Oman is a fascinating country to visit, boasting welcoming people, lovely weather, fabulous (often deserted) sandy beaches, spectacular scenery and rich cultural heritage that conspire to provide the perfect destination for a luxury family adventure with variety.
In Muscat, there are attractions such as Riyam Amusement Park at the Corniche and the science and technology-orientated Oman Children’s Museum. Alternatively, you could charter a yacht and enjoy a dolphin-watching excursion – including snorkelling in crystal-clear water with the possibility of discovering turtles, vibrant coral reefs and shoals of colourful tropical fish – or head into the mountains on a private guided tour off-the-beaten-track to explore the wadis, sand dunes, waterfalls and remote hillside villages that pepper the startlingly beautiful landscape. If you decide to stay on the stunning Musandam Peninsula you are in for a real treat, as there are myriad activities to enjoy for the entire family. Our featured luxury beach resorts are totally geared up to receive their younger guests in style and each one boasts a kids’ club with great facilities, babysitting services and excellent children’s menus that will satisfy even the pickiest young eaters! Activities include watersports, treasure hunts, wadi swims, mountain-biking, tennis and archery – even Arabic cookery classes that all the family can participate in. It’s a great base from which to explore further afield into neighbouring Dubai, too, with the option of a seaplane excursion, followed by a wildlife drive into the desert or a guided city walk, while a dhow cruise excursion along the Omani coast would include a gourmet lunch and visiting fishing villages.
For a family escape to the Arabian Gulf that holds back on the glitz and glamour, and is perhaps more adventurous, charming and traditional – but certainly no less luxurious – Oman is hard to beat.