The best way you can experience the desert is in a private tented camp that has been set up just for you and the Magic Private Desert Camp is an experience like no other. The mobile tents are similar to those you find across Africa, with ensuite bathrooms of bucket showers and eco-loos as well as full beds. These “tents” are a far cry from the image of a damp rainy day in the Lake District. From camel rides to dune bashing activities aren’t left short here either and when the day is over, the stars take over the vast sky transforming the arid desert into glistening dunes.
Leaving the desert behind you’ll be longing to switch your vista from sand to water so head back to Muscat where we love to base ourselves at The Chedi. Whilst Muscat isn’t known for its white sand beaches and turquoise waters, The Chedi’s location makes it the perfect base to relax by the sea (or in one of their three pools) as well as explore the delights of the city. This isn’t a city like many of its Arabian cousins, here it is illegal to build above 10 stories, the local culture is authentic and the people are genuine. Make sure that a visit to the Grand Mosque and the Opera House is on the cards.
Of course no piece written about Oman can miss off the magical Six Senses Zighy Bay. Located in the northern province of Musandam this beautiful hotel stands strong in the Six Senses brand for some short haul winter sun. If you’re a true beach lover and you have time to spare then you can easily add it on to the end of your Oman itinerary as well as it being a standalone spot. As the surrounding mountains tumble into the sea Zighy Bay is cut off from anyone who is not a guest making this exclusive beach spot all yours.
Since my visit in September I have spoken to everyone and anyone who will listen to me about visiting Oman and for me, the question isn’t ‘Should I go?’ but ‘When should I go?’ because it needs to be on your list.