On Oman honeymoons you can really put the 'Oman' in romance. Blessed with spectacular mountains, sweeping desert and 1,056 miles of sandy beach, Oman feels worlds away from its glitzy neighbour, the United Arab Emirates. Defy the traditions of an all-inclusive resort and head to the desert. Stay in luxury camps in the Wahiba Sands, surrounded by towering dunes and twinkling stars. Enjoy camel rides at sunset and fresh Omani dates and khawa (traditional Arabic coffee) to toast your new marriage. If a cultural immersion is on the cards, start your Oman honeymoon in the country’s capital, Muscat.
From century-old medieval forts and flower-filled parks to grand mosques and modern museums, this historic capital is a champion of both traditional and modern Arab culture. If your love language is adventure, try a romantic private safari or a diving tour along the coast. Forget your Maldives and your Philippines, the Daymaniyat Islands and the Musandam Peninsula (an exclave at the tip of the Arabian Peninsula) are where the best diving is at. End your Oman honeymoon on a traditional wooden dhow accompanied by dolphins and watch rare giant turtles coming ashore at night to lay their eggs. What could be as romantic as that?
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Honeymoons in Oman are way more than beaches, pools and spa treatments. They are old-world old towns complete with historic souqs, canyons that put even the USA’s Grand Canyon to shame and untouched islands, perfect for snorkelling around. Add to Masirah Island’s romantic beach vibe as you stroll along its secluded beaches, watch fisherman bob on boats in the sparkling sea and admire the view atop Jebel Humr, the highest point on Masirah’s hilly backbone. Stripping nature back to its very core, you can almost guarantee that it’ll just be the two of you and the big pearly blue.
Oman honeymoons are well versed in hospitality. And they’ll be more than happy to roll out the red carpet for you (they are home to the world’s second largest Persian carpet after all). From luxury Six Senses hotels in magical Musandam to opulent mountain resorts high in the fabled Green Mountain, Oman honeymoons promise to be memorable ones. Relax to the sounds and smells of trickling waterfalls and bakhour incense as you indulge in 90-minute hammam rituals and plates of majboos (a traditional rice dish).
Best time to go on an Oman honeymoon
Summers in Oman are hot. Too hot. With incredible highs of 35°C and lows of 28°C, this season is strictly reserved for sun worshippers. Even the water is warm, a staggering 28°C. So, unless you’re prepared to slather on the suncream, we recommend booking your honeymoon in Oman in winter (October – April). Think of it as something to look forward to after the big summer day. Climates are comfortable, ranging between 24°C and 35°C, and rainfall is pretty much obsolete. This means you can enjoy roof down road trips, hikes into the Al Hajar mountains and tours of Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque and Mutrah Souq completely umbrella free. If you’re not ready to leave the festival party fever behind either, Oman’s Muscat Festival and the Youth Sailing World Championships will be in full swing come January.