The grand mosque in Muscat, Oman.
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Luxury Oman: Escape to Unspoiled Shores and Embrace Tranquillity

Looking for year-round sunshine away from the crowds? Oman offers a haven for older travellers seeking respite from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

Naomi Chadderton
Naomi Chadderton
An experienced editor and journalist specialising in news and lifestyle.

A rich tapestry of Arabian culture and natural wonders, Oman has long been a source of intrigue for intrepid travellers looking to break away from the more common sunny holiday destinations. From the opulent palaces of Muscat, to the rugged beauty of the Hajar Mountains, it’s popular with a more mature clientele thanks to its clement weather, often higher prices and lack of rowdy teens.

Whether you want to fly-and-flop, explore the road less travelled, or a bit of both, here’s how to put a luxury spin on your next Middle Eastern jaunt.

Luxury Boltholes: Where to Stay in Muscat

The Chedi Muscat

Boasting prime beachfront real estate, Muscat’s most desirable hotel also happens to be one of its oldest, having opened its doors in 2003. You’d never guess it, though – The Chedi's stunning blend of Omani architecture and Asian zen style creates a luxurious sense of calm. It's home to expansive rooms and suites decorated in neutral tones, plus eight fantastic restaurants to choose from. Spend your days by the region’s longest pool – a 103-metre-long marvel lined by palms and black double day beds – or pampering yourself in the five-star spa.

Al Bustan Palace

Nestled along Muscat’s azure coastline, Al Bustan Palace, a Ritz-Carlton Hotel, is the spot to head for a regal escape surrounded by lush gardens and the majestic Al Hajar Mountains. From the palatial architecture that reflects the country's cultural heritage, to sumptuous rooms, private beach access, an exceptional spa and a choice of lavish dining venues, there’s something to suit all types of traveller – and it’s perfectly placed for exploring the city.

Jumeirah Muscat Bay

As to be expected from the prestigious Jumeirah brand, its Muscat Bay property ticks all the right travel boxes for a blissful Oman escape. We’re talking a golden stretch of private beach, stylish Arabesque interiors, an excellent spa, pool and, geared towards wellness, the likes of full-moon SUP yoga, sunrise hikes to mountain-top meditation platforms and guided open-water swimming. Celebrating a special anniversary? Be sure to book dinner on the beach for a truly special culinary experience.

The Chedi Muscat won the ‘World’s Leading Luxury Beach Resort & Spa’ title at the World Travel Awards 2023.



Where to stay further afield:

Six Senses Zighy Bay

Inspired by a traditional Omani village, Six Senses Zighy Bay is the crème de la crème of luxury resorts in Oman. As remote as they come – you can choose to arrive by 4x4 or speedboat (if you’re feeling really adventurous, you can even paraglide in) – individual stone-walled dwellings house standalone villas and suites, each complete with private plunge pool, sun loungers, seating area, al fresco dining area, outdoor shower and direct access to the beach.

Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort

Perched on the edge of the Al Hajar Mountains with unrivalled panoramic views of the rugged terrain (you won’t believe the sunsets here), Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort is a place that excels in world-class amenities including fine dining restaurants, a rejuvenating spa and swanky accommodations that exude Omani charm. Adventure enthusiasts can explore the nearby ancient villages or embark on exhilarating mountain hikes, while those seeking relaxation can unwind by the infinity pool surrounded by the majestic mountains.

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Dining al fresco at the Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort in Oman.


A villa made of local materials at Six Senses Zighy Bay, Oman.


Things to do in Oman:

Explore Muscat

The country’s port capital, there’s plenty to see and do in Muscat, and you could easily while away your afternoons exploring its raucous souks (haggling mandatory), eating like a local (be sure to try a mardhoof, a traditional Omani flatbread made from date syrup, flour and ghee). Breathe in centuries of history (did you know Oman is the historic trading centre of incense and myrrh?) and discover architectural masterpieces (the Royal Opera House Muscat is a must-visit). Your hardest decision will be deciding where to start.

Take a Dhow Cruise

Make a day of it and head out on the water, where you can view the rugged coast of Muscat through the eyes of ancient mariners on a sunset dhow cruise. Equal parts exhilarating and romantic, these traditional wooden vessels are the best way to see the country’s magnificent sites. Don’t forget your camera to capture the twilight view of Muscat’s Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque in silhouette – and, if you’re lucky, dolphins and turtles might even join you for the ride.

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A night view of the Muttrah port, Muscat, Oman.


A seller shows items for sale at the handicrafts market in Muscat, Oman.


Hike in the Hajar Mountains

Active folk rejoice – the Hajar mountains contain some of the world’s finest walking trails, home to peaks, plateaux, gorges and chasms, with enormous views to match. The highest mountain range on the Arabian Peninsula, there are many sub-ranges and standalone areas within it, with the Jebel Shams Balcony Walk, the Wadi Shab loop and Jebel Akhdar being three of the most popular. First timers should consider booking the services of a trained guide, who has all the navigation equipment and safety know-how to take the unexpected out of the adventure, and they can really help to curate the perfect trip for all ages and fitness levels.

Hit the Beach

So much more than undulating desert dunes, lush palm oases and rugged limestone mountains, Oman is also home to some of the world’s most pristine beaches along its 3,165km-long coastline, with sun-worshippers spoilt for choice. Highlights include Al Qurum Beach in Muscat for people watching, the more southern Al Mughsayl Beach popular with locals, Bandar Jissah beach for crystal clear waters made for snorkelling and the Musandam fjords for complete and utter seclusion.

Enjoy the dramatic sunset at Al Qurum Beach in Muscat city.


The sun shines on the Al Hajar mountain range in Oman.