We bring you our top three epic adventures in Oman…
Perched at the heady height of 2000 metres on the Saiq Plateau of Jebel Akhdar, Anantara Al Jalal Al Akhdar provides the perfect base camp from which to explore a multitude of epic mountain adventures. Climb the towering by foot or bike with Anantara’s team of Mountain Gurus, who will take you on a journey of cultural discovery and breath-taking beauty. Visit between March and mid-May to savour the stunning sight and sweet scent of the areas famed flower the Damask Rose, cascading down the mountain slopes in full bloom. Visit the local villages and families who have hand produced rose water from these pearly petals, generation after generation. Learn how it is still made using traditional techniques and hear the stories and tales of everyday life in the Jebel Akhdar mountains.
The Wahiba Desert, a totally enclosed sandy expanse covering an area of over 8000 square kilometres, offers endless adventure and magical wilderness experiences. Easily accessible from Muscat, spend a night or two under the star-studded Omani sky in a traditional Bedouin tented camp. Our top pick is Desert Nights Camp, a pop-up village of 39 canvas abodes, 11 kilometres from the village of Al Wasil. Glamping at its absolute finest, you will enjoy a private bedroom, sitting room and en-suite bathroom, overlooking an uninterrupted view of the undulating sand dunes beyond. By day embrace all the desert has to offer. Speed across the sand in a dune bashing buggy or 4X4, trek to the top of the Wahiba Sands peaks, test your balance sand-boarding to get back down, visit the local Souq, explore the Mantrib Fort and get to know the locals by visiting a traditional Bedouin family home. By night, watch the sunset from the comfort of the candle-lit Two Dunes restaurant, or the slightly less comfortable small of a camel’s back, on the exhilarating Desert Nights Sunset Camel Safari.
Mountains tick. Desert tick. It’s time for the beach! Oman’s coastline offers so much more than sunbeds and parasols. From the treasure trove of hidden coves and remote inlets of the Musandam Peninsula in the north, to the long swathes of white-sand Salalah beaches further south, the best way to see the full array of Omani coastal landscapes, is from the ocean! Introducing the SY Azurra, a 75” fully catered catamaran, available to book exclusively or ‘by the bed’. Combining the magic of sailing and the fun of glamping, beds are made up each night on-deck, under the sparkling night sky. Visit the spectacular marine reserve of the Dimanyat Islands or explore the desert fjord of Bandar Khairan. Fish for your own dinner and enjoy Oman’s diverse marine life snorkelling or diving. Combine two or three nights sailing with four nights in Muscat for the ultimate ‘sail and stay’ adventure in Oman.