Oman is one destination that we can’t stop talking about. If you’ve enjoyed road tripping through the natural beauty of Iceland, there’s a good chance you’ll love road tripping through Oman. They couldn’t be more different on the surface, but they both share epic, unspoiled vistas paired with a sense of aesthetic restraint, making them such a pleasure to travel through.
Given all that, paired with a wonderfully warm culture of service and hospitality, Oman is the perfect destination for travelers looking for a balance of tranquility, leisure, luxury, natural beauty, adventure, and cultural immersion.
Highlights of Oman
- Cruise the Musandam Peninsula
- Hike the "Grand Canyon" of Oman
- Cross the desert in a 4-wheel drive vehicle
- Camp on beautiful remote beaches
- Explore ancient villages, palaces, and forts
- Experience local culture in vibrant markets
- Dive and snorkel in vibrant reefs
- Kite surf along vast empty shorelines
- Witness sea turtles nesting on shore
- Unwind in luxurious hotels
When to Go
The best time to visit Oman is between November and March, when the weather is cool and pleasant, with temperatures ranging from 20°C to 30°C (68°F to 86°F) during the day and cooler at night. We experienced Oman in January and the weather was arguably perfect.
It’s possible to visit from June to September, but the temperatures soar to around 45°C (113°F) and can even reach 50°C (122°F) in some parts of the country, with the risk of flash flooding, making it challenging to enjoy Oman’s greatest asset — its natural beauty. If you do visit then, we recommend going to Southern Oman, as the rains transform this region into a green paradise.
Oman stands apart from its neighbors as one of the most politically stable and safest countries in the world. It consistently ranks low in both violent and petty crime because poverty rates are extremely low due to the government’s extensive social safety net and positive relationship with its citizens.
It’s also one of the more tolerant countries in the region for LGBTQ+ travelers, though local laws and cultural norms should be respected. We had no issues sharing single beds throughout our hotel stays except at a small, family-run guest house where our host ‘kindly separated our beds for us,’ hah!
In terms of getting around, Oman’s main roads are very well maintained and a pleasure to drive on; we never once hit a traffic jam. But to see the best that Oman has to offer, you’ll definitely want to get off the highways onto some mountain back roads and desert trails. For those, we’ll give you all the insider tips that locals use to navigate these safely.
With 2 weeks, you can cover quite a lot of ground, though it’s not quite long enough to see the entire country. Oman is actually split into 2 major sections that aren’t directly connected by road, so we propose exploring it in two segments: a shorter leg embarking from Dubai to the Omani exclave of Musandam, and a more extensive leg embarking from Muscat to the regions surrounding it.
If you have less time, we can design a great itinerary based on just one segment. Or we can design a plan that explores Oman at a completely different pace. But if you choose to do it all, you’ll experience an incredible diversity of beauty that this amazing part of the world has to offer.
We explored the rugged fjordlands of Oman’s Musandam Peninsula by both sea and land, spending a magical night under the stars on a beach.
Where to Stay
Oman’s tourist industry isn’t as developed as neighboring Dubai (which is arguably a good thing), but what it lacks in quantity, it makes up in quality. Here’s a selection of outstanding hotel and resort experiences worth building into your personalized itinerary. We encourage you to check out their websites to see all they have to offer, then come back and book with us to get maximum value for your stay.
The Chedi Muscat
Posh beachfront hotel with a minimalist aesthetic, featuring 8 restaurants and bars, plus free breakfast, 3 pools & tennis courts. If you don’t stay here, at least come for a relaxing lunch on your way in our out of Muscat, since it’s relatively close to the airport.
Al Bustan Palace
This Ritz-Carlton hotel is set in a lush, coastal oasis, featuring 5 restaurants, 4 pools & a spa, plus direct access to a private beach. Great for families with a variety of activities and amenities, including a beachfront spa.
Alila Jabal Akhdar
Perched high in the Hajar Mountains, overlooking a dramatic gorge, this unique property is a perfect marriage of nature and luxury. Its remote, but worthy location (1 hour from Nizwa and 2 hours from Muscat; accessible only by 4×4 vehicle) make it a destination in and of itself.
One Thousand Nights Camp
Glamping in the desert with comfortable Bedouin-inspired tents & houses. This tranquil property in the middle of nowhere has all the comforts of a conventional hotel, like dining, an outdoor pool, as well as activities like camel trekking and dune bashing. Requires a safe, yet fun 4×4 drive in over a sandy desert road (we’ll brief you on the details before you venture off).
Ras Al Jinz
Ras Al Jinz Turtle Reserve
A unique and educational glamping experience, featuring comfortable air-conditioned tents in a nature sanctuary. Every evening, guided excursions bring you to the beach just steps away to spot endangered turtles nesting.