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Children walking with camels, Oman

Family Holiday to Oman

  • TAILOR-MADE HOLIDAY IDEA

Duration

7 Days

Prices Start from

£2,500 ex. flights

A week-long family holiday to Oman based in beautiful hotels and within easy reach of camel riding, wild swimming, cliff jumping, sailing, dolphins, turtles and a whole range of other fantastic activities for you and your children to enjoy. Combine coast, mountains and desert for a rich experience of the Sultanate of Oman.

Key Highlights of this Itinerary

Beach View, Muscat, Oman 1

Stay in Family Friendly Hotels

Relax and enjoy the pools, adventure zone, lazy river and private beaches at family friendly hotels.

Musandam, Oman 2

Go in Search of Nimo

Spot dolphins and whales off the coast of Muscat.

Children riding camels, Oman 3

Ride Camels and Camp Out

Camp out under desert skies and explore the rolling dunes by camel or 4WD.

Wadi Bani Khalid 4

Swim in Fresh Water Lagoons

Picnic and swim in the natural pools at Wadi Bani Khalid.

Why we like it

Oman is the perfect destination to go on holiday with your family. Distances are short, making touring around effortless and easy for young children. The country is clean and safe, with excellent infrastructure and the people are incredibly welcoming and friendly. The standard of hotels is world-class with family rooms, kids clubs and a wide range of international cuisine on offer. Oman has fast become an aspirational family destination in the Middle East rather than a stopover destination. It is also one of the few countries we can arrange for self-drive, which gives families the freedom to explore at their own pace.

Don't forget, we will customise this journey to suit you.

Explore our suggested itinerary

  • Day 1-2
    Muscat
  • Day 3
    Muscat - Wahiba Sands
  • Day 4
    Wahiba Sands - Jebel Akhdar
  • Day 5
    Jebel Akhdar
  • Day 6
    Jebel Akhdar - Muscat
  • Day 7
    Muscat
Pool, Shangri La Muscat, Muscat, Oman
Shangri La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa, Muscat, Oman
Beach View, Muscat, Oman
Oman

Family Friendly Shangri-La Resort

Set on a private bay outside Muscat, with superb facilities for all ages the Shangri-La is three hotels within one spectacular beachfront location. Young children play in supervised environments such as the Cool Zone Kids Club and the Adventure Zone while parents relax by the pool or chill out in the spa.

With year-round sunshine and pristine waters, it’s a heavenly setting for water sports for all ages: kayaks, paddle boards, sailing boats and more. Thrill seekers will relish banana boat rides, donut rides, water skiing, wakeboarding, and kneeboarding. Dolphin and whale-watching trips are available from the jetty. Be on dolphin watch in the deep turquoise sea. There is also an Omani Heritage Village with traditional crafts such as henna painting.

 

Children riding camels, Oman
Oman
Camel, Wahiba Sands, Oman
Wahiba Sands, Oman
Bedouin Tent, Hud Hud, Wahiba, Oman
Hud Hud Wahiba, Wahiba Sands, Oman
Canvas Club, Wahiba Sands, Oman
Canvas Club Desert Camp, Wahiba Sands, Oman

Meet the Bedouin Tribes

Experience an authentic Arabian experience, riding camels across the endless drifting dunes and spending the night at a Bedouin tented camp. Visit a Bedouin tribe, eat on cushions beside a campfire and sleep out under a starry sky if you choose. Why not take a four-wheel drive across sand hills, known as dune bashing. Or take the more traditional two-wheeled transport of the desert. The desert provides a great place for children to learn more about the Bedouin who still rely on it for their camels and goats.

Wadi Bani Khalid
Wadi Bani Khalid, Oman
Wadi Bani Khalid, Oman
Oman

Splash in a Wadi

Wadi Bani Khalid, one of the greatest, most dramatic wadis in Oman, is a green oasis spectacularly set against a mountain backdrop. The village still farms in a traditional manner growing dates, bananas, mangos, and papaya. A walk through this remote and little visited community provides an insight into the lives of Omanis now and in many ways as they have always been. The wadi flows out of the village and into a dramatic and steep-sided canyon, which winds up from its entrance, occasioned by rock pools ideal for a quick dip. A delicious picnic lunch can be arranged in the shade of the cliffs. The route is a combination of bouldering, hiking, and swimming that is great fun.

Biking, The View, Al Hamra, Oman
The View, Al Hamra, Oman
Jebel Akhdar Mountain View, Oman
Oman
Mountain View Picnic, Six Senses Zighy Bay, Musandam, Oman
Six Senses Zighy Bay, Northern Oman and Musandam, Oman
Omani child wearing dish dash, Oman
Oman

Mountain Adventures

Families are in good hands when staying at the Alila or Anantara hotels, Jebal Akhdar. The location in the Al Hajjar mountains makes a perfect contrast from the beach, with a refreshing climate year round. Both these hotels offer an engaging programme of activities. at the kids and teens club. Have a go at archery or why not take bikes and head out on a cycling tour. There are also fantastic children’s facilities available to keep the whole family busy. Children particularly enjoy watching cinema under the stars, with popcorn and refreshments before bedtime!

 

Dhow Cruise, Musandam, Oman
Northern Oman and Musandam, Oman
Musandam, Oman
Northern Oman and Musandam, Oman

Sail a Traditional Dhow

You can take a boat trip on a traditional dhow, surround yourself by countless dolphins, go snorkelling off deserted beaches of the beautiful Dimanyat Islands, and from July to October, watch sea turtles drag themselves ashore to lay their eggs or new hatchlings making their way down to the surf by moonlight. For families looking for a private experience, we can arrange an exclusive fully crewed charter yacht to sail around the islands and explore the coast. If you are travelling in September swim with the whale sharks that are migrating south through Omani waters.

Oman, Musandam, Six Senses Zighy Bay, Paragliding
Six Senses Zighy Bay, Northern Oman and Musandam, Oman
Zighy Bay Six Senses, Kayaking, Musandam, Oman
Six Senses Zighy Bay, Northern Oman and Musandam, Oman
Beach, Six Senses Zighy Bay, Musandam, Oman
Six Senses Zighy Bay, Northern Oman and Musandam, Oman
Pool, Six Senses Zighy Bay, Musandam,
Six Senses Zighy Bay, Northern Oman and Musandam, Oman

The Zighy Bay Experience - North Musandam Peninsula

Six Senses Zighy Bay has become a household name amongst parents at the school gate. There is a good reason for this. The family-friendly resort, nestled among craggy mountains, offers castaway barefoot luxury with babysitting.

Zighy Bay is a magical destination for children of all ages. The hotel offers the Chaica’s Club for children from four years upwards. There are watersports, sand castles, treasure hunts, and some fun history lessons including Arabic events and local culture. The Teen Club offers adventure hikes, wadi swimming, canyoning or just learning new skills like archery, raft building and abseiling.

Cinema Paradiso keeps all the family entertained with movies on the beach under a blanket of stars while ushers serve five flavours of popcorn, 40 flavours of ice cream and soft drinks. Explore Arabic cooking with master chefs in the Organic Garden. Pick your ingredients before learning and practising details of the wholesome nature that is prevalent in Arabic cooking. For younger guests, cookie and cake making are a fun but messy affair. There is a top-notch hammam for spa pampering, personal push-bikes to get around the resort and spacious villas to accommodate all family members with ease.

For adventurous spirits who want to do more than snorkel off the beach, you can go water skiing, rock climbing or even make an entrance by paragliding down from the cliffs above.

Although in Oman, the arrival airport is normally Dubai. A smooth road trip between the airport and hotel including the border crossing should take approximately two and a half hours. Zighy Bay is isolated, so there is no option for hopping in a taxi for the local town.

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Accommodation

Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

Alila Jabal Akhdar £££££

  • Oman
  • Boutique
  • Unusual
  • Villas / Exclusive use

Perched 2,000 metres above sea level, Alila Jabal Akhdar overlooks a dramatic gorge, surrounded by awe-inspiring views of the Al Hajar Mountains. The resort is the perfect base for exploring the region’s magnificent landscape of rugged, untouched beauty while experiencing a high level of comfort and one of the coolest swimming pools you’ve ever seen. The resort’s 84 contemporary suites and two villas are found either in the main building or individual clusters of four to six suites scattered on the edge of the clifftop – delivering maximum privacy and offering uninterrupted views over the mountains and gorges.

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Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort £££££

  • Oman

Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar, perched 2,000 metres above sea level on the curving rim of a great canyon, is a luxurious base from which to explore this mountainous region and its rich local culture.

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Desert Nights Camp £££££

  • Oman
  • Tented Camps

Desert Nights is a luxurious desert style camp based in the heart of Wahiba Sands, Oman.

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Canvas Club Desert Camp £££££

  • Oman
  • Tented Camps

Canvas Club offers a private tented camp in the heart of the Wahiba Sands, where local Bedouin staff take great pride in showcasing their unique region to each visitor they care for. Travel into the desert by 4×4 and continue by camel back to reach your private camp. As the sun sets enjoy a refreshing drink on arrival. Stargaze and do nothing but enjoy the peace and tranquillity. Your luxury camp consists of a bedroom tent, Bedouin living area for relaxation and a bathing tent.

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Shangri La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa £££££

  • Oman
  • Beach and Island Escapes

The Shangri La consists of three separate hotels all around 124 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens. Al Waha caters primarily for families with kids clubs and activities, and then there is the 5 star Al Bandar and lastly the 6 star Al Husn, which has fewer rooms and suites and caters for the top end of the market.

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A note on price

Prices will vary depending on the time of year you are travelling. Prices do not include international flights. Please ask one of our Travel Experts for an accurate quote. Flights purchased through Steppes Travel departing from the UK are ATOL protected.

This Itinerary
Price
From £2,500 Per person

When to travel

Oman in January

Oman will generally experience cooler temperatures and occasional rainfall, making both January and February an ideal time to visit for comfortable sightseeing but as a result, some regions may become busier.

Oman in February

February is an ideal month to travel to Oman with over 10 hours of daily sunshine and average temperatures of 24°C, perfect for some winter sun.

Oman in March

As temperatures start to rise, March is a preferred time to travel to Oman in order to experience a warm climate, but without the intense humidity, that summer can bring.

Oman in April

Slightly warmer than March but cooler than the peak summer months of July and August, April can be a good time to travel to Oman with the country experiencing average temperatures of 35°C.

Oman in May

As May brings the start of summer, temperatures will be high throughout the country with marginally lower levels of humidity than the peak summer months.

Oman in June

Frome June through to August, the southern region of Dhofar catches the Indian Ocean monsoon rains, known as Khareef. This can be a welcome break from the intense summer heat, but makes Salalah, the capital city of Dhofar, very busy during this time.

Oman in July

Due to the high temperatures experienced in Oman during the months of July and August, this can be a less comfortable time to travel to the country unless you visit the Southern regions.

Oman in August

With Oman experiencing Khareef, the country’s monsoon season, visit the South of the country where the monsoon rains have created lush, green vegetation across the landscapes.

Oman in September

With both the monsoon season over and as summer draws to a close, September experiences high temperatures with very little rainfall.

Oman in October

The best time to visit the country is from late October through to mid-March with Oman experiencing temperatures ranging from 25°C to 35°C, with cooler balmy evenings.

Oman in November

The best time to visit the country is from late October through to mid-March with Oman experiencing temperatures ranging from 25°C to 35°C, with cooler balmy evenings.

Oman in December

December is the coolest time to visit Oman with a maximum average of 26°C. Mountainous regions, however, can experience considerably lower temperatures at night.

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