There aren’t many places where you can lie on an isolated beach one day, enjoy the bustle of a city market the next, then escape to spend a night sleeping under desert stars. All of this and more is possible in Oman.

Dhows and deserts
Nestled in the south-eastern quarter of the Arabian Peninsula, the Sultanate of Oman is phenomenally diverse. In the city centres, stout and pretty whitewashed buildings sit alongside ornate mosques, low-rise hotels and luxury villas. In Salalah, the land of coconut, banana and other tropical fruit trees, the lush greenery and cool weather combine to make this the ultimate short break from sticky desert climes elsewhere in the region. In contrast, there are the remote villages, natural lagoons and striking mountains of Musandam; known as the ‘Norway of Arabia’, this is home to spectacular fjords that are best explored from the deck of a traditional dhow.

Marvellous Muscat
Oman’s capital, Muscat, is a striking city sandwiched between rocky mountains and beautiful beaches. With strong connections to its history and culture, and some of the friendliest locals in the region, you’ll want to visit again and again. Plus, there’s the jaw-dropping views, fascinating wadis and lush oases and towering waterfalls of Western Hajar that combine for a simply other-worldly experience. There’s no end to the adventure in store here, and if you decide to drive the five-hour journey to Muscat, then the excitement begins the moment you enter the mountainous region. From beach holiday to exhilarating exploration, Oman is your ticket to a last-minute break from the city. 

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