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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.’
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 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, …
Area: 309,501 km2 (119,498 sq mi)
Language: Arabic (English spoken in tourist areas)
President: HM Sultan Qaboos bin Said al Said
Currency: Omani Rial (OMR)
Time Zone: GMT + 4
Dialling code: + 968
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Visiting Oman in November
November is possibly the busiest months for travel to Oman, with perfect temperatures and very little chance of rain.
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.
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.