Oman

Overview

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).

North Oman

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.

East Oman

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 Empty Quarter

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.

South Oman

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.

When booking a luxury holiday to Oman, you’ll benefit from the years of experience from our Middle-East specialists, who’ll use their inside knowledge to design your perfect tailor-made tour.

Oman Regions

Musandam and Northern Oman

In travel, Musandam’s reputation as the “Norway of Arabia” proceeds most visits here. You come expecting the spectacular and that’s what you get: a dumbfounding natural drama that ha…

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Muscat and the East Coast

Muscat is one of Arabia’s great port cities. Meaning “anchorage”, Oman’s capital - with its strategic location on the Gulf - has been an epicentre of seafaring and trade for thousan…

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Nizwa and the Empty Quarter

The Empty Quarter is vast ocean of sand that covers most of the Arabian Peninsula. Rub’ Al Khali in Arabic, it encompasses some 650,000 square kilometres, making it the largest desert on E…

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Salalah

Salalah is one of the hottest new destinations in luxury travel. Partly due to its location, which puts you within day trip distance of most of Oman’s attractions. And partly due to the ci…

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Oman Itineraries

Oman with Kids

Oman

Lightfoot Travel specialise in tailor-made itineraries for family holidays, honeymoons and corporate travel around the world. Below is a sample itinerary for a family holiday to Oman, and ca…

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Oman Properties

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Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara

Oman, Salalah

Between a beach and freshwater lagoon, Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara offers refreshing luxury, and a gateway to Oman’s cultural treasures. Inspired by Omani fortresses of old, th…

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Al Bustan Palace, A Ritz-Carlton Hotel

Muscat and the East Coast, Oman

Set on a stunning kilometre stretch of private beach within 200 acres of lush gardens, and with a dramatic backdrop of mountains, Al Bustan Palace is a stylish and sophisticated hotel that c…

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Alila Jabal Akhdar

Nizwa and the Empty Quarter, Oman

Alila Jabal Akhdar is located in the Al Hajar Mountains, an area of spectacular natural beauty. Overlooking a gorge and with dramatic views, this luxury boutique hotel is perfectly positione…

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Crowne Plaza Resort Salalah

Oman, Salalah

This luxury, beachfront hotel is situated close to the centre of the ancient city of Salalah, known as the perfume capital of Arabia. Set within 42 acres of lush, manicured gardens, Crowne P…

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Desert Nights Camp

Nizwa and the Empty Quarter, Oman

Set in the most spectacular setting amongst the magnificent sand dunes in Wahiba Sands in Muscat, Oman, Desert Nights Camp is a luxury retreat offering an intimate and unforgettable experien…

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Hilton Salalah Resort

Oman, Salalah

Situated on the shores of the Indian Ocean in the Dhofar Region of Oman Hilton Salalah Resort provides the ideal base from which to explore the area. The design of this magnificent hotel has…

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Hud Hud Camp

Oman

If you dream of the jaw-dropping vastness of the desert, miraculous silence, endless skies, and bleached white sands, then head to Oman for an extraordinary journey that will surpass your wi…

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Sahab Hotel

Nizwa and the Empty Quarter, Oman

Overlooking a magnificent canyon, high up on Jabal Akhdar in the Nizwa region of Oman, Sahab Hotel is a unique and tranquil, luxury hotel offering breath-taking views of the spectacular land…

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Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Al Bandar

Muscat and the East Coast, Oman

Set in lush, landscaped gardens within the Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa, Al Bandar lies close to the beach and is the focal point of the resort. This magnificent hotel’s orna…

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Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa, Al Husn Hotel

Muscat and the East Coast, Oman

Set on a rocky bluff overlooking the Gulf of Oman, not far from Muscat, Al Husn is the flagship hotel of the magnificent Shangri-La’s Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa. This palatial hotel r…

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Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah, Al Waha Hotel

Muscat and the East Coast, Oman

Nestled at the foot of the mountains, not far from Muscat, Al Waha is Oman’s first dedicated family hotel. This superb hotel is the largest of three luxury hotels at Shangri-La’s Barr Al…

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Six Senses Zighy Bay

Musandam and Northern Oman, Oman

Six Senses Zighy Bay is a luxury hideaway located on the northern Musandam Peninsula in the Sultanate of Oman, two hours from Dubai. Set in spectacular isolation, with dramatic mountains to …

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The Chedi Muscat

Muscat and the East Coast, Oman

Set in 21 acres of manicured garden, the Chedi Muscat is a chic boutique hotel occupying a prime beachfront location, only a 15-minute drive from the airport and close to main tourist attrac…

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