Oman is approximately 7 hours flying time from the UK offering guaranteed sunshine year round, located at the eastern tip of the Arabian Peninsula, and one of the region’s most welcoming destinations. Once you are there you must get out and explore historic castles, forts, thermal springs, wadis and the most dramatic fjords the scenery is absolutely spectacular. You can even spend a night or two camping in the desert ask us for details ..WOW !
For centuries Oman was an important trading port serving many countries throughout the Middle East, Africa and the Indian ocean and to this day this is still very visual throughout Oman’s capital city Muscat and a visit to many of the museums and historical sites scattered between the western Al Hajar Mountains and the Sea of Oman highlights how this bustling city was hundreds of years ago. You can meander along Mutrah’s Corniche which is lined by charming merchant’s houses and runs from Muscat Gate along the waterfront. You cannot visit the Mutrah souk without haggling for an array of antiques, gold and textiles, a traditional Arabic market tucked away just off the Mutrah Corniche.
With a fantastic selection of hotels for all budgets including The Chedi, Ritz Carlton Al Bustan Palace, The Hyatt and Intercontinental and the splendid 5* resort Shangri La Barr al Jissah boasting 3 amazing hotels located along a stunning stretch of white sand beach with a mountain backdrop.
A visit to the region of Nizwa one of Oman’s oldest cities steeped in history is a must ,with fascinating architecture and breathtaking landscapes. For the more adventurous within the Nizwa region, hiking trails will give you amazing views of the mountains and the town of Bahla , home to the ruins of Oman’s oldest fort and the 17th-century Jabreen Castle. As with many of the towns Nizwa, throughout Oman, has a buzzing souk allowing you to haggle for dates, spices and local handicrafts. Oman is possibly the most beautiful of the Emirates and still a jewel in the crown of the United Arab Emirates still relatively untouched by mass tourism which I feel is the charm of this wonderful destination.
One of our Travel Gurus, Jenny has been to Oman several times and has experienced a stay not only in the beach resorts of Muscat, but has also visited the mountains and Salalah a new and emerging destination within Oman.