If you’re like us, you probably had to google check how to pronounce Oman. And we wouldn’t be surprised if your family questioned your unorthodox choice of vacation. But like us, the minute you touch down, you’ll find that Oman deserves a spot amongst the top tourist destinations—although we’re pretty glad it’s not as it remains untouched and relatively tourist-free.
You wouldn’t have thought it but this understated Sultanate is full of natural wonders, best experiences through the lens of the top luxury hotels. Explore the rugged mountains from the comfort of palatial architecture and balconies overlooking cascading ravines. Immerse yourself in wadis—ethereal streams—from the regal elegance of five-star resorts. Adventure through Muscat’s (Oman’s capital) resplendent streets as frankincense aromas fill the air and bleating goats wander around the cobblestone paths. But return home to the calm serenity of colossal infinity pools and impossibly high thread count sheets.
Traveling to Oman is like traveling to multiple countries in one flight. You may find yourself amidst scintillating ocean views, seafood feasts and rows of date palms one day. And wake up to red silken desert sands, traditional Bedouin tents and medieval camelback transport the next. Plus, Oman has consistently been rated as one of the safest countries in the world. So with that, you can put your mama’s anxious mind at rest and start booking your sumptuous stay.
The 15 best luxury hotels in Oman
- Six Senses Zighby Bay
- Alila Jabal
- The Chedi
- Anantara Al Jabal
- Al Baleed Resort
- Desert Nights Camp
- Muscat Hills Resort
- Magic Camps
- Alila Hinu Bay
- Al Bustan Palace
- Shangri La Al Husn
- Jumeirah Muscat Bay
Six Senses Zighby Bay
Idyllically located between the rugged Hagar mountains and the serene Musandum beach, Six Senses Zighy Bay is one of our favorite luxury hotels in Oman. Date palm trees adorn the sandy pathways, accented with fig and pomegranate trees, as well as the odd goat. Padded pedal bikes encourage a barefoot approach to luxury. While scintillating sunset views gently urge you to stop scrolling and live in the moment.
Adeptly named, the staff at Six Senses Zighy Bay seem to have a sixth sense for exactly what you need at any given moment. The rural architecture and rustic chic interiors reflect the country’s natural beauty. While the superlative spa, large pools, hammocks slung between palms, endless activities, fantastic seafood grills and complimentary homemade ice-cream are the ordre du jour.
Best for: A hidden gem.
Address: Dibba-Musandam PC 800, 00800, Oman Price range: $$$$ Website:www.sixsenses.com/en/resorts/zighy-bay
Alila Jabal is neatly perched on the edge of the ravine, providing astonishing views and a chance to explore the untouched mountains. Built from local stone and wood, the primitive architecture gently blends into the rugged surroundings. While the aromas of frankincense, coffee and dates fill the lobby as the welcoming staff await your arrival.
The rooms at Alila Jabal are kitted for nobility—with the tranquil balconies and private pools being a standout feature. The guided sunrise walk gives you a chance to truly appreciate the sensational setting. While the Alila Spa offers some of the best Asia-style therapies in the country. At night, the al fresco tables are set amongst lit up fountains. And whilst all of the international and Arabic dishes are divine, everyone needs to try the Alila tajines at least once during their stay.
Best for: Exploring untouched mountains.
Address: Al Roose, Jabal Al Akhdar Al Jabal Al Akhdar OM, 621, Oman Price range: $$$ Website: www.alilahotels.com/jabalakhdar
Named after a place of meditation, The Chedi hotels are renowned for their unparalleled luxury and serene sense of style. As one of the best hotels in Muscat, the Chedi Muscat is no exception. Flaunting the largest pool in the Middle East, you could think of it as a chic playground for affluent adults. While the elegant spa beckons you to slow down, unwind and soak in the indulgence.
Overlooking crashing waves, The Chedi proves that the Omani beaches are not to be overlooked. The rooms are refreshingly spacious with high ceilings and oversized windows. While the neutral hues and understated interiors speak to a Japanese-inspired minimalism. Eight ravishing restaurants make every evening entirely unique. And whether you’re dining under starry Arabian skies or grandiose European chandeliers, we’re sure you’ll be blown away by the flavors as well as the setting. Looking to work up an appetite? The state-of-the-art fitness center, tennis courts and golf course should do the trick.
Best for: A whimsical playground for rest-seeking adults.
Address: 133 18th November St, Muscat, Oman Price range: $$$ Website: www.ghmhotels.com/en/muscat/
Anantara Al Jabal
Located quite literally in the mountains, Anantara Al Jabal is the ultimate city escape. Stone pathways lined with indigenous plants speak to the natural hues, carved wooden doors and elegant archways. The rooms maintain the earthy tones with a few touches of Omami luxury. But the real highlight is the private balconies overlooking cascading canyons.
And whilst it’s almost impossible to peel your eyes away from the panoramic scene, a plethora of activities makes Anantara Al Jabal one of the best hotels in Oman for families. Spend your afternoons traversing through mountains, learning new skills like abseiling and archery or indulging in hammam rituals at the ethereal spa. Not to mention the myriad of eating options; from dining at the canyon’s edge to interactive cooking classes, you’ll need to book a few nights to try them all.
Best for: Soul-stirring splendor.
Address: No 110, Al Jabal Al Akhdar, Nizwa 621, Oman Price range: $$ Website:www.anantara.com/en/jabal-akhdar
Al Baleed Resort
While the Middle East may not be what comes to mind when you think of beach vacations, this coastal getaway totally disrupts the stereotype. Set on the palm-fringed sandy shores of Salalah, Al Baleed Resort epitomizes sophisticated serenity. The white washed walls and low-rise buildings are reminiscent of old Omani fortresses. While pared back interiors, soaring ceilings, rope walls and marble floors are effortlessly elegant.
Like all Anantara resorts, the spa at Al Baleed Resort offers authentic Ayurvedic therapy and other tailored treatments. But the added Omani touches such as frankincense and pomegranate make this one extra special. When you’re not unwinding at the spa or lounging around colossal infinity pools, beach volleyball, tennis, camel rides and cooking classes promise to keep you entertained. And yes, the array of ravishing restaurants require a healthy appetite; be it laid back Mediterranean menus or exceptional Thai infusions, you’ll want to taste everything.
Best for: Disrupting Middle East stereotypes.
Address: PC 214, Al Mansurah Street, Al Baleed, Salalah 360, Oman Price range: $$$ Website: www.anantara.com/it/al-baleed-salalah
Desert Nights Camp
Live out all your Arabian desert fantasies at this luxurious camp. Only a two-hour drive from Muscat, Desert Nights Camp is a truly unique experience. Glamorous Bedouin style tents are sprawled over acres of red silken sand. The tent interiors are laden with authentic Arabic prints and adorned with clay pots and resplendent hues. Frankincense and myrrh aromas transport you to medieval times. While modern comforts such as air conditioning ensure a superlative stay.
Everything about Desert Nights Camp is an Arabian adventure. Spend your days riding camels, bashing through the desert or surfing sand dunes. But leave enough time to truly appreciate the Sumor Spa and starry-skied dining. This is glamping being taken to a whole new level.
Best for: Teleporting to medieval times—with luxury modern comforts of course.
Address: Al Wasil OM, 968, Oman Price range: $$ Website: www.omanhotels.com/desertnightscamp/
Muscat Hills Resort
Craving the therapeutic effects of grounding yourself in nature but enticed by the indulgence of luxury resorts? Muscat Hills Resort combines the two for a stay that is both soul-restoring and pampering. Located right on the beach with panoramic sea views, the thatched-roofed, rope walled minimalist huts speak to the resort’s connection with nature. While the decadent facilities have adopted a more glamorous attitude.
Muscat Hills Resort is a haven for those seeking rest. But it’s also just a stone’s throw away from some of the best attractions in Oman. And after you’ve had your fill of soaking in the sun on the beach loungers, you may want to explore the Muttrah Souq, The National Museum or the Al Alam Palace—all of which are relatively close. Can’t tear yourself away from the charming resort? We don’t blame you. And with some of the best watersports and diving in the area you won’t have too. You can also just eat your way through the holiday. The gourmet menu is always happy to oblige with aesthetically plated Mediterranean and Arabic inspired cuisines.
Best for: Getting grounded in nature—but make it luxe.
Address: OM, Al Jissah St, 199, Oman Price range: $$$ Website: www.muscathillsresort.com/
Magic Camps is right at the top of our list of eco vacations. Not only do they provide an exotic experience infused with high quality comforts, but they do so without compromising the earth. Scattered over vast desert sands, authentic white Bedouin tents take you back to medieval times. While the elegant interiors and modern touches invite you into a world of eco chic serenity.
Awaken to a world of desert sensations where the only decision you need to make is whether to embark on a camel safari or to partake in the sunrise yoga session first. Dining at Magic Camps is also an unforgettable experience. As the sun goes down, you’ll find yourself surrounded by candlelit lanterns and endless string lights, while a festive banquet of mezze platters, skewers and oriental flavors dance on your palette.
Best for: Omani magic.
Address: Office 1715, Blue Bay Tower - Marasi Dr - Dubai - United Arab Emirates Price range: $$$ Website: www.magic-camps.com/
Alila Hinu Bay
Catering to both nature lovers and design aficionados, Alila Hinu is fusion of local architecture and modern aesthetics. As you walk through the lobby, you’ll be met by a central water feature, limestones and traditional artworks—all paying homage to Omani culture through elegant aesthetics. The contemporary rooms echo Asian-inspired minimalism. While clean hues and simple interiors do little to detract from the exquisite desert views. Unless we’re actually sleeping, you’ll find us on the balcony, mesmerized by the mountain views.
Realistically, your first day or two is likely to be spent lounging next to the colossal pool. But when you’re ready to adventure, Alila Hinu Bay is surrounded by unique natural wonders. We especially recommend a guided hike to Wadi Darbat, where you’ll splash through waterfalls and enjoy an organic picnic. On the food note, many of the dining experiences are adventures in themselves. But if you’re planning a romantic getaway, the star-lit beach dinner for two is an absolute must.
Best for: Contemporary and elegant with an Omani touch.
Address: Salalah OM, 211, Oman Price range: $$ Website: www.alilahotels.com/hinubay
We don’t know whether to call them tents or tent-inspired villas, but either way you certainly won’t feel like you’re camping at Dunes. On arrival guests are invited to take part in a welcoming ceremony, involving local dress and banging drums. And adorned with Arabic prints and bronze satin curtains, the cultural-infused interior continues to take you on an unexpected journey.
One of the best things about Dunes is the welcoming staff. They’re always eager to share their heritage as they provide an unparalleled cultural experience. In between riding camels and quad biking through dunes, the mini gym is well stocked and the pool is a much-needed reprieve from the heat. Spend your evenings dining by the pool or in romantic cabanas. And whilst the menu features many international favorites, we recommend tasting the chef’s signature Kerala dishes.
Best for: Lapping up the local culture.
Address: Wadi Al Abiyad Sand, Barka, Oman Price range: $ Website: www.dunesbyalnahda.com/
Al Bustan Palace
Al Bustan Palace is fit for a king—quite literally, as it originally served as the palace of Sultan Qaboos. And whilst you may not wear your own jeweled crown or boast a royal title, you’ll certainly feel as if you do the minute you step into this luxury hotel. The lobby shows off its regal splendor with a dramatic domed ceiling, cascading crystal chandelier and elaborately printed tiled walls.
But that’s just a taste of the elegant grandeur inherent to Al Bustan Palace. The rooms continue to show off the hotel’s magnificence through marble tiled bathrooms, spa-like features and every modern comfort you can imagine. Scattered throughout the resort, the refreshing pools and flourishing gardens bring five-star luxury to desert terrains. While kayaks and paddleboards encourage you to make the most of the private beach’s seas. Dining options range from gourmet Asian to the buffet-style Al Khiran kitchen to beach-side seafood grills. End your day with a walk on the beach and experience the palatial architecture lit up at night—no doubt you’ll feel like Jasmine being swept away on an Omani magic carpet.
Best for: Fit for a sultan.
Address: Al Bustan St, Muscat 114, Oman Price range: $$$ Website: www.ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/oman/al-bustan
Shangri La Al Husn
As one of the best hotels in Muscat, Shangri La Oman is a clifftop resort overlooking majestic turquoise waters. The pink palatial Arabesque architecture is a fusion of Japanese elegance and Omani grandeur. While the interior is slightly more paired back with sophisticated neutrals and charming details. We particularly recommend the Deluxe room for its oversized balcony and rugged mountain views.
Shangri La Al Husn is the ultimate secluded escape where the infinity pool, spa, health club and gourmet cuisines compete for your affections. The infinity pool offers the best sunset views as it spills over into scintillating seas. The Luban spa offers incredible Asian-inspired treatments. The health club ensures you leave feeling rejuvenated and revived.
Best for: Escaping to regal grandeur.
Address: Muscat 100 Muscat Muscat، 644, Oman Price range: $$$ Website: www.shangri-la.com/muscat/alhusnresortandspa/
Looking for luxury escapism at a more affordable price? Sheraton is an incredible find and one that you’re likely to tell your friends about (unless we keep it our little secret). The magical atmosphere exudes Japanese elegance with pink cherry blossoms decorating the communal spaces. The rooms are simple with clean woods and neutral palettes, featuring all the necessary amenities. While the royal suite boasts an extra grandeur with glamorous bed posts, regal prints and impressive local artworks.
Located within close proximity to the bustling streets of Muscat, the Sheraton allows you to share in the excitement of the vibrant city whilst sleeping in luxury. It’s also not far from the Muttrah Corniche; a seaside stretch leading to the local fish market and dhow harbor. And after a couple of days of exploring the resplendent streets, we’re pretty sure the pool and Sheraton spa will draw you into their revitalizing serenity.
Best for: Rooftop romance and scintillating city views.
Address: 40 Way, Muscat 112, Oman Price range: $ Website: www.marriott.com/en-us/hotels/mctsi-sheraton-oman-hotel/
Jumeirah Muscat Bay
A refined blend of traditional and contemporary, it doesn’t take much to see why Jumeirah Muscat Bay is one of our best boutique hotels in Oman. The elegant architecture is reminiscent of traditional Omani designs, featuring white low-rise walls, marble accents and ancient details. While soaring palms bring an island chic aspect to the glamorous stay.
Every room at Jumeirah Muscat Bay comes with sumptuous sea views. And the contemporary interiors are both effortlessly chic and decisively tranquil. The cascading infinity pool is almost impossible to tear yourself away from. But a mani or massage at the spa is well worth the departure. While the tennis court gets you back into the swing of playful exercise. Plus, the Kid’s Club is the perfect excuse to book a romantic dinner for two at Brezza; a rooftop restaurant featuring seafood feasts and Italian twists.
Best for: Bringing contemporary twists to ancient Omani designs.
Address: Saraya OM, Bandar Jissah 117, Oman Price range: $$$ Website: www.jumeirah.com/en/stay/oman/jumeirah-muscat-bay
Frequently asked questions about the best hotels in Oman
Oman is one of the most luxurious countries. It is full of natural wonders—from craggy rocky mountains and whimsical wadis to silken deserts and serene beaches. All of these are best experienced at some of the most glamorous resorts, flaunting palatial architectures, date palm-lined infinity pools and world-class service.
As an Islamic country, the locals do not drink alcohol. However tourists can obtain an alcohol license to consume drinks in private. And almost all of the top luxury resorts in Oman serve alcohol to guests.
Dubai has more nightclubs than Oman. But Oman has a lot more natural wonders and variety. In one holiday, you’ll be able to explore rugged mountains, silken deserts, vibrant city streets, whimsical wadis and serene beaches. And whilst both countries have some of the most luxurious resorts, Oman has a more authentic vibe.
Oman is known as one of the last Sultanate countries. It is beautifully decorated with palatial architecture and carved doors. While its natural wanders are exquisitely unique. It remains one of the only countries where frankincense trees grow naturally. And the untouched craggy mountains and silken deserts make it an oasis for adventure-enthusiasts and rest-seekers alike.