Oman is the best kept secret of the Middle East bordering United Arab Emirates to the North-West, Yemen to the South and Saudi Arabia to the West. Oman remains a largely undiscovered paradise with a choice of luxury hotels to choose from.
Recently, 6 members of the Destinology team had the privilege of visiting Oman, and visited 2 new properties called Millennium Mussanah and Sifawy Boutique Hotel. On their return we spoke to them and got some great feedback about their trip so thought we’d share this with you.
Victoria Critchlow, our Product Manager for the Middle East tells to us about her recent visit;
“If you think Oman is a similar experience to Dubai, think again! I’d always thought of Oman in this way, maybe for a traveller who fancied a change from Dubai? But it is so much more!
A small personal airport, low rise buildings, quiet calm roads, an emerald green ocean, snorkelling with turtles, dolphin watching and friendly locals so desperate to make you feel welcome! We visited a traditional house, ate traditional food and stayed in the mountains to escape the heat… this destination is such a hidden gem.”
The Millennium Mussanah Resort is located in the Batina region of Oman and is a 45 minute drive from the international airport, however close enough to drive to Muscat. This resort is an all-round fantastic resort, set in a beautiful location that is suitable for both families and couples.
Tracy Mallitt, Personal Travel Consultant tells us more about the Millennium Mussanah and her recent stay:
“The Millenium Mussanah was a pleasant surprise and not what I expected. The views over the gulf and marina were stunning. The facilities here exceeded my expectations.
The Zayna Spa offers luxurious treatments and having sampled one of these, I can thoroughly recommend you not leave the resort without one.
The sport and leisure activities on offer were endless. From tennis, volleyball and beach football to sailing, snorkelling and PADI dive courses – a real all-rounder for those seeking an active holiday. There are four swimming pools to choose from (one being ladies only) or alternatively you can relax and unwind on the resort’s private beach. Children are also well catered for in the hotel run kids club.
We ate lunch in the buffet restaurant Mydan where they have live cooking stations as well as the buffet – all tastes were catered for. The food was lovely, plentiful and the desserts were a real sweet treat. For a more unique experience, the Al Bahar restaurant offer dishes from Morocco and the Far East.
The room options here vary from the Deluxe Garden Views, Superior Sea View to the Junior and Executive Suites. All these are located in the main building of the hotel. A short stroll next door takes you to the apartments ranging from the Studio Apartments up to the larger Two Bedroom Deluxe Apartments. I found all the rooms to have lovely Arabian décor, well-furnished and great facilities.”
The Sifawy Boutique Hotel is suited along the sandy white beaches and blue waters of the Arabian Sea. With its beautiful, relaxed atmosphere, this is the perfection location for you to sit back and soak up the sun. For those of you that also want to discover the capital, Muscat, it’s only 45km drive away.
Makita Harwood, Personal Travel Consultant tells us more about the Sifawy Boutique Hotel and her recent stay;
“First of all the design of the hotel was very chic and contemporary and you get the feeling of pure luxury as soon as you walk in. The rooms where really spacious and each room has a private balcony which is beautifully furnished, allowing you to relax in your own personal surroundings.
The food was amazing and there was such a wide choice to choose from! The food station was brilliant as this allowed you to get a wide range of dishes such as pasta etc. that was freshly cooked for you. The deserts were to die for too.
The location of the hotel allowed you to have the best of both worlds, located in the Jebel Sifah resort with a beautiful Marina and stunning views of the mountains in the background yet still within easy reach of the bustling city of Muscat.
The beach was totally not what I expected to see in Oman, I was completely taken back by the pristine white sands and turquoise waters. There was also a small restaurant on the beach, which apparently is very popular and highly recommended serving locally sourced seafood.
Overall the hotel has a very relaxed with a peaceful atmosphere as well as a great choice of excursions to be able to explore Oman. I will definitely be recommending this hotel to my clients. Both couples and families alike.”
Anna Davies, Gold Personal Travel Consultant told us about Pierre, who was one of the hosts that looked after the team during their stay, which made their trip that extra special;
“Pierre was the perfect host! He was welcoming, charismatic and charming, such a witty gentleman, who has done so much for the Al Bustan Palace. He’s worked there for around 25 years now, and seen the hotel grow so much.
He showed us around the hotel, and he took the time to explain all the room categories. Best of all he did it with such great interest, we simply enjoyed every minute. The meal he offered us was just perfect and every little detail was taken care off! We all enjoyed our visit thoroughly that evening and would definitely recommend it.”
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