Oman Holidays: An Overview

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.

Eleanor and Ra are here to help give you the inside track.

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
  • Learn more and find out when to go in our in-depth guide
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Original Highlight

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

A note on price

Excluding flights, a luxury holiday to Oman starts from around £2,000 to £3,000 per person. Learn more about our pricing

Top picks for Oman

Garden at The Chedi, luxury hotel in Muscat, Oman

The Chedi

Muscat

The award-winning Chedi is one of the top hotels in the Gulf region.

Where to stay

The Chedi
Dhow ride

Dhow ride

Muscat

Spend an afternoon and overnight on a traditional dhow for the perfect romantic getaway from Muscat’s hotels.

What to do

Dhow ride
Empty Quarter 4x4 Adventure

Empty Quarter 4x4 Adventure

Salalah & the Empty Quarter

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

What to do

Empty Quarter 4x4 Adventure
Pool at Al Bustan Palace, luxury hotel in Muscat, Oman

Al Bustan Palace

Muscat

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.

Where to stay

Al Bustan Palace
Diving Oman

Diving Oman

Oman

Oman has some excellent and – relatively – unspoilt diving along long stretches of its coastline, and there are sure to be new dive sites discovered in the coming years.

What to do

Diving Oman
Six Senses Zighy Bay, luxury hotel in Oman

Six Senses Zighy Bay

Musandam Peninsula

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.

Where to stay

Six Senses Zighy Bay
4x4 Adventure

4x4 Adventure

Nizwa, the Mountains & the Wahiba Sands

A tailor-made guided desert safaris is the ideal way to take in the very best scenery that Oman has to offer, and Original Travel can personalise an itinerary to suit your exact requirements.

What to do

4x4 Adventure
Muscat

Muscat

Oman

The Omani capital is home to some of the most luxurious hotels in the Middle East.

Where to go

Muscat
Balcony at Sahab Hotel, luxury hotel in Oman

Sahab Hotel

Nizwa, the Mountains & the Wahiba Sands

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.

Where to stay

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

Shangri-La Barr al Jissah

Muscat

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.

Where to stay

Shangri-La Barr al Jissah
Musandam Peninsula

Musandam Peninsula

Oman

The Musandam Peninsula is an exclave of Oman, cut off from the rump of the country by the UAE.

Where to go

Musandam Peninsula
Dolphin and Whale spotting

Dolphin and Whale spotting

Muscat

The waters of the Arabian Gulf are home to a staggering number of dolphins and migrating whales.

What to do

Dolphin and Whale spotting
Paragliding

Paragliding

Musandam Peninsula

Only available at the Six Senses Hideaway Zighy Bay, and quite some way to arrive into the hotel.

What to do

Paragliding
Alila Jabal Akhdar, luxury hotel in Oman

Alila Jabal Akhdar

Nizwa, the Mountains & the Wahiba Sands

The spectacular Hajar mountain range is one of the (many) highlights of Oman, and at the centre of the range sits the magnificent Jebel Akhdar or ‘green mountain’. Long seen as somewhere to explore on route between the capital Muscat and the ancient market city of Nizwa, the opening in 2014 of the Alila Jabal Akhdar hotel means the mountains now have a supremely luxurious place to stay in their own right.

Where to stay

Alila Jabal Akhdar
Dining at Desert Night Camp, luxury hotel in Oman

Desert Nights Camp

Nizwa, the Mountains & the Wahiba Sands

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.

Where to stay

Desert Nights Camp
Salalah & the Empty Quarter

Salalah & the Empty Quarter

Oman

Of Wilfred Thesiger fame, this is desert as it should be, with soaring dunes as far as the eye can see.

Where to go

Salalah & the Empty Quarter
Nizwa, the Mountains & the Wahiba Sands

Nizwa, the Mountains & the Wahiba Sands

Oman

For the perfect adventure away from Muscat, explore the dramatic Hajar Mountains, the ancient city of Nizwa and the dunes of the Wahiba Sands.

Where to go

Nizwa, the Mountains & the Wahiba Sands
Beach

Beach

Salalah & the Empty Quarter

Original Travel has exclusive access to the private camps on the beach near Salalah and the Empty Quarter.

What to do

Beach

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