For those who what to visit the Northern extremities of Oman, which is very do-able in conjunction with Dubai (only a two hour drive), look no further than the Masandam Peninsula; best known for its dramatic scenery, small fishing villages and stunning coastal fjords. The Six Senses Zighy Bay is without question the best resort in this area, diving, snorkelling and watersports are available as well as boasting some ridiculously good coastal views.
Explore the rolling sand dunes of the Wahiba sands desert where you can stay in traditional Bedouin tents – feel the immensity of the desert in a vehicle or especially on foot are incredibly exciting ways to witness the desert. Further south are some incredible coastlines, where the dunes meet the Indian Ocean – amazing camps can be set up on empty beaches. Further south lies the city of Salalah steeped in history and the gate way to the Empty Quarter – for the incredibly adventurous the largest sand desert in the world.
Oman: when to visit
Oman is a superb destination to visit to get some winter sun! It is hot all year round. The best time to visit is between November to the end of March, when the days are reaching the high twenties – this is the time to come if you are looking at being more adventurous and spend some time in the mountains and the desert. September and October and April and May are also good times to visit Oman, but it is definitely warming up with temperatures touching the early thirties. By the end of May, June, July and August we would recommend not to visit Oman, it is when it is so hot you have to spend a large amount of time in the shade - or even better, air conditioning as the temperature reaches the forty degree mark quite regularly! During this hot period however, Salalah becomes the most visited destination in Oman, due to its unique monsoon – a large percentage of locals travel to Salalah in summer time.
Oman: getting around
Oman is very reachable with direct flights from London with Oman Air. Or for a slightly cheaper flight, there are short stops in Dubai, Bahrain or Zurich. Flying time is approx. 7 hours and at quite sensible hours making a long weekend very do-able. When in Muscat driving is the way to the see the country and explore its mountains, coastline and desert. There is a flight to Salalah, but other than that there are no internal flights.