Now that there is some seriously comfortable accommodation in the Hajar Mountains, we recommend extending your stay in the region to explore more of the extraordinary mountain scenery.

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Key Stats

Best Time To Visit

Apr - May

Flight from London London

7:00 hrs

Time Difference

GMT +4 hrs

One particular place is Wadi Ghul, the second deepest canyon in the world, but another fascinating region is the Saiq Plateau. Lying at 6,000ft above sea level the plateau has a peculiarly pleasant microclimate that has seen it become a hugely fertile and productive region for cultivation of crops from peaches to pomegranates and - in April and May, damask roses. Visit the beautiful traditional village of Al Ayn, with its ingenious falaj irrigation waterways, and families who still produce rosewater using centuries' old techniques.

The Saiq Plateau was once only reachable via a six hour trek, but now there is a tarmacked road making access considerably easier. It has, sadly, meant that there is some rather unsavoury development but it's still easy enough to find yourself in a stunning landscape virtually unchanged for hundreds of years.


Original Highlight

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Go in April or May, when it’s starting to get pretty hot in lowland Oman, and savour the deliciously cool mountain air and see the damask roses in full bloom before many are harvested for rosewater.

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Where to stay

Dining at Desert Night Camp, luxury hotel in Oman

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.

The View

The View

The View just got even better. Where this eco retreat once had 15 tents, some of which were in a second row behind the first, an eight month makeover now means there are 30 stylish pods spread over a larger area, and all of which have stunning views of the extraordinary canyon scenery.

Alila Jabal Akhdar, luxury hotel in Oman

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.

Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar

Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar

The luxury resort is perched 2,000 meters above sea level, making it the highest five star resort in the Middle East. Only two hours’ drive away from Muscat International Airport, the Anantara Al Jabal Akhdar is a tranquil oasis perfect for a relaxing escape.

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