Have you ever wished to be a princess, a rock star or a VIP for a day? Such experiences are closer to hand than expected. Just a 40min flight from Dubai, the Sultanate of Oman glistens and sparkles in a rich array of luxury properties and once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Take your pick from the following 5 properties or do all of them if you can!
The Six Senses Zighy Bay, Musandam
Just a 90 minute drive from Dubai has you ascending 2,000m high mountains with breath taking views of cliff diving fjords, sparkling azure sea and giggling dolphins. Plus the option of tandem paragliding into this luxurious property that caters to the rich and famous. The Flinstone-esque appearance blends in seamless with its stark surroundings, offering Michelin-starred prepared cuisine, holistic activity options and their famous signature spa treatments. Suites and private villas are available from $599 a night.
The Alila Jabal Akhdar Spa & Resort
Newly opened the Alila Jabal Akhdar provides you 380 degree spellbinding views of the surrounding Hajar Mountains, 3,000m above sea level. Private and secluded from the chaos of the daily grind, the property provides the peace and tranquillity needed after a rocking world tour. For the more active, graded hikes are offered around the surrounding lush farms of pomegranates, roses and walnuts. For those travelling with an entourage try out one of the 2 villas boasting your own private lap pool, Jacuzzi and a bath tub which fits 12 people and weights over 1.2 tonnes. Rooms start from $375 a night.
Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Spa & Resort, Muscat
This is the place where modern day prince and princesses stay and play. Imagine a sand coloured castle perched on a cliff surrounded by mountains and sea – that is the Al Husn to the tee. Part of the service is a personal Butler, free Mini-Bar, high-tea and evening aperitifs and canapés plus staff that feed you fresh fruit or buff your sunglasses as you laze by the infinity pool or private beach. Rooms start from $244 a night at the Al Waha-end.
The Chedi, Muscat
Be a cool cat amongst the jetsetters and hipsters enjoying sundowners at sunset while a DJ spins some chilled out tunes in this very modern, clean lined property that features the Middle East’s longest Infinity Pool. The only struggle is looking the part when the food on offer at three of its restaurants are so damn tasty. But then again the state of the art gym and spa need to be tried and tested. Rooms start from $314 a night.
Desert Nights Camp, Wahiba Sands
In homage of Laurence of Arabia or even to Sex in the City, a desert experience is a must if visiting Oman. And nobody does “glamping” better than Desert Nights Camp. Fine dining under the stars with a fully licenced bar and billiard tent this place is soothing at night, however, during the day camels, quad bikes, sandboarding and dune bashing are must-try activities that will have your adrenalin racing. Your pitch tent is beautifully decorated and adorned with hand woven rugs, lanterns and colourful cushions, some with a separate living room too. A night will set you back $183.