The rolling dunescapes and winding wadis; the soaring mountains and glistening coastlines… With terrain this eclectic – all wistful vistas and lyrical landscapes – it is little wonder Oman is emerging as one of 2019’s most desirable destinations for couples. Join our loved-up Middle East holiday experts on the road to romance in Arabia, as we uncover the best couples holidays in Oman.
Romantic Excursions in Oman
Away from the sand dunes, traditional architecture in the cities adds another romantic backdrop for couple’s holidays in Oman. Think colourful souks and Moorish minarets; serpentine alley networks and leisurely Corniche walkways. And talking of Omani cities, one in particular rules for romance. Muscat enjoys that rare boon of being a city by the sea, with a beach. And like Barcelona, Lisbon, LA and other cities that share such topography, Muscat makes the most of its coastal setting.
The Muttrah Corniche runs for two miles, hugging the quaint old port, and doubles up not only as the perfect spot for a romantic stroll, but also as the city’s best place to go for traditional souvenirs and keepsakes. On the food front, Muscat seduces amorous diners with its tables for two with a view. Savour majlis-style cooking on low seats in intimate dining rooms; picnic on the sun-kissed beach; book dinner in a candlelit cave or blow the budget on international fine dining in the swanky restaurants on Sultan Qaboos Street. Excellent French, Indian and Japanese food is all available.
Spice up your romantic excursion in Muscat by taking to the water or the sands. The Gulf of Oman is brilliant for snorkelling and scuba diving; head to the Daymaniyat Islands and explore an underwater world where dolphins, turtles and eagle rays are regular visitors. Or stay dry and heat things up with a Bedouin style camel ride through the Sharquiyah desert south of Muscat, following the golden sunset on the horizon. Spend the night beneath the stars in a tented camp for the ultimate romantic experience for couple’s holidays in Oman.
Romantic Scenery in Oman
From the cities to the sands, Oman is awash with romance. Sometimes though, simply gazing at the scenery is all you need to round off the perfect day spent with your significant other. Jebel Shams in north-eastern Oman near Al Hamra is the highest mountain in the mighty Hajar range, and affords some of the region’s most breath-taking panoramas. If your head for heights inspires further exploration, the limestone edifice of Jebel Ahkdar (Green Mountain) in Ad Dakhiliyah is one of the loftiest places in eastern Arabia. The glacial valley views from the top are dizzyingly beautiful. The area is known for extracting rose water too – another reason we reckon romance is sure to blossom for visitors to this romantic Omani landmark. Always near the top of the list for romantic scenery in Oman, other must-visit venues include the Nizwa and Jabrin Forts, Sharquiyah Sands and the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque.
Romantic Accommodation in Oman
As the most romantic night’s sleep in Oman, beneath the stars in a Bedouin camp takes some beating. But if your idea of bedding down with beau involves home comforts and no small amount of luxury, book in at one of Oman’s first-rate resort hotels. Along the Gulf of Oman, nestled within cinematic rock-hewn bays, fronted by white-sand beaches dotted with white cabanas and green swaying palms, a superb range of hotels are waiting to host your couples retreat. Discover stunning hotel grounds whose mosaic tiled floors, Arabian archways and turreted towers recall classic Moroccan style. Meanwhile, infinity pools invite endless sea views while dancing fountains and water features court the ear as well as the eye. So far, so romantic.
But it’s the accommodation that really get hearts a’ flutter at Oman’s top hotels. Spacious rooms and palatial suites feature plush furnishings that blend Ottoman decadence with the utmost in upscale modern luxury. Foodies will also discover a tasty selection of onsite bars and restaurants to make romantic dining an effortless affair. Traditional Moroccan fare will be joined by international favourites, and pre- or post-dinner, terrace bars provide atmospheric settings for the perfect sundowner or nightcap.
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