This Oman adventure holiday has everything from luxury resort hotels where everyone can relax either in the pool or on the beach, to adventure excursions where you’ll become budding desert explorers with a visit to the shifting sands of Wahiba Sands to rugged mountain ranges, which contain a host of wildlife and hidden highlights. From viewing endangered turtles, visiting remote mountain forts or just relaxing on a yacht cruise, this Oman luxury family holiday offers a chance for parents and children to learn about different customs and traditions but also combine this with fun activities such as dune bashing and camel safaris.
One of the many highlights on this luxury holiday in Oman is a night in a unique desert camp surrounded by the undulating red and white dunes of Wahiba Sands. Enjoy an awe-inspiring Wahiba Sands desert safari on the back of a camel and feast together with an indulgent barbecue around the campfire as you follow in the footsteps of the Bedouin who have slept under the glittering night sky for the past millennia. For lovers of luxury, we’ll whisk you to the magnificent Al Bustan Palace, a hotel originally built for the Sultan to entertain his guests and now it looks over one of the finest beaches in Muscat. Located at the foot of a dramatic mountain range with mesmerising views of the Arabian Sea, it’s a blissful place where you can wash the traces of the desert from your feet.
At Alila Jabal Akhdar, you don’t just stay in the mountains but feel like you’re a part of them. This is partly owing to the resort’s stone-and-wood design but also thanks to its epic position overlooking a rugged ravine. It’s hard not to relax in the cool mountain air up here but Alila also has a raft of experiences to unlock the surrounding Al Hajar Mountains, from walks among the dawn-lit mountains with your own Omani guide to learning how rosewater is made.
Experience life as a Bedouin with a stay in a desert camp. Sprawled across 10 acres, you will live the nomadic life with a few modern-day comforts. With 39 tents, there is plenty of opportunity for dune bashing and camel safaris to bring out the desert adventurer in you.
The tent-like accommodation is both comfy and stylish, but at the Ras Al Jinz Scientific Centre it’s unlikely you’ll spend much time in your room. That’s because it’s not often you get to stay somewhere that’s like a turtle sanctuary. Dedicated to the preservation of green turtles, this eco-tourism project offers guests the incredible opportunity to witness turtles nesting in their natural environment with after-dark excursions, while expert guides add a fascinating commentary to this phenomenon.
First built for Sultan Qaboos in the 1980s to welcome esteemed dignitaries, the Al Bustan Palace hasn’t stopped extending a royal welcome to all its guests ever since. When it comes to first impressions, the resort will knock your socks off with its marble-coated lobby which, at thirty eight metres high, is the tallest atrium in Oman. The royal theme continues with the mahogany, teal and silver-decorated rooms, afternoon tea and the 24-carat gold facials offered in its Six Senses Spa. There’s even a floor exclusively reserved for the Sultan – exactly how a palace should be.
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