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Aerial view of Shangri-La's Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa
Aerial view of Shangri-La's Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa

The Best Resorts to Stay at in Oman

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Updated: 2 February 2017
Famous for its unspoilt natural beauty, pristine beaches, its culture and history, the Sultanate of Oman is the hidden jewel of the Middle East. We’ve put together a list of what we think are the best resorts in this somewhat exotic location.

The Alila Jabal Akhdar resort was inspired by traditional Omani building techniques. Photo courtesy of Alila Jabal Akhdar

The Alila Jabal Akhdar resort was inspired by traditional Omani building techniques. Photo courtesy of Alila Jabal Akhdar

Alila Jabal Akhdar

Perched on top of the Jabal Akhdar, which translates into The Green Mountain, this resort is high above sea level, with a dramatic view of the Hajar mountain range. Inspired by traditional Omani building techniques, the rocky resort was built using locally sourced stones and according to LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) regulations. The view can be enjoyed from the infinity pool. There is also a warm water jacuzzi, gift shop, spa and morning yoga.

Alila Resort, Plot No.4 Al Roose, Jabal Al Akhdar, Oman, +968 25344200

Shangri La Bar Al Jissah

This resort boasts stunning views of the Gulf of Oman. Guests can choose to stay at one of three hotels: the Al Waha hotel faces the Sea of Oman, has several swimming pools and is suitable for big families.

The Al Bandar hotel is known for its fine restaurants as well as an art gallery and gift shop. The Al Husn has large, luxurious rooms and its own private beach, exclusive to Al Husn guests.

Shangri La Bar Al Jissah, Muscat 100, Oman, +968 2477666

Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara

Al Baleed Anantara Lagoon in Salalah

The Al Baleed Anantara Lagoon in Salalah. Photo courtesy of the resort

Salalah is one of the most scenic places in Oman with its unique climate, nature, wildlife and sites; it is also the home of frankincense. The recently opened Al Baleed Resort is situated between a beach and a freshwater lagoon. The resort is designed to reflect ancient Omani heritage with a contemporary modern twist. It is surrounded by tropical gardens and there is an infinity pool. Guests can also enjoy a spectacular sea view from the private beach along with a range of ancient spa rituals that use naturally sourced ingredients such frankincense and banana leaves. The resort is close to a UNESCO World Heritage site as well as the Museum of Frankincense.

Al Baleed Resort, Salalah, Oman, +968 2322 8222

Six Senses Zighy Bay

Pool Villa at Zighy Bay Six Senses Musandam

The tranquil pool villa at the Zighy Bay Six Senses Spa. Photo courtesy of Zighy Bay Six Sense

The Zighy Bay Six Senses Spa is located in the Musandam Peninsula. The resort is designed to resemble an indigenous Omani village with villas decorated with dark wood and high ceilings. The Spa provides the usual treatments such as detox programmes as well as advice from yoga experts and health professionals.

There are three dining options and two bars outside. There is a dining area around the swimming pool and a traditional Omani summerhouse. On the premises there is also the Zighy Souk, an Omani style market. Guests have use of a private sandy beach.

Six Senses Zighy Bay, Musandam, Oman, +968 26735555 

The Chedi

The Chedi is one of the most popular resorts in Oman. It is set in a landscaped garden oasis and the villas are built in a minimalist style with traditional Omani influences.  Guests can choose from six restaurants, three swimming pools and a 13-suite Balinese spa.

The Chedi, North Ghubra 32, Muscat, Oman, +968 24524400

The Al Bustan Palace hotel opened in 1985 and was once one of the top hotels in the world. It was acquired by the Ritz Carlton group and still maintains its majestic grandeur. Tucked away between the Gulf of Oman and the Al Hajar mountain range, Al Bustan boasts gorgeous views, a beautiful private beach and impeccable luxury. Alongside a private beach, guests have access to gardens, a swimming pool, beach bar and a selection of restaurants, cafes and a spa.

Al Bustan Palace, Muscat 114, Oman, +968 24799666

Anantara Jabal Akhdar

Situated at the top of the Jabal Akhdar, the Anantara resort has a stunning view of the Hajer mountains. It is one of the highest five-star resorts in the region and the world. The design of the buildings reflects Oman’s artistic culture and the surrounding mountains. The accommodation and facilities are world class and there is also a spa and infinity pool on site. Foodies can choose from dining at the Italian spot by the pool or enjoy Arabic flavours in the fort tower. There are also cooking master classes and on Fridays there is a lively courtyard market and star gazing with shisha.

Anantara Jabal Akhdar, +968 25218000

Meal with a view at Anantara Jabal Akhdar

Guests can enjoy a spectacular view over dinner at Anantara Jabal Akhdar. Photo is courtesy of the resort