Oman is understated compared to its Middle Eastern counterparts, giving the country a charm of tradition and authenticity that has been untainted by excessive wealth.
Here is a place where you can gain a raw insight into the Arab world, seemingly far-detached from vanity and garish monuments – such is the quaint allure of holidays in Oman.
Perhaps the country’s most famous addition was what used to be the largest rug in the world, housed in the Grand Mosque of Muscat
. However, it’s the heritage and welcoming atmosphere that will keep you coming back time and time again in what is an unsuspecting holiday destination – the outstanding natural beauty and heritage representing pleasant attractions that would suit just about any holidaymaker.
A range of options
To the surprise of many there are actually quite a few options when it comes to hotels. 4-star and 5-star hotels offer a luxurious welcome to Oman holidays, whereas those who would prefer to spend the majority of their time exploring will be well-catered for in affordable resorts. Muscat is where many will decide to head as there are a number of attractions and shopping opportunities in the local area, but even from here you must travel to Salalah in the south of the country; the spectacular landscapes are certainly not to be missed.
Natural beauty in the winter sun
Due to the country’s geographical location facing the Arabian Sea, holidays to Oman allow you to experience year-round sunshine. The sea-bound locale will also allow for gentle breezes to roll in over the waters, giving a refreshing vitality even in the warmer months. Of course the ever-present sunshine will also mean that a number of more natural attractions are appealing throughout the year, those including Wadi Shab and the Oman Fjords – the latter of which providing hikes and incredible views in equal abundance.
Beach bums will not be without their coastal pleasures either, Turtle Beach offering sands akin to those of the most exotic destinations. Al Mughsail Beach is another that will offer sandy perfection too, although making your way to these places wouldn’t be complete without stopping off for some sightseeing along the way. Al Hazm Castle and Nakhal Fort seem to spawn miraculously undented from eras gone-by, while the Royal Opera House and Old Castle Museum gleam a modern spin on Oman holidays. Whatever you decide to do however, you are sure to relish the extensive variety that comes with such a wonderful break.