The Sultanate of Oman offers an impressive range of attractions for you to discover, ideal for families of all ages. 

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. 

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Experience highlights

  • Learn about the fascinating history of Oman, with a visit to the privately owned Bait Al Zubair museum. Containing a wealth of ancient artefacts from costumes, weapons to jewellery it traces the various rulers of this dynamic country.
  • Visit the Oman Aquarium, the third largest in the Middle East. Containing over thirty thousand of varied species of marine and aquatic wildlife with the emphasis on local varieties of sea life.
  • Enjoy a sunset barbecue at Desert Nights Camp in Wahiba Sands. Sample traditional Omani dishes around a campfire with local entertainment of local Bedouin music and dancing. 
  • Experience a desert camel safari. Become a modern-day Indiana Jones with a trek through the shifting sand dunes to view the stunning sunset over the desert camp. 
  • View the nestling turtles with an experienced guide and teacher. There are two opportunities to view these endangered animals, early in the morning and late at night both without disturbing their nests. 
  • Swim in the Bimmah Sinkhole. At over twenty metres deep and forty metres wide, the sinkhole offers a variety of different shades of blues and greens due to its unique formation.
  • Enjoy a dolphin-watching and snorkelling cruise in Muscat through the Gulf of Oman. Relax and enjoy the crystal-clear waters to view the plethora of marine wildlife. There is an opportunity to see them face to face with a leisurely snorkelling dive. 

Experience highlights

Explore the modern Islamic architecture of Muscat
Visit the Oman Aquarium, the third largest in the Middle East
Enjoy a night overlooking Oman answer to the Grand Canyon at Alila Jabal Akhdar
Your base in the desert: Desert Nights Camp
Sunset dinner at Desert Nights Camp in the desert of Wahiba Sands
Embark on a camel safari with a local guide through the shifting sand dunes
Visit nesting turtles at Ras Al Jinz Turtle Reserve
Swim in the Bimmah Sinkhole
Take a cruise into the Gulf of Oman for dolphin watching and snorkelling
Decamp to the Al Bustan Palace for some of the finest family R&R

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    Where you’ll stay


    Alila Jabal Akhdar, Jebel Akhdar

    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.


    Desert Nights Camp, Wahiba Sands

    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.


    Ras Al Jinz Scientific Centre, Ras Al Jinz

    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.


    Al Bustan Palace, Muscat

    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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