With ancient culture, awe-inspiring natural beauty and the city of Muscat offering the most sophisticated and yet modern taste of the Middle East, a luxury Oman holiday is the beginner’s guide to the wonders of this most beautiful of regions.
Oman the jewel in the crown of Arabia is still a largely undiscovered paradise located on the Southern tip of the Arabian Peninsula. Bordered by the Arabian Gulf on one side and the Indian Ocean on the other Oman boasts long golden shores, palms and groves of citrus trees set against dramatic mountainsides.
The capital city of Muscat lies between the rugged Hajar Mountains and the coast. With an extraordinary 5,000 year history, Muscat offers visitors a glimpse of authentic Arabia, with bustling waterfronts and alleyways. Mutrah's markets and souk's are a great place to soak up the atmosphere, while the Bait Al Zubair museum is an excellent place to learn about Omani culture. Oman is dotted with ancient forts, many of which have been well restored. Two of the most famous forts, Jalali and Mirani, guard the entrance to Muscat bay. Although these cannot be visited, many others can. West of Muscat are the imposing towers of Nakhal and Rustaq castle, both easily accessible as a day trip from the capital, whilst inland is the UNESCO site of Bahla castle and the immense circular fort in Nizwa.
Oman is also home to several beautiful natural sites. Take a 4 x 4 tour to the towering Jebel Shams, Oman’s highest peak, or explore the wadis and beaches that line the eastern coast. The white sands of Tiwi beach and the picturesque Wadi Beni Khalid and Wadi Shab are excellent picnic spots on the road between Sur and Muscat.
The spectacular landscape of Wahiba Sands, home to Bedouin tribes and their camels, lies in the east of Oman. The copper-coloured sands and the high, rolling dunes stretch as far as the eye can see. A trip by 4 x 4 vehicle is highly recommended and there are several campsites that offer guests the experience of staying overnight in the desert.
Salalah is the capital of the Dhofar province, which is the southern region of the Sultanate of Oman. Unique in the country, the province experiences a monsoon season between late June and September known as the ‘Khareef ’. During this season, the region blooms with greenery and flowers and this lush landscape, combined with cooler temperatures, make it an ideal time to visit. Parks and groves of coconut, banana, papaya, watermelon and vegetables give Salalah a tropical atmosphere, while the coast offers miles of uncrowded beaches, bordered by a brilliant blue sea.
The Omani governorate of Musandam lies to the extreme north of Oman and is separated from the rest of the country by the U.A.E. It has rough mountains that overlook the Strait of Hormuz, and the area has a beautiful fjordlike coastline. Khasab is the capital of Musandam region, situated in the north corner of the governorate and is accessible from Muscat by a short internal flight. Popular tours from Khasab include trips around the beautiful coastline on a traditional dhow. Many visitors opt to continue their holiday from here by covering the short distance into the U.A.E by road and spending some time in the modern city of Dubai.
With year round sun and an abundance of chic, glamorous hotels springing up along the Gulf coastline, there has never been a better time to experience this breathtaking place with Revere Travel. Ramadan, which is observed for one month each year, is a period of fasting when the pace of life is slower, public areas are busier and there are certain restrictions, for example, consuming food in public, drinking alcohol and use of restaurants.