Planning a quick getaway? Here are 7 top UAE resident deals in Oman
From beautiful natural beaches to one of the world’s highest resorts…
If you’re dreaming of taking a break, a short-haul getaway could be just what you need. The central location of the UAE means you’re spoiled for choice with where to go, with an array of box-ticking destinations all within easy reach. But among the closest – and most visually appealing – destinations is neighbouring Oman, which can be reached on a short flight or drive, depending on where you’re headed. And with complimentary upgrades, discounted activities and attractive room rates for UAE residents, now is the perfect time to plan a staycation in Oman.
Here are 7 of the best staycation deals across the Sultanate right now.
Alila Jabal Akhdar
Trade sea views for panoramic mountain vistas at Alila Jabal Akhdar. Perched 2,000 metres above sea level, this resort is designed around the mountains it occupies, with spa cabanas gazing out over the peaks, private dining pavilions, and a collection of villas that all maximise the views. The resort design reflects the ancient forts that once stood tall on these mountains, with fort-like doors, wooden rafters and nods to Omani design around every turn. They offer special rates for UAE residents inclusive of breakfast at the rustic-luxe Juniper restaurant.
Alila Jabal Akhdar, Al Roose, Jabal Al Akhdar, Oman, rates from Dhs1,190. Tel: (968) 2534 4200, hyatt.com
Jumeirah Muscat Bay
Dubai-born hospitality brand Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts opened its hotly anticipated Jumeirah Muscat Bay resort last year. Complete with sea-facing rooms and suites, five restaurants and bars including a rooftop dining option and a Talise Spa, this is one of the most exciting new openings in recent years in the Sultanate. If you’re a GCC resident, there’s a special staycation rate that allows you to take 20 per cent off the best available rate. They’ll also include breakfast at Peridot, 20 per cent off food and beverage at Tarini Lobby Lounge and all-day diner, Peridot; and 15 per cent off spa treatments of 60 minutes or more.
The Chedi Muscat
The Chedi set the gold standard for five-star hotels in the sultanate when it opened in 2003, and it’s been welcoming guests to enjoy its Arabian hospitality ever since. Set over a sprawling twenty-one-acre garden oasis, there’s 158 Omani-influenced guestrooms and villas to choose from at the beach resort, plus six restaurants, three swimming pools and a balinese spa complete with 13 treatment rooms. Book in advanced for stays up to January 3, 2024, and take advantage of 20 per cent off the best available rate, a welcome drink upon arrival, a daily breakfast served at The Restaurant, and a daily replenishment of the minibar.
The Chedi Muscat, Oman, rates from Dhs, 1,135, til January 3, 2024. Tel: (968) 2452 4400, ghmhotels.com
Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah, Muscat
Just twenty minutes outside of Muscat, feel worlds away from the city at Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah. Home to a duo of hotels: Al Waha and Al Bandar, this beautiful property is packed with activities to suit travellers of all ages. With the resort’s Refuel package, when you stay for two nights, you’ll get a buffet dinner at either Al Tanoor or Samba restaurant, plus an OMR30 (Dhs285) credit to redeem against food and drink. There’s also 50 per cent off dining for those aged six to 12. Plus, families can bask in the sun on the 500 metre sandy beach, dive into six swimming pools, laze around on Muscat’s only lazy river and drop little ones at the kids’ club, packed with activities to keep them entertained.
Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah, Muscat, Oman, min, two-night stay, rates from Dhs1,715 for two nights. Tel: (968) 2477 6666, shangri-la.com
Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara
Set within the stunning natural surroundings of Salalah, Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara comes complete with endless ocean views, powder white soft sands and a beautifully landscaped garden, serving as the perfect spot for a laid back break. You’ll want to take a flight to Salalah to get to this spot on the south coast (rather than face the grueling 12-hour drive from Dubai), but once you flop down on one of the infinity poolside loungers, it’s all about blissful beachfront relaxation. GCC residents can explore Salalah’s coastal beauty with 25 per cent off luxury rooms and villas, complimentary breakfast at all-day dining restaurant, Sakalan and a further 25 per cent off additional food and drink at the resort’s collection of restaurants.
Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara, Salalah, rates from Dhs1,336. Tel: (02) 322 8222. anantara.com
Six Senses Zighy Bay
Take a two-hour drive from Dubai to Six Senses Zighy Bay, one of the most luxe stays money can buy in the region. With its rugged mountain backdrop and scenic seafront location, the all-villa resort boasts an array of activities to pack your days with, from off roading and paragliding to fishing and sunset cruises. Book and stay October 13, and all guests booking bed and breakfast will be treated to a complimentary upgrade to half board. As well as a lavish breakfast, for dinner guests can choose a three-course menu from either relaxed poolside dining at Summer House, Arabic fusion flavours at Spice Market or casual bites at Zighy Bar. For those who opt for destination dining – such as private in-villa or beach BBQ, a wine cellar private dinner or Sense on the Edge – a credit will be applied.
Six Senses Zighy Bay, Musandam Peninsula, Oman, valid until October 13, rates from Dhs3,636. Tel: 02 673 5555, sixsenses.com
Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar
If you’re happy to forgo a beach break for killer views, Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar is the spot for your next Oman staycation. Found two hours inland from the capital of Muscat, it’s earned itself the accolade as one of the world’s highest resorts. It’s home to a collection of 82 canyon view rooms, plus for those looking for more seclusion and their own private pool, there’s 33 private villas. Spend days hiking or zip-lining or try your hand at archery, then make it back to the resort in time for a sunset dip in the infinity pool to make the most of the insta-worthy sunsets. A special staycation rate for GCC residents offers one-night stays from Dhs1,431, which includes a daily breakfast for two at Al Maisan, 20 per cent savings on restaurant dining and selected spa treatments, plus a credit of OMR10 (Dhs95) for rooms and OMR25 (Dhs240) for suites that are booked directly on anantara.com.
Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar, Nizwan, rates from Dhs1,431. Tel: (02) 521 8000, anantara.com