Oman Holidays

Holidays in Oman offer cultural voyages of discovery and electrifying desert adventures in equal measure. Sitting on the eastern tip of the Arabian Peninsula, the country has not bought into modern opulence as much as its neighbours. Still relatively undiscovered by tourists, you’re afforded the privilege of experiencing the rich history and culture of authentic Oman.

Human settlement can be traced back over 8,500 years, and many of the most important landmarks in Oman’s history still exist today. Whitewashed villages, lighthouses and teak and cedar boats belie the country’s maritime past, while grand fortresses tell old military tales. Thrill-seekers can scuba dive off the untouched coast to find shipwrecks and mountain bike across ragged peaks that disappear into the clouds and drop dramatically into dark canyons.

Destination Highlights
  • Visit ancient forts
  • Dune bash in a 4x4
  • Barter for goods at souks
  • Admire mesmerising Omani architecture
  • Hike or bike through lush landscapes
  • Scuba dive off untouched coastlines

Our favourite hotels

Our favourite places to stay are below. We know everyone is different, so if you can’t see something you like, we'd be more than happy to help.

Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara

Salalah

H&J Rating

Guide Price

£939 pp

Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara
Resort view

The Chedi Muscat

Muscat

H&J Rating

Guide Price

£1,159 pp

The Chedi Muscat

Al Bustan Palace, A Ritz-Carlton Hotel

Muscat

H&J Rating

Guide Price

£1,029 pp

Al Bustan Palace, A Ritz-Carlton Hotel
Infinity Pool

Shangri-La Al Husn Resort & Spa

Muscat

H&J Rating

Guide Price

£1,069 pp

Shangri-La Al Husn Resort & Spa

Time Zone

GMT +3 hours.

Flight Time

Approx. eight hours. Direct flights are available from London and indirect services are available via other Middle Eastern cities.

Currency

OMR - Omani Rial

Visa Information

British passport holders are required to purchase a visa on arrival to Oman.

Language

Arabic and English are widely spoken.

Health Information

No special vaccines are required or recommended for travel to Oman.

Oman has an intrinsic modesty that belies its showstopping beauty. Often overshadowed by its extravagant Gulf neighbours, it’s managed to retain a sense of mystery, with unexplored deserts, untouched beaches, and Bedouin settlements where time stood still centuries back. You’ll notice even the cities, like the capital of Muscat, are high-rise-free zones. The result? You get an unadulterated taste of this country’s incredible past.

  • Oman landscape

    Souk shopping

    Brush up on bartering techniques, as you’ll need them on holiday in Oman. Haggle for a bargain on aromatic spices, luxurious silks, and traditional souvenirs at one of the country’s many jubilantly chaotic souks. An explosion of colour, Mutrah Souq is Oman’s oldest souk. Wend your way around the maze of tiny shops selling everything from daggers to shoes to famous Omani sweets. Let your nose follow the tantalising scents of frankincense before stopping just outside for a refreshing juice.

  • Jeep Safari, Oman

    Wahiba Sands

    Omani desert dunes can rise to over 100 metres and slope at an angle over 45 degrees. For an exhilarating adventure, get behind the wheel of a 4x4 and safari dune bash alongside a Bedouin who knows each speck of sand intimately. Lengthen your stay and live like your Bedouin guides by spending the night in the desert beside your herd of camels, watching the glowing sunset and gazing up at the dazzling starry sky.

  • Visit ancient forts

    Oman is home to numerous ancient forts; stepping through the jewel-shaped archways you’ll be transported back in time. Bahla Fort is not only one of the oldest and biggest forts in the country, but it’s the only Omani fort on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Built as early as 500 BC, it comprises numerous wells, towers, and mosques to explore. Allow a good couple of hours to investigate each room in detail.

Select month

Average weather in January

Best travel weather

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Oman
21ºC
17mm

Average weather in February

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Oman
22ºC
19mm

Average weather in March

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Oman
26ºC
32mm

Average weather in April

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Oman
30ºC
30mm

Average weather in May

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Oman
34ºC
3mm

Average weather in June

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Oman
35ºC
15mm

Average weather in July

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Oman
35ºC
7mm

Average weather in August

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Oman
32ºC
13mm

Average weather in September

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Oman
32ºC
12mm

Average weather in October

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Oman
30ºC

Average weather in November

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Oman
26ºC
3mm

Average weather in December

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Oman
23ºC
23mm
  • Omkar

    Destination Specialist

    “Why not explore Oman as part of a tour? It’s the best way to see the landmarks you want to see and your guide has a wealth of unrivalled knowledge that will make your trip that extra bit special.”

  • “It would be a crime to go to Oman and not go to Salalah. This region is still unknown but it features some of the best beaches in the Middle East, making it the perfect place for a post-tour beach stay.”

  • Val

    Destination Specialist

    “Spend a night under the stars at a Bedouin Camp in Wahiba Sands for a real Arabian adventure. Go on an adrenaline pumping dune safari and then go for dinner, cooked in the traditional style, and underground.”

Our Oman destinations

Oman

Sur

Sur
Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque

Oman

Muscat

Muscat
Khareef, Salalah

Oman

Salalah

Salalah
Views of Al Jabal al Akhdar

Oman

Al Jabal al Akhdar

Al Jabal al Akhdar
Desert safari

Oman

Wahiba Sands

Wahiba Sands

Types of Oman holidays

Frequently Asked Questions

Direct flights to Oman take approximately 7 hours and 35 minutes. British Airways currently offers five direct flights a week, from London Heathrow to Muscat International Airport, and Oman Air offers daily direct flights. Alternatively, there are several indirect options from UK airports.

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