Oman Itinerary: Muscat, Mountains & Desert

Our Oman itinerary gave us a perfect blend of of adventure, exploring and relaxing time, the best of all worlds and ensures you come back from your holiday in Oman having learnt something about the country you visited, but also feeling refreshed and relaxed, ready to take on the daily grind again.

Personally, my natural instinct on holiday is to cram in as much as possible, whereas my husband’s is to do as little as possible. We compromise by meeting in the middle (the day on, day off approach works well) and we have each recognised that actually, this is the best thing for both of us anyway (a rare result when we compromise!).

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One Day in Muscat: A Middle Eastern Gem

Oman is the Arabian peninsula’s best kept secrets; a peaceful, luxurious and downright stunning destination. As its capital, the majority of visitors will get to experience Muscat, however if you don’t explore outside the city bounds, I can assure you that you will be missing out big time. Hopefully you will get to have more than one day in Muscat though, but if you haven’t, don’t worry, you can get around most of the best things to do Oman’s capital in under 12 hours.

We were in Oman for our honeymoon (not a traditional destination I know, you can read the full story here) and to be honest got so seduced by the two absolute stunner hotels we stayed in that we struggled to leave to actually explore!

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Luxury Hotel Review: Shangri-La Al Husn in Muscat, Oman

For the final three nights of our Oman honeymoon, we returned to Muscat, but this time staying in a different hotel, the Shangri-La Al Husn, one of the top three hotels in Muscat along with The Chedi and Al Bustan Palace.

The former we had stayed in at the beginning of our holiday before we embarked on our Oman road trip and describing it as excellent is an understatement; the Shangri-La had a lot to live up to! Unlike the last few days, we had minimal activities planned other than lying down, eating and swimming!

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Oman Road Trip: Wahiba Sands to Muscat

On the final leg of our Oman road trip, we headed out of Wahiba Sands to Muscat, coming full circle from where we started a few days earlier. You can go to Wahiba Sands as a day trip from Muscat, but as there is so much to do and see on that route, I highly recommend you spend a night in the desert so you can have more time to explore.

Fresh from our morning camel riding experience after a lovely night spent at Wahiba Sands Desert Nights Camp, we bounced out of the desert again with Mohammed, our trusty driver. He was driving slightly more cautiously than the day before and managed to get back to the road with four functioning tyres intact!

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Wahiba Sands Desert Nights Camp in Oman

Staying at a desert night camp in Oman was one of the things I was most looking forward to on our trip. Not so much the camping part, but more experiencing a traditional desert for the first time, particularly overnight (we’ve all seen the pictures of those beautiful star constellations). I can’t say I’m a camping kind of girl really though; I like the idea of it, but since I’ve grown up, the execution hasn’t exactly floated my boat.

Despite having been assured on multiple occasions that this was luxury desert camping, I still had visions of a hot tent, no running water and sand getting everywhere. I was therefore slightly reassured (despite our unorthodox method of arrival at our evening accommodation) when on our approach, I we saw that our tents appeared to have walls, this was my kind of camping!

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