Oman

Amanda's verdict
Oman often gets overlooked thanks to the noise made by brasher neighbours but those who make the journey are well rewarded. The country offers stunning desert and coastal landscapes and draws on 5,000 rich years of history to wow visitors. Omani hospitality is second to none and even the most luxurious of hotels are family-friendly, thanks to perfect beaches and a huge range of activities.

Recommended tour operator: Inspiring Travel Company

Inspiring Travel Company says

The Sultanate of Oman is one of our favourite holiday destinations for families who like to combine world-class hospitality in a top hotel with a real sense of the local culture and history.

  • fascinating destination
  • luxury hotels
  • hatching turtles

You can expect fabulous beaches, shopping and excellent cuisine. However, it’s Oman’s 5,000 years of history that really make this such a fascinating destination, from ancient castles to bustling souks. Add in vast swathes of desert, lush citrus groves and spectacular mountains and gorges and you have all the ingredients for an unforgettable family holiday.

The Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa comprises three individual luxury hotels located on a secluded bay just 45 minutes from the airport and 20 minutes from Muscat. Guests staying at any of the three hotels can enjoy a wide choice of restaurants, swimming pools, a lazy river, a superb spa, gorgeous private sandy beaches and water sports including a PADI diving centre. There’s a complimentary shuttle bus to old Muscat and, between April and August, there’s a good chance of seeing turtles hatching on the beach.

For families with younger children, our top pick of the three hotels is the Al Waha, undergoing renovations in 2022. Similarly family-friendly, however, the Al Bandar is a great choice with particularly spacious guest rooms. Guests have access to outstanding kids facilities including club activities from ages four years up to teens.

Six Senses Zighy Bay is truly unique. Situated on Oman’s northern Musandam Peninsula, it’s under two hours from Dubai International Airport and is set along a 1.6km beach. Zighy Bay has been cleverly designed to blend in with the natural surroundings; it’s eco-friendly too, all trademarks of the Six Senses group. Choose from one- and two-bedroomed villas and villa suites, each with a private pool and some located directly on the beach.

Activities include traditional dhow cruises, hiking, mountain biking, water-skiing, kayaking, snorkelling, scuba-diving, sailing, paragliding (from the top of the Hajar Mountains) and 4×4 village ‘safaris’. There’s a free club for teenagers and a children’s club each morning for ages 4 to 12 yrs. Wind down with some pampering in the outstanding Six Senses Spa.

We can arrange a private tour of Oman for your family or a multi-centre holiday combining Oman with another destination such as Sri Lanka or the Maldives for example.

Find out more about our family holidays in Oman and our latest special offers.

Note: All the travel companies featured on this site are personally recommended by our editors. Companies pay us a flat annual fee, which funds the upkeep of our site, so we can keep it current and reliable. See more about how we work.

Before you book

Travel guidelines and advice are still subject to change. Check the latest travel restrictions for UK residents.