From otherworldly mountains and gorges to the sandy shores of the sea, this holiday gives a flavour of Oman’s staggering beauty and diversity. This trip is all about remote and dramatic settings, in two hotels that are destinations in their own right. You can spend as much time as you please roaming and relaxing in the grounds, but there is also an opportunity for action-packed and captivating cultural excursions too.
Step off the plane in Muscat and head to your first stop in the beautiful Al Hajar Mountains. A stunning slice of Arabia, this is the perfect place to ease into your trip. A traditional Omani welcome of dates, halwa and Arabic coffee, along with an awe-inspiring view over the gorge, will soon convince you this is the ideal getaway-from-it-all.
OVERNIGHT FLIGHT//4 NIGHTS AT ALILA JABAL AKHDAR
Take a dip in the infinity pool, marvel at the canyon view, enjoy sundowner drinks and then indulge in stargazing with an astrologer and telescope - with no light pollution, the beautiful skies are impossibly clear.
Take a guided walk through the nearby Saiq Plateau, with breathtaking views of steep canyons and trees bearing walnuts, pomegranates and Oman’s famed damask roses, which bloom from March to May. Throughout your stay, you’ll also explore the souqs of Nizwa, the impressive Jabreen Castle and an authentic, ‘living’ Omani mud village built into a mountainside.
It provides an incredible sense of remoteness, yet you’ll feel cocooned by cosiness. The whole property is impressive with its modern yet authentic Omani design and style. There is plenty of scope to relax, lie back and enjoy the scenery and when you're ready to get active, there are mountainside villages, caves and canyons just waiting to be explored. Plus, with impeccable service and cuisine, you will feel utterly looked after.
Travel back to Muscat for some time near the capital at the opulent Ritz Carlton Al Bustan Palace. The Sultan's former palace, this property is set on the best beach in Oman, perfect for swimming or taking snorkel trips to the coral. The beautiful setting and impeccable service make for a wonderfully relaxing stay, while the proximity to Muscat means you have ample opportunity to explore.
6 NIGHTS AT AL BUSTAN PALACE
Pass your free time at the hotel by swimming in one of four lagoon pools or making the most of the complimentary snorkelling, kayaking and body boarding on the bay. For those who can’t get enough of the water, windsurfing and paddle boarding are also available at an extra cost.
Our insightful half-day tour of Muscat takes in the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, the souqs and the Bait al Zubair Museum, brought to life by your expert Omani guide. We’ve also included a boat trip along the spectacular coastline with dolphin-watching, snorkelling and a picnic lunch - not to be missed!
You'll be wowed by the spectacular setting of Al Bustan Palace, between the Al Hajar Mountain backdrop and the Gulf of Oman. The beach is pristine and private and this holiday includes a Sea View room to make the most of the coastal location and refreshing breeze.
It rarely rains in Oman so you're almost guaranteed sunny days whenever you travel. We particularly recommend this trip between September and April. The months of September and April themselves are quite hot at the beach, but it's cooler in the mountains. For those who prefer to avoid the intense heat, November to March is a safe bet.
By booking with us, you will receive a complimentary upgrade to Half Board in the lovely Juniper Restaurant during your stay at Alila Jabal Akhdar. At the Al Bustan Palace, we have arranged a personalised welcome gift which includes a bottle of wine. Plus, at both hotels, there is the offer of a free room upgrade, subject to availability.
Revitalise is a culmination of 16 years’ work, research and client feedback. Our travel team take annual trips to each of our destinations, testing the experiences and inspecting the hotels (someone’s got to do it, right?). We are passionate travellers in our own lives, and we have all visited Asia with our friends, family or backpacks. Basically, we’ve done the legwork: we know travel. And that’s why these trips are nothing short of magical.
We understand that while you may be itching to travel again, committing to a trip right now feels daunting. That’s why we have introduced our COVID-19 promise. We promise that if you book a holiday with us, but for any reason cannot travel due to COVID-19, we will refund you the bulk of your money, up to the day of your departure. We hope that this will give our travellers a little peace of mind and help you enjoy the magic of travel anticipation once again.
An ETG experience cannot begin unless our travellers feel secure in every respect. Financially secure: we are fully ABTA and ATOL bonded. Fully supported: our friendly team is on hand to help 24/7 before, during and after your trip. Free from hassle: we will ensure your trip runs like clockwork. Plus, all our experiences are tried and tested by our discerning team, so you can rest assured every excursion you book with us is both worthwhile and ethically sound.
With ETG, the experience starts the moment you pick up the phone. We are committed to seamless service at every stage of your journey. Before you depart, your dedicated travel consultant will provide all the information and insider tips you need to get you prepared (and excited!). Your in-country experiences will be distinctive, tailored to you, and always reveal the fabric of the destination. And you will come home with memories to share - not just photos to show.