A trip to Oman is full of surprises, but your accommodation doesn’t have to be one. With a wide range of places to lay your head, from some of the best hotels in Oman to traditional off-grid Bedouin camps in the deserts, you are certain to find what you are looking for, regardless of budget and taste. Despite Oman being small in size, it’s big when it comes to the exciting range of accommodation. However, with so much choice, it can be hard to make a decision on where to stay in Oman, but we are sure that our handy guide to the best hotels in Oman will give you the lowdown on the best hotel for you.
The Chedi Muscat
If bigger is better in your eyes when it comes to raising your pool game, then the Chedi Muscat is one to dive into. It boasts the longest pool in the whole of the Middle East -he Long Pool is around the length of a football pitch (plus there are two more) as well as a private beach and tennis courts.
The Chedi Muscat often tops the list of the ‘best hotels in Oman’ and it’s easy to see why. It’s just 20 minutes from the airport and only a 10 minute drive from the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque as well as a range of other popular attractions and things to do in Oman.
If you are looking for an Insta-worthy hotel in Oman, the Chedi will have your followers suffering from serious FOMO.
From the awesome interiors decorated in both Omani and Japanese style to the extensive facilities which includes THAT pool, a private beach, tennis courts and even a golf course for those who want to get back into the swing of things. After a round of golf, you can relax by the pool or why not check out the spa facilities which include jet tubs and hammams.
As night falls, head back to your room or suite, all of which have Bose Wave music systems, iPod docks, televisions, Nespresso machines and walk-in wardrobes. It’s easy to see why this is rated as one of the best hotels in Oman.
Shangri La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa
Oh wait! Is that the gulf of Oman I see there? The Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa is without doubt a popular choice for visitors – as well as the stunning views of the gulf, guests are also treated to panoramas of the majestic Hajar Mountains.
The beauty is not just exclusive to the outside, but indoors too. It has a strong reputation as being one of the most exclusive and one of the best hotels in Oman. Whilst there is a clear emphasis on traditional Omani style, the hotel is very contemporary and modern too. Each room and suite comes with its very own spacious terrace and a whole host of first rate amenities such as silk furnishings, a huge walk-in rain shower and a complimentary mini bar.
It’s a little slice of an oasis of calm on the edge of the city which is fun for all the family – from children and teens to adults. Little ones can even enjoy camel and pony rides or take advantage of the watersports centre that offers scuba-diving, snorkeling and dolphin trips. Guests can also learn about a turtle project and other eco-initiatives too.
Six Senses Zighy Bay
Not only does the incredible Six Senses Zighy Bay have an incredible location, it also has a fantastic luxury spa. You will stay in a secluded and rustic villa set amongst swaying palms where you can retreat and enjoy a digital detox from the world. Guests are encouraged to turn off their mobile phones so that they can enjoy this relaxing and decadent experience to the maximum.
As you wander past the towering date palm trees and lime bushes, you can really feel the sense of serenity at this sanctuary of wellness which strongly advocates both international and local healing traditions under one roof. Without doubt, this is regarded as one of the best hotels in Oman and it’s easy to see why.
With two Arabic-style hammams, an ice cave, a menu of skin-purifying and soul soothing treatments, outdoor yoga with some of the best sunrise views in the country, indoor gym or outdoor workouts in the jungle gym, this Omani spa has a little something for everyone.
Decorated in a traditional Omani style, this hotel and resort is not only super cool, but it is also eco-friendly and rooted in its natural surroundings. The grounds are huge, but you can get about really easily by bike which is a fun way to explore.
When it comes to food, you will be thoroughly spoiled, whether you favour eclectic dining featuring local and international cuisine or something more traditional.
Al Bustan Palace, A Ritz Carlton Hotel
You know it’s good if the locals love it – and they do! A popular haunt for Omanis to enjoy dinner, the Al Bustan Palace is theatrical, opulent and fun. They have to venture out to the edge of Muscat to enjoy all that Al Bustan has to offer, but it’s unequivocally worth it.
This grand establishment was originally the palace of Sultan Qaboos and it truly hasn’t lost its regal vibe thanks to its stunning decor and luxurious amenities. From the stunning swim-up rooms and the opulent Six Senses spa with its 24-carat gold facials, if you are looking for the wow factor, you won’t be disappointed as it’s one of the best hotels in Oman.
Water lovers will relish in using the temperature-controlled infinity pool, four lagoon pools or for those wanting something a little more high octane, trying the different water sports which includes sailing, windsurfing, kayaking and snorkeling.
There’s lots of things to do which includes a myriad of tennis courts and pools and even an amusement park for children.
When it comes to working up an appetite, you will not be disappointed with the range of dining options at the palace. From buffet breakfast and snacks at the Poolside bar to delicious afternoon tea and some of the best seafood in the country. Make sure you pack your appetite!
If you really feel like getting away from it all, maybe a luxury Bedouin experience is for you? Magic Camps offers a luxury bedouin camping experience that is also eco-friendly which is ideal for those wanting to amp up their green credentials. Staying in beautiful tents that are furnished with Arabian-style interiors and artisan-designed wooden furniture, under a cloth canopy that creates soft natural lighting. It’s ideal for those wanting a more traditional Omani experience.
Magic Camps – Wahiba Sands is only open between September and April and guests can take advantage of a simpler stay that is enriching without compromising on the finer things in life. They can do yoga, meditation sessions, and stargazing in the desert skies with a telescope. Absolute bliss!
So now you should have your pick of the best hotels in Oman sorted. If you are looking for some exciting things to do during your stay in Oman? Why not take a look at our pick of the best things to do in Oman that you shouldn’t miss.