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About Oman

Oman is old Arabia, before oil magnates and princes built their glass towers and shopping malls with ski slopes in the desert. Its rich Bedouin heritage beats on in the heart of the surprisingly low-rise towns and cities and you're often surrounded by ancient and unexpected beauty - from the interiors of the Grand Mosque to the mountains, pristine coastline and the oceans of desert. Oman does know how to do elegant opulence though, and the best places to stay in Oman range from the wonderfully traditional, to the spectacularly grand.

Oman was all but closed off from the world under the previous Sultan, who was overthrown in the 70s, and since opening its doors it seems to have taken the best the world has to offer, improved education and medical services etc., without spoiling Omani traditions.

Muscat is the capital, a totally one-of-a-kind port city built by a proud, seafaring nation. Muscat shuns modern design even today, with many new buildings reflecting the traditional Arabian styles, and lending the city a low-rise elegance. It still relies heavily on its port, both for fishing and exports, but it's progressive too, with a brand new opera house attracting the best international acts.

Among Oman's popular visitor towns are Bahla, an oasis known for its pottery, fort and its living folklore and djinns - evil spirits; historic and conservative Nizwa, right in amongst Oman's highest mountains; colourful, tropical Salalah, with its monsoons and fruit plantations; and pretty Sur with its two forts, excellent beaches and long history of building dhows by hand.

Outside the towns and cities is the long stretch of coast, lined with beautiful white sandy beaches edged in turquoise - which seem to be wonderfully warm all year round. You'll also find the Hajar mountains, which are the highest on the Arabian peninsula. Plus, there's the Musandam Peninsula - a particularly spectacular coastline of deep, rocky inlets dotted with small villages, wadis and of course the massive rolling sands of Wahiba Sands.

If you're looking for a desert island experience, Oman offers Masirah Island, lined by almost deserted beaches which appeal to all sorts of interesting wildlife, but especially turtles - there are four species which breed here. The beaches are also home to a large number of wrecked dhows.

What Not To Miss

  • The beautiful Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque is a wonderful place to visit. Despite being relatively new (it opened in 2001), this splendid building boasts terrific architecture in a traditional style and with gorgeous interiors.
  • Head off trekking through the Wadi Shab. An oasis set amidst the mountains, you can go swimming in the natural pools before enjoying a picnic and taking in the scenery. Be warned though that the hiking path may be a little too difficult for young children.
  • Spend an afternoon wandering around Jabrin Fort and use an audio tour guide to learn all about the history of the place. You'll love the beautifully restored interiors and panoramic views of the area.
  • The Bait Al Zubair museum is the ideal place to go if you fancy learning about Omani culture. With a wide variety of paintings and artefacts, you'll leave with a far more detailed knowledge of the country's history.

Don't forget to book well ahead if you want to guarantee a room in one the best places to stay in Oman during peak season. It's becoming an increasingly popular holiday destination especially during the winter months.

The Best Places to Stay in Oman for a Wonderful Location

  • The 1000 Nights Camp is a collection of basic Bedouin tents set up in the desert, but with beautiful rugs, wooden beds and separate showers to keep you comfortable as well as charmed. There's also a swimming pool. And, of course, plenty of desert activities.
  • The Alila Jabal Akhdar Hotel is an oasis of luxury set amidst rugged mountainous surroundings. The property offers smart accommodation with king sized beds and wooden furnishings, whilst there's both an indoor and outdoor pool as well as a spa. An upmarket spot.

For a Beach Break

  • Al Bustan Palace is a large beach resort with its own beach, as well as a central lagoon and spa. Elegant and contemporary, this spot is superb for divers, as well as those looking for a totally unique beach break.
  • Muscat's The Chedi offers barefoot luxury in a sophisticated, 21 acre beach resort. This is a big resort with a choice of eight restaurants, a pool and private beach, and a top of the range spa.
  • Al Bandar Hotel is a 5* luxury resort on the coast of Muscat. Boasting contemporary classic accommodation with seven restaurants and a private beach, it's a top-notch coastal spot!
  • Al Husn Hotel, set in an Arabian palace, is located on a peninsula with its own private beach. The contemporary accommodation features private balconies and is luxurious in style. What's more, it has an array of restaurants, cafes, bars and even a nightclub.

For Something Different

  • Six Senses Zighy Bay is a beach resort in a really remote spot, right on the coast and the beach. Accommodation is in individual poolside villas, some of which have private pools, as well as spas and gardens… There's a fantastic restaurant and an eco-vibe.

For An Apartment

  • If you think a self-catering option would best suit your needs then check out the wide variety available with our partner, booking.com.

Travel Information

  • Oman has a typically warm climate year round, (well above 20°C), so there's never a bad time to go - though you may want to avoid visiting between May and August as it's usually scorching. If you want to avoid any rainfall then January and February might not be your best bets.
  • April and May are great times to visit. The weather is beautiful yet bearable, and it's not peak season so expect to pay less for accommodation.
  • International visitors can either fly into Muscat Airport or Salalah Airport. Muscat is served by direct flights from London Heathrow with British Airways and Oman Air, whilst going to Salalah will require at least one changeover.
  • For car hire prices, we recommend you visit our online partner Holiday Autos.

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  • The Chedi, Muscat 158 rooms from $332

    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.

    Foodies  -  Eight restaurants including Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Asian and Indian.
    Total relaxation
    Luxury
    Spa breaks
    Recommended by  -  CN Traveller
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  • Six Senses Zighy Bay 82 rooms from $526

    Dibba Bayeh, Oman

    An award-winning beach resort in a remote coastal position. Absolute barefoot luxury in individual poolside sea-facing villas with private pools, spas, and gardens. Chic eco suites with light stone walls and wooden furnishings. Fantastic Ottolenghi style restaurant and direct access to the beach.

    Swimming Pool  -  A fantastic main pool and smaller pools dotted around the hotel.
    Foodies  -  Ottolenghi style restaurant.
    Families
    Romantic Break
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Tablet, CN Traveller
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  • 1000 Nights Camp 15 rooms from $91

    Ash Sharqiyah, Oman

    A collection of Bedouin tents in the desert. Basic tents have rugs, wooden beds, and separate showers. Swimming pool, dining area, and plenty of desert activities (sand boarding, trekking, volley ball). A good choice for a team building exercise.

    Tented Camp
    Outstanding location  -  Situated in Wahiba Sands
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
    Remote  -  Off the beaten track.
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  • Al Bandar Hotel 198 rooms from $195

    Muscat, Oman

    A Five Star luxury resort in Muscat on the coast. Contemporary classic rooms and suites with private patios, sea-facing views and all the mod cons. Seven restaurants to choose from, pool, private beach and banquet halls. A great choice for a family holiday.

    Beach Life
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    5* Luxury  -  Very high service standards.
    Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
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  • Al Husn Hotel 179 rooms from $1326

    Muscat, Oman

    A royal Arabian palace inspired hotel on a peninsula with its own private beach, nightclub, restaurants, cafes and bars. Luxury rooms and suites, contemporary in style, have their own private balconies and all the mod cons. A sophisticated beach holiday.

    Beach Life
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    5* Luxury  -  Very high service standards.
    Diving  -  10 sites at the nearby island of Fahal and the wreck of the 84-metre vessel Al Munassir.
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  • Al Waha Hotel 262 rooms from $1081

    Qantab, Oman

    A beach resort just outside Muscat with fantastic kids facilities. An enormous oasis pool with slides, diving school, tennis courts, and mini golf. Simple contemporary rooms with private balconies. Extensive spa, restaurant, cafes, and beach bars. Ideal for a family beach holiday.

    Child friendly  -  The hotel has been created with families in mind.
    Family
    Beach Life
    Families
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  • Al Bustan Palace 252 rooms from $280

    Al Bustan, Oman

    Barefoot luxury with a private beach, a central lagoon, and premier restaurants. Elegant contemporary rooms and suites with all the mod cons, private balconies, sea-facing/lagoon views. Excellent spa facilities, diving spots, and pool areas. A superbly opulent beach holiday.

    Foodies  -  One of the area's premier dining spots.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Wellbeing
    Romantic Break
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  • The Alila Jabal Akhdar Hotel 86 rooms from $244

    Oman

    Overlooked by the Al Hajar Mountains, Alila's Oman property is an oasis of luxury amidst its rugged surrounds. Private villas with private pools allow for ultimate seclusion and enough space for families. Indulgent treatments can be sampled at the spa and delicious dishes at Juniper and Rose Lounge.

    Romantic Break  -  An oasis in the heart of arid desert with mountain views - escape with a loved one
    Spa breaks  -  Alila spas are legendary for their commitment to wellness - this is no exception
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Great walks  -  Village walks followed by a picnic in the wadis is a perfect way to spend the day
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith
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See all » 1 hotel in Muscat

  • The Chedi, Muscat 158 rooms from $332

    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.

    Foodies  -  Eight restaurants including Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Asian and Indian.
    Total relaxation
    Luxury
    Spa breaks
    Recommended by  -  CN Traveller
    Check prices

See all » Other hotels in Oman

  • Six Senses Zighy Bay 82 rooms from $526

    Dibba Bayeh, Oman

    An award-winning beach resort in a remote coastal position. Absolute barefoot luxury in individual poolside sea-facing villas with private pools, spas, and gardens. Chic eco suites with light stone walls and wooden furnishings. Fantastic Ottolenghi style restaurant and direct access to the beach.

    Swimming Pool  -  A fantastic main pool and smaller pools dotted around the hotel.
    Foodies  -  Ottolenghi style restaurant.
    Families
    Romantic Break
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Tablet, CN Traveller
    Check prices
  • 1000 Nights Camp 15 rooms from $91

    Ash Sharqiyah, Oman

    A collection of Bedouin tents in the desert. Basic tents have rugs, wooden beds, and separate showers. Swimming pool, dining area, and plenty of desert activities (sand boarding, trekking, volley ball). A good choice for a team building exercise.

    Tented Camp
    Outstanding location  -  Situated in Wahiba Sands
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
    Remote  -  Off the beaten track.
    Check prices
  • Al Bandar Hotel 198 rooms from $195

    Muscat, Oman

    A Five Star luxury resort in Muscat on the coast. Contemporary classic rooms and suites with private patios, sea-facing views and all the mod cons. Seven restaurants to choose from, pool, private beach and banquet halls. A great choice for a family holiday.

    Beach Life
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    5* Luxury  -  Very high service standards.
    Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
    Check prices
  • Al Husn Hotel 179 rooms from $1326

    Muscat, Oman

    A royal Arabian palace inspired hotel on a peninsula with its own private beach, nightclub, restaurants, cafes and bars. Luxury rooms and suites, contemporary in style, have their own private balconies and all the mod cons. A sophisticated beach holiday.

    Beach Life
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    5* Luxury  -  Very high service standards.
    Diving  -  10 sites at the nearby island of Fahal and the wreck of the 84-metre vessel Al Munassir.
    Check prices
  • Al Waha Hotel 262 rooms from $1081

    Qantab, Oman

    A beach resort just outside Muscat with fantastic kids facilities. An enormous oasis pool with slides, diving school, tennis courts, and mini golf. Simple contemporary rooms with private balconies. Extensive spa, restaurant, cafes, and beach bars. Ideal for a family beach holiday.

    Child friendly  -  The hotel has been created with families in mind.
    Family
    Beach Life
    Families
    Check prices
  • Al Bustan Palace 252 rooms from $280

    Al Bustan, Oman

    Barefoot luxury with a private beach, a central lagoon, and premier restaurants. Elegant contemporary rooms and suites with all the mod cons, private balconies, sea-facing/lagoon views. Excellent spa facilities, diving spots, and pool areas. A superbly opulent beach holiday.

    Foodies  -  One of the area's premier dining spots.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Wellbeing
    Romantic Break
    Check prices
  • The Alila Jabal Akhdar Hotel 86 rooms from $244

    Oman

    Overlooked by the Al Hajar Mountains, Alila's Oman property is an oasis of luxury amidst its rugged surrounds. Private villas with private pools allow for ultimate seclusion and enough space for families. Indulgent treatments can be sampled at the spa and delicious dishes at Juniper and Rose Lounge.

    Romantic Break  -  An oasis in the heart of arid desert with mountain views - escape with a loved one
    Spa breaks  -  Alila spas are legendary for their commitment to wellness - this is no exception
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Great walks  -  Village walks followed by a picnic in the wadis is a perfect way to spend the day
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith
    Check prices