Cloaked in ancient history and out-of-this-world landscapes, Oman is the Middle East’s best-kept secret that everyone is finally starting to notice.
Often overshadowed by powerhouse destinations like Dubai and Abu Dhabi, Oman uses it’s quieter and more secluded position to focus on retaining its nation's natural beauty and preserving relics of bygone eras; something you may be shocked to see after witnessing the soaring skyscrapers of glass and gold that characterise the aforementioned destinations.
Oman is home to dramatic cliffs, rocky outcrops and plunging canyons; it’s almost otherworldly. Wander along these mottled, craggy formations and watch as the sun sets behind the mountains, or pull up a chair by a private table overlooking the cliffs and dine under a pitch-black night sky studded with stars. This romantic and exclusive destination was made for honeymooners who dare to be different.
Travellers seeking Arabian history beyond the glittering skyscrapers of UAE will love Oman as well; as the wind-blown deserts and remarkable mountains give way to tranquil villages and towns that still retain its frankincense-trading past. Discover glittering jewellery and hand-loomed rugs at enchanting local markets, or opt for a family escape that promises seclusion and a much-needed escape from the hang-ups of modern technology.
12 nights in Muscat, the Wahiba Desert, the Al Hajar Mountains and Dubai, staying in luxury hotels and resorts.
You'll spend two nights in the historic capital of Oman, Muscat, before heading to the luxurious LUX* South Ari Atoll Resort and Villas in the Maldives.
Oman is blessed with consistently warm weather, and the best time to visit is between October and April, when the temperatures are warm but not scorching. Avoid January and February as the rain falls in short, sharp bursts and also take care during June and August when the heat soars.
Oman has an absolutely incredible landscape of vast canyons, mottled plains and powdery deserts all waiting to be explored.
If you love the great outdoors, then you’ll love embarking on an adventure-filled Oman holiday. Fill your days with climbing expeditions up dramatic cliff faces, quad-biking tours of the vast golden deserts, or simply hiking excursions that will reveal The Hajar Mountains’s breathtaking beauty; if you’re feeling particularly energetic, you could always climb 9,900ft to the Sun Mountain’s peak!
This romantic experience is perfect for film-loving couples who seek a unique experience far beyond your casual movie night.
Imagine getting comfortable in a sumptuous bean bag chair with the one you love, choosing your all-time favourite film and enjoying the silver screen under a pitch-black blanket of twinkling stars. At the Anantara Al Jabal Al Ahkdar you can indulge in this luxurious experience with their Cinema Under the Stars service; the perfect surprise for any movie-lover.
Dining is a sublime experience in Oman, imagine mouth-watering banquets of fine Middle Eastern cuisine fit for royalty, now imagine pairing that with remarkable views of the end of the world.
For a truly spectacular experience, the Anantara Al Jabal Al Ahkdar can set up a private table for two along the edge of a dramatic cliff that promises picture-perfect views. This dining experience is best enjoyed at sunset, as guests can enjoy the warmth of the afternoon sun and watch with a glass in hand as the sky turns beautiful shades of purple and red.
This incredible mosque is set against the remarkable Hajar Mountains, and is the only mosque in Oman that’s open to non-Muslims.
Enter this stunning white-washed mosque and the first thing you’ll notice is the decadent eight-ton heavy chandelier hanging from the ceiling; a masterpiece adorned in 600,000 Swarovski crystals! After that you’ll discover beautiful domed ceilings and pillars covered in jewel-like mosaic tiles of turquoise, blue and sea green.
Located along the serene waters of Muscat’s coastline, this seafront complex remains one of the city’s most vibrant and lively areas, especially after sundown.
Muttrah Corniche begins at one end with an old, traditional fish market which is worth visiting in the early morning, and then merges into the Muttrah Souk which is comprised of cobbled alleys stuffed with stands heaving under the weight of gold and copper wares. After dark it’s worth wandering the seafront and popping by one of the many restaurants for an al fresco evening meal with beautiful views of the waters.
This burnt orange-hued desert spans over 4,000 square miles, and offers travellers a chance to feel like they’ve travelled to another planet without having to enter a rocket ship.
The Wahiba Sands is home to Bedouin tribes and soaring sand dunes that reach over 300ft high, and travellers can enjoy many activities and experiences that truly showcase the beauty of this remarkable destination. Enjoy stargazing experiences, dune bashing, quad biking, camel rides and so much more.
Best Time To Travel:
October - April
Dubai, Abu Dhabi