Oman’s capital, Muscat, offers you everything you could want from a city break – a great dining scene, fascinating cultural attractions and easy access to beautiful natural spaces. Located on the coast, it’s surrounded by beaches. Many of the city’s luxury hotels have oceanfront access – the Al Bustan Hotel’s private beach is the longest in the country, offering opportunities for kayaking, snorkelling and sailing.
In Muscat, you’ll be perfectly placed to find out more about the region’s culture. Head to the National Museum opposite the Sultan’s Palace for interactive, well curated displays about Omani history. Bait Al Zubair is a popular private museum, showcasing Omani handicrafts and furniture in a restored traditional house.
Mutrah is one of the city’s most popular neighbourhoods. Stroll down the corniche, looking at the traditional dhows bobbing in the ocean beyond. You’ll love shopping for souvenirs at the bustling souk, where you’ll find an array of products from across the world – local frankincense, handmade Omani hats, embroidery from Kashmir and Nepalese jewellery.
In the evening, the city’s forts and palaces are illuminated. Enjoy dinner and drinks at one of the city’s many outdoor restaurants, overlooking the ocean.