Family Oman

Oman is a truly fantastic family holiday destination. While, it may not be the first place to spring to mind when thinking about family travel, but it certainly deserves to.

Starting off with the beach part of Oman, the Barr al Jissah resort, set on a private bay just outside Muscat, is the best place for a family holiday, with superb facilities for all ages. Dolphin and whale-watching trips are available from the jetty, and located within the resort of Barr al Jissah, there's also an Omani Heritage Village where you can see Arabian horses and admire traditional crafts such as henna painting.

After a few days by the sea, get a change of scene on the family holiday by going on a privately guided 4x4 safari into the interior, taking in beautiful mountain panoramas, oasis villages and fantastic medieval forts that look just how forts should. Driving on to the desert known as the Wahiba Sands, your family can ride camels across the dunes and spend the night at a Bedouin tented camp.

After a sleep-out under the stars, head back towards the coast of Oman via wadis where you can cool off with a refreshing swim in natural freshwater pools. Heading back to the coast, you can take a boat trip on a traditional dhow, go snorkelling off deserted beaches and, at certain times of year, watch turtles coming ashore to lay their eggs or new hatchlings making their way down to the surf by moonlight.

Not bad, Sinbad. An Oman family holiday ticks all the boxes.

Perfect for families

Family activity

Original Travel has teamed up with the much loved children’s party people Sharky & George to inject some (much needed) creativity and fun into the family holiday process.

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Sandcastles Oman
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If your children love sandcastles they’ll love Oman. The tastefully restored forts that dot the landscape all resemble enormous versions of these beachfront favourites.

Neill, Original Traveller

What to do

Empty Quarter 4x4 Adventure

Empty Quarter 4x4 Adventure

A four-wheel drive tour into the breathtaking Empty Quarter, of Wilfred Thesiger fame, where a mobile camp awaits.

Where to stay

Pool at Shangiri- la Barr al Jissah, luxury hotel in Muscat, Oman

Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah

Situated on a dramatic stretch of coastline just outside Muscat, the hotels are set amid 124 acres overlooking a private bay, with rugged mountains to the rear.

Balcony at Sahab Hotel, luxury hotel in Oman

Sahab Hotel

A boutique hotel located in the Hajar Mountains, some 2,000 metres above sea level, Sahab hotel has one of the best views in the business.

The View

The View

The View just got even better. Where this eco retreat once had 15 tents, some of which were in a second row behind the first, an eight month makeover now means there are 30 stylish pods spread over a larger area, and all of which have stunning views of the extraordinary canyon scenery.

Dining at Desert Night Camp, luxury hotel in Oman

Desert Nights Camp

Located in the heart of the Wahiba Sands, a vast expanse in the Omani desert, Desert Nights Camp is the ultimate desert refuge, with an added dose of luxury.

Pool at Al Bustan Palace, luxury hotel in Muscat, Oman

Al Bustan Palace

Fully renovated in 2008, the hotel has the most comprehensive facilities in the region, including a 1km curve of sandy beach and acres of tropical gardens dotted with palm trees.

Six Senses Zighy Bay, luxury hotel in Oman

Six Senses Zighy Bay

Zighy Bay has a dramatic setting on the Musandam Peninsula, an exclave of the Sultanate of Oman, separated from the rest of Oman by the United Arab Emirates.

Garden at The Chedi, luxury hotel in Muscat, Oman

The Chedi

The award-winning Chedi is one of the very best hotels in the Gulf Region, home to luxurious guestrooms and suites, some of the finest cuisine in the Middle East and what could be a contender for the world’s longest hotel swimming pool.

We had reasonably high expectations of Original Travel (reputation proceeding and all that) but the reality truly exceeded them all!


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