Oman sits between Africa and the Indian subcontinent on the edge of the Arabian Sea, and this gem of a country offers visitors some of the most incredible landscapes in the Middle East, from deserts and mountains to fjords and lush wadis, as well as a thousand-year-old civilisation that means (in stark contrast to its glitzy neighbours) that this singular sultanate has very much kept its identity and values. Oman holidays can take many forms, from stays in beachfront or mountaintop luxury hotels to adventures in the desert, a trip to the spa or snorkelling and diving excursions on luxury liveaboard
boats – appropriate in a country that has produced some of history’s finest navigators. This is a destination unlike any other, one that’s known for its warm Arabian hospitality and plentiful natural habitats and culture, where you can visit a millennia-old city such as Muscat or Al Hamra and explore natural wonders such as Wadi Shab, the slopes of Jebel Akhdar and the deep canyons in the Hajar Mountains, as well as the Wahiba Sands and Empty Quarter deserts and the beach-rich Salalah in the south. Learn more about all our Oman holidays by contacting one of our expert consultants today...
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Original Travel tipped Oman for the big time as far back as 2003 and the country continues to be a firm luxury holiday favourite today. Even among members of the team, who have repeatedly visited the top-class beach hotel options in the vicinity of the capital city, Muscat, and in the Musandam Peninsula (an exclave at the tip of the Arabian Peninsula), both of which make for ideal honeymoon in Oman and/or christmas holiday in Oman options. It’s a location that’s proven to draw people back and continues to tick countless boxes, no matter the holiday you’re seeking...
What to do in Oman?
The hotel variety on offer in Oman truly has it all, from spa treatments and excellent restaurants to activities, unforgettable adventures and of course endless opportunities for exploration. You'll never want for luxury on your holiday in this breath-taking destination. Plus, we will tailor the entire trip to your bespoke holiday requirements, meaning we can arrange snorkelling, peaceful dhow trips along the coast or something a little more active, like water sports, excellent diving or an exclusive, privately guided adventure through the dramatic Hajar Mountains and into the desert, to take in some of the best scenery that the Middle East has to offer.
While enjoying a luxury holiday in Oman, be sure to visit some of the oasis villages where traditional rural life continues largely unchanged beneath dense clusters of date palms. Or head to ‘Oman’s Grand Canyon’ at Wadi Ghul, or travel on up to the scenic Jebel Akhdar ('Green Mountain') for panoramic views. 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. There is so much to be discovered in this idyllic spot and you’ll easily find yourself lost in the magic of Oman.
Experience the Omani culture
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 and the distinct Omani culture is more than apparent here. 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. Oman has been the gateway for ships travelling across the Strait of Hormuz, the Indian Ocean and the Arabian Sea for generations. Its prime positioning at the tip of the Arabian Peninsula also proved a major factor for the Omani ancestor's involvement in the Silk Road and Spice Routes. It’s a history that’s deeply woven into the fabric of Oman and noticeable in every corner and crevice of this vast land.
Who is Oman best for?
Oman is continually cited as being one of the friendliest places in the world, making it the perfect spot to escape to as a family, with friends, solo or with a partner. The Omani sense of togetherness ripples throughout the main city of Muscat and into its neighbouring five million inhabitants spread across the land. This is a sand-scape where friendly faces tell of their traditions and rich history, with a sense of warmth and hospitality that’s apparent from the moment your flight lands. The Omani people welcome travellers like family, confirming this is a child-friendly spot and adventurous escape worth experiencing in the Middle East. There is something for all travellers to enjoy here, be it temple visits, ancient treasures, foodie delights or more child-friendly activities to keep little ones enthused and learning without realising. Whatever you’re after, our expert team can tailor your Omani trip to ensure you discover the wonders that are held here.
Best Time to Visit Oman
A country like Oman, with its reliably and consistently warm climate, means there really is no wrong time to visit. However, the scorching summer months between June and August might be a little too warm for comfortable sightseeing, which is why many instead opt for a trip between October and April. Favouring the manageable temperatures and the promise of turtles that can be seen at Ras al Jinz, picture perfect sunsets and even more serene sunrises that bask this craggy landscape in golden warmth.
Whenever you choose to explore Oman, we have several members of the Original Travel team who have travelled in (and even been on honeymoon) here, ready to advise and construct the perfect holiday. We do this by revisiting existing properties and new lodges on a regular basis, constantly exploring new regions and working 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.