With Oman reopening its borders to the world, travellers in the UAE have a host of world-class hotels to choose from when visiting the neighbouring country
A preferred travel destination among weekend warriors in the UAE, Oman is preparing to reopen its borders to the world. This comes as great news to eager travellers, especially in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and the rest of the GCC, as the neighbouring country has resumed issuing tourist visas and relaxed restrictions almost eight months since the pandemic first hit.
Visitors are required to present two negative COVID-19 PCR tests for entry into Oman, one no more than 90 hours prior to departure and another conducted at the airport on arrival. For trips lasting less than seven days, visitors will be able to bypass the quarantine requirement and freely explore the destination.
So, if you’re planning a trip soon, here are some of the best hotels in Oman that should be on your radar.
A hidden gem on Oman’s northern Musandam Peninsula, Six Senses Zighy Bay Resort stands out for its dramatic setting between the craggy Hajar Mountains and the tranquil Gulf of Oman. Drive down to the retreat from Dubai for spectacular views along the journey – the descent into the hotel from the hilltop during the last few minutes makes for an unforgettable sight. But if you’re feeling adventurous, swap the last leg of the drive for a unique entrance that sees you paragliding into the resort from the mountaintop and landing on the beach.
The facilities make this one of the best resorts in Oman and guests can experience the award-winning spa and a variety of culinary offerings while staying in luxury private pool villas along the beach.
The Anantara brand is synonymous with timeless luxury, and the Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara is no different. Nestled between a private beach and freshwater lagoon in this oasis town, the hotel is the first and only luxury pool villa resort in Salalah. Its majestic design reflects the country’s heritage – a nod to its fortresses – while inside the resort, serenity abounds with plush accommodation, world-class dining options and exclusive spa rituals.
For those keen on soaking up some winter sunshine, Kempinski Hotel Muscat is a stylish beachfront property in the Omani capital. Combining award-winning restaurants, five-star luxury and the city’s hottest location, the hotel ticks all the boxes when it comes to a perfect staycation in the neighbouring country.
With 11 impressive world-class dining venues, two swimming pools, a kids’ club, a tennis court and an array of outdoor activities and water sports, there is plenty to keep guests busy without having to leave the resort.
The Chedi Muscat is, undoubtedly, one of the most beautiful hotels in Muscat. Perched on the northern edge of the city and set amongst vibrant gardens by the seaside, guests can enjoy dramatic mountain views from each of 158 well-appointed rooms. There are six culinary outlets at the hotel, offering flavours from around the world, while for a little more relaxation, the state-of-the-art spa features healing rituals from Bali, India and Oman.
Set 2,000 metres above sea level, this is just the resort for nature lovers and those seeking a true sense of escape. Offering cooler mountain climes, two hours away from the capital of Muscat, the hotel promises dramatic canyon views. It is also one of the world’s highest resorts, where adventure abounds in plenty. And it is also here, that Princess Diana once stood to stargaze into the Omani skies. Experience this breathtaking setting unlike any other on your next visit to Oman.