Historically Oman’s contact to the rest of the world has been through the sea. Now the sea has become the best link for all costal towns in Oman. Bahia is an ancient town with 7 miles of defensive walls. The town is renowned for its pottery and has some great markets. Qurum is the place that shows off Oman’s archaeology, history and culture and is located on the palm-fringed coast and has great beaches and fishing grounds. Sohar, with a long, rich sailing history is an area known for a large number of fisherman and fruit-sellers. Jebel Akhdar, otherwise known as the “Green Mountain,” is almost 3000 metres tall. Jebel Akhdar is famous for its abundance of date palm groves, earning it a reputation as one of Oman's most picturesque villages.
Hotels & Resorts
Oman hotels are strategically placed in the most beautiful places in major towns. To match the scenic outdoors, hotels in Oman include a selection of fully furnished accommodation, fine restaurants, sports and recreational activities, live entertainment and well trained friendly staff to add to the holiday experience. The Shangri-La’s Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa comprises of three luxury hotels located in Muscat, Al Waha which is the perfect choice for families or groups travelling together. Al Bander, which is located in the heart of the resort and Al Husn is a more secluded, exclusive retreat. All rooms in the hotel are spacious and designed to reflect the Arabian tradition of Oman. The Al Bustan Palace, located in Muscat is set against a mountain backdrop on 200 acres of private beach and green gardens. With the business and commercial districts close by and many other must see sights such as the Al Alam Palace, this traditional yet modern Oman hotel is in a wonderful location. The Grand Hyatt, situated on the sandy beaches of Shatti Al Qurm which overlook the waters of the Gulf of Oman, is one of the largest hotels in Muscat and with a variety of restaurants, bars such as the John Barry Bar and clubs such as the buzzing Club Saffari or Copacabana night club. The Grand Hyatt is a must see upon visiting Oman. One of the best resort escapes is “The Chedi”, located alongside the crystal waters of the Gulf of Oman and just a short drive from the airport the five star hotel offers a range of full equipped rooms, two swimming pools, a water garden and private stretch of beach.
Whether it’s a cheap holiday to Oman or a package holiday Oman style, with all year round sunshine you will be sure to find the perfect personalised booking for your travels. Whether it’s a shopping or exploration holiday you seek, Oman has it all.
Top Things To Do:
Explore the capital Muscat
Muscat is divided into three districts, Muscat, Multrah and Ruwii. Muscat is an old walled port town and is dominated by the Sultan’s palace and buildings of the royal court and government offices. You cannot leave Muscat without visiting Mutrah Souq, one of Muscat’s oldest markets with many tiny stalls selling Omani treasures from jewellery and clothing, to spices and frankincense.
Visit the Grand Mosque
Built from Indian sandstone, the Grand Mosque was constructed by order of Sultan Qaboos in 1992. Finished in 2001, the place of worship contains one of the world’s largest hand-woven rugs (21 tonnes!), which took 4 years to complete. The mosque can hold 20,000 worshippers in total. Visitors are reminded to wear trousers and long sleeves, with women required to also wear a headscarf when visiting the mosque.
Go back in time at Nizwa
The city of Nizwa contains the Nizwa Fort, built in 1668 by Imam Sultan bin Saif al Yaarubi. The circular castle was very well fortified, with any attackers facing a defense of cannon-fire, boiling oil, and guards armed with muskets and flintlocks. A truly amazing example of Omani architecture and military engineering.
Experience the wildlife
In the deserts of Oman, camel racing is an exciting experience to behold. Alternatively head to the small sandy bay of Ras Al Jinz to see turtles returning ashore to lay their eggs, the peak time being between July to October. A Dhow cruise, which uses a traditional boat made from wood, is an excellent way to have a closer look at the marine life such as dolphins or even whales, which are all present in the clear Omani waters.
Take a dip in the Bimmah Sinkhole
The Bimmah Sinkhole is famous for its beautiful clear green-blue water, which is a result of salt water mixing with fresh water. A swim in the water is well worth the long walk down.
Go to the beach
With up to 1700km of stunning coastline Oman resorts offer some of the cleanest beaches around. On your holidays in Oman there are a wide range of activities on offer for holidaymakers, including sand skiing in the desert, scuba diving, rock climbing, trekking, surfing or for a more authentic feel, camel racing. Oman is blessed with scenic beaches including the Qurum, Mughsail and Bandar beach, which offer a variety of activities from sailing to diving. The beaches are home to the Majlis al-jhinn, the second biggest cave in the world. With long passages and crystal clear meandering streams, the Majlis Al-Jhinn is an astonishing natural attraction.
Due to its geographical location, Omani cuisine is a blend of Middle Eastern, African and Asian tastes. Kingfisher is a common ingredient in Oman; Mushuai consists of a whole spit-roasted kingfisher served with lemon rice. Coffee is a popular beverage in Oman. Kahwah is coffee mixed with cardamom powder and is often served as a sign of hospitality.
The Muscat Festival: This annual festival is a great way of experiencing Oman’s culture. It features traditional dances and food.
The Khareef Festival: Held in August every year in Salalah, Dhofar in the south of Oman, this festival is similar to the Muscat Festival. The Khareef Festival is popular because of the cool breezes on the south coast, which are very welcome in the heat of the Omani summer.
From north to south, east to west, you will be able to find something you’re looking for on your holidays to Oman.