Touching down in Oman’s cultured capital Muscat, you’ll be met on arrival and transferred to your hotel.
The rest of the day is free for rest and relaxation. If you can’t wait to get started, we can arrange a local guide to take you around Muscat’s spotless streets for a first taste of authentic Arabia.
You’ll see the blue-gold Sultan’s Palace and ornate Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, then head into ancient Mutrah souk to barter for bargains.
The sky’s literally the limit today, as we take you on an adventurous 4×4 drive high into the rugged Al Hajar Mountains.
Within a mere two hours you’ll swap the busy city for a land of rocky canyons, date plantations and historic forts – aka Jabal Akhdar. Your two nights will be spent at the Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort, which scores highly for both dramatic views and family fun.
Become explorers as you head out hiking with the resort’s ‘Mountain Gurus’, who provide insider access and insight into the local terrain. Hike to abandoned villages, secret wadis (riverbeds) and flowing waterfalls, or tackle the labyrinth of mountain roads by bike. Abseiling’s possible for the adrenaline-inclined, as are history-focused visits to Nizwa and Bahla’s impressive ancient forts.
Prefer resort-based recreation? Fine-tune your backhand with a game of high-altitude tennis or your backstroke inside the cliff-edge infinity pool. The kids’ and teens’ clubs offer interactive fun, leaving parents free to enjoy soothing spa treatments or hot yoga in the hammam.
Sand to Sea
Bid farewell to the Bedouins today as we whisk you back towards Muscat for some well-earned beach time. Set on its own private strip of sand between mountains and the Gulf of Oman is the Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa. And here you’ll spend five nights enjoying a seemingly endless range of facilities.
Youngsters should love floating down a lazy river which connects the resort’s series of shallow pools, before getting drenched in Splashpad, the aquatic play area. While they play at a supervised indoor Adventure Zone or take part in organised beach volleyball, you’re free to relax by the pool or in the spa with total peace of mind.
Take to the waters on guided kayaking or snorkelling trips, while the dive centre offers introductory courses for kids aged eight and above. There are also daily trips out into the Gulf in search of dolphins; keep your eyes peeled for turtles laying their eggs on the beach, too. The resort’s own Turtle Care Project runs educational activities and ‘turtle talks’ for children.
You’ll dine on cuisine from around the world at a wide choice of restaurants designed to satisfy even the fussiest of eaters.
Today it’s time to wave goodbye to magical Oman, newly armed with rich memories.