Originated from centuries-old civilization, the Sultanate of Oman is a traditional yet modern state, discreetly unfolding a
myriad of unique facets. Oman is surrounded by mountains, deserts and the Arabian Sea, and within its natural
boundaries lays a haven of architectural and cultural treasures. The historic forts are reminiscent of Oman’s rich heritage
and the souks seem to come right out of the Arabian Nights with their dazzling array of delights. Oman’s capital Muscat
is the commercial and the cultural hub and is home to the Sultanate’s magnificent palace, flanked by the majestic forts of
Jalali and Mirani. Salalah, to the south, is a tropical haven fringed by coral reefs, crystal-clear waters and coconut groves,
while the old town of Nizwah is known for its colourful souks. Aside from its heady mix of Arabian culture, Oman’s
authentic cuisine is absolutely irresistible.
Oman – Sightseeing
Persian Gulf DESERT SAFARI
QATAR Gulf of
Oman Departs: Daily. Duration: 11 hrs
The home of fiery Bedouins, the Wahiba is truly
UNITED Muscat impressive with its shifting sand dunes and changing
EMIRATES colours. Experience a short and exciting dune drive. Enjoy
Nizwa a picnic lunch at Wadi Bani Khalid, as oasis in the desert
with clear green, natural spring water pools. Take a short
walk in the Wadi before returning to Muscat.
SAUDI Price per person: 01Jan06–31Dec06, £117 (minimum
ARABIA Masirah 2 passengers).
Ra’s al Madrakah DAWN WITH THE DOLPHINS
Departs: Daily. Duration: 3 hrs
Oman is home to many dolphins and on tthis tour you
Salalah will enjoy a boat trip out to sea in search of dolphins and
whales. Not every trip guarantees a sighting, but you will
Al Zulfaa Mosque not be disappointed with your trip off one of Oman's
OMAN TRAVEL TIPS Price per person: 01Jan06–31Dec06, £37.
Time: GMT +4
Flying Time for the UK: Approx 8 hours
Language: Arabic but English is widely spoken
Currency: Omani Rial. £1 = 0.67 OMR approx
Visa Requirements: Required by British Citizens
and available on Arrival at Muscat Airport for a cost
of 6 OMR
Tourist Office: Oman Tourism, 11 Blades Court, 121
Deodar Road, London SW15
2NU Tel: 020 8877 4544
More useful information can be found on page 64.
Muscat – Hotels
THE CHEDI, MUSCAT ★★★★★ PQ
The Chedi is totally unique; not only to Oman but the Middle East. Its chic minimalist Omani architecture comprises
of elegantly designed, sharp-white anglular buildings and villas; punctuated by palm-fringed gardens and
integrated water features. By night it is a mastery of light and reflections, creating a very romantic and dreamy
ambience. Only 15 minutes from the airport and set on a private beach - along with The Al Bustan Palace - The
Chedi is a must see hotel of the world.
Accommodation: The hotel's 151 rooms are clean, sophisticated and very contemporary. Dark woods, cream sheets and Prices per person, First Night Add. night
sultry lighting emanate a romantic quality. All accommodation is air-conditioned and includes a TV, a telephone, a mini- incl. breakfast & transfers. Share Single Share Single
bar and a spacious bathroom with a shower only. The Deluxe Rooms are larger than the Standard Rooms and have the Excludes flights. Double Double
benefit of two shower cubicles. The Club Suites are larger and have huge sunken baths and separate seating areas.
Serai Superior Room
Facilities: The Chedi has two incredibly stylish pools. Both have beach frontage and are serviced by relaxed bars. The 01Jan06-31Oct06* 120 239 82 163
Serai Pool has a black marble bottom creating an enticing cooling appeal; perfect for Oman's hot summer days. A gym, Chedi Deluxe Room
tennis courts and a spa, which specialises in Balinese therapies, are just some of the facilities at your disposal. The 01Jan06-31Oct06* 138 276 100 200
restaurant, a favourite with Omani locals, serves contemporary Mediterranean and Asian cuisine in a modern and suave Club Suite
environment. Finally, take home a slice of Oman and purchase a souvenir from the boutique fine-art gallery. 01Jan06-31Oct06† 176 352 176 352
N Stay 5 nights and pay for 4 - valid 15May06-31Aug06 *Prices for onward dates available early 2006.
Please note that all rooms are doubles, no twin rooms are
† Club Suite rates include mini bar, laundry & evening
cocktails in the Club lounge, plus airport transfers.
AL BUSTAN PALACE INTERCONTINENTAL, MUSCAT ★★★★★ Q
Originally designed to host Heads of Gulf and international States, Al Bustan Palace was converted in the mid ‘80s
for guests to indulge in its palatial surroundings and experience the blend of grandeur and regal Arabic tradition.
The setting befits the aura that surrounds the hotel, with its majestic backdrop of the rugged and arid Hajar
mountains, offset by the sparkling blue Indian Ocean and a crescent shaped beach.
Prices per person, First Night Add. night
Accommodation: The 250 Deluxe Rooms and Suites recently underwent a multi-million pound refurbishment. The incl. breakfast & transfers. Share Single Share Single
Arabian Deluxe Rooms’ mosaic tiles, ornate Arabic furniture and rich fabrics reflect a strong Arabic décor. The Al Bustan Excludes flights. twin twin
Deluxe Rooms are classically designed in a colonial and elegant Victorian theme. Both rooms have either a sea or garden Al Bustan or Arabian Deluxe
view. All rooms have air-conditioning, a TV with a DVD, an ISDN telephone, an in-room safe, tea and coffee making 01Jan06-08Apr06 143 251 102 169
facilities, stylish en suite bathrooms and a mini-bar. 09Apr06-20Apr06 163 290 122 208
Facilities: The hotel’s private beach is one of the hotels alluring features. Sun-loungers and a waiter service allow you to 21Apr06-30Apr06 143 251 102 169
soak-up the sun in style. The temperature-controlled pool is a welcome respite from the heat, while you can work up an 01May06-30Sep06 115 194 74 112
appetite playing tennis, mini-golf or enjoying the water sports and gym. Relax with a massage or beauty treatment before 01Oct05-26Dec05 143 251 102 169
27Dec05-31Dec05 173 311 132 229
dining at one of the four restaurants. Choose between casual dining at the Beach Pavilion to French fine-dining at the Al
Al Bustan Deluxe Sea Facing
Marjan, or simply relax in one of the many bars. 01Jan06-08Apr06 175 317 135 235
Supplements per person per night: 09Apr06-20Apr06 196 357 155 275
Arabic Deluxe Sea View: from £5. 21Apr06-30Apr06 175 317 135 235
01May06-30Sep06 121 205 80 123
01Oct05-26Dec05 175 317 135 235
27Dec05-31Dec05 235 376 194 295
Muscat – Hotels
CROWNE PLAZA MUSCAT ★★★★✩ GRAND HYATT MUSCAT ★★★★✩ INTERCONTINENTAL MUSCAT ★★★★✩
Location: Perched on a cliff-top and set amid 10-acres of Location: By far the most lavish and largest hotel in Location: With impressive views of the Hajar Mountains
lush gardens, Crowne Plaza Muscat overlooks the Muscat, Grand Hyatt Muscat perfectly blends traditional on one side and the sub-tropical Gulf Coast on the other,
glittering Gulf of Oman. Commanding an excellent architecture with the latest comforts and amenities. the InterContinental Muscat hotel sits within 35-acres of
location, just 10 minutes away from the diplomatic and Commanding an ideal location, the Hyatt sits in the hub manicured palm gardens, in Oman. Just 15 minutes'
commercial heart of the city, the hotel is only a five of the diplomatic and government district of Muscat, drive from the airport, the hotel is in convenient proximity
minute drive from the shopping district of Qurum and a Sultanate of Oman. Grand Hyatt is located on the tranquil to the city’s major business hub.
20 minute drive from Seeb International airport. sandy beach of Shatti Al Qurm, overlooking the sub- Accommodation: The hotel offers 265 well-equipped and
Accommodation: The 207 refurbished guestrooms, tropical waters of the Gulf of Oman and is a pleasurable comfortable guestrooms and Suites. Rooms include
inclusive of 10- suites, offer modern comforts to ensure a 15 minute ride from the airport. private bathroom with a bathtub; a rollaway bed; a
pleasurable stay. The elegantly appointed rooms and Accommodation: Most of the 280 guestrooms have hanging closet; a work desk with a lamp; Internet access;
Suites offer a choice of King, Queen and Twin beds to suit views of the Gulf, and all have tasteful Arabian-style a two-line phone; a daily complimentary newspaper; a
all your travel needs. Other facilities include a large interiors which merge harmoniously with the Gulf coast satellite TV; a stereo; a mini-bar, icemaker in refrigerator;
lounge; a private bathroom with a bathtub and a bidet; a backdrop. Staying in this luxurious and strikingly opulent an in-room safe and a hairdryer.
dressing room; double-glazed windows; a desk; a hotel you can expect to sample a high-level of traditional Facilities: Savour award-winning Polynesian cuisine at
telephone; a satellite TV; in-room movies (pay per view/ Oman hospitality. The rooms offer splendid pool or sea Trader Vic's or enjoy food and drinks at any of the other
premium cable); a DVD player; a mini-bar and an iron views and have wonderfully spacious marble bathrooms. five restaurants and bars in the hotel. Excellent leisure
and ironing board. Choose from smoking or non-smoking rooms and king- facilities are available including Palm Beach Club’s two
Facilities: Sample authentic Persian delicacies at Shiraz, size or twin beds. Hotel facilities include a direct-dial swimming pools; Jacuzzi; steam room; sauna; plunge
Muscat’s best Persian Restaurant. Come Prima restaurant telephone, Internet access, a satellite TV, a mini-bar, a pool; gym and aerobics studio. Six outdoor floodlit tennis
overlooks the Gulf and is famed for its star-lit outdoor safe and a hairdryer. courts, two squash courts and extensive meeting rooms
terrace - the ultimate in romantic settings. Savour Facilities: Sample delightful Italian cuisine at the are available.
international cuisine at Tropicana Restaurant and chill-out signature Tuscany restaurant, and enjoy original Arabic
at the most popular English pub in Muscat, Duke’s Bar. tea or English tea at Sirj Tea Lounge. There are other in-
Crowne Plaza Muscat also boasts a health club; a state- house restaurants, bars and cafes along with Muscat’s
of-the-art gym with a sauna and a steam room; a sports hottest nightclub, Copacabana. Club Olympus Fitness
court and concierge services. There are special activities Centre includes a temperature-controlled pool with a lazy
for children at the children’s playground and pool area. river, tennis and squash courts, a gym, a massage and
Business facilities offered are, WiFi, high-speed Internet beauty centre and beach-based water sports.
access and a well-equipped business centre. Comprehensive business services can be found in the
Hyatt Business Centre in the hotel lobby.
N Stay 5 nights and pay for 4 - valid 01Jun06-31Aug06
Prices per person, First Night Add. night Grand Hyatt Muscat
incl. breakfast & transfers. Share Single Share Single
Excludes flights. twin twin
01Jan06-15May06 101 173 63 96
16May06-14Sep06 87 154 49 77
15Sep06-31Dec06 101 173 63 96
01Jan06-15May06 106 183 68 107
16May06-14Sep06 92 164 54 88
15Sep06-31Dec06 106 183 68 107
Mountain View Room
01Jan06-30Apr06 127 211 89 135
01May06-30Sep06 103 172 65 96
01Oct06-31Dec06 127 211 89 135
Sea View Room
01Jan06-30Apr06 132 221 94 145
01May06-30Sep06 108 182 70 106
01Oct06-31Dec06 132 221 94 145
01Jan06-30Sep06 143 249 105 173
Deluxe Sea View Room
01Jan06-30Sep06 155 273 117 197
01Jan06-30Sep06 167 304 129 228
Muscat – Hotels
AL WAHA, AT SHANGRI-LA BARR AL AL BANDAR, AT SHANGRI-LA BARR AL AL HUSN, AT SHANGRI-LA BARR AL
JISSAH RESORT ★★★★★ P JISSAH RESORT ★★★★★ P JISSAH RESORT ★★★★★PLUS P
Location: Sitting on the edge of a private bay, Shangri La Location: Nestling between jagged mountain peaks and Location: Flanked by rugged mountains on one side and
Al Waha is beautifully backdropped by jagged mountains sparkling blue waters, the intimate Al Bandar Hotel sits sparkling blue waters on the other, this exclusive
and the azure-blue waters of the Gulf of Oman. Set amid elegantly in the heart of Shangri La’s Al Jissah Resort and boutique-style hotel is a part of the Al Jissah Resort and
124-acres of landscaped gardens, this superior hotel is Spa complex. Graced by 124- acres of landscaped Spa complex in Oman. Built in the style of an ancient
45 minutes away from the airport and is a part of the Al gardens, the deluxe hotel offers stunning views across the fort, this lavish hotel overlooks the entire resort with
Jissah Resort and Spa complex in Oman. Offering special Gulf of Oman and is minutes away from Ruwi business breathtaking views across the Gulf of Oman.
attractions for children, the hotel is ideal for families. district and the old city of Muscat. Accommodation: Luxury furnishings and contemporary
Accommodation: A total of 302 rooms, including suites, Accommodation: The hotel features 198 sea-facing Omani interiors add a touch of elegance to the 180 extra-
are on offer at the Al Waha Hotel. Enjoy breathtaking rooms and suites, each with a separate bath and shower, spacious rooms and suites. Lavish rooms include air-
views of the sea from the comfort of your balcony or and either a balcony or terrace, which allow direct access conditioning; an in room safe; a data port; a satellite TV;
terrace. Tastefully decorated rooms feature air- to the beach and the pools. All the rooms include air- tea and coffee making facilities; a separate shower and
conditioning; a bathtub and separate shower; an conditioning; an electronic safe and voice mail; a bath, and a huge balcony with stunning sea views.
electronic safe; a satellite TV; a data port; tea and coffee computer data port; a satellite TV; an iron and ironing Rooms have an additional butler service.
making facilities; an iron and ironing board and 24-hour board; tea and coffee making facilities and 24-hour room Facilities: Exclusive personalised service is the hallmark
room service. service. of Al Husn. With a secluded private beach, a beautiful
Facilities: The all-day dining facilities at Al Waha serve Facilities: With a choice of 19 fine-dining options within infinity pool, a private gym, a cigar lounge, late check-out
excellent South American cuisine, while the fast- food the resort complex, guests are invited to enjoy a range of and early check-in lounges, this hotel offers unmatched
restaurant offers light snacks and drinks. Savour fresh delicacies, from Middle Eastern to Italian cuisine. Pamper levels of luxury and service. From international to local
seafood dishes at the Seafood Restaurant and refresh with your senses in the luxurious Chi Spa's 12 treatment cuisine, the 19 food and beverage outlets at the resort
drinks and tea at the pool-bar or lobby lounge. Al Waha rooms, sauna and Jacuzzi. A children’s club, five tennis complex offer a range of specialties for all nationalities.
has a number of facilities for the entire family, from a courts and an outdoor amphitheatre will ensure an Pamper your senses at the luxurious Chi Spa's 12
children’s pool to a kids’ club and a babysitting service. Al enjoyable stay. Other facilities include a daily shuttle to treatment rooms, sauna and Jacuzzi. A children’s club,
Waha guests can also access the facilities of the Al Jissah downtown Muscat for shopping and sightseeing; a fitness five tennis courts and an outdoor amphitheatre will keep
Resort and Spa complex. You may visit the Omani centre; a lobby lounge; a nightclub; boat excursions and you occupied at the resort. Other facilities at the resort
Heritage Village showcasing some of the local handicrafts scuba diving. complex include a daily shuttle to downtown Muscat for
or rejuvenate your senses at Chi Spa. Other facilities at shopping and sightseeing; a fitness centre; a lobby
the resort complex include a daily shuttle to downtown lounge; a nightclub; boat excursions and scuba diving.
Muscat for shopping and sightseeing, a fitness centre, a
lobby lounge, a nightclub, boat excursions and scuba
Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa, Al Husn
Prices per person, First Night Add. night
incl. breakfast & transfers. Share Single Share Single
Excludes flights. twin twin
Superior Sea Facing
01Jan06-31May06 120 240 76 153
01Jun06-31Aug06 90 180 46 92
01Sep06-19Dec06 120 240 76 153
Deluxe Sea Facing
01Jan06-31May06 139 277 95 189
01Jun06-31Aug06 102 204 58 116
01Sep06-19Dec06 139 277 95 189
01Jan06-31May06 185 369 141 281
01Jun06-31Aug06 139 278 95 190
01Sep06-19Dec06 185 369 141 281