar, “The Town”, is at the heart of the resort and is ideal for leisure and business travellers, and Al Husn, “The Castle”, is the most exclusive retreat providing the highest level of luxurious and elegant hospitality for the most discerning traveller.
A wide array of amenities makes for an unforgettable stay, from thrilling watersports to a lazy river and kids club, a secluded spa and diverse dining options. With 11 restaurants and six bars, guests can find light snacks, elegant cocktails, and gourmet dishes to suit their preferences.
The resort is only 15 minutes to Muttrah Souk, the old city of Muscat, the Ruwi business district, and within easy access to many local shopping and cultural attractions. Muscat International Airport is just 45 minutes away.
All three hotels have spacious guestrooms and suites featuring stunning views of the Sea of Oman and its dramatic coastline, and are designed to reflect the enchanting Arabian spirit of traditional Oman. The family orientated Al Waha comprises 262 rooms, the diverse Al Bandar comprises 198 deluxe rooms and the luxurious and most exclusive Al Husn has 180 elegantly appointed guestrooms and suites.
Occupying a prime beachfront location, this exclusive 21-acre beach resort is located 20 minutes north of old Muscat, the capital of the Sultanate of Oman, at Al Ghubra. The Chedi Muscat is ideally located for business and leisure travelers alike as the main tourist attractions, the financial center, three golf courses, and Muscat International Airport are only a 15-minute drive away.
The Chedi Muscat offers 158 Omani influenced guestrooms and villas. Its 6 distinct restaurants and lounges, a 13-suite Balinese spa, 3 swimming pools, including the 103-metre Long Pool, 700-square-metre health club plus 2 executive meeting rooms enhance Muscat’s considerable cultural attractions. Amid its Omani architecture with Asian influences, The Chedi Muscat is among the hotels in Oman that captures the essence of luxury 5-star Arabic hospitality for those who love extravagance and culture.
AL BUSTAN PALACE, A RITZ-CARLTON HOTEL
Favourably positioned between the Sea of Oman and the Al Hajar Mountains, this Muscat hotel offers an alluring blend of old and new, local and global, carefully designed and naturally untamed.
Al Bustan Palace has a reputation as one of the most established hotels in the Middle East. The Palace was built to accommodate visiting heads of state and the high levels of service and comfort given to those rulers are also afforded to all its guests.
The famous lobby of the hotel is 38 metres high, and glimmers with gold, polished marble and a huge chandelier. The bedrooms are furnished in an Arabic style, with a hint of art deco, using opulent colour schemes. The room style and grand public areas give the hotel a fairly formal feel for the interior, whereas the gardens and beach offer a relaxing place to enjoy the sunshine and perhaps a cocktail or two or light meal from the recently refurbished BLU bar.
Other dining choices include the Al Khiran Terrace Restaurant, which offers a buffet featuring a different theme each evening, China Mood, serving Asian dishes, and the Beach Pavilion, which has a varied menu of fresh seafood and grill options. High Tea is served in the Atrium Lounge each afternoon.
The hotel has a stunning one kilometre stretch of private unspoilt beach, boasting one of the best vistas in the area. There are a number of outdoor pools, including a 50 metre infinity pool and children’s pool, as well as tennis courts and a gym.
Al Bustan has recently opened a wonderful Six Senses Spa, which is set to the side of the resort to ensure absolute peace and tranquillity. There are 17 treatment rooms with a natural and relaxing design, a selection of saunas and steam rooms, a juice station, a fitness area and yoga pavilion.
The W Muscat is the place to be and to be seen in Oman, boasting both beachfront access and unrivalled views of the Al Hajar Mountains.
Situated in the upbeat Shatti Al Qurum beachfront, this trendy hotel is designed with Omani heritage and a luxurious contemporary twist. All rooms are offering breathtaking views of azure waters of the Gulf of Oman.
W Muscat boasts 279 stylish rooms and suites, where Omani heritage and contemporary design provide the perfect backdrop to an eclectic escape. The hotel offers a wave of daily happenings, catering to all passions and tastes. Choose from 7 tantalizing F&B outlets, including rooftop paradise Siddharta Lounge by Buddha-Bar, the stylish CHAR grill, and the health-driven all-day dining restaurant, Harvest. Slide by the poolside, detox the day away at AWAY spa, or keep up the pace with a choice of fitness activities.
Kempinski Hotel Muscat:
Located in the modern community of Al Mouj, Muscat, and encompassing over 6 kilometers of stunning coastline, upscale award-winning Kempinski Hotel Muscat is an unparalleled luxury beach resort.
The hotel features 310 comfortable rooms and suites, state-of-the-art meetings and events facilities, a business centre and an executive lounge. 11 world-class restaurants and bars, consisting of 2 internationally award winning outlets, provide a remarkable dining experience.
2 swimming pools and a kids pool, a kids club and a tennis court, along with various outdoor and water sport activities will ensure to spend an exciting and adventurous time. The hotel leisure facilities also feature a luxurious spa and a fully equipped health club.
Boat and Yacht Charters in Muscat:
Amran Marine LLC was first established in 1992 with the aim of providing bespoke charter experiences and marine related services.
Their charter fleet includes a variety of boats to cater to guests diverse needs. They operate from Al Mouj Marina, a stunning waterfront community at the heart of Muscat.
They own all their fleet which ranges from fishing boats to large private luxury yachts available from day rental to longer overnight trips.
They offer a professional crew at sea, all their captains and crew are all trained to the highest standards. They have years of experience in catering to guests from all over the world. The crew have deep knowledge and expertise on fishing, water sports and the seas around Oman.
This large custom-built yacht extends to 128 feet of full luxury. The boat is built considering every last detail in design and functionality. Built to cater for intimate trips The Amara is perfect for couples, families or small groups.
It comprises of 5 cabins including one master, one double and three with twin beds. The master bedroom is a five star luxury dwelling with a large en-suite bathroom and lounge area with windows opening up to three directions. The remaining four bedrooms include one double bedroom with its own en-suite and three twin rooms with additional bathrooms.
The Yacht is fully equipped with a modern kitchen with all amenities at your disposal. The luxurious indoor dining area provides a romantic and intimate setting surrounded by panoramic windows and a large lounge area. In the evening you can entertain yourself at the purpose-built bar and another lounge area on the top deck with an outdoor BBQ facility.
The Amara was designed and built in Dubai 2009 and completely refitted and painted in 2012 by Gumwood LLC. It is fully air conditioned and fitted with the latest technology.
Ibra traditional dhow:
Ibra is your perfect choice for a day trip for a large group or even an overnight trip for a smaller group. Chartered for minimum of half a day at a time the Ibra can carry up to 35 people at a time for day visits. Overnight capacity is limited to 6 people to fit in 3 intimate cabins.
The Ibra is 80 feet long boat with 3 twin bedded cabins. The cabins are designed to be comfortable with lovely wooden features and comfortable beds. The bathroom is located right next to the cabins.
There are also two large seating and entertaining areas on its deck. These include large sofas and comfortable pillows to seat your family group for drinks and snacks. For an intimate group dining experience, you can find a luxurious indoor dining table with panoramic windows. It has a small kitchen with a breakfast bar.
Ibra is a fantastic yacht for water sports enthusiast as it includes kayaks, snorkelling equipment and a professional crew to assist you. They take you to see the dolphins and the best places to snorkel. The crew will assist you in all your water activities and you are welcome to also bring your own snorkel or diving equipment on board.
MOUNTAINS – JEBEL AKHDAR MOUNTAINS & JEBEL SHAMS
A large part of Oman is characterized by spectacular mountain scenery. The Hajar Mountains stretch over 450 kilometers from the Musandam Peninsula in the north to the easternmost headland of the country. This mystical mountain landscape is also home to Jebel Shams, Oman’s highest mountain at 3,009 meters. From the summit you can enjoy fantastic views over Wadi Nakhar, the “Grand Canyon of Oman”, with rock faces up to 2,000 meters high. A further highlight is Jebel Akhdar, the green mountain, with its terraced fields and a wide plateau near the summit.
The mountainous region of Jebel Akhdar combines the lush wadis of Wadi Bani Khalid and Wadi Shab and towns such as Nizwa and Jabrin, all key to giving understanding to Oman’s varied and fascinating history, landscape and people.
EXPERIENCES IN JEBEL AKHDAR AND JEBEL SHAMS:
Some of the most remote settlements in Oman are scattered throughout the Al Hajar mountains. Examples include the 400-year-old ‘Al Hamra’ which has now developed into the size of a small town, as well as the ancient ‘Misfat al Abryeen’, a tiny village that retains an untouched feel with its series of stone huts clinging on to the mountain’s edge.
TREKKING AND HIKING
As you scale the mountain range, you’ll notice that temperatures noticeably drop, particularly in the winter months. Thanks to the more Mediterranean-like temperatures, one of the most popular activities here is trekking and hiking; there are 11 marked routes in total that vary in difficulty and duration, ranging from 90 minutes to a marathon 18-hour trek.
Dubbed as Oman’s very own Grand Canyon, Wadi Nakhr (also sometimes referred to as Wadi Ghul) is one of the most spectacular points in the Al Hajar Mountains, presenting stunning views across the rugged landscape and down into the plummeting valley gorge below. The only way to reach the top is by 4×4, unless you don’t fancy the grueling climb to the top by foot.
Jebel Akhdar offers some of the clearest nighttime views of the stars, moon, and planets, making it a paradise for celestial enthusiasts and avid stargazers. Learn about the galaxies, nebula, clusters and supernova remnants and see the treasures of the night sky. You will also be shown how to set up a telescope correctly before peaking through the lens and then photographing some of the magnificent sights.
Head out into the mountains for a sumptuous, scenic retreat. Relax on traditional Arabic seating laid out on a plateau that is surrounded by Juniper trees and indigenous plants. Listen to the chirping bird chorus. Admire breathtaking cliff-side serenity. Savour the moment with a delicious picnic hamper.
Nizwa is an old oasis city in the north of Oman, about 200 kilometers from the capital Muscat. Though the city has been extensively modernized in the meantime, its long history can still be experienced in some places, such as the impressive fortress of Nizwa or the souks, the traditional markets of the city. Here you can also buy the finely crafted silver jewelry that the city is famous for.
- Time your visit to Nizwa with the Friday cattle auction.
- Take a private walking guide through the gorges of the Jebal Akhdar.
- Walk to the top of Nizwa fort, and experience far-reaching views across the region.
- Hire a bike and make an exhilarating ascent down one of the marked mountain paths.
SWIM AT WADI BANI KHALID:
Have a picnic lunch at Wadi Bani Khalid and take a dip in the fresh-water lagoon.
SNAKE CANYON – OMAN
Snake Canyon, part of the greater Wadi Bani Awf region, is Oman’s largest natural water park. Journey through the crack between two mountains, where rushing water has cut right through, leaving behind smooth, colorful rocks with plenty of water pools. Snake Canyon isn’t-difficult but does require a strong heart as jumping in to the water pools is a must. The canyon can be as wide as 30 feet and as narrow as 2 feet, in some parts.
JEBEL SHAMS SUMMIT – CAMPING
Jebal Shams “Mountain of Sun” is the highest mountain in the region, located in North of Al Hamra town. Hike to the summit and enjoy 2 nights camping under the stars in the stunning Al Hajar mountain range. Summiting a mountain such as Jebal Shams is challenging but very rewarding.
AL HOOTA CAVES:
It is the only cave system in Oman that has been developed for tourism and opened for all visitors. These massive caves were created by water erosion and are now hold massive stalactites and stalagmites as well and being home to a lake where the fish have adapted to living deep underground by losing their pigment and external eyes. The main cave is equipped with pathways and special lighting systems for guided tours that explain its history and significance.
HOTELS IN JEBEL AKHDAR:
Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort
Resting on the breathtaking Green Mountain, the resort combines luxury and style with a backdrop of outstanding panoramic views of these fabled mountains.
More than 6500 feet above sea level, it is the Middle East’s highest 5-star resort and, perched on the rim of a vast plunging canyon, the views from every vantage point are stunning.
Surrounded by gorgeous mountain scenery, and with all the benefits of a temperate climate, the resort is perfectly situated just 2 hours’ drive from Muscat, and near to all the wonders of Nizwa.
Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort offers a sanctuary of 115 guest rooms and villas which open out to gardens or onto views of this impressive canyon. Here you’ll find Diana’s point, the famous viewpoint where the late Princess Diana of Wales visited in 1986.
The resort itself features 3 restaurants, a lounge and a deli café, giving guests a variety of dining options to choose from. With the Asfour Kids Club and Jabal Teens Club, all ages are catered for and parents can rest assured that everyone will have an enjoyable stay.
The recreation, fitness centre and tennis court are great for those wanting to keep active whilst Anantara’s signature spa will provide complete relaxation – there’s even a hammam where you can practice hot yoga. There are plenty of activities available too.
A stay at Anantara Al Jabal Al Ahkdar Resort can be tailored to suit your interests and needs, whether that be exploring the cultural highlights of the area, trying some active pursuits both within and outside the resort, or simply relaxing and enjoying the renowned Anantara service.
ALILA JABAL AKHDAR RESORT:
Inspired by ancient forts, traditional Omani construction techniques using local stones are combined with contemporary architecture to create a uniquely relaxing environment, from the pool to the spacious suites that look out to mesmerising views of the cliff and mountains.
Very few hotel locations are more dramatic than that of the Alila Jabal Akhdar. The hotel stands on a cliff top above a gorge with breathtaking views out over the Al Hajar Mountains.
The Alila Jabal Akhdar features 78 Suites, 6 Loft Suites and 2 Jabal Villas. Rooms are provided with modern commodities, including satellite TV and WiFi.
The resort’s all-day dining restaurant, the Juniper Restaurant, serves a variety of local and international dishes, which you can enjoy whilst looking out over the fantastic views. The Rose Lounge offers refreshing beverages, signature cocktails and light bites throughout the day.
The Spa Alila features local and Asian inspired spa therapies, with treatments derived from regional healing and beauty traditions.
Your experience at Alila Jabal Akhdar can be tailored to what you would like to get out of your trip, whether it’s to learn more about the local history and culture, enjoy the great outdoors with some more active pursuits, or even try your hand at the local cuisine.
HOTELS IN / AROUND JEBEL SHAMS:
The View, AL HAMRA:
The View is an eco-retreat, complete with 30 rooms, most in individual cabins, located in the hills above the town of Al Hamra, a few hours drive from Muscat and 45 minutes from the ancient city of Nizwa.
It’s ideally placed for exploring the surrounding areas like the Jabal Shams Mountains, Al Hoota Caves, Nizwa Fort, and the ancient town of Al Hamra. The resort is also the perfect starting point for those wishing to go for adventurous trekking, biking or hiking expeditions.
The View provides stylish accommodation apart from enjoying a relaxed time by the campfire or taking a dip in the infinity pool. The View Restaurant is situated close to the canyon with a spectacular view from its terrace.
There are two room categories; Superior and Premier Rooms, most of which are in individual cabins spaced throughout the resort. Premier Rooms are at the front of the resort and so enjoy uninterrupted views out over the valley.The rooms are comfortably furnished with a wardrobe, desk, TV and an en-suite bathroom, fitted with a bath tub, shower and WC. There are also private decks with a table and chairs – perfect for watching the spectacular sunset over the mountains.
The hotel has a beautiful infinity pool with views out over the mountains and down into the valley. Activities in the local area include trekking, donkey safaris, mountain biking and visits to cultural sites.
Local attractions include Misfat Al Abreen, the old villages of Al Hamra, the famous Fort of Bahla and Jabreen Castle, the beautiful Wadi of Tanuf and Wadi Ghul, Jebel Shams and Jebel Akhdar.
Sama Heights Resort, Jebel Shams:
SAMA HEIGHTS RESORT, the only true eco resort in Oman – lies at the foot of Jebel Shams Peak, overlooking the raw and natural beauty of Jebel Misht, Wadi Ghul and the famous Wadi Nakhr, also known as the Grand Canyon of Arabia. Situated close to Jebel Al Akhdar, Sama Heights Resort, Jebel Shams lies at an altitude of 2100m, meaning we have cooler temperatures all year round.
They offer 52 guestrooms divided as Mountain View private villas and Bungalows are made using locally-sourced Omani stone and recycled materials and they now offer luxury Bedouin style tents.
The onsite restaurant provides a sophisticated yet rustic atmosphere with pristine views of Jebal Shams, and at night there’s traditional dance, dinner and other activities to keep you entertained as you relax under the stars.
WAHIBA SANDS & THE EMPTY QUARTER:
If you want to experience a real desert, Oman is the place to visit. Deserts and semi-deserts cover most of the country. The beautiful sand desert of the Wahiba Sands is the home of the Bedouins and is one of the most popular travel destinations in Oman. Unique desert camps make an overnight stay under the endless starry sky a magical experience. The Rub al-Chali translated as “the empty quarter”, is the largest sand desert in the world and impresses with sand dunes up to 200 meters high. It is located in the south of the Arabian Peninsula.
EXPERIENCES IN WAHIBA SANDS:
Most of the Bedouins found here are based around the settlement of Al Hulwah, an oasis not too far away from the desert border. The tribes train camels year-round to be raced at selected events held across the desert between mid-October and April.
Permanent accommodation options in this vast desert region of Oman are few and far between; the preferred way of spending the night is to pitch up a tent under the stars. Although it’s hot all year round here during the day, temperatures can get chilly at night, meaning you’ll need that insulated sleeping bag for a comfortable night’s sleep.
Although there is a road intersecting the dunes, the best way to cover the desert is by taking to the sand in a 4×4 all-terrain vehicle. It’s both a fun and – at times – exhilarating experience as the car negotiates the steep ups and downs of the dunes. Head out in your own rented vehicle or take one of the tours that depart from several camps dotted around the region.
A fun way of tackling the dunes here is to take to the sand on boards, surfing the hilly terrain as if it were waves. Day trippers often bring their own modified snowboards or use makeshift sliders to shoot down the dunes.
VISIT A BEDOUIN FAMILY
Spend time with a local, Bedouin family to learn about their culture and way of life.
hotels in wahiba sands:
DESERT NIGHTS CAMP:
Desert Nights Camp, one of the best permanent luxury desert camp in Oman, is an ideal base for your Arabian Desert adventure, with spectacular craggy mountains in the distance, endless dunes and crystalline wadis.
It is only a 2 hour drive away from Muscat. The camp is sprawled across 10-acres of silken sands, secluded 11 km within the vast isolation of the Omani desert. It offers 55 fully air-conditioned luxurious Bedouin style tents which includes 06 one bed room Pool Villas.
Experiences at DNC includes a camel ride at sunset, dune bashing, dune bike riding, quad bike adventures, and trekking on Dunes in the golden red sands of the Wahiba.
The camp has a dining and recreation area where nights can be spent relaxing after a sumptuous barbecued feast with a glass of mint tea. The restaurant serves International, Indian, Chinese, Arabic and Continental cuisine and there is a bar with an exotic range of cocktails and satellite TV.
This is definitely the best choice for families with younger children, and for couples looking for an adventure without having to compromise on comfort.
CANVAS CLUB (glamping):
Canvas Club offers a private tented camp in the heart of the Wahiba Sands, where local Bedouin staff take great pride in showcasing their unique region to each visitor they care for. You have to travel into the desert by 4×4 and continue by camel back to reach your private camp.
Canvas Club Camp is a private experience, exclusively set up for a group of family or friends. A dedicated team will take care of your needs, organising candlelit dinners, and taking you on tours of local wadis.
Your private chef will prepare authentic Omani dinners over an open fire while you enjoy a drink under the brightest of starry skies. Solar lighting and candles mean there is no need for noisy generators so you can enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the desert without disturbance. The tents are stylish and comfortable, all having access to large bathroom tents.
Days are typically spent enjoying the tranquillity of the desert, venturing off to meet a local Bedouin family or visiting a wadi such as Wadi Bani Khalid. Other activities include Camel riding, Desert telescope, Sandboarding down the dunes in the early morning, Wake early to climb the dunes for sunrise.
Magic Camps (glamping):
With Magic Camps, you have option of either a private camp set up just for you and your family or you can stay at their shared (permanent) camp with other guests. Their permanent Magic Camp can accommodate up to 10 canvas tents offering double, twin or triple beds, as well as private bathrooms and toilets.
The spacious canvas bedroom tents come with earthy interiors including cotton sheets, natural wooden furniture and artisan design pieces. Nearby is your private bathroom tent, which is comprised of a portable toilet, an earthenware basin, a shower, fluffy towels and eco-friendly amenities.
The beds are comfortable and fitted with real mattresses, cotton bedding and cozy pillows and blankets. Other tent amenities include warm electric lighting, electric sockets with USB charging, complimentary water and hangers for clothes. There is also a private seating area outside each tent.
Elsewhere in the camp’s desert oasis you’ll find the cozy majlis seating area, dining tent, campfire and sunset lounge – the best place to watch the sky turn the same colors as the sand. Meals are prepared by an experienced chef, with dishes of both local and Lebanese origin, such as spiced lamb and marinated fish sourced from the Gulf of Oman.
The camp is situated right in the heart of Sharqiya Sands, a 40-minute drive from the nearest road. This seclusion immerses visitors in desert life and guests can enjoy a peaceful retreat in the “middle of nowhere.”
Available activities include camel trekking, sandboarding, dune riding in a 4×4, hiking with Bedouin guides, visiting nearby villages, discovering secre t wadis and hidden oases, as well as stargazing using the camp’s powerful telescope.
EXPERIENCES IN EMPTY QUARTER:
Take the route east towards the Empty Quarter from Salalah and you’ll notice the paved tarmac roads slowly gets increasingly sandier, until you’re eventually completely immersed by the desert dunes in every direction. The only way to tackle the fine golden grains is in a 4×4 vehicle, and the hilly terrain makes for some pretty fun driving… although motion sickness tablets might be a good idea as they can reach up to 1,000 foot in height.
The only real way to stay in this isolated desert is in camps; many opt to stay at some of the semi-permanent camp bases across the dunes, and others choose to pitch their own tents. Enjoying an alfresco evening dinner and drinks as the deep red sun sinks below the dunes is an experience to savored, and don’t forget to set your alarm the following morning to catch the spectacular sunrise over the horizon in the east.
Using campsites as a base, some visitors choose to explore on foot, but be warned: temperatures in the daytime can reach onwards of 110 F°. The best way to do some trekking is to keep trips short and sweet, leaving early in the morning or late evening to avoid the scorching temperatures, making the most of the stunning dunes that stretch as far as the eye can see.
UMM AL SAMIM QUICKSANDS
A thing of nightmares for some, this well-known area of quicksand is found towards the eastern edge of the Empty Quarter desert in Oman, close to the Yemeni border. The sinking sands are formed by a low-lying basin which fills the ground with moisture and then drains it back after it becomes saturated.
Hotels in Empty Quarter:
MAGIC CAMPS: PRIVATE
If you want to experience glamping in Empty Quarter, you can have a private camp set up just for you and your party. The Magic Camp can accommodate upto 4 tents offering double, twin or triple beds, as well as private bathrooms and toilets.
PRIVATE CAMPS BY HUD HUD TRAVELS:
In the Wahiba Sands, Hud Hud camp is set up on a tailor-made basis just for you and your family, using authentic handmade Bedouin tents, carefully selected for the environment and sited to ensure privacy and fantastic views.
Hud Hud private camps evoke a traditional, luxurious Arabian ‘encampment’ and is designed in Hud Hud’s inimitable style, in keeping with the ambience of the environment and the region.
Their luxury bedroom tents vary in style, according to the location and season, in order to ensure that your stay is as comfortable as possible. They are always equipped with proper mattresses, crisp cotton linen, feather pillows and traditional furnishings, with plenty of space for two (either as a twin or double set-up) and room for one child on a camp bed.
Each tent has a private bathroom tent that’s open to the skies and furnished with a basin, shower, soft towels and a selection of soaps and lotions.
Whilst at camp, you will also have a large majlis to relax in, decorated in a traditional style with cushions and rugs, books, boules and board games. Their commitment to preserving both energy and atmosphere means that they only use solar-powered lights, along with candles, oil lamps and camp fires.
Dinner is a magical experience, served under the stars beside a crackling fire along with appropriate glasses, china crockery, candles and linen tablecloths.
This prominent city enjoys a splendid coastal location looking out into the Gulf of Oman, and is situated just under 100 miles southwest of the country’s capital of Muscat. Being next to the sea, Sur has enjoyed a long history of being an important stop for sailors, and its thriving shipbuilding industry still remains intact today.
Most visitors covering Oman normally reserve one or two days for Sur. Despite its compact size, it still packs plenty of activities to keep you busy. Take a stroll around the more-or-less undeveloped town center to see the traditional whitewashed stone houses and sleepy local life, or head to the shorefront when the tide is out to see locals kicking a ball about or enjoying a picnic on the sand. Look out for the turtles here too, which often make an appearance at night to lay their eggs before slinking back off into the ocean.
EXPERIENCES IN SUR:
RAS AL HAD CASTLE
This ancient building is one of the more prominent buildings in town, located next to Sur’s main beach and adjacent lagoon. The drive or short walk up to the top of the hill upon which the castle is perched offers some excellent views over the town, and the old building complex can be explored both inside and out.
RAS AL JINZ SCIENTIFIC & VISITOR CENTER
This center is found next to the city’s famed Turtle Beach, and aims to promote social responsibility and good environmental practices, with a particular focus on the region’s endangered turtle population. Inside, there’s a range of exhibits and information resources with English-speaking guides, and the organization also provides accommodation on the beach for those interested in seeing the turtles up-close and personal.
One of two major fort sites in Sur, Sunaysilah is home to a renovated museum displaying a series of interesting historical items such as rifles, pottery, home ware, jewelry, and artifacts. The fort comprises four towers and there is also a former prison, mosque, and school that can be explored.
Sur’s main beach is named after the turtles that often make an appearance on the beach to lay eggs, bury them under the sand, and then march off back into the waters in the Gulf of Oman. The best time to spot the creatures is at night, and limited tented accommodation is provided by one organization.
Translating to ‘valley’ in Arabic, Wadi Shab is one of the most beautiful attractions in the whole country. Although you’ll need a whole day to get here and back from the city of Sur, the overland journey is well worth it. The site at Shab is made up of some stunning azure pools, steep valley walls and interesting rocky enclaves and caves that can be explored in a dingy.
HOTELS IN SUR:
SAMA RAS AL JINZ
The Ras Al Haad nature reserve is one of Oman’s hidden gems, located on the eastern shores of the secluded Arabian peninsula. The reserve is set in a scenic setting, where travelers can discover a surreal landscape of rugged mountains and golden deserts, hugged by an expansive 27-mile glistening shoreline.
Established in 1996, the Ras Al Haad reserve prides itself as one of the largest nesting areas for green turtles in the Indian Ocean, as well as housing a number of exceptional, 6,000-year-old archaeological sites. Sama Ras Al Jinz offers a chance to stay close to Ras Al Haad reserve. The boutique resort has a total of 20 rooms with choice of either standard or deluxe categories. Fully-equipped with air conditioning in each room, the property offers a clean and comfortable stay.
ras al jinz turtle reserve:
Ras Al Jinz Turtle Reserve is truly a unique destination. Earlier established to help monitor the fascinating and amazing nesting processes of these aunts of the marine turtle world, it now hosts numerous visitors from different countries realizing their wishes to witness a once in a lifetime experience.
Total accommodation is 31 units including Carapace rooms and the luxury Eco-tents. Ras Al Jinz Turtle Reserve rates are all-inclusive of buffet breakfast, turtle viewing (evening and dawn) entry to the Turtle Reserve Visitor Centre (Museum) and tax and service charge. Please note that rates may vary depending upon the season and the days of the week.
The Ras Al Jinz beach is world renown for the nesting endangered green turtle (Chelonia mydas), and probably the most important nesting concentration on the Indian Ocean. This is the only official place where the public can watch the unique nesting process of these amazing sea giants, and for that reason, it has an immense impact on tourism in Oman.
The Ras Al Jinz Centre conducts guided excursions every night to view the turtles and witness the nesting process. All the Centre guides are knowledgeable, having a commitment to the preservation of the turtles. Ras Al Jinz Turtle Reserve is managed by Oman Tourism Development Company (Omran).
Very few visitors to Oman have so far made it to Masirah. It is the latest area of the country to open up to tourism. There is still more turtles than tourists, offering plenty of unspoiled coastlines.
Found off the south-east coast of Oman, Masirah Island is reached by a one and a half-hour ferry journey from Shannah Port on the coast, south of Wahiba Sands. With the Omani Government considering flights from Muscat and developing the infrastructure on the island, Masirah Island is worth visiting now before everyone catches on!
Masirah feels like a true ‘desert island’. Empty, golden beaches with turquoise water meet barren hills and eerie landscapes. Goats and camels forage in parched scrub and low acacia bushes. The island’s tiny town has a few shops and a handful of cafes and restaurants.
experiences in masirah island:
Watersports are a key attraction, particularly kite surfing as there is always wind here, the lagoon is very shallow and the water is warm. Wildlife is the other draw with four species of turtle nesting and the island is number one in the world for loggerheads. Uniquely, there’s a school of non-migrating humpback whales. The island is also frequented by 300 species of bird, many of them rare.
hotels in masirah island:
masirah island resort:
The Masira Island Resort represents a combination of luxury and magnificent landscape, woven together creating a harmonious environment and memorable scenes. Known for its wildlife and miles of isolated sandy beaches, it hosts all four of Oman`s nesting species of Turtles and is world famous as the home of the largest population of Loggerhead Turtles.
Masira Island Resort is a boutique resort that offers you 22 well-appointed rooms, suites and chalets offering breathtaking views of the Arabian Sea, private balconies and easy access to the pool and beach.
The resort also boasts a variety of excellent restaurants‚ conference room‚ swimming pool‚ fitness centre and a children’s playground.
Masira Island Resort is an ideal destination for adventure seekers as its exquisite location allows for a variety of activities both on land and in the sea water including kire surfing, deep sea fishing, bird watching and turtle watching.
Salalah is located in the southern Dhofar region of Oman, known for its frankincense, dramatic mountains and ‘khareef’; a monsoon which occurs during the summer months, turning the countryside lush and green. The town of Salalah is home to souks and garden farms, selling bananas, papaya and coconut. Salalah is also the gateway to the mystical Empty Quarter, the largest sand desert in the world.
With paradise like sandy beaches, turquoise waters, fantastic diving spots, and impressive landscapes, no wonder that Salalah is also called the “Caribbean of the Orient”. Salalah lies directly on the Indian Ocean.
EXPERIENCES IN SALALAH:
AL BALEED ARCHEOLOGICAL PARK
This UNESCO World Heritage Site is comprised of a complex of extensive ruins dating back to the 12th-century trading port of Zafar, and was once visited by Marco Polo in 1285. There’s also an adjacent museum next to the ruins that houses a range of exhibits and informational resources for visitors to learn more about the ruins.
Known locally as Corniche in Al Haffa, this is the place to come to find Salalah’s most cosmopolitan scene, with beachside restaurants and bars offering a relaxed place to enjoy some local delicacies or cup of sweet tea. Salalah’s shoreline is fringed with palm trees, and the sand – when the tide is out – is a great place to relax or have a picnic.
By far the most popular time to visit this southern part of Oman is during the Khareef Festival, held across the three months of the ‘Khareef’ and sees a calendar of cultural events, sporting competitions, concerts and shopping promotions in and around Salalah.
SULTAN QABOOS’ PALACE
Qaboos’ grand palace just outside Salalah was originally built by Sultan Turki in the 19th century, and has since been home to a number of Omani sultans over the years. Looking over the coast, the impressive complex of buildings is surrounded by a large stone wall with entry through a set of imposing teak doors.
TOMB OF JOB
Make the memorable drive up the hill overlooking the town, past some of the best of what Salalah has to offer in terms of scenery, to reach this alleged burial site of Job, the Biblical Prophet. The allure of the tomb is more in its historical significance, rather than as spectacle in itself, although the views from the top are very impressive.
JOURNEY TO WADI DARBAT
Discover Oman’s breathtaking natural beauty at Wadi Darbat, the ancient capital of Dhofar and the most beautiful wadi among wadis. Based on your preference and physical ability, choose a hiking trail to learn more about the Dhofari nature. To cool off from the trek, enjoy a swim in one of the waterfalls before indulging in a delicious picnic.
EXPLORE TAWI ATEER:
Discover one of the largest sinkholes in the world and enjoy panoramic views from Jabal Samhan. Enjoy the splendor of the great outdoors.and escape via a luxurious start, driving through winding roads, impressive greenery and rugged hills to Tawi Ateer Cave. Discovered in 1997 and known to be one of the largest solvent sinkholes in the world, Tawi Ateer sinkhole was formed by water flowing down the valleys. Learn more about the history of the local area and its unique culture and animals while enjoying some refreshments and panoramic views from Jabal Samhan.
DIVING & SNORKELLING
HOTELS IN SALALAH:
Anantara Al Baleed Resort Salalah
Nestled between a private beach and freshwater lagoon, Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara celebrates cultural treasures, while being the first and only luxury pool villa resort among Salalah hotels.
The Middle Eastern design of this luxury resort reflects the region’s rich cultural heritage, being just a short walk away from the UNESCO protected Al Baleed Archaeological Park.
The accommodation available at Anantara includes 40 generously sized luxurious and deluxe rooms with an option of sea, balcony or gardens views. If you want something with a little more privacy and space, the villas are a great option, especially for families but also couples wanting space. There are 96 villas in total varying in size, of which 88 have private plunge pools.
What makes this resort so unique is the experiences and activities available to guests. Like other Anantara resorts, choose from diving and tennis to cookery and mixology cocktail classes – you really can be as active as you please. For younger guests, there are separate kids and teens clubs, ensuring your children meet friends of similar ages and take part in activities which will keep them engaged and entertained. For adults, the resort is also home to Salalah’s first hammam, a perfect haven where you can enjoy the array of spa treatments on offer.
ALILA HINU BAY:
A beachfront location on the lapping shores of the Indian Ocean, tucked away on Oman’s southwest coast, Alila Hinu Bay offers a private and tropical oasis in Dhofar.
Comprised of 96 guest rooms and 16 pool villas decorated in clean, contemporary styles, Hinu Bay is about artisanal living, indulgence and sophistication.
Alila Hinu Bay is secluded on Oman’s southwest coast, a stone’s throw from the ocean, along a stretch of idyllic private beach.
All guest accommodations are contemporary in style, but blend local architectural traditions into design with details and motifs. Guest rooms and villas include outdoor terrace spaces, a shower (some outdoor) and a separate bathtub, while villas add private plunge pools.
Alila Hinu Bay features two dining venues, a lounge, as well as destination dining experiences, for guests looking to celebrate a special occasion, this includes options by the beach, by the bay, in-villa, atop a mountain, atop the vinotheque, or in the wine cellar.
MUSANDAM & zighy bay
If Salalah is the “Caribbean of the Orient”, Musandam would be the “Norway of Arabia”, apart from the climate of course. The northern exclave of Musandam is geographically cut off from Oman, but scenically this remote region is definitely worth a visit.
Reaching Musandam used to be an arduous journey but now with much-improved roads, you can make it there in an easy three-hour drive from Dubai. Alternatively if touring Oman it is a six to seven-hour drive from Muscat or if preferred a short flight or overnight boat journey.
Here, the mighty foothills of the Hajar Mountains plunge directly into the blue depths of the Arabian Gulf. This creates an impressive fjord landscape with untouched peaks, hidden bays, and a fascinating underwater world with fantastic diving spots.
Most visitors come here to escape from their busy lives or for some rest and relaxation after a tour of Oman. Musandam is truly a peaceful, secluded spot where the only sound you can hear is the gentle lapping of waves. However, if it’s not total tranquillity you are searching for there is a mind-boggling array of spirit-lifting diversions from cookery classes to canyoning.
The other reason people come to Musandam is to see the population of humpback dolphins. During a stay here it is easy to join a tour on a traditional dhow, to include a picnic lunch, wildlife watching and even kayaking, snorkelling and diving.
The spectacular Zighy Bay, located on the northern Musandam Peninsula of Oman, both combines and defines the best of the Middle East. From sandy beaches framed by crystal blue waters to rugged mountain landscapes and the famed Musandam Fjords, this unique corner of the country is filled with natural beauty in every crevice. Visitors can enjoy days filled with adventure and excitement, exploring beneath the sea, up in the sky, and over the mountains.
experiences in musandam & zighy bay:
For adventure, excitement, and some amazing views, visitors can hop aboard a 4X4 for a fast-paced tour of the surrounding areas, from Zighy Bay to the scenic Sabatyn Plateau, along the mountainside to Wadi Al Bih, and through small, picturesque villages.
See what everyone is talking about: enjoy stunning views of the Musandam Fjords on a cruise through Haffa Bay. One of the best times of day? Sunset, where visitors can gaze at streaks of color framing the already-incredible landscape.
For a slower-paced activity, visitors can enjoy a trek on one of the many hiking trails around the bay, or some of the more challenging paths over the mountain towards Wadi al Khamsi.
Get those legs burning while mountain biking through the Hajar Mountains: visitors can check out the diverse flora and fauna on the rugged mountainside while riding up and down varied trails.
Fly over Zighy Bay on the experience of a lifetime: those who dare can paraglide from the top of Zighy Mountain and across the Bay at nearly 100 feet in the air. Talk about a spectacular view!
SNORKELING AND SCUBA DIVING
Water lovers rejoice: Zighy Bay is home to spectacular coral reefs, rock formations, tropical fish and other underwater life for visitors to take in with their own eyes. Join a dive excursion or simply grab some snorkels and a mask – and don’t forget an underwater camera!
hotels in musandam & zighy bay:
SIX SENSES ZIGHY BAY:
Set within a secluded inlet flanked by a private sand beach and lunar-like limestone
mountains, Six Senses Zighy Bay enhances the arresting coastline of Oman’s
Musandam Peninsula – the Norway of the Middle East.
It is a haven made up of 82 family friendly private pool villas with an award-winning Six Senses Spa. Dining options and culinary choices include fine dining at Sense on the Edge, plus several other venues with international and regionally inspired cuisine. The resort is acclaimed as a relaxing and adventurous getaway, for romantic Arabian nights and wellness retreats together with inspired out-of-the-ordinary experiences.
It has a lush organic garden that is prolific in winter plus a farm at nearby Dibba that produces much of the resort’s agricultural produce together with local livestock.
The resort has a large central swimming pool with a poolside service offering snacks, drinks and ice cream. The Spa, operated by Six Senses, offers nine treatment rooms and has a full range of treatments. There are non-motorised water sports on offer, a library with a wide selection of movies, DVDs, books and magazines and a fully equipped gym.
The ‘Sense on the Edge’ restaurant is an award-winning mountain top dining venue, located 293 metres above sea level, overlooking Zighy Bay, with an adjacent lounge ‘Drinks on the Edge’. The other bar ‘Chill’ offers a chance to kick back with a sundowner.
The resort’s experiences team can present a host of options ranging from paragliding, microlight flights, excursions to local town and historical fort, picturesque cruises, water skiing, fun tubing, rock climbing, Sabatyn 4×4 to the ‘Grand Canyon’ of Musandam and other tours to enjoy this unique natural landscape.
boat charters in musandam:
This is a Luxury Traditional Omani Dhow Boat with 6 double cabins and 80 pax capacity for day cruise to Khor Sham. A trip on Rubba will take you to an unforgettable experience, cruising with a school of Dolphins in the most amazing spots of Musandam Region . There you can share your spirit with the sea by fishing, kayaking and snorkeling or simply swimming and relaxing.
The boat is available for a private charter for a full day cruise going upto a maximum of 5 nights cruise itinerary. Suggestive duration is 2 Nights cruising to Khor Sham, Kumzar, Khor Shisa, Khor Shabus and Khor Nadjd.
Comfort and Recreation
- Spacious sun deck with cushioned bunches and a lounge
- 3 large dining tables
- Double deck with cushions
- Music system
- LED TV with satellite receiver
- Speed boat with outboard engine
- Snorkeling and fishing equipments
- 2 Kayaks (double)
- 2 toilets & 2 showers in the back side
- 2 Suite cabins with portholes, shower and toilet
- 4 Double cabins with portholes , shower and toilet
- All cabins are equipped with wardrobe , drawer, mirror and smoke detector
- Al cabins are equipped with air condition
HOW TO PLAN OMAN ITINERARY:
ARRIVAL IN MUSCAT
Welcome to the capital of the Sultanate. You land at the airport in Muscat, where your personal driver is waiting for you. After all suitcases are stowed in the car, you are taken to your hotel and your Oman journey in Sindbad’s footsteps can begin.
Overnight stay: Hotel in Muscat
CITY TOUR TO THE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE CAPITAL MUSCAT
Your personal guide awaits you in the hotel lobby, with whom you will explore the city today. The tour begins with a visit to the Great Sultan Qaboos Mosque, in whose sacred halls there is a lot to marvel at. Take a look at the gigantic chandelier that was once the largest in the Arab world. The countless sparkling Swarovski stones of the chandelier reflect the incident light. Then your guide takes you to a traditional souk, where you can stroll around the market stalls and get a glimpse of authentic Omani life. In addition to the old town, you can also pay a visit to the fish market.
In the afternoon you can enjoy the sunshine on board an Omani dhow and take a look at the promenade, the Corniche of Muscat.
Overnight stay: Hotel in Muscat
DEPARTURE FOR THE HAJAR MOUNTAINS
This morning there is a spirit of optimism. It goes in the direction of the Omani mountains, along the perfectly developed panoramic road. About 200 km from Muscat, on the southern edge of the Hajar Mountains, is the oasis city of Nizwa. Especially in the past, the city played an important role in the history of Oman. It was once the state capital and is still an important trading center today. In addition to the traditional souk, the fortress of Nizwa is also worth a visit. The imposing round tower is the largest tower in all of Oman. Overall, there is a lot to see in the region, many small, sleepy oasis villages are hiding on the mountain slopes of the Hajar Mountains.
Overnight stay: Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort
RELAX OR BE ACTIVE IN THE MOUNTAINS
A breathtaking view of the Omani mountain region and a cool pinch invite you to linger. At almost 3000 m altitude you can relax wonderfully and forget everyday life. The winding paths through the mountains are also ideal for hiking or mountain biking. You can organize and enjoy your day in the mountains as you wish.
Overnight stay: Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort
DESERT MAGIC IN THE WAHIBA SANDS
Today we go from the Omani mountains to the desert. On the way there you stop at the most famous oasis of Oman – the Wadi Bani Khaled. Explore the cave systems or take a dip in the cool water before continuing your journey into the Wahiba Sands desert. Once there, you will be greeted with great joy. In the truest sense of the word – a camel caravan is waiting to take you to your private desert camp. In the sunset it goes on the back of the camels swaying through the seemingly endless dune landscape. Then you will already reach your camp for the coming night. Have dinner around the campfire under the twinkling starry sky and listen to the stories of the desert.
Overnight stay: Canvas Club private camp
MUSANDAM – THE NORWAY OF THE ORIENT
After a hearty breakfast in the desert, we head back to Muscat along the coastal road. From there it goes by plane to Khasab in the north of Oman. This is followed by the transfer to the port, where you will board an Omani wooden sailing ship. With the so-called Dhow you take a spectacular tour along Musandam’s longest and most spectacular fjord. Still, turquoise water contrasts with the creamy white limestone cliffs.
The ship will anchor near Telegraph Island. Here you have the opportunity to swim and snorkel. But you can also just sit back and relax and unwind while you enjoy a breathtaking view of the mountains, which at this point tower up to 600 m high. In the evening, an Arabic-continental buffet is served on the dhow.
Overnight stay: Rubba Dhow Boat
THE BEAUTY OF MUSANDAM
This day is entirely dedicated to driving through the impressive fjords. There are regular stops in bays, where you can go snorkeling, swimming or kayaking as you wish.
Overnight stay: Rubba Dhow Boat
DAY 8 – 12
BATHING STAY AT SIX SENSES ZIGHY BAY
At lunchtime you will leave the dhow and be taken back to Khasab. From here you will drive to your hotel for the final nights of your Oman trip.
At first glance, the Six Senses Zighy Bay could be mistaken for a real Omani village. The resort, located in Musandam, was built from regional materials based on the original villages of the Sultanate. The special environment underlines the authenticity, because the resort is located in the Omani exclave Musandam, north of the rest of the country, which is characterized by its impressive landscape consisting of fjords, rugged mountains and beautiful beaches. Enjoy the next few days in this heavenly place before you start your journey home.
Overnight stay: Six Senses Zighy Bay
OMAN’S NORTH AND SOUTH – FROM MUSCAT TO SALALAH
ARRIVAL IN MUSCAT
After your arrival at the airport in Muscat, you will be met by our colleagues in the Primeclass Lounge. They take care of your immigration formalities while you can relax from your flight. Then your private driver will take you to your hotel for the coming nights – The Chedi Muscat. With the Hadjar Mountains behind you and a view of the azure Gulf of Oman, the wonderful boutique hotel The Chedi Muscat welcomes you. Here the arabesque influence merges with modern elegance and is probably one of the most beautiful places to stay in the capital. The hotel’s infinity pool is the longest in all of Arabia – so don’t miss your chance for a refreshment in the cool water.
Overnight stay: The Chedi Muscat
Today you will explore the capital Muscat together with your private Omani guide. In addition to the Great Mosque, the Opera House and the fish market, you will also visit a traditional souk and the old town with the new National Museum, where you can marvel at art and cultural treasures from bygone times. This will give you an insight into the Omani culture and way of life.
The day slowly comes to an end with a dhow ride in the afternoon. At sunset and with a drink, you can still enjoy the beautiful view of Muscat’s waterfront.
Overnight stay: The Chedi Muscat
OFF-ROAD ADVENTURE THROUGH THE HADJAR MOUNTAINS
Your tour begins after breakfast. First, you will stop in the coastal town of Barka, best known for its fish market and bullfighting. Shortly afterwards you will reach Nakhl (in English “Palms”) – a picturesque town where you can visit the 350 year old castle before crossing the mountains.
Enjoy the drive on the off-road route through Wadi Bani Awf, past date palms, rocky gorges and breathtaking viewpoints. In the middle of the rugged mountains lies Bilad Sayt, a small village that has retained its traditional charm and the feeling of rural solitude.
You will then reach your hotel, The View, on the other side of the mountains. As the hotel name suggests, a wonderful view of the surrounding Omani Mountains awaits you here. Enjoy this golden hour view from your own balcony.
Overnight stay: The View
JEBEL AKHDAR – THE GREEN MOUNTAIN
Today you will reach the “green mountain” and the fantastic hotel Alila Jabal Akhdar. At over 2,000 meters above sea level, you can enjoy pure relaxation in an unforgettable setting. From here you can make wonderful day trips into the spectacular surroundings, but the spa area and the pool with a view of the rocky landscape are also worth a visit.
The Jebel Akhdar region is one of the most fertile in the country and appears in lush green, especially during the winter months. Here you can find pomegranates, apricots, almonds, walnuts, grapes and the roses from which the famous Jabal Akhdar rose water is distilled also grow on the impressive terrace fields.
Overnight stay: Alila Jabal Akhdar
DAY 5 – 6
NIZWA AND THE BEAUTIFUL MOUNTAINS
The breathtaking mountains of Oman has a lot to offer. Depending on your preferences, you can explore the area while hiking or mountain biking.
We also recommend a detour to the former capital Nizwa. Start by exploring the traditional souk, known for its silverware and pottery. Climb the tower of the fort, from which you have a wonderful view of the city and the surrounding mountains. The most famous cattle market in the country is also held in Nizwa on Fridays. But you can also just enjoy the tranquility by the pool and relax with a massage in the excellent spa.
Overnight stay: Alila Jabal Akhdar
GLAMPING IN THE WAHIBA DESERT
Before heading out into the desert today, there are a few small villages you can visit along the way. It is worth stopping in the mountain village of Birkat Al Mauz (located at the foot of Jebel Akhdar). Explore the place where you can admire date plantations, old mud houses and the famous Falaj water canals, which are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Shortly before the desert, you stop in Mudayrib. The market square with its old houses and the wonderful wooden doors, some of which come from Zanzibar, is particularly worth seeing. This village offers an authentic glimpse into local life. Or you can opt for a trip to the most famous wadi in the country, the Wadi Bani Khalid. The river bed carries water all year round and invites you to cool off in its large pools filled with turquoise water. Small hikes are also possible here.
Then it’s off to the desert. Be amazed by a drive through the dunes of the breathtaking Wahiba Desert. Shortly afterwards you will reach the place where camels are already waiting for you. They will bring you to your accommodation today during an impressive sunset ride. The Canvas Club private camp will be set up exclusively for you in the desert, around 40 kilometers from the main route. Enjoy absolute silence far away from civilization in a unique atmosphere!
Overnight stay: Canvas Club private camp
WADIS AND THE COAST
After breakfast, say goodbye to the desert and continue towards the coast. Either you continue to the port city of Sur, where you will visit a dhow shipyard after a short city tour. Otherwise, continue along the eastern Hadjar Mountains until you reach the palm-fringed Wadi Tiwi and Wadi Shab, two of the most beautiful wadis in the country. Explore Wadi Shab by walking down into the valley for about an hour until you get to crystal clear pools where you can take a dip. Continue along the coast and stop at Fins Beach. The white sand and turquoise water invite you to linger and offer great photo opportunities. A short stop at the Bimmah sinkhole, a limestone crater that is fed underground with seawater, is also worthwhile. You arrive back in Muscat at the airport in the early evening. From there your flight continues to Salalah.
Overnight stay: Anantara Al Baleed Salalah
DAY 9 – 12
BATHING STAY IN SALALAH
Salalah is located on the Arabian Sea and about 1000 kilometers south of Muscat, the capital of Oman. Salalah is the largest city in the south of the country and the capital of the Dhofar region. It is also known for its banana plantations, beaches and the green mountains during the monsoon season.
You will spend the next few days in one of the highest quality hotels in Oman. Located on one of the most beautiful sandy beaches in the country, the Al Baleed Resort leaves nothing to be desired. Thanks to the villa concept, each guest retains his or her privacy. You can relax wonderfully at the infinity pool or the kilometer-long beach. It is also an ideal starting point for day trips to discover Salalah and the surrounding area.
Overnight stay: Anantara Al Baleed Salalah
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