Hotels in Oman
Holiday in Oman hotels and combine a beach retreat with a journey to cities steeped in ancient culture and traditions.
Start your holidays to Oman in the capital Muscat, and explore streets of latticed buildings and majestic Mosques. The Grand Mosque trumps them all for pomp and splendour. Be a King for a day in the Sultan's Palace, and then visit the Al-Jalali and Al-Mirani Forts and see the power of empires past.
Holidays in Oman are a shopper's paradise, with modern malls and scented souks bound to tempt you. Stock up on Omani silver jewellery and sticky dates, or take home a bottle of Frankincense perfume.
The most luxurious hotels in Oman lie on the glamorous golden shores of Qurum and Al-Bustan, with clear waters ideal for diving. Oman hotels put on a wild show once night falls, with bars and nightclubs and live performances keeping you entertained until the early hours. Animal-lovers should spend an evening under the stars at Ras-Al-Jinz, for a glimpse of turtles nesting on the beach.
The rocky desert terrain means that holidays in Oman are a true adventure, with hiking and caving popular pursuits. Explore the parched desert off-road in a 4x4 or trek on a camel at a more leisurely pace.
Oman Travel Notes
GMT: +4 hours
Currency: Omani Rial
Tourist/Visa/Health Information: It is recommended that all immunisations and boosters for travel to Oman are up to date. Yellow Fever immunisation is required if arriving from an infected country. For full details please contact your GP. British passport holders do require a visa to enter Oman. These can be obtained on arrival at Muscat Seeb International Airport and cost approximately £15 per person. Alternatively you can get a visa from the Embassy of the Sultanate of Oman which can be contacted on 020 7225 0001 or visit www.omanembassy.org.uk. For further information please contact the Oman Tourist Office on 020 8877 4524.
Dates for the Diary: New Year's Day 1 Jan 10. Muharram (Islamic New Year) 7 Dec 10. Ramadan: (approx) 11 Aug - 9 Sep 2010 & 01 - 29 Aug 2011. National Day and birthday of HM Sultan Qaboos 18 Nov 10. Eid al-Adah (Feast of the Sacrifice) 16 Nov 10. Please note: Alcohol may be restricted during Ramadan.
Flight information: Oman Air offers a direct service to Muscat from London Heathrow. Other airlines featuring Muscat include British Airways, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Gulf Air and Qatar Airways all of these services operate via other points within the gulf region. Journey time to Muscat is approximately 8hrs.