We head off in search of Oman’s most dramatic scenery which we find in the Hajar Mountains (Stone Mountains). Towering over at 3,000 metres above sea-level, the range is the highest in the Arabian peninsula. Here, we settle into the perfect base from which to explore the country’s rich culture and spectacular landscape.
We leave Muscat, travelling along the coast before turning inland into Nakhl, where we find a fort-turned-home, hidden in swaying date palms and home to lovely hot springs. Spend some time here before continuing in the direction of Rustaq and the striking Wadi Bani Auf valley. The drive here is considered one of the most memorable off-road terrains in Oman, through slate mountains and steep hillsides.
Continue your drive along the spine of the Hajar, offering magnificent views on the way to Wadi Ghul where we explore old ruins and abandoned villages. The region is known for its traditional methods of carpet weaving, and we uncover these by venturing further up to Jebel Shams to see the works. The road will take us to the edge of the Omani Grand Canyon, where again, jaw-dropping vistas await.
The journey leads you through wonderous places, a quiet mountainside, lively souqs, ancient forts and bustling weekend cattle markets. At night, rest your head in comfortable, remote locations, where night skies are clear of light pollution, and illuminated by stars.
These are a selection of lodges that we feel combine well for this journey. However we do also have a range of options to consider in each region, and can tailor them to you preference.
The majestic Al Hajar Mountains meet the waters of the Gulf of Oman atThe Chedi Muscat. Elegant yet understated whitewashed buildings sit in a landscaped twenty-one acre garden oasis with 158 Omani influenced guestrooms and villas. The central location allows for easy sightseeing, and for those wanting some leisure time, three swimming pools, a healthclub and spa offer the best for relaxation and rejuvenation.
Located in a fishing village, Ras Al Jinz sits on the coast of the Arabian Peninsula, boasting serene natural landscape. Rooms are dvided into your standard rooms or experience a stay closer to nature with an overnight in a luxury eco-tent. An amazing experience is to be close to where we can watch the nesting process of sea turtles on the sand.
With a collection of camps ranging from desert locations to coast, Hud Hud completes the camp experience with Bedouin-style tents, boasting proper mattresses and bedding, vibrant textiles and rugs, and private ensuite bathrooms. All the luxurious modern amenities with the warmth and adventure of the rugged wilderness. At Wahiba Sands, we are are spoilt by the rich, vast desert landscape and Hud Hud's choice location. Watch as the golden light of sunset spreads over the dunes.
Crisp, cool air, a stunning spa and spectacular views are just some of boutique hotel Alila Jabal Akhdar’s offerings. Nested between soaring mountains and dramatic canyons, its dramatic pool and stone-walled suites are speckle the edge of a clifftop, blending into the wild desert lanscape – in warm, minimal Alila-style, this becomes the ideal base from which to venture out.