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City to Desert to Island: An Omani Adventure

Welcome to Oman, a country small in size but overflowing with breathtaking experiences. This incredible 10-day itinerary showcases the best natural landscapes the country has to offer, from sandy beaches to red sand dunes, sweeping vistas to expansive fjords. But it’s not all trekking: this itinerary also focuses on the chic, from a luxury desert camp to an infinity pool overlooking an expansive valley, so you can relax and rejuvenate while enjoying new cuisines and an exotic culture. 

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  • Ride a camel or surf down a sand dune at luxury camp Wahiba Sands
  • Check out breeding turtles on Masirah Island, wildlife capital of Oman
  • Hike the incredible Jabal Shams Mountains, enjoying sweeping vistas of the valley below
  • Explore the bustling city of Muscat, from the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque to the forts of the old town 
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Day by Day Itinerary
Day 1

Welcome to Muscat! Today, your exciting Omani adventure begins as you arrive in the capital of Oman, unofficially dubbed “Norway of Arabia” for its incredible fjords and rugged mountain cliffs. Today, get settled in at either Al Bustan Palace or Shangri-La's Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa, and enjoy your hotel’s incredible facilities before a locally-prepared dinner.

Day 2

Spend the day exploring the city of Muscat and its surrounding areas, from its rugged mountains to its sandy beaches. Try out some watersports or hike the local hills, or sit back and relax by your hotel’s sprawling pool or luxurious spa.

Day 3

Today, you’ll head into the desert to enjoy a stay at Wahiba Sands, a luxurious desert camp in the heart of the golden red sand dunes of Oman’s Wahiba Sands. Enjoy your stay in a luxury tent and spend the day checking items off your bucket list, from surfing down a sand dune to riding a camel in the sunset. End the day with dinner at Two Dunes, the on-site restaurant, and some incredible star-gazing.

Day 4

From desert to island: today you’ll head across the Wahiba Sands to the coast, where you’ll take a ferry to Masirah Island. A wildlife lover’s dream, this island is a breeding nest for turtles as well as many other creatures. Settled in at Masirah Island Resort and enjoy a hearty dinner at the on-site buffet, gearing up for your next day.

Day 5

Spend the day exploring all the wildlife of Masirah Island: explore the resort’s wildlife museum and take advantage of the opportunity for Loggerhead turtle watching before hitting the beach or the pool. In the evening, enjoy a cocktail at the Sanctuary Bar or a live performance at Oasis Bar.

Day 6
Hail al Shas

Today, you’ll head back to the mainland for a breathtaking stay at The View hotel in Hail al Shas, an incredible luxury ecolodge featuring stunning panoramas of the mountainous desert landscapes. After a long day of travel, relax and take in the stunning vista with a dinner at The View restaurant, before resting up for the day ahead.

Day 7
Hail al Shas

Take advantage of the natural gymnasium surrounding you: today is a day of hiking! Enjoy treks through the Jabal Shams Mountains surrounding your hotel, and marvel at all the different viewpoints you can take in. Upon your return to the hotel, take a dip in the infinity pool, 4,600 feet above sea level, and enjoy a delightful dinner and campfire once the sky turns purple.

Day 8

On your way back to Muscat, you’ll take a delightful tour of the Omani countryside, visiting traditional mountain villages including Bilad Sayt, Wadi Bani Awf and Nakh. Taste the local cuisine and pick up some handicrafts while taking a peek into local life. Then, settle back at your hotel of choice in bustling Muscat.

Day 9

Spend your final day in Oman exploring Muscat, from the incredible Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque to the Al Jalali Fort, built by the Portuguese in 1587. Then, take explore old Muscat or take a trip to the local beaches, before enjoying dinner at a local restaurant or at your resort.

Day 10

Your Omani adventure has come to an end. Today, you’ll be transferred to Muscat airport to catch your flight home or onwards to your next destination.


Suggested Accommodations

Al Bustan Palace, A Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Shangri-La's Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa, The Chedi

Al Bustan Palace, A Ritz-Carlton Hotel

The rugged Al Hajar mountains make a rustic backdrop behind the fortress-like Al Bustan Palace, which overlooks a canopy of perfectly-manicured lawns and an expansive half-mile private beach. Authentic Arab influences run throughout the hotel and its 150 rooms to remind guests of the rich and ostentatious Arabian culture. Beautifully-designed interiors are an artistic combination of old and new, fusing local traditions and art deco hints to create a unique melange of Middle Eastern culture and art. Particularly notable is the spectacular 125-foot-high domed atrium lobby, which, along with the ornate wall covers and intricate carvings has earnt the hotel the extravagant reputation as the ‘Jewel of the Sultanate’. Its idyllic location and range of facilities gives guests the opportunity to indulge in a number of watersports or simply relax in one of the five outdoor pools. Four exquisite dining options from alluring beachfront restaurants provide guests with spectacular sea views while they savour exceptional flavors from around the world.


Shangri-La's Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa

Just 15 minutes from the hustle and bustle of Muscat, Oman, the spectacular Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa sprawls over a rugged peninsula, reaching out into the crystal blue water of the Sea of Oman. Featuring a long, sandy beach and surrounded by mountains, this resort matches its spectacular natural environment with its exquisite design and architecture, calling back to times of Arabian Palaces and local markets. Guests may choose between three distinct hotels located across the property: Al Waha, “the Oasis,” a family-friendly hotel turned seaside paradise; Al Bandar, “the Town,” which serves as the shopping-and-eating hub of the resort, and the palatial Al Husn, "the Castle,” the most luxurious of them all. With world-class restaurants and seaside cafes and bars, a wide variety of water activities including sea kayaking and scuba diving, and –of course –CHI, The Spa, guests at Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa will lose themselves in fun, in adventure, in luxury, and in style.


The Chedi

A stay at The Chedi in the Omani capital of Muscat is an experience like no other. Sitting on its own private beach, with the glittering waters of the Gulf of Oman on one side and views of the Al Hajar mountains rising up behind, yet right in the thick of the city, The Chedi is an urban oasis from its sultry, lantern lit lobby to its lush Moroccan gardens and sumptuous Balinese spa. Guests relax in rooms combining traditional Omani architecture balanced with influences from around the world for a sleek, elegant and ultimately relaxing experience. A culinary whistlestop tour is on offer with cuisines from nearby and as far afield as Europe and Southeast Asia, in artfully-designed restaurants, indoors beneath sparkling chandeliers and alfresco, with the sand underfoot. Leisure guests have every whim catered to with outdoor pools, a 13-suite spa, fitness club and souvenir boutique, while business guests can keep things afloat in the well-equipped business center.    

Desert Nights Camp

Desert Nights Camp

Rising like a surreal mirage out of the colorful Wahiba Sands, Desert Nights Camp is an exclusive five-star hotel in Oman. The fragrance of frankincense and myrrh greet guests upon arrival for a journey into an alluring Arabian world. Offering luxurious comfort in the form of Bedouin-style tents under a blanket of Arabian stars, the camp is an exceptional destination with exclusive air. Red sand dunes create a romantic backdrop for these intimate air-conditioned tents, complete with Omani-style decor and furnishings. An extravagant bathroom is the highlight of the room, featuring world-class amenities and golden tiles for a lavish and airy feel. All rooms open out to encompass panoramic scenes over the silken desert sands, offering serene and picturesque views.

Masirah Island Resort

Masirah Island Resort

Calling all nature lovers: Masira Island Resort, just off the coast of mainland Oman, is the ultimate wildlife destination. A turtle breeding ground, this island is home to many nesting turtles as well as other animals and ocean creatures. Enjoy an island getaway at the beach resort, which features Loggerhead turtle watching, an outdoor swimming pool and jacuzzi, a fitness center, wildlife museum and basketball and beach volleyball facilities. The hotel features 21 guestrooms ranging from deluxe standard rooms to chalets, perfect for large groups or families. Guests may spend their days swimming in the crystal waters or exploring the island, and enjoy delicious cuisine at the all-day dining buffet. In the evenings, guests may congregate at the Sanctuary Bar for a cocktail or two, or head to Oasis Bar for a live performance. 

The View in Al Hamra

The View in Al Hamra

Located on the rocky slopes of Jabal Shams mountain, The View in Al Hamra boasts breathtaking views from its elevated platform of 4,593 feet. As the very first eco-luxe retreat of its kind in Oman, it features 30 unique and distinctively designed pod-style rooms, all enveloped in refreshingly exotic vegetation. They offer a tranquil sanctuary, overlooking the expansive valley below and feature a private balcony where guests can unwind and marvel at the compelling mountainous scenery. Nature takes pride of place here and pure, unrefined beauty is a theme that runs throughout the retreat. A temperature-controlled infinity pool is another attractive element, featuring a stunning backdrop as it ‘drops off’ into the valley below. By night, wooden fires are lit, creating an intimate setting to share experiences and adventures while admiring the distant glow of Al Hamra village deep down in the valley.

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