Category: Oman

Top 10 luxury beach retreats

Top 10 luxury beach retreats

We all need a trip to the beach every now and then to relax with a good book and get lost in our thoughts. So we’ve compiled our favourite beach retreats from the dazzling waters of the Maldives to the mystical mountains of Oman. The chilly end to this summer may have left you yearning […]

6 of the best… places to sleep under the stars

6 of the best… places to sleep under the stars

Living in London, surrounded by artificial light at all hours, it is easy to forget the beauty of the stars above us. But Professor Brian Cox has been doing his best to inspire Britain to look at the night sky and newspapers are filled with stories of magnificent northern lights, leaving me to wonder where […]

6 of the best adventure destinations

6 of the best adventure destinations

Adventure holidays no longer have to be the exclusive domain of the intrepid, young, single traveller, ready to rough it in the world’s most remote places. Many couples and families like a bit of an adrenaline rush too. Here are just some ideas for those who would like to inject a spot of action into […]

Top 5 places to go in February

Top 5 places to go in February

We all know that February is the season of amore, with love ballads blaring in shops, red and pink dotting every street corner, and restaurants filling up for that special Valentine’s Day dinner. So escape the commercial madness taking hold of the country, and spoil yourself by taking a trip to the following sunlit destinations: […]

10 of the most luxurious spas on the planet

10 of the most luxurious spas on the planet

In an effort to tempt even the world’s most discerning customers, spas these days are introducing cutting-edge technologies, and treatments with influences from far-flung corners of the globe. Gone are the days where just a hot oil massage will do; now we’re expecting unique touches that make a visit to the spa that little bit […]

5 top ‘Arabian nights’ experiences

5 top ‘Arabian nights’ experiences

Have you have ever dreamed of entering the world of the Arabian Nights and  exploring a land where the golden and salmon coloured dunes stretch from the horizon on to the horizon;  discovering  exotic markets  laden with the heavy scent of frankincense; or cruising – Sinbad-like – along a dramatic rugged coastline to find pristine […]

Oman's first booze-free luxury hotel

Oman’s first booze-free luxury hotel

Singapore’s international hotelier, Millennium & Copthorne Hotels plc (M&C) continues to tap into the potential of the Sultanate of Oman with the announcement of its second hotel in the region. M&C has signed an agreement with Shaza Muscat Company (SMC) to manage and operate Oman’s first Sharia-compliant five-star property named the Muscat Grand Millennium Hotel. The […]

Where are the best places to visit in Autumn?

Where are the best places to visit in Autumn?

For many destinations, Autumn is by far the best time of year to visit. Take the Middle East, for example; the temperatures during the day decrease to a more comfortable level, making Oman with its rugged coastline and Abu Dhabi with its glamorous hotels and beach-resorts ideal for the Autumn months. Must stays: Six Senses […]

4 of the world's best luxury honeymoon combinations

4 of the world’s best luxury honeymoon combinations

With the nuptial season slowly but surely creeping upon us, there’s a flurry of weddings on the way… and with weddings, of course, come honeymoons. Calling all grooms (and untrusting brides), here is our guide to some of the top honeymoon destination combinations around the world. Oman & the Maldives  Best to travel during and […]

Oman - Muscat Chedi or Shangri-La Al Waha?

Oman – Muscat Chedi or Shangri-La Al Waha?

7 days in Oman in November – blissful memories of 2 very different 5* hotels! I’d thought before we went that this would be a less-balanced comparison having longed to go to The Chedi since Original Travel included it in their ‘Big Short Trip’ book, but actually there are great positives to both.  The Chedi […]

Extraordinary cruises part 1: cruising the Arabian Gulf

Extraordinary cruises part 1: cruising the Arabian Gulf

The Queen Mary II called on Abu Dhabi for the first time in March. Dubai is moving again at warp speed to entice and enthral travelers with new hotels and experiences. Other ports in the Middle East are a little iffy at this time and pirates are still trolling the Horn of Africa. So am […]

4x4 driving in the Wahiba Sands, and other adventures in Oman

4×4 driving in the Wahiba Sands, and other adventures in Oman

The Sultanate of Oman is a haven for adventure seekers, from rock climbing and hiking in the fjords of the Musandam Peninsula to abseiling into one of the world’s largest cave chambers, Majlis al Jinn in Selma Plateau, 100km south-east of Muscat. Just reaching the Cave opening requires strenuous physical effort, trekking through rugged mountain […]

Arriving in style at Zighy Bay

Arriving in style at Zighy Bay

There are not many hotels and resorts where you can arrive in style by paragliding in, but Oman’s Six Senses Zighy Bay is one where you can do just that. Situated on Musandam Peninsula in the Sultanate of Oman, you fly from a height of about 450 metres up in the Hajar Mountains Here’s Zighy […]

Top 10 places in the Middle East to take your loved one this Valentine's

Top 10 places in the Middle East to take your loved one this Valentine’s

Often overlooked as a holiday destination, the Middle East is home to some of the most luxurious hotels in the world. Whether you are looking for an urban getaway to celebrate Valentine’s Day or simply wish to relax in the tranquillity of the desert, here’s a varied of selection of places to stay that’ll help […]

The top 25 luxury hotels in the world

The top 25 luxury hotels in the world

Tripadvisor has once again published its Travellers’ Choice awards – this time for 2012.   The top 25 hotels in the worldwide luxury category are as follows: 1. Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo – Chiyoda, Japan 2. Hotel Imperial Vienna – Vienna, Austria 3. Hotel Palacio de la Magdalena – Soto del Barco, Spain 4. La Casa […]

A deluxe desert stay: The Chedi, Muscat

Hotel-hopping for a living has the tendency to reduce travelling to a hazy blur of feathery pillows and eiderdown throws. After all, comfort and luxury are hard to attain when you are forced to live out of a pint-sized suitcase and adhere to a lengthy itinerary looming over you like an overbearing wife. However, if […]

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