OMAN, like the diversity of the environments and terrains in Oman, Omani people’s features differ as well. The desert dwellers’ features are different from those of mountain dwellers, and the features of the urban population are different from those residents of remote villages who depend on agriculture and livestock for their livelihood. In general, Omani features are characterised by a broad smile and the authentic Arabic generosity that is in the Omani blood. This is evident in the Omani hospitality widespread throughout the country, whether be it the aromatic Omani coffee offered to visitors or the laden palm trees that welcome anyone who wishes to taste their fruit.
Oman’s history tells stories of heroism, courage, wisdom, patriotism, love and devotion to homeland. This brings us closer to understanding the richness of the Omani cultural experience which has contributed to the building of modern Oman. Oman’s strategic location has played a major role in many campaigns and regional conflicts in this region. Oman overlooks the Arabian Sea, the Sea of Oman and the Arabian Gulf. It also controls the Strait of Hormuz, which is one of the most important facilities in the region, linking the Sea of Oman with the Arabian Gulf. The Strait of Hormuz is a gateway to all ships coming from the Indian Ocean and Arabian Sea. Al Wattih in Muscat Governorate is one of the first inhabited cities. Modern archaeological discoveries suggest that humans settled in it during the Stone Age, i.e. more than 10,000 years ago. The Babylonians and the Assyrians settled in Oman because they wanted to control the trade route that linked Asia to the shores of the Mediterranean Sea.
The Babylonians and the Assyrians settled in Oman because they wanted to control the trade route that linked Asia to the shores of the Mediterranean Sea. With the spread of Islam, and Mazin Bin Gadhubah joining Islam as the first person in Oman and his emigration to Medina to meet the Prophet, Peace be upon Him, the first mosque was built in Oman. This is Al Midhmar Mosque that still stands to this day in Wilayt Samail . These events paved the way for the two kings of Oman at that time, Jua’fer and Abd Ibni Al Jalandi, to enter Islam wholeheartedly and with utter conviction after receiving a letter from the Prophet, Peace be upon Him. A Hadith mentions that the Prophet, Peace be upon Him, said “God’s mercy be on the people of Al Ghubaira” (i.e. the people of Oman). “They have believed in me although they had not seen me”. Also stated in the sermon our Master Abu Bakr Al-Sidiq, the caliph of the Prophet, Peace be upon Him, to the people of Oman: “People of Oman you, you have entered Islam voluntarily although the Prophet has not come to your land on foot or on horse. You have not opposed him as other Arabs opposed him, and you have not called for separation or dispersion. May God unite you in benevolence.”
With the election of Ibn Masood, the first imam, in 751 AD, the Imamate era began in Oman and lasted four centuries until 1154. Several attempts were made to restore the rule of the Imamate in Oman in the mid-fifteenth century, but did not succeed. During the period 1498-1507 AD, the Portuguese tried to control Oman. Omani history tells the story of the Omani people who expelled the Portuguese with their struggle and heroism. Nasser bin Murshid was elected Imam in 1624. Because of the coastal location of Oman, the Omani navy occupied a leading position regionally. This sparked the ire of the Portuguese, who did not forget their devastating defeat. Fierce battles erupted between the Portuguese Navy (which had made India its base after the liberation of Oman) and the strong Omani navy. After a fierce battle, the Omani fleet was able to defeat the Portuguese fleet. Because of the coastal location of Oman, the Omani navy occupied a leading position regionally. This sparked the ire of the Portuguese, who did not forget their devastating defeat. Fierce battles erupted between the Portuguese Navy (which had made India its base after the liberation of Oman) and the strong Omani navy. After a fierce battle, the Omani fleet was able to defeat the Portuguese fleet.
Oman had been the target of a number of attempts by the Persians to invade its territory, but the steadfastness and heroism of the Omanis were successfully combined to defeat the occupier. The invaders were defeated, underscoring the exploits of Omani heroes in defending their lands. This great victory was achieved at the hands of Imam Ahmed bin Saeed Al Busaidi, who defeated the Persians and was elected imam. With the advent of 1970 came the dawn of a modern renaissance in the Sultanate, with the beginning of the prosperous era of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said, may God protect him.
The spectacular emptiness of the Arabian landscape provides with amazing travel experiences and the best planning advice canvas upon which is projected a riot of cultural, natural, intellectual and trading wonders. National Geographic magazine ranked Oman one of the top 100 destination in the world in 2017. It has amazing geographical diversity, plus diversity in the seasons of the climate.
Here is the list of best hotel in the Governorate of Muscat and its suburbs.
This property is a 5-minute walk from the beach. This 5-star beachfront resort in Muscat is a 15-minute drive from Muscat International Airport. It has a spa with massage services, swimming pools. Free WiFi is available throughout the entire property. The air-conditioned rooms at The Chedi Muscat have a flat-screen TV, a private espresso machine and a spacious work desk. Some rooms have a seating area. The Chedi Muscat also features 6 restaurants where guests can enjoy Arabic, Asian and fusion cuisine. The restaurants have indoor and outdoor dining areas.
The Chedi Muscat’s spa specializes in Balinese therapies, but also features therapies based on aromatherapy, Ayurveda and herbalism. Free parking is available on-site. This property also has one of the top-rated locations in Muscat! Guests are happier about it compared to other properties in the area. This property is also rated for the best value in Muscat. Guests are getting more for their money when compared to other properties in this city.
The hotel 23 km from Muscat. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Nice modern facilities and decor, good food for room service, in the restaurant with an excellent breakfast. Each room at this hotel is air-conditioned and is fitted with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. Some units include a seating area to relax in after a busy day. Guests can find a kettle in the room to make tea or coffee. The private bathroom includes bathrobes, free toiletries and a hairdryer.
Guest can engage in various activities, such as golfing, snorkeling and diving. The hotel also offers car hire. The nearest airport is Muscat international Airport, 5 km.
Situated within the idyllic private bay of Al Jissah, Muscat Hills Resort offers 35 rustic barasti style, air-conditioned huts on the beach, along with its very own, fully equipped dive centre. The property gives guests the opportunity to experience a stay without televisions and telephones. Unparalleled in the Middle-East, the resort is home to an exclusive beach club, all nestled within its own secluded, private beach. Barasti Beach Hut guests can also enjoy complimentary kayak to explore the private bay and benefit from WiFi throughout the resort
Reminiscent of a modern Mediterranean beach club with white décor and minimalist finishings throughout. It has barasti style air conditioned huts on the beach with open air bathrooms and private terrace. The resort offers a stunning Mediterranean restaurant, serving a wide-range of Mediterranean dishes including with selected authentic Arabic cuisine and fresh seafood directly from the sea. Additionally, there is a beach bar with shisha lounge.
The resort offers an onsite pool and a children’s pool, in addition, schedules trips for Dolphin Watching & Snorkeling to specially selected spots can be offered straight from the resort by its own operating Dive Centre. Other activities include Watersports, Jet Ski, Paddle Boards and Kayaking, as well as a luxurious, private stretch of beach which is exclusively reserved for its Barasti Beach Hut Guests. Enjoy ambient music as you sunbathe with a live DJ who plays every weekend. Muscat Hills Resort is situated 45 km from Muscat International Airport in the secluded and calm waters of Al Jissah Bay. Local sites include: the friendly fishing town of Qantab – 5 minutes (the next bay over), Bandar Khiran: 15 minutes (by boat), Mutrah souq (one of the oldest in the world): 20 minutes sea view drive away and Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque: 30 minutes. Free parking is available at the property.
This property also has one of the top-rated locations in Muscat. Guests are happier about it compared to other properties in the area.
Al Bustan Palace, a Ritz-Carlton Hotel, features luxurious rooms and suites with private terraces. All rooms include an electric kettle, a mini bar and a flat-screen TV. Some rooms include a seating area. Kids have access to Ritz Kids, an engaging program for children of all ages to take part in various beach and outdoor adventures, including Al Bustan reef snorkeling, table tennis, beach soccer, or arts and crafts. The program also invites children to discover our destination with several activities designed to discover the local culture and traditions, such as a henna tutorial, Omani culture workshops, Arabian tales story-telling or a hotel tour to meet the palace’s famous coffee man.
Al Bustan Palace features 3 restaurants, serving a variety of international cuisines. Al Khiran Terrace is an all-day dining restaurant overlooking the infinity pool and the sea of Oman. Beach Pavilion restaurant is an elegant beachfront specialty restaurant serving the freshest fish and seafood. Award-winning China Mood restaurant features authentic Chinese cuisine in a sophisticated, yet comfortable, setting. Guests can also relax with a cocktail by the pool at BLU Bar or a uniquely flavored tea with a modern twist at The Atrium Tea Lounge. Muscat International Airport is a 45-minute drive away. Downtown Muscat and Al Alam Palace are a 20-minute drive from the hotel. Car rental can be arranged by the 24-hour staff. Free private parking is available at Al Bustan Palace, a Ritz-Carlton Hotel.
This property also has one of the top-rated locations in Muscat. Guests are happier about it compared to other properties in the area.
This property is a 4-minute walk from the beach. Nestled within the coastline community of Al Mouj and ‘the new heart of Muscat, the five-star hotel will be an unparalleled luxury destination in Oman’s captivating capital. Comprising 310 rooms and suites which all have a desk and a flat-screen TV. With a private bathroom equipped with a bath and free toiletries, certain rooms at Kempinski Hotel Muscat also have a balcony. Guest rooms will provide guests with a wardrobe and a coffee machine.
Kempinski Hotel Muscat will also offer state-of-the- art meeting facilities, world-class restaurants and bars, private bowling and entertainment centre, a fully equipped fitness centre and an authentic spa experience. A dedicated events centre perfect for meetings, conferences, weddings and events is located in the striking diamond-shaped Muscat Ballroom – a 1,100 sq m pillarless ballroom with a private entrance accommodating up to 800 guests and 11 separate function rooms.
Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre is 9 km from Kempinski Hotel Muscat, while Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque is 13 km from the property. Muscat International Airport is 5 km away.
Guests can enjoy Hawaiian, Tahitian and Polynesian dishes in tropical surroundings at Trader Vic’s. Free Wi-Fi is available at The Muscat InterContinental’s 5 restaurants.
The Muscat InterContinental features two floodlit tennis courts and a range of health and beauty treatments are offered at the extensive spa. At the Palm Beach Club guests can also make use of a steam room and fitness centre. On the grounds of the resort there is a children’s playground and extensive gardens leading directly to the beach.
Located in Muscat’s lofty diplomatic district, this InterContinental is a 15-minute drive from Seeb International Airport. Sultan Qaboos Mosque is a 5-minute drive away. Free private parking is available. This property also has one of the top-rated locations in Muscat! Guests are happier about it compared to other properties in the area.
Shangri-la Al Husn Resort & Spa is located in a unique destination in Muscat the capital of Sultanate of Oman. The resort is surrounded by the pristine waters of the Gulf of Oman in the Bay of Barr Al Jissah against a dramatic mountainous backdrop.Al Husn, meaning the Castle has 180 Guest rooms and is an exclusive hotel with its own private beach. The rooms are amongst the largest and most luxurious in Oman, with an inviting décor inspired by royal Arabian palaces and accented by authentic Omani artworks.
Guests can enjoy access to the private a 100 m beach, as well as enjoy daily buffet breakfast, mini-bar, daily afternoon tea and pre-dinner cocktails and canapés service, all with compliments.
Located only 45 minutes from Muscat International airport and 20 minutes from Muscat City, the resort is perfect for business and leisure guests. Airport transfer is arranged by the hotel upon request.
This property also has one of the top-rated locations in Muscat, Guests are happier about it compared to other properties in the area.
In a stunning bay over looking the Gulf of Oman, this ultra-luxurious resort is accessed through a private man-made tunnel in the Hajar Mountains. Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort and Spa offers a full-service spa complex and spacious rooms with panoramic views.
Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort and Spa’s Arabian-inspired rooms feature private balcony, terrace, or patio facing the Arabian sea or the extensive garden. Boasting 12 treatment villas, Chi, The Spa features vitality hydro pool, herbal steam room, tropical showers, an ice fountain and a relaxation area. Water sports facilities are available at the private beach. Other activities can be arranged by the tour desk.
Muscat International Airport is a 45-minute drive away. Muscat City Centre Mall can be reached by car in 25 minutes. The resort boasts a lazy river stretching 500 m from Al Waha to Al Bandar hotels. Cool Zone and Adventure Zone are designed to offer younger guests a variety of activities. In addition to a wide range of water sports, camel and pony rides along the beach are also offered.
The Barr Al Jissah Resort features 8 world-class restaurants serving a variety of international cuisine. A deluxe breakfast is prepared daily. The B.A.B. Lounge provides a relaxing environment for enjoying pre-dinner drinks or late-night cocktails.Free WiFi is available throughout the entire resort. Tours of nearby historic sites, desert safaris and boat excursions can be arranged. Central Muscat is a 15-minute drive away.
Six Senses Zighy Bay features extra large villas in traditional Omani style, complemented by flat-screen TVs, home theatre systems and poolside dining areas. Some villas have a wine cellar, and private massage rooms.
The staff at Six Senses organise several daily activities, including snorkeling excursion, sunset cruises and cooking classes. Guests can train at the gym, or play a game of tennis with friends.
Parking on the property is free of charge. Six Senses Zighy Bay is a 120-minute drive to Dubai . This property also has one of the top-rated locations in Dibba! Guests are happier about it compared to other properties in the area.
Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort, the highest five star resort in the middle east on the curving rim of a great canyon, is a secluded haven for the intrepid and discerning. 21 km from Nizwa, the resort features panoramic views from the cliff-edge infinity pool. Guests can enjoy free WiFi throughout the property.
A total of 115 luxury rooms and villas overlook either the dramatic canyon or tranquil gardens and a spa-like bathroom complete with a rain shower. Luxury villas grant guests an intimate escape each with personal villa host services and a private infinity pool overlooking the cliffs or hidden in an exotic garden. Each villa features state-of-the-art interactive LED IPTVs and spacious walk-in dressing areas, all adding to a sense of sublime luxury.
A selection of six dining venues to choose from, Al Qalaa a fine dining Arabian grill concept, Bella Vista a Roman inspired restaurant overlooking the grand canyon, Al Maisan all day dining serving world classics and cooking classes or Al Baha the café deli situated in the open air courtyard. Celebrate on Diana’s Point platform with a unique private dining experience overlooking the canyons.
A cliff-edge infinity pool, 2 hot tubs, children’s pool, state-of-the-art Fitness Centre and tennis court are available to enjoy. The Anantara Spa harnesses the essence of Arabia complete with a Hammam and private outdoor relaxation areas and separate male and female indoor swimming pools. The kids’ and teens’ club offers fun-filled activities for all ages.
The resort presents travelers with authentic experiences, allowing them to explore the nearby culture, history and landscape. Activities include Via Ferrata, hiking, cultural tours, abseiling, mountain climbing, archery and mountain biking.
The property is accessible only by 4×4 (4-wheel drive) vehicles two hours from Muscat International Airport or four and half hours from Dubai – past date plantations, dry riverbeds known locally as wadis, and historical forts. Luxury transfers can be arranged on request.
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