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The 5 best luxury hotels in Oman

Oman ticks all the boxes for a dream holiday: desert romance, charming culture and for those who have a love of luxury, gorgeous five-star hotels. Here are the best places to stay on your trip...
Capri Court Italian Restaurant at Al Bandar Hotel
Capri Court Italian Restaurant at Al Bandar Hotel

Capri Court Italian Restaurant at Al Bandar Hotel. Photo: Shangri-La Resorts

Looking for some inspiration on where to stay on your next holiday in Oman? Look no further. Here's our selection of the five most lovely luxury hotels on offer in Oman, from Muscat to the majestic Hajar Mountains.

1. The Chedi, Muscat

Ever-popular with the fashion pack, The Chedi is beautifully sleek and modern but still encapsulates the perfect aura of an Arabian palace. Rooms are decked out in crisp white linens with large windows, dark wood accents and sleek furnishings, and naturally, all the mod cons you’d expect from an award-winning hotel, while en-suite bathrooms feature luxurious sunken marble bathtubs. Choose from suites, sea views, Club Rooms or splash out on a villa.

Dining is sublime at The Restaurant but there are more relaxed options too, including the Beach Restaurant, The Arabian Courtyard, Lobby Lounge and pool cabanas. For relaxation, head to the spa or take a dip in one of the pools (family or adult-only), lounge on the beach – it’s on your doorstep, or soak up those desert star-studded skies in the Shisha Lounge. 

For ultimate pampering and excellent service, the Chedi is hard to beat. Insight Guides local expert for Oman can include The Chedi on your trip itinerary: get in touch now

2. Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort And Spa

The sprawling Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah resort encompasses three hotels in one stunning setting overlooking the sea of Oman. The resort offers a village vibe and features a total of 680 rooms with exceptional sea views and private balconies or terraces. Stay in family-friendly Al Waha, an oasis where there are several pools surrounded by palm trees or opt for traditional Al Bandar. Al Bandar meaning ‘town’ is heavily inspired by Muscat Old Town and is the heart of the resort. Alternatively, Al Husn is the adult-only six-star option. It has its own private beach and pool, as well as a helipad. 

Throughout the resort there are a dozen restaurants, from authentic Arabic cuisine in Shahrazad and Al Tanoor, child-friendly fare at Surf Café, great seafood at beachside Bait al Bahr, to Chinese, Japanese, Thai and Vietnamese dishes at Asia. The village theme is completed by an attractive promenade and designer shops, the lovely Chi Spa, the beach, pools and myriad activities on offer from scuba diving to snorkelling, sea kayaking and dolphin trips.

Insight Guides can take you to Oman: enjoy a stay at the Shangri-La on our Essential Oman trip.

3. Six Senses Zighy Bay

Come to Six Senses Zighy Bay for exclusive, laid-back luxury in your own private stone villa. The theme here is sustainability and nature at its finest and the resort achieves this superbly. Bordered on one side by a private white-sand beach and marina and dramatic mountain scenery on the other, the hotel sits on the Musandam Peninsula, separated from the rest of Oman by the United Arab Emirates. Built to mimic a traditional Omani village, each villa has been made with local materials and features white-washed stone walls with cosy thatched ceilings, a private pool and enclosed terrace. For dining, there's a choice of restaurants, including its signature mountain-top restaurant, relaxed Summer House and Zighy Bar. Daytime adventurers can enjoy PADI diving courses, kayaking, paragliding and mountain treks. Afterwards, soothe tired muscles in the sanctuary of the spa.

What are you waiting for? Take a trip to Oman with a stay at Zighy Bay.

Assira poolbar at Al Waha Hotel. Photo: Shangri-La Resorts

4. Grand Hyatt Hotel, Muscat

Situated alongside Shati Al Qurm beach amidst the Omani capital’s Embassy and Ministry district, the Grand Hyatt offers traditional Omani hospitality in a five-star hotel and is the perfect location from which to explore the city. The 280 rooms have an Arabian touch and are smartly furnished with deluxe linens and all the mod cons. Dine in Tuscany, the hotel’s Italian restaurant or at the rooftop steakhouse, while the Grand Club Terrace offers stunning mountain views. The John Barry Bar is the place to go for cocktails and tapas with views of the mountains and Arabian Sea.

Add a stay at the Grand Hyatt Hotel to your itinerary with Insight Guides: get in touch with our local experts today to get your trip to Muscat booked now.

5. Al Bustan Palace, Muscat

Opulent, almost over the top and incredibly grand, the Al Bustan is as the name suggests, a palace fit for a king. Insight Guides can take you there on your holiday to Oman: submit a trip request online now. You'll discover a taste of real old-school glamour (although only built in 1985) with glittering chandeliers dangling from towering domed ceilings, stately marble pillars and a grandiose lobby. Guest rooms are generous with gigantic beds, separate lounge areas and luxurious marble bathrooms. Take afternoon tea in the Atrium, dine outdoors at the Beach Pavillion or in China Mood. The hotel’s beachside location is superb, lounge in one of the cabanas or take a lounger by the pool. The Six Senses Spa is set into the majestic Hajar Mountains and is worth a visit. This hotel is special.

Updated on 6 November, 2017

Looking for more inspiration?

The perfect companion: Don't forget your copy of Insight Guides: Oman for more secret spots and top recommendations

Learn about Oman's traditions and cultures: The Bedu tribe of Oman and the Emirates

What to do on your trip: Top attractions in Oman

Where to go on your holiday: Places to explore in Oman

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