This eco-friendly country boasts unspoilt natural beauty and wildlife, a rich cultural heritage and genuine hospitality. Whether you’re here to kitesurf, trek mountains, spot dolphins or stargaze into the night, these are the best resorts in Oman to enjoy right now.
Shangri-La is a super-plush adults-only hotel perched high on a cliff, overlooking the rugged mountains and Bay of Muscat. The sandy-walled property combines the look of an Arabian palace with that of an old fortress. Rooms are comfortable and luxe without over-the-top bling. The minibar is complimentary, as is the daily afternoon tea served in the courtyard next to date palms. Service is five-star throughout, but the new L’Occitane spa is the real showstopper.
Atana Musandam is a resort with 110 water’s-edge suites and apartments arranged in eight low-rise buildings to replicate a traditional Omani village. The location, at the northern tip of the Musandam Peninsula, makes this resort shine, with its unique craggy coastline, fjord-like inlets and vast mountain backdrop. There’s a sea-facing outdoor pool, a diving centre and a fully equipped gym.
Salalah is one of the most scenically diverse places in Oman, thanks to its unique tropical microclimate. It’s also the home of frankincense, with a museum to prove it. This luxury resort is immersed in lush gardens that overlook the Indian Ocean. On the edge, you’ll find a long curve of white-sand beach. Choose from luxe rooms, suites and family-friendly villas. You’ll find the only green nine-hole golf course in Oman here, too. The airport is only 10 minutes away by car.
The Al Baleed Resort is situated between a beach and a freshwater lagoon and is designed to reflect ancient Omani heritage with a contemporary modern twist. One of the real draws is its infinity pool, surrounded by tropical gardens. Enjoy spectacular sea views from the private beach, or partake in a range of ancient spa rituals that use naturally sourced ingredients such as frankincense and banana leaves.
Six Senses Zighy Bay sits on the Musandam Peninsula, where soft-sand beaches meet rugged mountains. At this five-star resort, private pool villas – ranging from one to four bedrooms – come as standard, ideal for those who crave privacy. The award-winning spa is a highlight here, surrounded by date palms and lime bushes. Try yoga with a sunrise view, build up a sweat in the jungle gym or unwind in one of the Arabic-style hammams.
Situated in Muscat, the Chedi is a landscaped garden oasis in the middle of the city. Villas are built in a minimalist style with traditional Omani influences. Upgrade to a deluxe or club suite and you’ll have access to the club lounge. Perks here range from private limousine airport transfers to daily cocktails and canapés. Elsewhere on-site, there are six restaurants, ranging from Mediterranean to Japanese cuisine, as well as three swimming pools and a 13-suite Balinese spa.
Judy Cogan contributed additional reporting to this article.
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