The capital of Oman, Muscat, looking out over the Gulf of Oman
With superb hotels and resorts, a wide variety of things to see and do and a wonderful climate, it is not surprising that Oman is such a popular destination for a winter holiday. A welcoming country and relatively easy to get to, Oman is a great choice for both families and couples looking for a warm holiday during the winter months.
What to do
Turtle Watching – A trip to the Ras Al Jinz Turtle Reserve offers the opportunity to watch turtles nesting or maybe even baby turtles hatching. You will need to wake up early to arrive before sunrise but this is a fascinating experience and highly recommended.
Muscat – A relaxed vibe runs through the capital city and forgoes glitz in favour of the authentic. The traditional architecture (no building is allowed to be built with more than 7 floors) further enhances the city. Make time to visit the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque with its immense golden dome and the bustling Mutrah Souq.
A day on the beach – With 1,700 kilometres of coast it perhaps comes as no surprise to find numerous beautiful beaches in Oman. Whether you want to settle back and soak up the sun or try some snorkelling in the warm waters, there is a beach for you. For a spot of R&R head to Khalouf beach or if swimming is your thing then Tiwi beach is a great choice.
Photo courtesy of Andries Oudshoorn
Visit a fort – Oman is a country steeped in history. One of the most interesting ways to experience this country’s past is to visit one of the many ancient forts. One of the most popular is Nizwa Fort, a great example of old Omani architecture - part castle (originally built in the 9th century), part fort and now also a museum. Nakhal Fort (pictured) is also well worth a visit.
Take a cruise – Head out on the water in a traditional wooden dhow boat. Originally used for fishing, some of these vessels have been converted into day trip boats complete with fishing gear, comfortable pillows for relaxing on and even barbeques. They are a great way to get some sea air and offer a plenty of opportunities for snorkelling, swimming and relaxing. You may even see some dolphins.
A walk on the wadi side – Oman’s landscape is dominated by mountains. Meandering through these are miles of wadis or valleys. They can be incredibly beautiful places to hike through. Wadi Shab is often recognised as one of the loveliest - an hour-long hike along its path culminates in some large swimmable pools, waterfalls and terraced plantations.
A trip into the Desert – With the vast majority of Oman being covered by desert it is almost a ‘must visit’ during your trip. The most popular is Wahiba Sands, 3 hours from Muscat. Activities range from camel rides to safaris in 4X4’s. Optionally, experience a night under the stars by staying at one of several hidden camps – the fire pits outside and cosy furnishings inside add comfort to your night and if you are lucky enough to get a clear night, then the starry sky will be spectacular.
Where to stay
You are spoilt for choice when it comes to luxury resorts in Oman. We have selected 4 of our favourites however please gives us a call to discuss your individual requirements and we will be happy to recommend the perfect resort or hotel for you.
Photo courtesy of Shangri-La Al Husn
Impeccable service combined with Omani elegance sets the scene at Shangri-la Al Husn. Set on a cliff overlooking the Gulf of Oman this is an extensive and exceptionally luxurious resort with its own 100 metres of private beach, infinity pool and two fine dining restaurants.
Set in immaculately landscaped grounds which encompass three swimming pools, a stretch of beach and a water garden, The Chedi Muscat is a luxury 5-star hotel set at the foot of the Al Hajar Mountains in the heart of Muscat. The central location makes it perfect for exploring whilst back at the hotel you will be able to enjoy extensive amenities including six restaurants, a spa and 21 acres of gardens.
Extensive views out over the Gulf of Oman will greet you upon arrival at Al Bustan Palace, one of the most established hotels in the Middle East. Built to accommodate visiting heads if state, you can be assured that both the service and quality of accommodation will be exceptionally high. Children are welcome and will be able to make the most of their own dedicated pool and playground.
An exceptional location and a truly extensive array of activities make Six Senses Zighy Bay a fantastic choice for families and couples alike. Many of the villas include the services of a private butler, as well as their own infinity pool and outdoor dining areas which ensure privacy during your holiday. There is a children’s club (ages 4 to 12) and a teens club ensuring all the family will be kept happily occupied.
For more information on any of these resorts or to discuss arranging a holiday in Oman please call us on +44 1993 899 430 or click here for more contact options.