Visit Oman what to do and where to visit during a trip to Oman

Visit Oman

“What is Oman like?” friends ask. Well, it is like stepping into a fairy tale of your imagination. Visit Oman, it is perfectly safe and a fabulous country. Stunningly beautiful scenery with magnificent Forts and Palaces to explore.  The people of Oman are very special, so friendly and welcoming – it was quite a treat to find they love english people.  This is something of a wonderful surprise, we aren’t always so well received! Oman is one of my favourite countries to visit in the Middle East. Definitely worthy of a return trip. When to visit Oman? Spring and Autumn are the best times.

Spot the Royal Palace in the background

Oman, like so many countries in the Middle East has a complex history.  In recent times, following the Dhofar rebellion, Sultan Said bin Taimur was deposed in a bloodless coup in 1970 by his son Sultan Qaboos.  He received help from the British SAS and RAF.  This may explain why British people are received so warmly!


Step into a fairytale with desert, mountains, spectacular coastline all within one small country.  Take a driver and comfortable 4 x 4 and explore! Oman is perfectly safe and you won’t get lost with a driver. If you are feeling adventurous, take off into the mountains.


Nizwa Fort

Discover Nizwa:

Drive up to the ancient fort of Nizwa, a couple of hours drive out of Muscat.  You will step into another world.  Th eFort was built mid 17C by Imam Sultan Bin Saif Al Y’alibi.  Don’t forget to go Nizwa Souk to buy all sorts of treats.  The Souks are all treasure troves.  Visit Mutrah Souk in Muscat and don’t forget the Gold Souk.


Pass by adorable villages, untouched for centuries, as you drive along.


Pots galore, Dates, date honey, silver jewellery are all specialities here …

Where to Stay?

Ritz Carlton Al Bustan Palace:
I stayed at Al Bustan Palace, a Ritz Carlton Hotel in Muscat. This is everything you would expect of a Ritz Carlton, with an Omani twist.

Ritz Carlton Al Bustan Hotel Oman

The impressive lobby where you will be welcomed with tea and dates.

The hotel has one of the best pools I have every seen.


Beautiful Pool at the Ritz Carlton Al Bustan Hotel

This is a good choice of hotel to come back and relax after a day of adventures. Rather far from Muscat – too far to pop out for dinner, so you are confined to the 3 hotel restaurants. Mind you, Taxis are very cheap – you can always hop in a Taxi.

Explore Muscat and don’t miss the Bazaars, the place to stock up on exquisite shawls, traditional silver, dates, spices ….. the choice is endless. Enjoy!





  1. February 17, 2016 / 6:47 pm

    Wow, Oman looks like a really interesting place to visit. Nice to read about a different location too. I will pin this for future reference.

  2. February 17, 2016 / 6:58 pm

    I loved the photos <3 I wish to visit Oman even more now after reading your post!

  3. February 17, 2016 / 8:36 pm

    What a beautiful place! Oman is one of those places that likely slips the mind of anyone thinking of going on a trip, but it seems like such a nice place. Those huge doors are fantastic!

  4. marie
    February 17, 2016 / 11:32 pm

    I’m thrilled – my first ever comments, thank you!

  5. February 17, 2016 / 11:54 pm

    Great photos!! I tend to be a thrifty traveler, but that Ritz-Carlton looked amazing!!!

  6. February 18, 2016 / 2:02 am

    What a rich destination, the Ritz looks extremely tempting to visit! Great photos as well 🙂

  7. February 18, 2016 / 4:40 am

    Wow! This looks incredible! Oh, and I checked out your travel tips as well. Great tips on beating jet lag! Some of them I hadn’t considered. I’ll definitely be implementing some of them on my 15 hour flight home in a couple days.

  8. February 18, 2016 / 7:44 am

    Man I really want to go here – and your pics just showed me how incredible it will be when I finally make it!

  9. February 18, 2016 / 9:04 pm

    Lovely photos, Oman looks like a beautiful place. And that hotel lobby! it looks mind-blowing! I would go just for that :)Lis

  10. February 20, 2016 / 12:48 pm

    Wow, Oman looks gorgeous! I’m not sure I can go now that I have a certain stamp in my passport, but I’d love go.

  11. March 21, 2016 / 1:19 pm

    I didn’t even know Oman existed and now I want to go! Your photos complemented the post exceptionally well too. 😀

    • marie
      March 21, 2016 / 1:45 pm

      Thank you so much! I think everyone would love Oman – it is nice to go somewhere a bit different, don’t you think? Best wishes, Marie

  12. July 11, 2016 / 9:56 am

    You have compleltely convinced me to visit Oman! The photos look so lovely and the buildings are gorgeous. I would agree that the pool at the Al Bustan Palace is very impressive. This seems like a great choice for a luxury stay in Muscat.

    • marie
      July 11, 2016 / 11:11 am

      I’m so happy you enjoyed the post and I think you would find Oman to be very special.

  13. Rosi C.
    November 5, 2016 / 7:35 pm

    Ok guess I need to work on my.British accent before I visit. How they feel about New Yorkers. Lol 🙂 love the pics. Great read,.Marie

    • marie
      November 5, 2016 / 10:24 pm

      Thanks Rosie! They would love you 🙂

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