By: Tully Luxury Travel
an insiders look • oman • travel
IN A NUTSHELL
Towering, barren mountains, golden deserts undulating in the afternoon sun, rugged coastlines that rival the northern fjords in their beauty…Oman is the travel jewel of the Middle East; it’s safe, welcoming and laid-back. Oman will dazzle you with its old-world charm and, unlike its neighbor, Oman is less crowded and isn’t preoccupied with being big. First-class hotels and restaurants abound, and you’ll have plenty of opportunities for adventure, relaxation, shopping and ‘wow’ moments!
Illuminated by the azure sea and the rugged mountains, take your time in Muscat; savor the beautiful white-washed low-rise buildings, shop the vibrant Muttrah Souq and walk the city’s ocean promenades. Swim the sandy beaches or dive with turtles in nearby lagoons.
Just an hour and a half from Muscat, lies the ancient city of Nizwa. Nizwa Fort, Oman’s most visited monument, towers over the city, the 17th century structure looking as invincible today as it must have then. Make your way to the top for outstanding views of the Al Hajars Mountains.
Follow the sun two hours west of Muscat to Sur, an exotic, traditional seaside city. Wander Sur’s labyrinth of streets for the beauty of its traditional dwellings, excellent beaches and magical souqs.
From Sur head to Wahiba Sands, a vast, magnificent desert of rolling dunes. Explore the desert landscape by camel back and enjoy a bespoke “glamping” experience, with food prepared by your own private chef. Walk the red-flecked dunes at sunset for an unforgettable experience and spend time learning the culture of the Bedouins; the Sands are home to nomadic Arab tribes of 3,000 or more.
Salalah, nestled in the Dhofar Mountains, is Oman’s second largest city and the biggest seaport in the Arab Peninsula. Visit Salalah during Khareef (monsoon) season when the mountains turn tropically lush and green and their waterfalls roar. Stay at the Al Baleed Resort Salalalh by Anantara.
Musandam, a mountainous peninsula separated from Oman itself by the United Arab Emirates, is nothing short of magic, a ferociously beautiful, jagged coastline with khors (fjords) and rightly known as the Norway of Arabia. Explore Musandam’s villages, drive its cliff-hugging roads and cruise the Musandam’s awe-inspiring coast, alive withy dolphins.
There’s a big, adrenaline-pumping adventure waiting for you in the Empty Quarter, Oman’s huge sandy desert. It’s dune bashing – skilled drivers take you up, down and around the desert’s massive sand dunes. Spend the day racing through the sea of endless golden sand and boundless dunes by 4×4 vehicle before retiring to a night of traditional Bedouin hospitality under the stars.
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