From super luxe private villas to kid-friendly plunge pools – the azure and sandy coloured country of Oman has plenty to offer
1. Shangri-La’s Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa
Barr Al Jissah
This collection of three hotels is every Arabian fantasy come true. The cluster caters to varied tastes and the whole deal is located in a sublime spot just five kilometres from the city centre. The resort borders a brilliant blue ocean with towering cliffs behind. The Al Waha Hotel is a family favourite with five pools flowing into each other dotted by palm trees to resemble an oasis.
The Al Bandar is similarly family oriented, but built to honour the art and architecture of Old Muscat with ornate balconies and pastel buildings of varying heights. The Al Husn is the jewel in the crown, built like an Arabian palace with access to a private beach and a spectacularly generous range of restaurants to choose from, giving you little reason to leave. So, don't forget to checkout and make bookings in advance for a comfortable stay.
2. Al Bustan Palace
Quron Beach, Muscat
Oman has a lot to offer – there are pristine beaches, adrenaline pumping water sports right around their corners, mountains to scale, and lush menus to tuck into – also some of the activities the Al Bustan Palace is known for. The private beaches and lavish gardens are just the additional benefits. As a Ritz Carlton property it’s also a great family hotel, with five pools, specially designed children’s programmes, and loads of family activities like kayaking tours and snorkelling lessons.
The hotel can also customise the days for their guests through a flurry of activities like turtle watching, camel racing, fishing, dolphin spotting, or even overnight camping. If you want to know more about Al Bustan Palace, look here and be doubly sure of your stay before making your bookings.
3. The Chedi Muscat
18th November Street, Muscat
The Chedi comes dangerously close to being a paradise on Earth. The lavishly spread hotel is one of Muscat’s most famous landmarks and also houses the city’s largest spa – 800 sq metres specialising in Balinese and Ayurvedic therapies. The Chedi has been a hot favourite among honeymooners and we suspect the spa’s romantic bathing ceremonies might have something to do with it.
Champagne and canapés are de rigueur. But, in addition, there are Himalayan bath salts infused with grapefruit and may chang essential oils or frangipani and orange blossom oils. The illusion of paradise is further maintained in the private villas with whitewashed walls, flanked by fountains and palms, some of which have sunken baths made of black marble and gigantic beds.
With an equally indulgent patisserie chef in place, it’s almost as if the The Chedi challenges you to step out of its perfect cocoon. But, do check the room availability and rates at Chedi Muscat here before making your bookings.
4. Ramee Guestline Hotel
The nightlife in Muscat is decidedly more relaxed than any other city in Oman, with a massive variety of options – cafes, smooth and swanky lounge bars and easy pubs. The easiest way to get the most out of your nights is by making sure you stay in the city centre, and that’s where the Ramee Guestline Hotel swoops in as your saviour. It’s a good hotel with an excellent location and a good variety of cuisines on offer. Remember to choose a room higher up and away from the nightclub downstairs if you want to sleep through the night. Still have some lingering doubts? Know all about Ramee Dream Resort here before you plan your bookings.
5. Salalah Marriott Resort
The Salalah is a beautiful structure, built in the traditional style and colours of Omani architecture. It’s widely spread out on the shores of the Arabian Sea. If you inform the hotel in advance, they will arrange a pick up from the airport. The building is laid out in a U structure so almost all the rooms are pool or seafacing – however, ask for a room closer to the beach if you want to just roll out of bed and into the sea. If you get bored of lounging by the enormous pool, or the beach, you can go mountain biking, rock climbing, scuba diving, or hiking. And eventually check into the Frankincense Spa by Chavana. Know all about the facilities at Salalah Marriott Resort here and then book rooms of your choice.
CNT Insider Tip:
If you have the time, try spending a night in the desert – there are tents that can be customised to any budget and taste and the experience is truly one of a kind. While you go quad biking and ride camels in the day, you can return to air conditioned tents and Bedouin food for the night.