Oman remains largely undiscovered yet boasts long golden beaches, a beautiful interior and spectacular fjords on the Musandam peninsula. It is home to a number of 5* hotels which offer high standards of service and excellent amenities. Due to the weather, it makes a perfect winter destination and is easily reached by direct flights. As well as beach breaks, Oman offers much for the visitor and the country is particularly proud of its culture and stunning landscapes.

Located on the Arabian Peninsula, Oman has terrain encompassing desert, riverbed oases and expansive coastlines on the Persian Gulf, Arabian Sea and Gulf of Oman. With its rich heritage and embracing society, Oman has a strong sense of identity, pride in an ancient, frankincense-trading past, and confidence in a highly educated future. Oman’s low-rise towns retain their traditional charms and Bedouin values remain at the heart of the Omani welcome. This country is the obvious choice for those seeking out the modern face of Arabia whilst still wanting to get a feel for its ancient soul.

Highlights

Mutrah souq: for shopping, haggling and admiring a traditional Arab market

Mutrah corniche: spectacular at sunset when the light casts shadows across the mountains and perfect for an evening stroll or bike ride

Grand mosque: glorious architecture with the second-largest hand-loomed carpet in the world, having taken 600 women over four years to weave

Sultan’s Palace: closed to the public but well worth a photograph from the colonnaded approach

Bayt al Zunair: a privately owned museum exhibiting Omani heritage and also hosting exhibitions

Al Mirani fort: closed to the public but well worth a photograph

Mutrah gold souq: although not to everyone’s taste, it’s astounding to see the sheer volume of gold on display

Weather and when to go

The best months to visit Oman are March, April, September and October when the days are largely warm and dry, with temperatures averaging between 26 and 35°C . January-March is slightly cooler and you are more likely to experience occasional rainfall. During the summer months it becomes very hot and humid – so much so that many hotels close a number of their outdoor restaurants and bars.

Temperatures from November to March hover around 25-29°C with 9 hours of sunshine. Water temperatures are a balmy 25-28°C, perfect for swimming and snorkelling.

Activities

Take a city tour of Muscat

Camp in the desert at a Bedouin tent under the stars

Explore the fjords of the Musandam peninsula by traditional dhow

Hotels in Oman

Map and travel information

Flight information

Direct flights from the UK to Muscat in under 8 hours

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