Dramatic deserts, remote beaches and sweeping canyons: these are just some of the arresting landscapes that await you on a luxury trip to Oman, a country which goes far beyond its string of excellent five-star hotels. At Elite Travel Concierge, we always pick the best properties, tours and travel experiences, Oman being among them.
In Muscat, the capital, architectural wonders can be glimpsed at the Royal Opera House and Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque. However, Muscat is known more for its tempting range of fantastic restaurants and pretty harbourfront than for its impressive buildings. The Muttrah Corniche is a good example, popular with locals and visitors alike, this – the 19th century merchant centre – is the place to be at sunset each evening, for both the views and the fine Arabian food. Further insight into the cultural history of Oman is best uncovered at the National Museum, full of interesting exhibits, and nearby Al Alam Palace. Meanwhile, further afield you can see it all first-hand with a visit to the UNESCO listed, pre-Islamic forts of Bahla and Nakhal to the southwest of central Muscat, among several other notable castles and forts throughout Oman.
As with neighbouring countries in the United Arab Emirates, there is no shortage of first-class luxury hotels in Oman either, from palatial resorts to boutique mountain retreats and even eco-camps, if staying in the picturesque Ras al-Jinz Nature Reserve for instance. In addition to its heavenly hotels, Oman is also home to an array of varied sceneries, enough to rival any in the world. These include the Hajar Mountains which resemble the Grand Canyon with their red-hued rock, sweeping gorges and occasional plantlife, or the sprawling golden dunes of the Wahiba Sands, where traditional Bedouin life can be seen alongside timeless desert views.
For sun worshippers and those who need some time on the coast, a luxury beach holiday to Oman has that covered too, with Qurum Beach accessible from Muscat and Tiwi Beach standing out further south; Mughsayl in the west is also well worth a visit. All three, and there are many more, epitomise the paradise-like bays and crystalline seas that Oman has to offer – for those in the know, that is. If touring around Oman, be sure to cross the ancient UNESCO World Heritage-listed Frankincense Trail, which travels from the southern Dhofar Region to the northern deserts and wider Arabia, once the source of wealth across the region.
Then, if the exploration and intrigue has you in need of a little pampering, at Elite Travel Concierge we only deal with the very best luxury hotels and boutique resorts in Oman, so you may find yourself not needing to venture out at all, if simply looking to enjoy the finer things in life while away.