After visiting other countries in the Middle East, my experience in Oman was incomparable, it is a destination which has something for everyone. If you have never travelled to the Middle East or you are looking for an alternative to Dubai or Abu Dhabi, Oman will provide the ultimate experience, offering a diverse range of activities, culture, sporting experiences and an array of luxury hotels & resorts.

I was able to visit many renowned regions of Oman including Muscat, Al Wasil and the green mountains, with each location offering an entirely different experience. I was fascinated by the rich tradition, culture and natural unspoilt beauty of the city, a world away from other Middle East countries with not a towering building in sight. I highly recommend visiting the Nizwa Fort which dates back to the 1650s; high circular towers, unique arches and great walls, it was extraordinary to see such unique architecture.  If your clients prefer a relaxing beach holiday, there are plenty of empty sandy beaches on offer like the one at the superb Al Bustan Palace or if your clients prefer a more active holiday there are many challenging mountain cycling routes such as the Tour of Oman.

After my time in Muscat, I then travelled two and a half hours into the desert, my accommodation was somewhat different, surrounded by rolling sand dunes and staying in a very pleasant Bedouin-style tent. The activities on offer in the desert were superb, I enjoy thrill seeking adventures and would definitely recommend wadi dune bashing in SUV’s.  If you don’t know what wadi bashing is, a wadi is a dry and rocky riverbed, which follows the course of seasonal streams and rivers through rocky valleys naturally carved out by floodwaters. The twisted routes are perfect for four-wheel driving. After an exciting adventure, it was time to relax and unwind, I will never forget sitting at the top of the dunes with a glass of champagne in my hand, watching the sunset.

It’s difficult to choose a favorite hotel or resort as they are all so well appointed, but the two resorts that stood out for me were the Anantara Al Jabal Akhdar Resort and The Chedi Muscat. Unfortunately, I was unable to experience Zighy Bay, however, based on reviews I would highly recommend considering this resort.

The Anantara Al Jabal Akhdar is perched 2000 meters above sea level on the rim of a great canyon, reached only by an SUV. It offers clients a memorable mountain experience and is the perfect choice for a twin-centre with Muscat as temperatures are often lower here than in the city. The resort is ideal for families and groups seeking lots of activities, villa accommodation, and kids clubs. One activity I was unable to experience as I did not have enough time was canyon climbing and zip lines, where you fly through the canyon, certainly one for another visit.

My second choice, The Chedi, Muscat, is located just outside the city on a 370-meter private beach. Luxurious in every way, the staff here are remarkable, and it was just the perfect resort. I would advise on upgrading to the Chedi Club Suite, accommodating up to two adults and two children. They benefit from free transfers, afternoon tea, cocktails, and canapés, which are served in the evenings, making it a great value upgrade.