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Oman tailor-made holidays


Oman is one of the most enchanting and welcoming countries in the Middle East. Although it has only opened up to tourism relatively recently, the Sultanate has much to offer visitors - from the spectacular Al-Hajar Mountains and the charming capital, Muscat, in the north of the country, to the lush southern region around Salalah.

Turreted forts and watchtowers form striking landmarks up and down the Gulf of Oman and Arabian Sea coastlines. More than 500 forts were built to protect the country from invaders, but nowadays the country is peaceful and accessible. The distinctive Omani curved daggers called khanjars worn on the belts of men in traditional dishdashas are purely decorative these days.

Oman retains a distinctly Arabian feel, in contrast to the modern metropolises in other parts of the region. Instead of glass and concrete, you'll find traditional whitewashed buildings and the beautiful domes and minarets of mosques - the result of the Sultan's strictly enforced ban on high-rise structures. Labyrinth souks are also waiting to be explored, colourful market places where exotic spices and local handicrafts are bought and sold.

Some of the region's best luxury hotels fringe the rugged Oman coastline. They've been built with their environment firmly in mind, as the sandy bays and warm waters are home to abundant bird and marine life. Oman has some of the most important sea turtle nesting beaches in the world.

Inland, rare Arabian Oryx roam the shifting sands of the Empty Quarter. This divine desert landscape is home to the Bedouin and extends into neighbouring Saudi Arabia. Its sands and people inspired the travels and writings of explorer Wilfred Thesiger and continue to inspire those who venture into Oman's interior on guided desert tours.


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At a glance

Flying time from UK
7½ hours

Time zone
GMT +4

Omani rial (OR) = 1000 baiza

Arabic and English

Travel advice
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Special offers in Oman

Shangri La’s Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa

Shangri La’s Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa

5-night luxury holiday from £1,095 pp incl. flights


Special offer – Save up to £260 pp
Book by: 31 August 2019

Shangri-La’s award-winning Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa is a luxury complex of three hotels set between rugged mountains and the Gulf of Oman’s sparkling Al Jissah Bay, in Oman’s capital city of Muscat.

Temple in Bangkok, Thailand

Golden Temples, Ancient Shrines on Seven Seas Voyager

22-day cruise from £9,795 pp incl. flights

cruise offer

Receive $500 credit per suite and free 3-night land tour
Book by: 31 December 2019

Take advantage of special fares and on board credit. Guests in all suite categories can enjoy a FREE 3-Night Essence of Bangkok pre-cruise land program or a FREE 3-Night Abu Dhabi, Dubai Dunes and Sharjah post-cruise land program on this voyage.

Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara, Oman

Oman in Style with Anantara

12-day tailor-made journey from £3,450 pp incl. flights


Early booking offer – Save up to £330 pp
Book by: 13 September 2019

This luxury holiday, staying at two spectacular Anantara resorts, combines the breathtaking beauty of Oman’s mountainous interior with the gold-sands beauty of its coast.

Camel, with Dubai in the background

Arabia, India & Solar Eclipse

12-day cruise from £2,995 pp incl. flights

cruise offer

Special Offer Fly-Cruise Fares
Book by: 30 August 2019

Give yourself and loved ones an unforgettable holiday gift: a total annular solar eclipse from sea. The timing and location couldn’t be better for this dramatic event that will take place on December 26 at 9 AM. And that’s just one of many reasons to say “yes” to this exotic holiday getaway.

Top itineraries in Oman

Jabal Villa, Alila Jabal Akhdar

Muscat and Mountains

8-day tailor-made tour from £2,735 pp incl. flights

Discover Oman in luxury on this tailor-made holiday, staying in the spectacular Alila Jabal Akhdar on the edge of a dramatic canyon before beachside relaxation by the contemporary Al Bandar Hotel at the Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort.

Wahiba Sands, Oman

Northern Oman Adventure

9-day tailor-made journey from £3,560 pp incl. flights

See the varied natural and cultural highlights of northern Oman on this unforgettable nine-day tour in the company of a private driver and guide.

Top places to stay in Oman

Shangri La’s Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa

Shangri La’s Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa

5-night luxury holiday from £1,095 pp incl. flights


Special offer – Save up to £260 pp
Book by: 31 August 2019

Shangri-La’s award-winning Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa is a luxury complex of three hotels set between rugged mountains and the Gulf of Oman’s sparkling Al Jissah Bay, in Oman’s capital city of Muscat.

Courtyard at The Chedi

The Chedi - Muscat

Designer resort

This luxury hotel offers a 1,000ft private beach, views of the Gulf and surrounding mountains, an exceptional spa and one of the best restaurants in Muscat. For king beds and BOSE sound systems, we recommend a Deluxe or Deluxe Club Room. Club Suites have open-plan bathrooms with rainforest showers.

Alila Jabal Akhdar

Alila Jabal Akhdar, Oman

Designer hotel

This exceptional, eco-friendly boutique property is the first Alila property in the region. A mix of tradition, nature and contemporary living, it is a very welcome and unexpected base from which to explore this fascinating part of Oman.

Sunrise from The View

The View, Oman

Small & intimate resort

The View is located in the rugged, mountainous region of Oman, 1,400m above sea level and reached by scenic winding roads. The View is an ’Eco Luxe’ retreat, but an experience where nature and spectacular views are the order of the day.

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Where to go in Oman


The old capital Nizwa is the birthplace of Islam in Oman and the site of many castles and ancient mosques.

Wahiba Sands

Wahiba Sands is a remote sea of sand dunes, best experienced on a guided desert tour. Although sometimes called the Sharqiya Sands, this enticing swathe of honey-coloured sands is most often referred to as Wahiba, after the name of the local tribe.

Camels, Salalah, Oman


Salalah is the gateway to the unspoiled beaches of southern Oman and the mountains of Dhofar, which turn lush and green after the summer monsoon rains, the Khareef.


Oman's clean and amiable capital city, Muscat, is the main entry point for most visitors. It's a pleasant mix of old and new, and a lovely place to spend a few days before venturing further afield. Muscat means ‘anchorage' and the sea is integral to the life of the city, with cruise ships and tradi…

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