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Arabia at its most welcoming
Holidays in Oman take you to a haven of golden beaches and rugged scenery nestled on the eastern tip of the Arabian Peninsula. This up and coming tourist destination allures visitors with its year round sunshine, vibrant culture and inspiring history, with something for all kinds of traveller available.
Adventurers will enjoy excursions through the dunes of Wahiba Sands, the port of Sur and the verdant greenery amidst the mountains of Jabal Akhdar, which is part of the majestic Al Hajar mountain range. Jebel Shams is the highest point, offering panoramic views of Wadi Ghul, the Grand Canyon of Arabia. Families and couples will enjoy spending time on the powdery, sandy beaches and swimming in the warm, azure waters as well as exploring the desert playgrounds.
Sample a laid back slice of Arab culture and relish the fine traditions and unique culture at your own pace, in beautiful, tranquil surroundings.
Luxury holidays in Oman must include a visit to the ice white port city of Muscat, the capital which is cushioned between the Gulf of Oman and the mountains. Discover an ancient harbour, the elaborate Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque and admire Mutrah Souq, the oldest in Oman. Pick out a bargain souvenir from the traditional marketplace, while further inland is the UNESCO site of Nizwa and the Bahla Fort, which will transport you back in time to an inspiring past.
Sovereign offers a fine collection of accommodation in Oman, handpicked by our team to ensure you get the most from your time away. Stay at Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa - Al Bandar and be inspired by the traditions of old Muscat, as well as enjoying a wealth of onsite facilities including a gift shop, art gallery and fantastic restaurants. If you are heading to Jabal Akhdar, the Alila Al Jabal Akhdar Hotel is a superb choice, offering a world class retreat for couples seeking relaxation and adventure.
Jabal Akhdar is a spectacular slice of the Al Hajar mountain range. Boutique hotels and rose terraces sit at over 2,000 metres above sea level, peering down at hamlets, canyons and orchards.
Flight time from the UK to Oman starts at 7 hours 30 minutes.
The best time to visit Oman is in autumn and spring. Temperatures waver between 23°C and 30°C, although nights can cool down considerably. That’s down to the desert climate, which also contributes to Oman’s very dry summers. The winters see occasional rainfall that appears in short, sharp bursts.
Temperatures frequently soar past 40°C between June and September. Wondering where all those dunes come from? Winds blow through between March and August, whipping up the desert sands.
You can expect plenty of sunshine all year round, too: at least eight hours a day on average.
British nationals don’t need to get a visa in advance. You’ll receive one when you arrive in Oman.
It’s best to tip around 10% in high-end or hotel restaurants. Elsewhere in Oman, a tip isn’t expected – but rounding up the bill to the nearest rial for good service is appreciated.
Check with your GP for up-to-date information on vaccinations.