Luxtripper Travel Editor
Boasting its mountains, deserts, oases, and beaches, Oman's natural beauty is unlike any other I've experienced. Our incredible holiday here perfectly combined adventure with relaxation, and we were lucky enough to sample a variety of unique experiences, including trekking through sublime mountains, touring its fascinating palaces and markets, dune bashing in the desert, and even dolphin watching on a sunset cruise.
Landing in the midst of a beautiful orange sunrise, our arrival into Oman was nothing short of spectacular. As soon as we stepped off the plane, we were met by our Primeclass hosts who swiftly escorted us to a lovely private lounge to review our documents, after which we were fast tracked through security in less than twenty minutes!
From rugged mountains to sandy deserts, Oman has an amazing variety of terrains; and with this in mind, we had chosen a private driver so that we could explore its many landscapes in style. Our driver collected us from the airport in a luxury 4x4, and made our transfer between accommodations comfortable and easy.
Arriving at our first stop in the Jebal Akhdar mountain region, we had the opportunity to visit Birkat Al Mouz, an abandoned village situated at the foothills of Jebal Akhdar, and Saiq Plateau, an impressive point within the mountains that offers spectacular views across the surrounding landscape.
The first property we stayed in was Alila Jabal Akhdar, a wellness and adventure resort nestled on the highest mountain peak of Oman, its design reminding me of a Swiss ski lodge and mountain retreat in Morocco's Atlas Mountains.
The resort boasts a selection of luxurious suites and villas, with facilities including an outdoor pool overlooking the mountains, two outdoor jacuzzis, a spacious indoor pool, a state-of-the-art gym, as well as a spa inspired by ancient Oman. With a beautiful main restaurant and an expansive lounge to relax in with drinks and board games, there's never a dull moment here.
There is so much to do at Alila Jabal Akhdar, with complimentary activities including sunrise yoga, meditation, star gazing, and geology walks. There are plenty of mountain paths to explore by foot, and the resort also provides mountain bikes for guests to use to explore the surrounding landscape. The more adventurous can even book ahead to go climbing or caving, exhilarating activities to really immerse themselves in the rugged mountain landscape.
Trading the beautiful mountains for the desert, our next stop was Desert Nights Camp, a luxury retreat surrounded by the incredible dunes of the Wahiba Desert. Staying in the desert was not only a unique and unforgettable experience but a luxurious one. We stayed in the Deluxe Villa with its private outside patio area, lots of soft furnishings, a comfortable bed, and an en-suite bathroom, and dined on exquisite Omani cuisine at the Two Dune restaurant.
I would really recommend dune bashing; driving over the endless desert dunes not only offers spectacular views across the Wahiba Desert but is also incredibly fun.
For those looking to head outside the camp, you can explore the beautiful Wadi Bani Khalid, a lush valley that benefits from a constant stream of water throughout the year. The wadi is comprised of a collection of natural pools which are suitable for swimming and is an excellent place to go hiking.
Heading back to Muscat, we loved our excursion to the ancient city of Nizwa and the Nizwa Fort, a large castle that was built in the seventeenth century, and Nizwa Souk, one of the oldest markets in Oman. This was a great way to learn about the rich history and traditions of this fascinating country, whilst admiring its incredible architecture.
The last part of our trip was spent on the beachfront at The Chedi Muscat, a boutique property that features the largest swimming pool in Oman. With a chic, relaxed atmosphere, there is a natural flow of space that moves between the inside and outside, with lots of places to unwind. Alongside its three swimming pools, the resort offers landscaped tropical gardens, cabanas, and fire pits with seating for enjoying the cooler evenings. Rooms are stylish and comfortable with Omani influences, and the hotel is ideally located for visiting local shops and dining in restaurants along the beachfront.
We enjoyed a fascinating tour of Muscat, beginning with a visit to the Grand Mosque, one of the city's most phenomenal pieces of architecture. We then visited the Muttrak souk - a traditional Omani market - and the Bait Al Zubair Museum, with its amazing archaeology and traditional Omani dress. Our tour ended with a visit to the one-of-a-kind Sultan's Palace, an incredible structure built in the sixteenth century.
Oman's coastline is home to a wealth of marine creatures, and we were fortunate enough to spot spinner and bottle nose dolphins on our sunset cruise, which I would really recommend. Afterwards, we stopped off at a coral bed for snorkelling, marvelling at all the colourful fish, perfectly visible in the crystal clear water.
Known as the Jewel of Arabia, it’s not hard to see how Oman got its name. A country with a different landscape at every turn, this destination is the perfect place for any travellers to enjoy beauty, adventure and luxury in one place. I loved every second of my trip and can’t wait for the chance to go back and explore more of this magnificent country.
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