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The Ultimate Oman journey with Scott Dunn
Experience the luxurious side of Oman, staying in only the most comfortable and exclusive accommodation. Combine the beach with two nights on board a sailing boat, followed by a stay in a private desert camp and a luxury mountain retreat.
This luxurious itinerary begins with two nights at the Chedi Muscat in a Chedi Club Suite, the most exclusive and spacious room category in the hotel giving guests access to the club lounge where morning coffee, afternoon tea and evening cocktails are served. Chedi Club Suites also have an unlimited complimentary mini bar and other added benefits and amenities. Boasting the longest pool in the Middle East and a recently refurbished, and very stylish, fitness centre, the Chedi is the ideal place to relax.
Venture out of the hotel to visit the Grand Mosque, beautifully crafted using materials from around the world, including Indian sandstone, an enormous Iranian carpet and a Swarovski crystal-encrusted chandelier from Germany. The Beit Al Zubair Museum is also well worth a visit, giving an overview of Omani traditions, society and dress. Do a spot of shopping at the souq in Muttrah where jewellery and scarves can be bought.
Explore the coast around Muscat, spending a couple of days onboard Oman Sail’s Orana 44 catamaran. The sailing will be leisurely, enabling you to swim and snorkel around Bandar Khairan and the Damaniyat Islands, both home to an abundance of marine life and corals. The yacht is luxurious and provides a unique stay on the water.
From the sea you will head into the desert. The Bespoke Luxury Camp is hugely comfortable with spacious tents and superb service – at least two members of staff to every guest that stays. The tents have luxurious beds with traditional furnishings and there is even a private loo and shower. The dunes of Wahiba Sands stretch as far as the eye can see and the camp can be set up well away from the road and any other desert camps. The desert is the perfect spot for watching the sun set and enjoying a sundowner on top of a dune and then doing some star gazing after nightfall.
Move north, and head to the Al Hajar Mountains where you will encounter charming mountain villages with stunning views such as Bilad Sayt. Close by, the old capital of Oman, Nizwa, is the location of a recently restored fort and a Friday market where livestock and other necessities are sold and provides a fascinating insight into traditional Omani life. Stay at the luxurious Alila Jabal Akhdar for three days giving you ample time to explore the mountains, but also put your feet up simply enjoying the views. Finally you are driven to Muscat for your flight home.