This vibrant itinerary combines some of the highlights of northern Oman, including the capital city of Muscat, the vast desert of Wahiba Sands and the dramatic forts and hidden villages around Nizwa in the stunning Hajar Mountains.
Oman is an excellent destination for families, with superb child-friendly hotels and plenty of activities to suit all ages. A combination of the beach, mountains and desert makes for an easy-going but exciting trip, which can easily be tailored for you.
Oman is a country with dramatic landscapes, magnificent forts, vast empty deserts, rugged mountain ranges and stunning coastlines. Imagine India specialist Louise has travelled extensively throughout the country and is very passionate about this little known Middle East destination. We have asked her to whittle down her ideas to come up with the top five reasons why Oman should be your next holiday destination…
This luxurious itinerary takes in Oman’s most breathtaking sites, including the dramatic Hajar mountains and powdery white beaches of Salalah. Spend a night under the stars in an exclusive private camp, and be awe-inspired by Muscat’s Grand Mosque.
Grand Hyatt Muscat
Best for: Culture History, Family
The Grand Hyatt, Muscat exudes an opulent and timeless elegance, set in a stunning palm garden with direct access to the beach, this luxury resort is perfect for families and couples to relax and explore the souqs and silky sands of the Omani desert.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8916
Arabian architecture and warm hospitality await you at the Grand Hyatt, Muscat, a luxury resort located on the sandy beach of Al Qurum in the diplomatic district of Muscat. Backed by the Hajar Mountains and facing the Gulf of Oman, this landmark hotel enjoys wonderful views of the ocean and mountain terrain. Muscat international airport is around a 20-minute drive away and the cultural delights of the city including the souqs, mosques and port area, are around 5-minutes away by car.The hotel has a total of 280 rooms including 54 suites, six one and two-bedroom Crown Suites and one Royal Suite. The décor is modern with classic Arabian-style accents and the rooms are all tastefully-appointed and include balconies looking over the Gulf of Oman or the Hajar Mountains. The accommodation includes King-size bed, deluxe Egyptian linens, air-conditioning, spacious marble bathroom with walk-in shower and separate bathtub, bathrobe and slippers, Wi-Fi, flat-screen TV, Satellite TV, in-room movies, generous workspace and minibar. Rollaways are available for families. The Suites include additional lounge and dining areas. Guests staying in Grand Club Rooms and Suites have exclusive access to the Grand Club Lounge which provides complimentary drinks and snacks throughout the day. There are four inhouse restaurants: Safari Rooftop Grill House for seafood, steaks and amazing views; Tuscany for accomplished Italian dishes; the popular Mokha Café for all-day dining and the Marjan Restaurant for authentic Indonesian cuisine. Traditional Arabic coffee and teas can be enjoyed in the Sirj Tea Lounge and for evening drinks head to either the John Barry Bar or Club Safari and Habana Sports Bar. There is a large palm-fringed pool area and guests have direct access to the public beach. Club Olympos offers a gym, steam room and sauna, along with massage and a temperature-controlled pool. Guests also have the use of three floodlit tennis courts and professional coaching is available on request. And if all of that has played havoc with your hair, you’ll be pleased to know that there is also an onsite hair salon. With all of Muscat’s attractions on the doorstep, as well as the mountains and desert to explore, we think the Grand Hyatt, Muscat is a great base for a deluxe family holiday to Oman.
When to go
The most popular time to visit northern Oman is from November to March, when daytime temperatures are around 25-30 degrees Celsius, with warm seas and blue skies. Whilst there may be the odd rainy day, these are pretty infrequent, although occasionally there can be tropical storms which can last a few days. From May to September, humidity and temperatures soar, with July and August often experiencing temperatures of over 40 degrees Celsius.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8916
Things to do
Nizwa Friday Market
The Nizwa Friday Market offers a fascinating insight into Omani culture, as farmers from the mountains and desert gather to buy and sell camels, sheep, goats and cattle. There is a live auction close to the entrance to the souk.
Bait Al Baranda Museum
Built in the 1930s, this former American Mission was converted into a Museum in 2006, focusing on the history of Muscat reaching right back to the 1st century AD.
Dolphin Watching from Muscat
Many species of dolphin can be found in the waters off Muscat, including bottlenose and spinners. The pods often number hundreds of dolphins, and the chance of sightings is very high. The views back onto the coast are also stunning.
Jabal Shams & the Carpet Weavers of Wadi Ghul
Jabal Shams is Oman's highest peak, rising just over 2,000 metres above sea level. The area is often referred to as Oman's Grand Canyon, and the views from Jabal Shams down into Wadi Ghul below are breathtaking.
Muscat Cooking Class
This hands-on cooking class is an entertaining experience both for first-time cooks, and for those who know their way around the kitchen. Visit a local market to pick up ingredients, and then learn how to transform them into delicious dishes.
Get your adrenalin pumping by climbing to the top of Jabal Shams using the Via Ferratta; a metal cable and rungs in the rock face. Whilst not for the faint hearted, this is an exciting experience for adventure enthusiasts!
Wadi Arbayeen Day Excursion
Venture south of Muscat to explore Oman’s stunning coastline and enjoy a BBQ lunch in one of the country's most picturesque wadis. Wadi Arbayeen is lined with lush date palms, and features deep pools of water, surrounding by soaring mountains.
Half Day Muscat City Tour
Muscat is a fantastic mixture of history, tradition and modern influences. Explore the capital with your private guide, taking in the highlights of this modern Arabian city.
Coffee with the Curator at the Bait Adam
Visit the fascinating Bait Adam Museum in Muscat where you can enjoy a traditional Omani coffee with the curator, and learn more about the country's history as well as the museum's impressive collection.
Like the round tower fort in Nizwa, Jabrin Castle was built during the 17th century. Explore this historic castle, which offers panoramic views across the countryside and beautifully intricate design and decorations.
Private Dolphin Watching & Snorkelling Trip
Enjoy a private boat trip into the Gulf of Oman, searching for dolphins and whales before heading to Bandar al Khiran to snorkel amongst the coral reefs, which are home to a variety of fish species and even turtles.
Nizwa Fort & Souk
Explore Nizwa, where you can learn about the history of Oman's previous capital city, visit the fascinating Nizwa Fort and take a stroll through the winding souk, brimming with trinkets, handicrafts, antiques and spices.
Dinner with an Omani Family
Enjoy an evening meal with a local Omani family in their home, where you can learn about their day-to-day life, culture and beliefs. This is a fantastic way to gain a better understanding of this fascinating country and its people.
Visit the Royal Opera House
Take a tour of Muscat's impressive Royal Opera House. The serene, white-washed exterior contrasts beautifully with an opulent interior, decorated with intricately carved wooden panels, ethereal archways and lavish design.
Visit Bahla Fort, one of the oldest and most dramatic forts in Oman, as well as designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. The fort also has extensive battlements which run along the valley, and the nearby town is famous for its pottery.
Daytrip to the Damaniyat Islands (Private Charter)
Enjoy a private boat trip out to the incredible Damaniyat Islands, and spend the day swimming, snorkelling and paddle boarding amongst the beautiful scenery. The area is home to a myriad of marine life and coral reefs.