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Turquoise Family Holidays to Oman

If you would rather your children fell asleep in a world of fantasy ruled by Aladdin and Ali Baba as opposed to Mickey Mouse and Elsa, we suggest you think about Oman for your next winter sun family holiday. A few years ago it would have been highly unusual to find Oman on the family holiday wish list, but this fabled kingdom, once shrouded in mystery, is fast rising up the charts as one of the most aspirational family destinations in the Middle East

Still largely undiscovered and totally unspoilt by mass tourism, Oman is deeply entrenched in tradition and history, making a visit here an education in its own right;  but make no mistake - its dazzling white beaches with the desert as their shimmering backdrop compete with beaches anywhere in the world. With resorts such as the Six Senses Zighy Bay, the Sultanate of Oman has firmly established itself as a family-friendly country that ticks all the boxes for sophistication and style, beach and adventure. Best of all, you are guaranteed winter sun within seven hours’ flying time from the UK and an easy two hour transfer from the Dubai.

Our Favourite Family Holiday Resorts

  • Six Senses Zighy Bay

    With an almost biblical location on the Musandam Peninsula in the Sultanate of Oman, Six Senses Zighy Bay is flanked by the rugged Hajar Mountains and the azure, crystalline waters of Zighy Bay. This is remote with a capital R, however access is actually very easy with flights into Dubai’s state-of-the-art airport followed by a two hour road transfer. A dramatic 4x4 drive down into the bay is how most guests choose to arrive or perhaps the idea of a 15 minute speedboat ride from the nearby port is more appealing. For thrill seekers who are after a truly ‘Bond-esque’ sense of arrival, why not paraglide in across the bay!

  • Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort and Spa

    Spectacularly situated in a stunning location on Oman’s pristine coastline overlooking the Sea of Oman and only 30 minutes from the capital city of Muscat, Shangri-La is an internationally recognised luxury hotel group – and Barr Al Jissah is no exception! The grand, family-friendly resort reflects Oman’s unrivalled natural beauty and distinct cultural richness.

  • The Chedi Muscat

    Effortlessly elegant sums up the Chedi Muscat perfectly. An architectural dream with graceful curved arches flowing into tranquil water gardens against a back drop of the majestic Al Hajar Mountains and the luminescent waters of the Gulf of Oman.

  • Alila Jabal Akhdar

    Jabal Akhdar translates as ‘The Green Mountain’ in Arabic; a pretty good clue as to its location! Spectacularly located on the edge of a rugged gorge, the views are truly awe-inspiring and it would be easy to believe that this is a landscape unchanged since time immemorial. For Indiana Jones adventure-seekers, nature lovers and those searching for respite from the heat of the desert and Muscat, then look no further.

  • Family Fun Journey through Oman

    From the mountains to the desert to the beach, your journey will be an action packed 12 day itinerary to discover the wonders of Oman (as seen in Family Traveller January 2015).

  • Luxury Family Holiday to Oman and the Maldives

    Experience the beautifully diverse Oman with the laid-back family luxury in the Maldives. Oman Air offers great service from London to the Maldives, via Muscat, which makes an Oman – Maldives twin-centre perfect!

TURQUOISE ISLAND OF THE MONTH: MATANGI PRIVATE ISLAND, FIJI

This privately owned 240-acre island enjoys an enviable location on a stunning, horseshoe-shaped island in Fiji's lesser known northern group of islands. A haven for divers, honeymooners and romantics, Matangi boasts virgin tropical rainforest, white sand beaches and volcanic rock faces rising from crystal clear waters and vibrant coral reefs.

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TURQUOISE ISLAND OF THE MONTH: MATANGI PRIVATE ISLAND, FIJI

This privately owned 240-acre island enjoys an enviable location on a stunning, horseshoe-shaped island in Fiji's lesser known northern group of islands. A haven for divers, honeymooners and romantics, Matangi boasts virgin tropical rainforest, white sand beaches and volcanic rock faces rising from crystal clear waters and vibrant coral reefs.