Your cup of Omani TeaAn array of untouched landscapes on offer, which is bound to leave you with the urge to return year after year.
Majestic mountains, unspoilt coastlines and windswept deserts are just a few of the treats you can expect from an Oman luxury holiday. Steeped in history and folklore, traditional Bedouin values are prominent in this magical country and blend seamlessly with modern Arabia. Visitors will be captivated by the warm welcome of the Omani people and the array of untouched landscapes on offer, which is bound to leave you with the urge to return year after year.
The great outdoors
Adventure-seekers will delight in the chance to explore Oman’s countless sand dunes, wadis, coastline and mountainscapes. A 4x4 tour is the ideal way to make the most of your outdoor experience, and a local guide will be of invaluable help when it comes to traversing these expansive landscapes in a safe and environmentally-friendly way.
Oman has a variety of fantastic hiking trails, taking you high into the mountains, through impressive cave systems and around the edge of breathtaking gorges such as the Wadi Ghul, known as Oman’s Grand Canyon. For a real adrenalin rush, hike the Balcony Walk to Sap Bani Khamis, or rappel-drop 158 metres into Majlis al Jinn - the world’s second largest cavern. Alternatively, take a thrilling mountain drive to Hatt, following a hair-raising route along the cliffs. With many parts of the country still untouched, the opportunity to discover these pristine spots is sure to bring out the intrepid explorer in you.
Nature and wildlife
The sight of hundreds of nesting turtles on Oman’s beaches is one of the most popular activities and is guaranteed to leave you feeling awestruck. Take a guided evening tour and watch these amazing reptiles quietly make their way up the sands of Ras al Jinz or Masirah Island to lay their eggs and return to sea. July to October is the best time to watch this magnificent yearly ritual, with the chance to see up to five different species of turtle.
At Salalah, explore the stunning, palm-fringed beaches and lush green vegetation of the surrounding pastures, while taking in the heady aroma of the frankincense trees at Wadi Dawkah.
A diverse dining experience
When it comes to dining, Oman has a wide variety on offer. Fine dining restaurants and top chefs can be found in the luxury hotels in Oman, while local markets and restaurants serve more rustic Omani cuisine. Seafood is a particularly popular delicacy, and you won’t want to miss the chance to try rabees - a regional speciality made from shark. Meat-lovers will want to sample dishes like shuwa, which consists of marinated lamb cooked slowly in an underground oven, or a concoction of boiled meat and steamed wheat known as harees. Omanis are known for their sweet tooth and take every opportunity to eat traditional sweetmeats like halwa while sipping cardamon-laced coffee with the traditional accompaniment of dates.
At Azure, we’ve made it our mission to ensure that our luxury holidays cater for all tastes. Our fabulous 5 star Oman hotels provide first-class accomodation and are the perfect base for exploring what this wonderful nation has to offer. To find out more about our bespoke holiday packages, get in touch today by phone or live chat.
where to stay
Al Bustan PalaceFrom...A newly-refurbished lobby of monumental marble greets you as you enter the palatial Al Bustan Palace, A Ritz-Carlton Hotel. Just a stone’s throw away from the historical city of Muscat, guests are invited to unwind in manicured gardens and enjoy views of the Gulf of Oman and the impressive Al Hajar Mountains.
Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar ResortFrom...
Perched above the rest of the world, Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar is the highest hotel on Oman’s renowned Al Jahar Mountain, affording you unparalleled views over the luscious landscape. The perfect place to get away from it all, this plush hotel is sure to exceed even the highest of expectations. Boasting 82 sumptuous rooms, 33 private poolside villas and personalised service for every guest, you can be sure that your every wish will be catered for during your luxury holiday here.
Alila Jabal AkhdarFrom...
Hidden within the Al Jahar Mountain, 2,000 meters above sea level, this stunning resort is the perfect secluded getaway for travellers wishing to soak up the beautiful Omani scenery in the utmost luxury. Chic and sophisticated, Alila Jabal Akhdar blends traditional influences from ancient forts and clean-cut contemporary style to provide a sumptuous and impressive setting for your holiday.
Shangri-La Al Husn Resort & SpaFrom...Perched on the top of a cliff looking over the expanse of the Gulf of Oman, Shangri-La Al Husn Resort & Spa is one of the area’s most luxurious hotels. It may only be half an hour away from the capital, but a stay here will make the hustle and bustle of daily life seem a world away.
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