Oman, located on the southeastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula, is known for its rugged mountains, pristine beaches and majestic desserts. Officially known as the Sultanate of Oman, it is rich in cultural heritage, and breathtaking natural beauty and offers a unique blend of tradition and modernity. Oman's capital, Muscat, offers a harmonious mix of contemporary architecture and historic landmarks, whereas, Salalah, located in the southern region of Oman, is a lush oasis known for its monsoon season, called the Khareef. While the country is known for its charming architecture, history, culture, wadis and food, it is also home to some of the best luxe resorts in the Middle East.
If you are planning a staycation soon and are looking for some recommendations outside the UAE, we recommend Oman. Just ine and a half hours by flight from Dubai and six to eight hours by road, Oman has resorts that let you experience the best of nature in the lap of luxury. And at Connector, we have curated the ultimate resort guide for you. So read on and plan that staycation right away!
Alila Jabal Akhdar
Oman's natural beauty will spoil you and how. If you are looking for a hotel amidst nature, Alila Jabal Akhdar, located in Al Jabal Al Akhdar, should be your pick. With Omani design motifs and fort-like doors, this secluded oasis, nestled 2,000 metres above sea level, offers breathtaking views of the Al Hajar Mountains. It has 78 suites, and they are designed with the luxury of space in mind and provide pristine views of the surrounding mountains. The price per night starts from Dhs 2,800.
Al Bustan Palace
Located in the capital city of Muscat, Al Bustan Palace by Ritz-Carlton offers 250 guest rooms and suites, all offering a range of spectacular mountain, sea or garden views. At Al Bustan Palace, kids can enjoy water sports, while adults enjoy special treatment at their spa; the hotel offers something for everyone. Positioned between the Sea of Oman and the Al Hajar Mountains, it offers 20% off when you stay for three nights and 25% off between a four and six-night stay. Room tariff starts from Dhs 1,200.
The Chedi Muscat
Soak in the luxury of Oman by planning a staycation at The Chedi Muscat. Spread across a 21-acre garden oasis, The Chedi Muscat offers 162 Omani-influenced guest rooms and villas. The luxury beach resort has six distinct restaurants and lounges, a 13-suite Balinese spa, and three swimming pools, including the 103-metre Long Pool, health club and two executive meeting rooms. Room price starts from Dhs 1,200, and the property offers 20% off on the best available rates when you book in advance.
Turtle Beach Resort
This traditional Omani style resort is located 40km from Sur on the Southern Coastline area of Oman. Offering 54 traditional Omani rooms, Turtle Beach Resort has an infinity pool overlooking the beautiful sandy beach. The resort is an escape from the usual atmosphere of the city and offers water sports and a visit to Ras-Al-Jinz Habitat to see the turtles. Room price starts from Dhs 1,000.
Six Senses Zighy Bay
Located in Oman's Musandam Peninsula, Six Senses Zighy Bay lets you soak in the natural beauty in the lap of luxury. This village-inspired resort in Oman offers a range of villas, suites, and beach-front retreats, each with a private pool, traditional summer house and more. From eclectic dining featuring local and international cuisine to top-notch spas and unique experiences, Six Senses Zighy Bay offers Omani feels in style. Prices start from Dhs 5,800. So hurry, book your stay since they have an amazing half-board offer for you. Enjoy a complimentary half-board, which includes a buffet breakfast, dinner, and complimentary Wi-Fi.
Al Baleed Resort Salalah By Anantara
Located around 15 minutes from Salalah International Airport, Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara is nestled between a private beach and a freshwater lagoon. It is the first and only luxury pool villa resort among Salalah hotels and offers 136 rooms, villas and pool villas. The resort's regal design reflects Oman’s coastal fortresses and gives you a glimpse of Omani heritage and culture. The resort also has an infinity pool and a 250-metre private beach, making it perfect for an idyllic staycation. The price per night starts from Dhs 1,500.
Alila Hinu Bay
Oman's natural beauty will surprise you and how. To experience the best of nature in a luxurious setting, plan a staycation at Alila Hinu Bay, located on Oman's sweeping south-west coast in Salalah. Spread over 45 hectares, Alila Hinu Bay offers an untouched beach-front opening onto the Arabian Sea. Guest rooms and villas in the property offer sublime views of the desert, lagoon and the Arabian Sea. Rooms start from Dhs 1,200 per night.
Grand Hyatt Muscat
Located in the heart of Muscat, Grand Hyatt Muscat offers Omani warmth and culture with magnificent views of the Hajar mountains. The resort has 280 rooms and luxurious suites with a distinctive Arabian style interior design, a ballroom, around nine dining options, an outdoor temperate controlled pool with fun water features like the lazy river and the canopy waterfalls, a fitness centre, eight restaurants and more. The price per night starts from Dhs 500, and Hyatt members get an additional 15% off on bookings.
Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah
Overlooking 500 metres of stunning coastline, Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah offers two kinds of wings within the resort. One is Al Waha,“The Oasis”, which is perfect for families, and the other is Al Bandar, “The Town,” which is apt for business and leisure travellers. From thrilling water sports to a lazy river and kids club, a secluded spa and diverse dining options, Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah has 460 rooms and suites in 2 distinct wings. For Shangri-La Circle members, you can enjoy three nights for the price of two and daily breakfast. The price for the rooms starts from Dhs 850.
Arabian Nights Resort And Spa
Located away from the hustle and bustle of the city, on the Al Shariqah Sands, Arabian Nights Resort And Spa is a luxury eco-resort tucked away in a scenic dune. The luxe resort offers a spectacular dune view of nature and excellent amenities and is placed between attractions like the Wadi Bani Khalid and Wadi Tiwi. The resort is perfect for adventurous travellers who enjoy desert trekking, Fat bike riding, visiting Bedouin houses, Sand Boards, Dune Bashing and Desert Drive. Located around two and a half hours from Muscat, the price starts from Dhs 1,900.
W Muscat is a luxury beach-front hotel and resort on the upbeat Shatti Al Qurum beach-front. The beach-front property offers 279 luxurious rooms and suites where Omani heritage meets contemporary design. With six delicious restaurants, over 8,500 square feet of meeting space with natural daylight, an outdoor pool, spa and more, this resort is your perfect luxurious escape from the bustling city. The resort offers 50% off on second room when booking two rooms together. The price starts from Dhs 858.
Fanar Hotel and Residences
Fanar Hotel and Residences offers impeccable views of the Arabian Sea and is perfect for those looking to enjoy luxury away from the crowd. The property has three swimming pools, access to a private beach, two outside jacuzzi, tennis court, a sauna, a temperature-controlled swimming pool, and more. The per night price starts from Dhs 3,800.