Blessed with spectacular mountain, desert and coastal scenery, a luxury holiday in Oman is a calm, relaxed affair, in contrast to its glitzy neighbour the 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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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

Where to go in Oman

Muscat

Muscat

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

Muscat
Musandam Peninsula

Musandam Peninsula

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

Musandam Peninsula
Nizwa, the Mountains & the Wahiba Sands

Nizwa, the Mountains & the Wahiba Sands

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

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

Salalah & the Empty Quarter

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

Salalah & the Empty Quarter

What to do in Oman

Diving Oman

Diving 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.

Diving Oman
Dolphin and Whale spotting

Dolphin and Whale spotting

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

Dolphin and Whale spotting
Dhow ride

Dhow ride

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

Dhow ride
Paragliding

Paragliding

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

Paragliding
4x4 Adventure

4x4 Adventure

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.

4x4 Adventure
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.

Empty Quarter 4x4 Adventure
Beach

Beach

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

Beach

Where to stay in Oman

The Chedi

The Chedi

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

The Chedi
Al Bustan Palace

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.

Al Bustan Palace
Shangri-La Barr al Jissah

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.

Shangri-La Barr al Jissah
Six Senses Zighy Bay

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.

Six Senses Zighy Bay
Sahab Hotel

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.

Sahab Hotel
Desert Nights Camp

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.

Desert Nights Camp
The View

The View

An eco retreat comprised of 15 en suite tents, the View is simple and secluded, and the views (hence the name) are spectacular.

The View
Alila Jabal Akhdar

Alila Jabal Akhdar

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.

Alila Jabal Akhdar

Details for Oman

A little more info

LUXURY HOLIDAYS IN OMAN

Original Travel tipped Oman for the big time as far back as 2003 and the team has repeatedly visited the top-class beach hotels in the vicinity of the capital, Muscat, and in Musandam (an exclave at the tip of the Arabian Peninsula) which make ideal honeymoon and winter sun destinations. Think spa treatments, snorkelling or peaceful dhow trips along the coast, or for something a little more active there are watersports, including excellent diving, while an exclusive private guided safari into the desert takes in some of the best scenery that the country has to offer.

While enjoying a luxury Oman holiday, visit oasis villages where traditional rural life continues largely unchanged beneath dense clusters of date palms, and 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 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.

Weather in January January February March April May June July August September October November December
  • Average Temp. — 21°C / 69°F
  • Rainfall — 2cm / 1.0 inches
  • Water Temp. — 24°C / 75°F
Flight from London

7:00 hrs

Time Difference

GMT +4 hrs

Eleanor and Ra are our Oman experts and as seasoned travellers they have the inside track on the most memorable adventures.

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