When asked for a holiday destination that covers all bases, we often find ourselves recommending Oman, which combines adventure and romance with white-sandy beaches and luxury hotels. And what with Oman’s dramatic scenery, even a short trip will engage all the senses, making it a trip to remember.
With direct flights from London to Muscat, you can be in sunnier climes in under 7 and a half hours. British Airways also fly direct from London Heathrow. The slightly longer flight time is a small compromise when faced with year-round sunshine and and spectacular landscapes. Choose between a stylish beachside break at The Chedi in Muscat or head further afield to Muscandam to stay in the acclaimed Six Senses Zighy Bay; surrounded by ancient forts and hilltop villages.
Above all, Oman is famed for its scuba diving. Explore the bounteous coral reef from either hotel (Six Senses even has its very own dive centre). Similarly, you can explore the coast’s colourful marine life with snorkels. Furthermore, you can try to glimpse dolphins and whales, taking out a boat to skim the coastline. There are also kitesurfing schools on Muscat beach. Family-friendly activities and hotels with glorious scenery. What’s not to love?
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Located on the stretch of Al Ghubra and backed by dramatic mountain scenery, The Chedi benefits from its own private beach. Designed in the traditional Omani style, the architecture is elevated by an Asian influence. All accommodation boasts spacious bathrooms and the latest technologies with panoramic views of the Gulf of Oman. In the restaurant, contemporary Mediterranean, Asian, Indian and Arabic influenced cuisine is served with the Beach restaurant specialising in seafood. Similarly, outside doesn’t disappoint. There are three magnificent swimming pools and two tennis court alongside a sauna, steam and spa with thirteen elegant treatment rooms. The hotel can arrange a variety of tours. Visit a desert safari camp in the Wahiba Sands or a Wadi trip accompanied by a guide. Alternatively have an offshore adventure into the Gulf of Oman for dolphin watching, fishing or snorkelling.
SIX SENSES ZIGHY BAY
A secluded fishing village on the Sultanate’s northern Musandam Peninsula is the location for Six Senses Zighy Bay. Staying in one of their stunning pool villas, you’ll overlook the hotel’s expansive sandy beach. Designed to look like an authentic Omani village, bathrooms extend to an outdoor shower area and each villa benefits from its own private pool and butler service. With various restaurants ranging from the Spice Market to the Summer House bistro, the Zighy Bay bar and Six Senses Spa you’ll be living in the lap of luxury. Additionally they have non-motorised water sports, a gym and tennis courts to keep you entertained.