Like a genie from a lamp, the secret of Oman’s great untouched beauty and pristine wilderness has escaped. But instead of embracing mass tourism, Oman has concentrated on the experience of the relatively few visitors who travel here. And what a wealth of experiences it has! Make no mistake, if you’re looking to experience true Arabia, few countries are in the same league as Oman.
There is great romance in the deserts of Oman, reminiscent of a long-departed world of desert forts, camel treks and Bedouin tribes. But beyond the sea of sands, there is huge variety to discover on a luxury Oman Tour.
Old forts lie unchanged for centuries, ancient traditions are lovingly-preserved. There are powdery beaches and luxury resorts and great sailing. Huge mountain ranges cover the country, while the north is home to spectacular fjords (khors).
Musandam is the land of khors: the peninsular that juts out into the Strait of Hormuz where the Hajar Mountains tumble into the turquoise sea. The labyrinth of steep and mighty fjords has seen Musandam nicknamed the “Norway of Arabia” and for many it’s the most sublime natural sight in the Gulf, particularly from the deck of boat. There is a remoteness about the place, while the terrain remains pristine and undeveloped. Particularly off the coast, where there is excellent dolphin and whale watching.
The ancient port capital, Muscat, is home to some of the finest luxury hotels in Oman, lining its idyllic beaches. Farther down the coast lies laid-backed Sur with its untouched beaches and old forts, as well as the protected turtle nesting site of Ral Al Jinz. Inland are the rolling dunes of Wahiba Sands, one of Oman’s most picturesque desertscapes, where you can camp out under the stars in luxury.
The raw beauty of the Empty Quarter can be underestimated. It’s a savage land and a testament to the durability of the local tribes. Sand dunes stand hundreds of metres high, there are deep blue pool oases and vast red mountains and rock formations. And complementing a spectacular landscape is an otherworldly quiet that has seen the desert labelled the “Abode of Silence”. From the sacred city of Nizwa, surrounded by imperious peaks, you can visit some of Oman’s most impressive desert forts including Nizwa Fort itself and the Unesco-certified Bahla.
Unlike most of Oman, much the southern region of Dhofar is lush and subtropical. The jewel in coast’s crown is Salalah, a vibrant city with spiced up with a little East African. Many of Oman’s top attractions can be reached from Salalah including the Empty Quarter and the Lost City of Ubar, making it a hugely popular destination for a luxury Tour. There are talcum powder beaches and wonderful hiking up in the Dhofar Mountain.
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