Cardamom-scented souks, wave after wave of rolling desert dunes and off-road rides through mountains; holidays to Oman are an astonishing Arabian adventure

Experience that red-hot haze over desert sands, dawn’s evocative call to prayer, a capital city filled with cream-coloured architecture and indigo skies home to the brightest of stars. As dusk falls, light twinkles over Oman’s most beautiful buildings – the marble and sandstone Grand Mosque, the world-famous Royal Opera House and the private residence of the Sultan’s Palace. Oman holidays are an extraordinary adventure.

Life here is quieter than elsewhere in the Middle East, steeped in old Arabian tradition and filled with the scent of sandalwood and rose. We’ve been to Oman and can tell you first-hand that the hotels are out of this world – extravagant spas, magazine-worthy pools and sublime service – and that the landscape gives you a true feel of Middle Eastern customs; men and women are dressed in dishdashas and abayas, souks are filled with spices and leather and Malabar hardwood dhows bob up and down in the water. There’s the taste of sugar cane, coconut and strong Arabian coffee, the fluttering eyelashes of desert camels and wild spinner dolphins gleefully playing off the Muscat coast. Lie back on damask cushions as you sail by traditional Omani boat over Gulf waters through those photogenic Musandam fjords, discover ancient fortresses and tombs in the cities of Nizwa and Bahla and get ready for an epic 4X4 drive into Bedouin desert.

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  • Home to immense mountains, dramatic coasts and desert oases, you can experience completely diverse landscapes all in one country
  • The preserved ancient architecture of palaces and forts make Oman an interesting alternative long-haul stop-over destination to Dubai and Abu Dhabi
  • With stretches of largely untouched coastline and a number of decadent hotels to choose from, Oman is an excellent option for a luxury escape

Popular Areas in Oman

Nizwa

2 hotels from £1,195

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Time difference:

GMT +4 hours

Currency:

Omani Rial

Flying time to destination:

Muscat 7¾ hours

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When to visit Oman

Jan

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Feb

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Mar

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Apr

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May

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Jun

Could be Recommended

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Jul

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Aug

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Sep

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Oct

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Nov

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Dec

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Alila Jabal Akhdar

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