Little villages pop up out of nowhere, and it's fascinating getting an insight into their day-to-day life - many seemingly function off little more than dates and water!
Ra, Original Traveller
Blessed with spectacular mountain, desert and coastal scenery, a luxury holiday in Oman is a calm and relaxed affair, in stark contrast to in glitzy neighbouring United Arab Emirates.
Why we think you’ll love it
- This is one of the best short(ish) haul winter sun destinations around, complete with beautiful landscapes to explore and a selection of seriously luxurious hotels
- There's a hotel for everyone: families will love The Shangri La and The Al Bustan, which vaguely resembles the Ministry of Magic from Harry Potter. The Chedi's where uber-cool couples should head - you're guaranteed to feel like a celebrity
- No luxury holiday in Oman is complete without a night's stay in the desert - the rolling dunes are beautiful, and there are plenty of exciting activities to get stuck into. The mountains further north make for a great backdrop for a 4x4 ride
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Luxury Holidays in Oman: The Detail
Original Travel tipped Oman for the big time as far back as 2003 and the country continues to be a firm luxury holiday favourite. Members of the team have repeatedly visited the top-class beach hotels in the vicinity of the capital, Muscat, and in the Musandam Peninsula (an exclave at the tip of the Arabian Peninsula, both of which make for ideal honeymoon and/or winter sun destinations.
The hotels in Oman offer spa treatments, excellent restaurants, and activities aplenty so you'll never want for luxury on your holiday. We can also arrange snorkelling, and peaceful dhow trips along the coast. For something a little more active there are other watersports including excellent diving, while an exclusive private guided safari through the dramatic Hajar Mountains and into the desert takes in some of the best scenery that the country has to offer.
Did you know
- Oman is the only independent Arab state, ruled by the Al-Said family since 1744
- The ruler of Oman is known as the Sultan
- Traditionally, Omanis eat their food on the floor or ground with the food spread on a cloth
- Oman is the only country in Arabia where bullfighting is a tradition
- Until 1970 there were no hotels in Oman at all!
- Oman is famous for its intricate doors - even the simplest houses have beautiful doors
While enjoying a luxury Oman holiday, be sure to visit oasis villages where traditional rural life continues largely unchanged beneath dense clusters of date palms, see the second largest canyon in the world, and travel on up to the scenic Jebel Akhdar ('Green Mountain') for panoramic views towards the Arabian Sea and the desert of the Empty Quarter. Visit medieval forts that look just how castles should, and spend the night under the stars at a Bedouin camp amid the huge, rolling dunes of the Wahiba Sands. After washing off the desert dust with a swim in one of the natural swimming pools that form in the wadis, head for the coast, where you can sail on a traditional wooden dhow accompanied by dolphins and watch rare giant turtles coming ashore at night to lay their eggs.
In the south of the country, the coastal oasis town of Salalah is the perfect base for exploration of a region made rich by the fabled frankincense route. The south is also home to the enormous and mysterious Empty Quarter, the largest sand sea in the world and the site of Wilfred Thesiger's epic journeys with the nomadic Bedouin.
Several members of the Original Travel team have travelled in (and even been on honeymoon to) Oman. We revisit existing properties and new lodges on a regular basis, constantly explore new regions and work with only the very best guides, dive outfits and drivers so you can fully explore and appreciate this truly beautiful country while on a luxury holiday.