Despite being a busy capital city, Muscat hasn’t lost its traditional feel and historic elegance. Visitors are treated to low rise blocks and plenty of domes and arabesque windows opening out onto the port, which is still the city’s focus. And where you’ll still find some of the best places to stay in Muscat.
As well as beautiful, traditional buildings, our Guru’s list of the best places to stay in Muscat includes modern resorts, favoured by those who’re here for a beach break with a unique cultural twist.
Despite its clean, traditional appearance, Muscat is a very forward-thinking, modern city. On the list of highlights you’ll find the spectacular Grand Mosque - which visitors can enter, the magical Sultan’s Palace and ancient forts - which visitors can’t, the souqs and the corniche, but you’ll also find the new Royal Opera House, which has attracted the very best international companies and performers.
The Mutrah Corniche is a good place to start your explorations, and this row of traditional white latticed buildings and mosques, and gardens and fountains, is especially picturesque at sunset when the buildings are bleached many colours. Part of the corniche experience is its souq, a traditional, chaotic market offering some fabulous artefacts, antiques, textiles and jewellery etc.. Just a little further on and you’ll see the fish markets and the busy port.
Once you’ve seen, and felt, a bit of modern Muscat, you might like to delve into old Muscat, and Oman, at the Bait al-Baranda Museum, and then explore the walled part of Muscat, which was the original city limits.
And then of course there are those miles and miles of beaches, some lined with resort hotels, and some lined with fishermen collecting in their nets. Muscat is also a relatively short drive from the Wadi Shab, one of Oman’s most spectacular wadis, with a collection of beautiful green pools, eery caves and sheer sides.
Our pick of the best places to stay in Muscat provides a luxurious spot in this fascinating city.
Muscat (Way No. 3215 .O. Box 964 Al Khuwair,)
Barefoot luxury in a 21 acre beach resort in Muscat. Classic contemporary rooms and suites with all the mod cons and sophisticated furnishings. Private beach, fantastic pool, eight restaurants to choose from, and a top of the range spa. Total pampering.