Oman usually conjures images of a sandy desert and men in traditional Arabic robes. But Oman offers so much more than that! It is however important to visit the country at the right time otherwise soaring temperatures and dry landscapes can really ruin your travel experience.
November is the month post Oman’s ‘Khareef’ or rainy season. This means most of Oman is left lush and green, especially the wadis it is so famous for post Khareef. "Wadi" is the Arabic and Hebrew term for a valley, commonly used in Middle East. The wadis in Oman are mostly dry, though they fill with water during the monsoons. Oman has a large number of wadis in its desert terrain, many of which are popular trekking sites. Others have crystal-clear pools, making them fantastic locations for picnics.
Besides the wadis one must definitely visit the desert. Be it from the popular desert camps of Wahiba Sands or private glamping experiences in the desert that cost a pretty penny but offers a truly nomadic desert camping experience at a virgin campsite set up just for you! Of course it comes with your own private butler, chef and exquisite dining experiences!
Another must do in Oman are the red and green mountains of Jebel Akhdar and its highest peak Jebel Shams. This is adventure and culture heaven with many hiking, biking and climbing options as well as ancient villages where the old way of life still persists. There are fortress towns like Nizwa as well. The draws are also the two luxury resorts of Alila Jabal Akhdar and Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar, both of which offer rooms with jaw dropping views!
Muscat is a by default option as one must fly in and out of the country from here. It offers fantastic beaches and we also offer some fantastic sailing and diving options here. Besides these popular places November is a great time to visit places like Ras al Jinz known for its turtle beaches, the Mussadam peninsula which is closer to Dubai than Oman with the amazing Six Sense Zighy Bay and the southern region of Salalah which has a beautiful coastline full of lush vegetation, breathtaking beaches and azure waters. The region is also known for fantastic dive sites. The Al Baleed Resort Salalah is another wonderful Anantara resort worth a visit.
November is a good month to visit with temperature ranging between 21 °C to 30 °C, depending on where you are and time of the day. Evenings tend to get cooler as like most deserts Oman cools rapidly at night.