My first trip to Oman and wow, it did not disappoint! I was excited to experience the undeniably opulent array of hotels that this destination boasts – I was fortunate enough to be staying at 3 of the best hotels there are – but I was equally excited to experience the diverse mix of culture and the fascinating sense of history.
As I mentioned, the hotels in Oman are sheer luxury and my first two nights were spent at Shangri La Barr A Jissah, cleverly made up of 3 gorgeous hotels fronting 2 stunning beaches. Best for families would be the Al Waha with so many family friendly facilities and fantastic dining. Al Bandar is most suited to those looking for a little more refinement so its a perfect choice for couples and families with older children. You can use the facilities of both hotels when staying in either hotel. Lastly, Al Husn is the most luxurious of the 3 hotels and it is exclusive to guests staying there, although guests here, have the use of the facilities at both the Al waha and the Al Bandar.
Next, it was a 2 night stop at the breathtaking Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhda Resort. Perched over 2,000 metres above sea level, this unique and ultra luxurious hotel is the highest 5 star resort in the Middle East and is among the highest rated in the world! I was not one bit surprised. The location is outstanding and the views across the canyon stretch as far as the eye can see. There is a fort for star gazing, a canyon view platform, state of the art kids club, infinity pool, a spa like no other and 3 incredible restaurants. The staff were amazing and so friendly, I cannot wait to return!
And finally, our last hotel was the iconic Chedi Muscat, renowned for its clean lines, contemporary look and enormous 50 meter pool! I had never seen anything like it! The Chedi oozes charm and exceptional service. The staff were so friendly and welcoming and the dining, especially at the Serai Pool Cabana was a real treat.
In addition to being wonderfully spoilt at each of these amazing hotels, I also got to see Muscat, which was an interesting blend of sights and sounds, of mesmerising architecture and atmospheric, ancient souks. Like most visitors to the City, we were also captivated by the impressive Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque; one of the most visited mosque’s in the City. I’m sure you too would be wowed by the incredible central dome which reaches 50 metres off the ground!
Overall, this beautifully historic country has much to offer and should definitely be added to your travel wish list!