Reasons to Visit
With all of these mountains, wadis and desert dunes, it is probably apparent that a saloon car isn't going to suffice for many of the journeys you take in Oman! A 4WD, piloted by a skilled local, is very often required and adds to the sense of adventure.
Oman's miles of coastline are a veritable haven of white-sand beaches and secluded coves. Whether you choose to stay in a downtown Muscat hotel where the beach is wide and open, or to head to somewhere like Musandam, where your hotel is likely to be the only thing for miles around, Oman's beaches are one of her major attractions.
The Wahiba Sands are easily accessible from Muscat and provide an insight into desert life. The tall dunes hide small Bedouin encampments, and a surprising array of wildlife. For the truly adventurous, the legendary sands of the Rub' al Khali, or Empty Quarter, beckon in the south of the country.
Although a clichéd phrase, much of Oman is relatively untouched by Western influences, and when you stand at Nizwa market watching the locals haggle over livestock, or admire the way fields have been terraced into impossibly steep mountainsides, you're appreciating a more traditional lifestyle.
The Hajar Mountains have kept the interior of Oman isolated for millennia , and the remote villages steeply terraced into the mountainsides seem little changed in that time. In Salalah the mountains have captured the moisture in the ocean air, allowing the liquid gold of frankincense to be grown on their slopes.
Cutting through heavily folded rock, with pretty streams and swaying palms nestled in their beds, the wadis of Oman are a major attraction, from the gentle and peaceful Wadi Bani Khalid through to the drama of Wadi Gul, with its 1 kilometre sheer sides.
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At its heart is old Muscat, a walled city with a natural harbour watched over by the twin fortresses of Jalali and Mirani, where the Sultan has his palace. Nearby, the historic commercial district of Muttrah spreads along the shore of a wide bay.
The rooms of the Crowne Plaza in Muscat offer a good degree of comfort and enjoy views over the Arabian Gulf. It also features it's own private beach and a range of cafes and restaurants.
The Park Inn in central Muscat is a great choice for those who are not too concerned about staying on the beach. Its rooms are bright and modern, and the staff are attentive and friendly.
Based in the heart of Muscat, the Radisson Blu's rooms are contemporary and colourful, with modern facilities and good levels of comfort.
The Al Bandar in Muscat offers world-class service and facilities, and good views of the Arabian Sea.
With a wide range of restaurants, attentive staff, children's pool and club, the Al Waha at Shangri-La's Barr Al Jissah resort is great for families.
Smart and comfortable with spacious rooms and a good location in central Muscat, the Grand Hyatt hotel is a great place to relax and soak up the Arabian sun.
With its coastal location, 35 acres of extensive mature gardens, excellent facilities and spacious rooms, the Intercontinental is the perfect place to relax and unwind.
Featuring one of the grandest lobbies you'll ever see, the Al Bustan Palace in Muscat also offers lovely gardens, pools and a private beach.
The most exclusive of the hotels at the Shangri-La Al Jissah resort, the Al Husn has sweeping views of the Gulf from its commanding location overlooking the bay below.
The Chedi Muscat hotel brings a touch of modern sophistication to the city. Rooms look out to water pools and palm gardens, with the interior mountains and shimmering sea of the Gulf beyond.
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