Oman

Journey to the heart of Arabia when you travel to Oman with Millis Potter. Savour insider experiences, stunning desert landscapes, unique cultural interactions, and a host of extraordinary moments on one of our Oman luxury private holidays.

In the capital city of Muscat, explore the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, the narrow covered alleys of Muttrah’s exotic souk, the fascinating Bait Al-Zubair Museum, and the Old City. Get in touch with Arabian life as you dine in the private home of an Omani family and take a culinary lesson in preparing local specialties. We love to offer Oman holidays that are unique, magical, and immersive.

Embark on a journey to the desert landscapes of the Wahiba Sands, a vast sea of undulating red and white sand dunes rising up to 600 feet high, and the traditional home of the nomadic Bedouin tribes. Visit a local village and a picturesque river valley, which stands in stark contrast to the surrounding desert, before spending the night under the stars in a luxurious tented camp.

Elsewhere in the country, visit the Hast bin Sult, a 20-foot-tall rock covered with ancient engravings of men, women, and children; Jabrin Castle, an excellent example of Omani residential architecture; the huge fort at Bahla, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; Wadi Ghul, the Grand Canyon of Oman; and Nizwa’s colourful weekly cattle market.

We are experts in offering the best trekking holidays in Oman, with a magical selection of day-treks in the high Jabal Ackdar or Jabal Shams regions.

Our selection of hotels ranges from gorgeous boutique hotels to the best luxury hotels and we tailor-make all our Oman holidays to suit your particular requirements.

Throughout your travels in Oman, we’ll be right there with you, making sure your journey is authentic, innovative, and utterly unforgettable. We provide superb private expert driver/guides throughout to ensure you see Oman through Omani eyes.

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Oman Itineraries

This is just a selection of suggested itineraries that are there to help you with your ideas and to start the conversation with us about planning your tailor-made holiday. All our holidays are private for you and your party, and can depart on any day you like. We can adapt and change any element of these journeys, or design an itinerary from scratch around your travelling plans.

Honeymoon to Nepal and Oman

Kathmandu - Pokhara - Dhulikhel - Muscat  

Nepal and Oman is a perfect honeymoon combination, blending an colourful dash of culture, adventure and beach. Head in the mountains of Nepal before kicking back on the beaches of the Arabian Sea.

14 days from £2700 p. p.

Classic Oman

Muscat - Wahiba Sands - Jabal Akhdar - Muscat  

Our Classic Oman tour is a privately chauffeured journey through Oman and showcases the country’s wonderful highlights. Explore Oman’s beautiful beaches, rugged mountain landscapes, pretty villages, palm-fringed wadis, and the sheer beauty of the Arabian desert.

9 days from £2895 p. p.

Slow Oman

Muscat - Jabal Akhdar - Wahiba Sands - Muscat  

What is a better way to experience Oman than to take your time, explore at a gentler pace and let this magical destination unfold slowly? This journey generally has you in each destination for three days rather than one or two, allowing for lazy afternoons with a good book beside the pool, or a potter through a local village before sitting down to a long lunch.

12 days from £2895 p. p.

Walking Holiday in Oman

Jabel Akhdar - Jabal Shams - Wahiba Sands - Muscat  

Oman is one of the best trekking destinations in the Middle East, and there are a host of superb walks and hikes to be found.

9 days from £3250 p. p.

Oman self-drive tour

Muscat - Jabal Shams - Wahiba Sands - Muscat  

You may be one of those guests who love your sense of independent adventure, and a self-drive holiday in Oman might be the perfect solution.

8 days from £1605 p. p.

Family Holiday to Oman

Muscat - Raz Al Jinz - Wahiba Sands - Jabal Akhdar - Muscat  

There is so much that will excite your children on a family holiday to Oman. Tales of Arabian nights, of vast golden deserts, bustling souqs, dramatic mountain scenery, turtle watching, and ending with some well-deserved beach time.

10 days from £2995 p. p.

Grand Tour of Oman

Muscat - Jabal Akhdar - Jabal Shams - Wahiba Sands - Raz Al Jinz - Salalah  

This Grand Tour of Oman gives you a comprehensive tour of all what Oman has to offer, with the opportunity to extend your time in the Northern region of Musandam, turning it from a two-week trip to a three-week trip.

15 days from £3995 p. p.

Luxury Tour of Oman

Muscat - Jabal Akhdar - Wahiba Sands - Muscat - Zighy Bay  

This luxury tour of Oman uses the most fabulous hotels and private camps to ensure the overall experience is breathtakingly wonderful in every respect.

13 days from £4995 p. p.

Adventure to Salalah & Empty Quarter

Salalah - Empty Quarter - Salalah  

Salalah is located in southern Oman in the dramatically beautiful region of Dhofar. The area is synonymous with the frankincense trade, and you will uncover a land of incense-infused souqs, white-powder beaches, whitewashed forts and dramatic mountain scenery.

8 days from £2495 p. p.

A Honeymoon to India and Oman

Mumbai - Udaipur - Amanbagh - Ranthambore - Agra - Muscat  

Rajasthan is unquestionably one of the most romantic places on earth, with amazing hotels to match. See the forts and palaces, tigers, the Taj Mahal and kick-back on the beach in Oman to end.

15 days from £5790 p. p.

Family Adventure to Bhutan & Oman

Kathmandu - Thimphu - Punakha - Paro - Dhulikhel - Muscat  

There are so many varied experiences in Bhutan that children will absolutely adore.  It is an adventure playground, where you can trek through remote villages, raft down Himalayan rivers, visit monasteries meeting Buddhist monks who are the same age of them, make prayer flags and even create their own stamps. If you children are under …

15 days from £3995 p. p.

Oman Accommodation

This is just an overview of the hotels and lodges we feature, from characterful boutique lodges to luxury hotels. We do have a range of other hotels that we use, so if you don't see from our portfolio what you are looking for, we almost certainly know about it and can help plan an itinerary using it.

The Chedi Muscat

The Chedi Muscat

$ $ $ $ $ Muscat  

The Chedi Muscat is a stylish, minimalist hotel situated on the Gulf of Oman. With three outdoor pools, it is the perfect Arabian beach retreat.

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Al Bustan Palace, a Ritz-Carlton Hotel

Al Bustan Palace, a Ritz-Carlton Hotel

$ $ $ $ $  

The Al Bustan Palace is one of Oman’s most iconic luxury hotels, located about 30kms from Muscat on a stunning stretch of coastline.

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Desert Nights Camp

$ $ $ $ $ Wahiba Sands & Eastern Oman  

The Desert Nights Camp is located eleven kilometres into the dramatic desert of Wahiba Sands in Oman and has 30 luxurious air-conditioned tents.

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Alila Jabal Akhdar

Alila Jabal Akhdar

$ $ $ $ $ Jabal Akhdar  

The Alila Jabal Akhdar Hotel has a stunning location overlooking the Hajar Mountains in Oman. The Alila brings a sense of both luxury and style to this region of Oman. 

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Six Senses Zighy Bay

Six Senses Zighy Bay

$ $ $ $ $ Musandam  

Six Senses Zighy Bay is a luxury all-villa hotel located in Musandam, the northern Peninsula of Oman, only two hours drive from Dubai, its closest international airport. 

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Shangri-La Al Husn

Shangri-La Al Husn

$ $ $ $ $ Muscat  

The Shangri-La Al Husn in Muscat is the most luxurious of the three hotels that make up the Al Jissah Resort & Spa collection. Al Husn is exclusively adults only, and only guests staying here can use the facilities in the hotel.

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Kempinski Muscat

Kempinski Muscat

$ $ $ $ $ Muscat  

The Kempinski Muscat is a luxury beach resort overlooking the Gulf of Oman, just 15 minutes from Muscat’s international airport.

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Shangri-La Al Bandar

Shangri-La Al Bandar

$ $ $ $ $ Muscat  

The Shangri-La Al Bandar in Muscat is the second of the three hotels that make up the Al Jissah Resort & Spa collection. Al Bandar is a slightly more peaceful and sophisticated offering, perfect for both older families and couples.

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W Muscat

W Muscat

$ $ $ $ $ Muscat  

The beachfront W Muscat is one of the newest luxury hotels to open in Oman’s capital. The W Muscat is located in the lively Shatti Al Qurum district. 

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Juweira Boutique Hotel

Juweira Boutique Hotel

$ $ $ $ $ Salalah & Empty Quarter  

Juweira Boutique Hotel is the perfect base to explore the Salalah and Dhofar regions of Oman. With just 65 rooms, it makes for a wonderful extension to a tour of northern Oman.

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Anantara Al Baleed Resort Salalah

Anantara Al Baleed Resort Salalah

$ $ $ $ $ Salalah & Empty Quarter  

The Anantara Al Baleed Resort Salalah is located in southern Oman and is a luxury beachfront hotel.

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Carapace Lodge

Carapace Lodge

$ $ $ $ $ Wahiba Sands & Eastern Oman  

The Carapace Lodge at the Ras al-Jinz Scientific and Visitors Centre is the perfect base to walk to Ras al-Jinz beach, famous for the nesting place of the endangered green turtle, just 10 minutes from the lodge. It is the best place to see turtles in Oman.

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The View

The View

$ $ $ $ $ Nizwa & Jabal Shams  

The View is stunningly located on the slopes of Jabal Shams above the quaint village of Al Hamra, just outside of Nizwa in Oman.

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1000 Nights Camp

1000 Nights Camp

$ $ $ $ $ Wahiba Sands & Eastern Oman  

The 1000 Nights Camp is an authentic desert camping experience located in the Wahiba Sands in Oman. 

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Canvas Club Oman, Luxury Tours of Oman

Canvas Club

$ $ $ $ $ Wahiba Sands & Eastern Oman  

The Canvas Club is a luxury private camping experience in Wahiba Sands in Oman.

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Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort

Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort

$ $ $ $ $ Jabal Akhdar  

The Anantara Al Jabal Akhdar Resort is located on the edge of a curved canyon on the rocky Saiq Plateau in Oman and comprises 115 guest rooms and suites.  

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The Sahab Resort & Spa

The Sahab Resort & Spa

$ $ $ $ $ Muscat  

The Sahab Resort & Spa overlooks a dramatic canyon in the Jabel Akhdar in Oman. The Sahab is a reasonably priced boutique hotel and is designed using local stone that blends seamlessly into the landscape.

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Shangri-La Al Waha

Shangri-La Al Waha

$ $ $ $ $ Muscat  

The Shangri-La Al Waha in Muscat is the entry-level hotel in the Al Jissah Resort & Spa collection. Perfect for families, the resort is closest to the kids club, and children’s pool.

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Oman Experiences

This is a selection of experiences that allow you to see the destination in new and interesting ways. Almost all our experiences include a private guide, and can be then tailored to your particular interests. Indeed, many of the experiences we offer are created individually for our guests, so this list is by no means conclusive. In fact, we leave a couple of our best ideas up our sleeves for when you enquire with us.

Wadi Bani Awf

Nizwa & Jabal Shams   View Experience

Wadi Shab

Wahiba Sands & Eastern Oman   View Experience

Wadi Tiwi

Wahiba Sands & Eastern Oman   View Experience
Salalah & Empty Quarter

Salalah

Salalah & Empty Quarter   View Experience
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Frankincense Trail

Salalah & Empty Quarter   View Experience
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Muscat to Sur Coastal Road

Wahiba Sands & Eastern Oman   View Experience

Jabrin Fort

Nizwa & Jabal Shams   View Experience

Wadi Al Arbeieen

Wahiba Sands & Eastern Oman   View Experience

Salalah & Empty Quarter

Salalah is located in southern Oman, and is the capital of the Dhofar region, known as the land of Frankincense.The area has some superb beaches and are generally better than those in Muscat. A day-trip into the Empty Quarter is certainly worthwhile, and you can also opt for a one or two-night camping experience to truly fell like you are getting off-the-beaten track.

Musandam

Musandam is in the northern peninsula of Oman, separated from the rest of the country by the United Arab Emirates, making Dubai its closest international airport. The peninsula juts out into the straights of Persian Gulf, and is known for its dramatic fjord-like sunken valleys, and high rugged mountains.

Wahiba Sands & Eastern Oman

When you think of the Arabia, you think of the vast deserts, of camel rides and the setting sun over impossibly perfect sand dunes. That place is indeed Wahiba Sands. Wahiba Sands is located to the south of Muscat, and you can spend the day driving down there, stopping at lush oasis-like wadis.

Nizwa & Jabal Shams

Nizwa is the regional capital of this area, and is known for its excellent Friday livestock market, and impressive fort. Jebel Shams is the highest mountain in Oman at 3,005m and is the site of the spectacular Wadi Nakhr, popularly known as the ‘Grand Canyon of Oman.’

Jabal Akhdar

The Jabal Akhdar (Green Mountain) is a spectacular mountain range in Oman, comprising craggy peaks juxtaposed against lush-green irrigated fields, ancient villages and deep gorges. The Jebal Akhdar is located in the hills above Nizwa, famous for its Friday livestock market, and impressive forts.

Muscat

Muscat is the capital of Oman, and is one of the most attractive cities in the Middle East. The city is known for its excellent beaches, superb hotels, and as a base from which to set out on a tour of Oman. Temperatures are pleasant, offering a perfect winter-sun escape. Overlooking the Gulf of Oman, …

Oman Info

Population: 3,608,500

Area: 309,501 km2 (119,498 sq mi)

Language: Arabic (English spoken in tourist areas)

Capital: Muscat

President: HM Sultan Qaboos bin Said al Said 

Currency: Omani Rial (OMR)

Time Zone: GMT + 4

Dialling code: + 968

FCO Advice

Tours: Classic Oman, Slow Oman, Family Holiday to Oman, Walking Holiday in Oman, Grand Tour of Oman, Luxury Oman Tour, Self-Drive Oman Tour, Salalah Adventure

Our Guide to Oman Holidays

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January

Visiting Oman in January

January in Oman is a great time to catch some winter-sun, with daytime temperatures in their 20s. You can expect a little rain showers, but these should be short and sharp. It might be colder in the mountains, especially at higher altitudes. This might mean that it will be too cold to enjoy the outdoor pools at some of the hotels in the Jabal Ackdar.

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February

Visiting Oman in February

February is when the temperatures get a little warmer, with daytime temperatures in Muscat rising to 25°C, and about 18°C in the mountains. You might see a shower or two, but it should wash over quickly. A perfect month for an Oman holiday.

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March

Visiting Oman in March

March is one of the best months to visit Oman, with lovely day time temperatures. The roses are in bloom in the Jebal Ackdar mountains, and the temperatures have risen to 22°C, so ideal for walking. Down on the coast, the temperatures get to 29°C, so ideal for sunbathing and relaxing.

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April

Visiting Oman in April

April is getting hotter, but certainly not oppressively so, with Muscat being about 33°C in the heat of the day. The temperatures in the mountains rise to 26°C, so starting to get hotter and meaning early morning and late afternoon trekking conditions. Wahiba Sands is also hotter, meaning air-conditioned tents are preferred.

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May

Visiting Oman in May

May is starting to get hot, with daytime temperatures in Muscat rising to about 37°C. If you want, consider a longer stay at one of the hotels in the mountains where daytime temperatures remain at 30°C and they have lovely outdoor pools and amazing views. You definitely need air-conditioned tents in the desert.

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June

Visiting Oman in June

June is hot, and we only really suggest time in the mountains where daytime temperatures get to 33°C. In Muscat, temperatures could reach 40°C or more, so sunbathing is not really possible.

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July

Visiting Oman in July

July is still too hot, and we only really suggest time in the mountains where daytime temperatures get to 31°C. In Muscat, temperatures could reach 38°C or more, so sunbathing is not really possible.

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August

Visiting Oman in August

August has slightly cooler temperatures in the mountains, being about 30°C in the day, but its still very hot down in Muscat, but not so oppressive, being about 35°C in the day.

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September

Visiting Oman in September

September is changeover month, and prices are much lower than the peak periods. Temperatures are still in their mid-30s in Muscat, but in the mountains these dip below 30°C in the day, making early morning and late afternoon walks definitely possible.

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October

Visiting Oman in October

October is a perfect month to for Oman holidays, with lovely daytime temperatures in Muscat, the mountains and in the desert.

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November

Visiting Oman in November

November is possibly the busiest months for travel to Oman, with perfect temperatures and very little chance of rain.

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December

Visiting Oman in December

December is the coolest month to visit Oman, with daytime temperatures in Muscat in the 20s, and it’s very cold at night in the mountains (although not close to freezing). Christmas and New Year holidays in Oman are popular, and it is advisable to book early.

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Oman has a pleasant climate and Oman holidays are perfect from October through to April, although travel in September and May is possible if you don’t mind the heat. The summer months are rather hot, except for in Salalah where it has the south-west monsoon come in, bring with it some refreshing rain showes. Rain showers tend to only happen a little in January and February, but are usually very short and sharp. It can get a little chilly up on the hills in December and January, but ideal for walking. It also won’t be really hot in December on beach, but temperatures are in their 20s in the day. The absolute best time to visit in March and April, and October and November.