Luxury holiday to Oman, 2 luxury hotels

“Oman is an Arabian gem, offering culture, warm hospitality, dramatic desert landscapes and blissful beaches. This holiday sees it all, with luxe hotels too!”


Muscat | Wahiba Sands | two nights in the desert | Wadi Bani Khalid canyon in the Hajar Mountains | optional: camel ride, 4x4 dune safari | seven nights at the beach | Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah resort | optional: snorkelling, wakeboarding, water skiing | private guided tour of Muscat

Description of Luxury holiday to Oman, 2 luxury hotels

Spend a fascinating and relaxing 12 days on a luxury holiday to Oman, staying in two luxury hotels. Oman is a real treat. A sunny climate, natural beauty, warm seas, Arabian traditions and local character that are blended with, but not swamped by, a developed infrastructure.

Its near neighbour Dubai tends to hog the limelight, but if you’re interested in experiencing a genuine Arabian experience, Oman is the ideal destination. Its striking landscapes include golden dunes at Wahiba Sands and the sheer drop of Wadi Ghul in the Hajar Mountains. There are beautiful, carefully restored forts and remote but fascinating sites, including the 5,000 year old rock tombs at Bat and Al-Ayn. There are also seemingly endless beaches, with a warm ocean to swim in and sunshine all year round. You will also experience the warmth and hospitality of the Omani people, which impresses everyone who travels here. The local people are immensely friendly and always ready to help with a smile.

Spend your first night in Muscat, Oman’s forward looking capital, where great modern amenities and excellent restaurants are found alongside the city’s traditional buildings, souks and forts. From here, travel to Wahiba Sands, where dunes rise to 80m, part of a desert that’s around 6,000 years old. It’s a harsh but incredibly peaceful landscape, home to the nomadic Bedu people. Watching the sunrise and sunset turn the sands orange and red is unforgettable.

Spend a memorable two nights here in the desert at the 1000 Nights Camp. Dunes rise up on either side of this desert basin and the camp is made up of individual traditional Bedouin tents. Torches and lamps guide you at night, and star gazing is exceptional here. There is a pool to enjoy, and a dining area with low tables and soft cushions where you will be served delicious Middle Eastern food.

From the desert, to the beach. You travel back to Muscat to stay at the Al Waha Hotel, part of the Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah resort. Sitting on a private bay on the Sea of Oman, with turquoise waters and a backdrop of mountains, this is a really wonderful place, offering warm Omani hospitality. Enjoy the beach, but also the gardens and pool, which have the feel of a palm lined oasis. Try some kayaking or snorkelling trips, water skiing or wakeboarding, tennis and mini golf and from January to July, you may be lucky enough to see greenback and hawksbill sea turtles nesting, laying eggs or hatching.

The resort supports a local school and has also set up various conservation projects working to support and educate about the local environment and turtles.

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Responsible tourism

Luxury holiday to Oman, 2 luxury hotels

Carbon reduction

Your holiday will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this holiday and how to reduce them.


Responsible Travel doesn't mean having to compromise on the enjoyment of your trip or the quality of your accommodation. We feel strongly that we should directly benefit the communities we visit whenever possible through sustainable travel, environmental protection and social projects, without sacrificing comfort or character.

We are committed to supporting a wide number of responsible and ethical initiatives, including environmental projects, community tourism projects and education programmes. We encourage our clients to visit many of these initiatives such as wildlife sanctuaries and co-operatives.

We favour ground agents who have an awareness of responsible tourism policies and strong environmental commitment. Responsible practice is one of the principle criteria during the selection of new suppliers, and ethical initiatives form a fundamental element in our ground arrangements. In addition to feedback from country specialist visits, all our ground agents are asked to keep us updated on their own responsible tourism practices as well as potential community tourism projects, local charities and eco-accommodation that we can recommend to our clients.

We always try to favour small locally owned hotels over large international chains. We work closely with our local ground agents to source more small guesthouses, B&Bs, boutique hotels and eco-friendly lodges. This ensures that as much revenue as possible remains in the host country as well as providing an experience with more genuine character for our clients. We prefer to use hotels which have environmental policies in place regarding reuse of towels and sheets, electricity and water usage. Where available we recommend our clients stay in ethically responsible accommodation, such as eco-lodges that aim to preserve the beauty of natural surroundings - for example on this trip, guests will stay at the 1000 Nights camp which consists of individual traditional black wool Bedouin tents.

Ethical practice is not just limited to the destinations we operate but begins in our office with various measures put in place aimed at reducing, re-using and recycling resources where possible. We carry out dedicated responsible travel training sessions with all employees upon joining the company. We minimise our electricity consumption by switching off lights, computers, fans etc in rooms that are not in use and at night. We also monitor thermostats and keep doors and windows closed when heating is on. We recycle all office paper, encourage double-side photocopying and, where appropriate, circulate documents by email. We also exercise effective control of brochure production, distribution and disposal. We encourage car sharing amongst employees and are part of a cycle scheme.


We are firmly committed to the principles of ethical travel. Our comprehensive Responsible Practices policy summarises our commitments and actions.
Although the very basis of our ground operations lends itself to the ethos of responsible tourism, this policy re-iterates our commitment to:

• Use locally owned hotels
• Use locally owned ground agents
• Use local guides and drivers
• Promote community tourism projects from homestays to craft shops
• Support charities that work within the destinations that we travel to

Whilst we recognise that a vital element of any holiday is relaxation, we do try to encourage our clients to be aware of the impact they have on their destinations. For each booking, we provide notes on cultural sensitivities and our local guides brief our clients upon their arrival. We hope this will help to ensure the sustainability of our destinations and improve the quality of our clients' overall experience.

Ethical considerations are also part of our research and development process and we encourage feedback on our practices. Clients are asked to comment and make suggestions on our responsible practices when completing their post-trip questionnaire. In addition to this, as well as visiting destination-based initiatives whilst on their educational trips, our country specialists are encouraged to help continually improve our responsible travel initiatives.

Whilst on the trip, we actively recommend restaurants, shops and other local businesses so that the community is directly benefited. Most of these have been discovered by our country specialists and include craft shops that ensure tourist money is fed back to the individuals who produce the crafts, and restaurants which train local street children.

We prefer, where possible, to use smaller, locally owned ground agents. Not only does this ensure that it is the host community who are managing and benefiting from the local tourist industry, but we also believe that our clients will have a better trip as local agents have a much more intimate knowledge of the region. For the same reasons as above, we always use local guides and drivers. This not only provides crucial employment and income for the local community, but also increases the authenticity of the client’s trip.

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