The Best Hotels to Experience Oman

Whether mountains, sand dunes or the rollers of the Indian Ocean, Oman offers every backdrop. Courtesy of Alila Jabal Akhdar / Expedia
Whether mountains, sand dunes or the rollers of the Indian Ocean, Oman offers every backdrop. Courtesy of Alila Jabal Akhdar / Expedia
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22 December 2020

Lose yourself in the magic of Oman where mountains, desert and a twinkling coastline keep you enthralled. The capital Muscat is a gem, with charming souks, a historical centre and the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, home to the world’s second-largest chandelier. Stay in one of these hotels, which are dotted across the country and showcase some sublime landscapes with dreamy views day and night.

Fanar Hotel and Residences

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Lap up Caribbean-esque ocean views at this smart beachside spot in the southern city of Salalah. Enjoy the vista from your sun lounger or make a splash in the 800sqm (8,610sqft) infinity pool. If you’re looking to elevate your holiday, check into one of the hotel’s salubrious Jacuzzi suites. On the activity front, yoga, kayaking, jet skiing and tennis are among the offerings.
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Alila Jabal Akhdar

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Snuggle among the mountains at this aesthetically pleasing hotel, which blends seamlessly into the landscape with its natural stone exterior. Villas are dotted around the site, with stunning views of the Jebel Akhdar mountain range in northern Oman. An infinity pool is the place for relaxation after a day exploring the adventure-packed region. Refuel at the hotel’s laidback restaurant, with Arabic-inspired delicacies on the menu.
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Dunes by Al Nahda

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When it comes to unique, this hotel in northern Oman tops the list. The entire property is housed within 50 white tents, with wind-whipped dunes forming the backdrop. Don’t be deceived by the word tent – this is glamping with a capital G. Think air conditioning, rich wood furnishings, plush beds and roomy bathrooms. There’s even a spa where you can take a rejuvenating sand bath. The open-sided restaurant and bar allow you to survey the night sky from your dining table while tucking into Omani, Western, and Indian-inspired cuisine.
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Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara

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Envelope yourself in luxury at this coastal spot, with elegant interiors and exteriors to fuel your social media feed. Located on the fringes of Salalah in southern Oman, the white-sand beach and turquoise waters will prise you from the comfortable confines of your room. The 44m-long (144ft) infinity pool is another lure, along with the state-of-the-art spa and speciality restaurants.
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Six Senses Zighy Bay

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Prepare to be wowed by this remote Bond villain-style resort, nestled among the mountains above a stretch of beach on Oman’s northern Musandam Peninsula. The serene villas and suites are fashioned after traditional Omani homes, with natural stone and timber exteriors. All rooms have private pools and sun terraces. When it comes to dining, there’s a tempting spread on offer, with a hilltop restaurant and authentic Bedouin eatery on the beach just two of the highlights.
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Kempinski Hotel Muscat

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Conveniently located 10 minutes from Muscat airport, this palatial beachfront property immediately whisks you to another world. You’re spoiled for choice with the facilities on offer. Fancy a spot of bowling? Then head to the slick alley. In need of a massage? Visit the sparkling spa to soothe your senses. Rooms and suites feature sumptuous furnishings (think polished stone floors and rich fabrics) with the restaurants and communal areas following suit.
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  • Souly Eco-Lodge

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    Explore the charming region of Salalah from this one-of-a-kind eco-resort smack bang on the shores of the Indian Ocean. There are 21 palm-roofed bungalows, with Tiki-style interiors and natural stone-clad bathrooms with open-air showers. Hit the restaurant to sample tasty Arabian food while nature enthusiasts can feast their eyes on the local wildlife with camels, dolphins and birds among the residents.
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    Al Reem Desert Camp

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    Get a true taste of desert life at this unique Bedouin-style camp. Tents and mud-clad huts are peppered among dunes forming the Sharqiya Sands region. The remote area is around a three-hour drive south of Muscat. Dig into local cuisine at the restaurant or the traditional way, sitting on rugs around a campfire. The sunrises and sunsets are epic, as are the starry night skies.
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    The Platinum Hotel

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    Check in for a swanky city break at Muscat’s Platinum Hotel, which is conveniently located for a spot of retail therapy and sightseeing. For keen golfers, another perk of this polished place is the nearby golf course. On the accommodation side of things, the bedrooms are spacious with red and gold hues setting a regal tone. Soothe your body with a dip in the open-air roof pool or there’s a spa if you’re after a bit more of a pamper.
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    Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort

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    Jaw-dropping panoramas await at this upscale mountain resort, located two hours inland from Muscat. The drive to this area is a treat in itself, with gaping desert landscapes and lofty hilltop roads keeping you entertained. The hotel interiors are smart and simple, with phenomenal canyon views taking centre stage. Stargaze from the viewing platform where Princess Diana once stood. There are various dining options, and the state-of-the-art spa serves as another feast for the senses, with locally-grown damask roses and pomegranates featured in treatments.
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    These recommendations were updated on December 22, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.