- Stay on the side of the canyon or by the sea in one of Oman's two most beautiful hotels
- Take a private tour of the Hajar region, enjoy a guided hike in the mountains, visit Muscat with a local and discover Oman's coast in a 4x4 vehicle
- Personalise your trip: See the Daymaniyat Islands by boat, continue on to the Sharqiya Sands
- You'll have access to all of our additional services, including our local Concierge
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JEBEL AKHDARLike a diamond in the rough, perched at an altitude of 6,500ft at the edge of a deep canyon, this stone and wooden hotel offers breathtaking views of the mountain, ragged gorges and highlands. The Omani fort is a central motif, where many elements of Middle Eastern architecture are redesigned in a spirit imbued with contemporary classicism. In the villas, each with a private swimming pool, elegance and sophistication combine with a high level of facilities for exceptional comfort. At the spa, the near and far Middle-Eastern traditions of care for the body are combined for the guests' greatest comfort and well-being by expert staff. Meals are created by staff who have the highest levels of expertise, whether it is the great talent of preparing haute cuisine meals or simple tapas, interpreting the national culinary heritage and receiving inspiration from Europe. A meditative hookah enjoyed under the starburst of a night sky is a moment of deep satisfaction. Today's luxury still allows for endless opportunities to experience authentic emotions.
MUSCATThis Middle-Eastern dream was conceived as a design oasis, and now the unique hotel's fame has transcended the sultanate's borders. Just 20 minutes from Muscat airport, the change of scenery is immediate: shaded gardens, a very long, landscaped swimming pool that is further extended by the glittering waters of the Gulf of Oman and sumptuous desert and mountain surroundings. Here and there, the decorative elements bring together African myths, the mysteries of Asia and Middle-Eastern refinement. One of the two swimming pools is reserved for adults to ensure a quiet and serene atmosphere. The hotel also houses a spa where many treatments are provided that update the Arabian tradition of well-being. The main restaurant's cuisine juggles Mediterranean and Asian flavours. For snacks or light meals, turn to the straw pool huts, where service is impeccable under palm trees or stars. At night, this idyllic setting becomes even more magical, illuminated with thousands of candles.
Flight to Muscat
Overnight flight, arriving the next day.
Muscat - Jebel Akhdar
You can look forward to a warm welcome and priority clearance through customs formalities at Muscat airport, Be driven across the Hajar to the Jebel Akhdar mountains in a comfortable air-conditioned 4x4 vehicle with a guide. It takes about two and a half hours without stopping, but it's definitely worth taking a few breaks along the way to explore the beautiful sights of the inland areas. For example: the old village of Birkat Al Mouz, its palm grove and its traditional irrigation system, the 'falaj', that's still in use today.
Included in the itinerary - Private day tour of the towns and villages of Hajar. The city of Nizwa can be found at the bottom of a valley thick with palms and flanked by the highest peaks of Oman. As recently as 50 years ago, tourists did not venture into this ultra-conservative city. The sultanate's second largest city was recently modernised after a major urban development project but has not lost its historical character or originality. It's pleasant to visit since it has opened up to the world and to tourism. A detour through Nizwa will also reveal Oman's rich architectural heritage. Many citadels and forts built during the Yaruba dynasty in the 17th century reveal Portuguese influence. The road around the old city's fort offers panoramic views of the Hajar mountains and the dome of the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque. Continue through the mountains, to the village of Misfat Al Abriyeen. Surrounded by palms and hanging from the side of a canyon beside the small town of Al Hamra, Misfat Al Abriyeen is one of the most beautiful villages in the country. Take the opportunity to meet the inhabitants and visit a traditional Omani house, located in the heart of the ancient city.
Then, climb to reach the Saiq plateau, at the top of Jebel Akhdar. Three-night stay in a luxurious hotel with a distinct character, perched on the impressive plateau, some 6,500ft above sea level. It is a chic and fashionable contemporary eagle's nest. Scattered across the cliff-side, the attractive swimming pool and 78 stone suites and villas are all part of their surroundings in the dizzying heights. Inside, warm tones match contemporary shapes as well as traditional crafts. Dark wooden furniture and carved marble bathtubs blend well with woven baskets and works from the local pottery maker. Take time to admire the wilderness and plunging canyons of the beautiful mountain from your shaded balcony.
Known poetically as the 'green mountain with three hundred wadis', Jebel Akhdar is generally considered as traditional Oman. Everywhere, the landscape is spotted with spectacular reliefs, small stone or pebble villages unchanged for centuries, old forts, orchards, and terraced crops. It was the Bani Riyam tribe who worked the land that could be cultivated and made the area famous for growing roses, pomegranates, apricots and olive trees. The essential irrigation by a system of underground aqueducts called 'falaj' has been in place for a long time. From village to village, discover a surprisingly sophisticated, fertile and beautiful mountain life.
Included in the itinerary - Private guided walk through the splendours of Saiq. This hike is an opportunity to explore the traditional life of the mountain, around the village of Al Ayn, known for its cultivation of roses, and the abandoned village of Wadi Bani Habib. Level: Medium. Mountainous and rugged terrain. This four-hour hike is accompanied by a local guide.
Enjoy a free day to soak up this beautiful area and relax in the hotel.
Jebel Akhdar - Muscat
Return to Muscat. The drive takes approximately two and a half hours. Four-night stay in a beautiful, world-class hotel right on the beach. There's a total change of scene and the mix of influences is fascinating. The rooms overlook either the mountains of Muscat or the Indian Ocean. Discover the on-site private beach and two very photogenic mirror pools. There is an excellent spa with a third outdoor swimming pool that is 338ft long, the longest in the Middle East.
The Omani capital is the point of transition between desert and sea as well as past and modernity. The walls of the old city and the Sultan's blue and gold palace, a symbol of rebirth, have dictated the architecture of the modern city, where buildings have height restrictions and follow a colour code of sand-yellow and white. The three main districts are Muscat, Ruwi and Muttrah. Soak up the lovely atmosphere. Stroll along the Portuguese forts, in the souq, at the fish market in the port of Muttrah and in front of the Sayyida Fatima bint Ali Mosque. Admire the splendour of the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque and its 35 Swarovski crystal chandeliers.
Included in the itinerary - Spend half a day exploring Muscat, with a local guide. Your expert guide will give you an insight into daily life and teach you about the region's history. teach you about Oman. Over the years, they have gotten to know every nook and cranny of the city in great detail. The market, the Muttrah souq, the coastal road, Riyam Park and the giant censer are symbols of the city. During this informal walk, including the detour through the great mosque, discuss daily life in the Sultanate of Oman and garner a wealth of tips for the rest of the trip. This tour lasts about four hours, including the air-conditioned 4x4 transfers from the hotel along with refreshments. Tours can be completely customised to suit your interests.
Included in the itinerary – Private day tour of the Omani coast road in a 4x4 vehicle. In the morning, the private guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel in a comfortable 4x4, ready for a great road trip. Criss-crossing between wadis, oases, mountains and the ocean, a magnificent road runs along the Gulf of Oman in a southward direction, offering visitors spectacular views. Leave early enough to stop at Wadi Dayqah and Wadi Arbaeen, green gorges that seem like mirages. Embedded in ochre limestone ravines, the waters of Wadi Shab and Wadi Tiwi, two parallel wadis that descend from eastern Hajar, have the clarity and colour of emeralds. They flow between date palms and banana trees, framed by steep cliffs, they spring off mounds of boulders, falling and curling into natural pools. This region is one of the most scenic in the country and is particularly great for hiking and swimming.
Optional - Private tour of the Daymaniyat Islands. Off the coast of Muscat, discover a pristine landscape with swathes of white sand, turquoise lagoons and the surreal vision of camels splashing through the shallows along the beaches. These islands are known as a nesting place for seabirds. The ideal visibility is popular with photographers, and divers can appreciate the countless fish, such as blackspotted rubberlips, giant trevallies, parrot fish, red mullets, unicornfish and surgeonfish. This day on the water includes getting up close and personal with lobsters, large stingrays and a few leopard sharks. A driver will take you to Barka where a private motorboat awaits. The captain is at the helm with masks and snorkels and a delicious barbecue lunch will be served later.
Private transfer to the airport. Catch your flight home.
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SHARQIYA SANDS DESERT
Choose to extend this journey by spending two starry nights in the tranquillity of the great Middle-Eastern desert. Sharqiya Sands offers a life-sized wilderness experience, with camel caravans led by Bedouins renowned for their hospitality and nomadic camps. In the heart of the red dunes peaking at more than 650ft, alone in the vast, tawny silence, soak up the wind, the warmth, the brightness of the stars, the glowing fire and the solitude. It's a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Optional - Two nights.
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