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Thanks everyone for the advice so far. Struggling to find direct flights. How did you ladies fly in? I'll be coming from london. BA operate Qatar airways but it's via Doha.
Perhaps I knew your parents. 😊
As far as I’m aware we don’t have A1 packages but I know that a few of the better hotels do offer meal packages.
Alcohol is available but be aware we’ve just had a 100 percent sin tax added to alcohol/soft drinks/ciggies and a glass of wine in a restaurant can now cost 10 rials which is about 20 pounds. Truthfully though, even prior to the sin tax Oman would never have been seen as a holiday destination where people would have a really good drink. It’s just the way it is.
Next November we have the 50th National day and I think being here on the 18th of November would be great.
I went about 20 years ago and was unspoilt and lovely people and not all fake and chavvy like Dubai which was awful and left after few days.
I wouldn't bother with Salalah at that time of year and you'd need to fly.
What do you mean by proper down town? Or do you mean down time? If down time look at one of the nice hotels around Muscat. Where were you in RAK? There's nowhere with what I'd consider an unspoilt beach in RAK - they're all hotel developed beaches or fairly skanky. If there's a nice one I've missed I want go
Excursions, it depends what you like doing. I'd recommend Wadi Shaab and Jebel Akdar as a start. As a pp suggested personally I'd rent a car and travel round but Wadi Shaab should be day tripable from Muscat at least. I love Museirah island but probably too much off the beaten track.
Just copied over what I wrote on another post rather than re-write! Some of this you'll know already been!
" I'd base myself in Muscat, it's a pretty sprawling city backed by the mountains and on the coast. It's retained more of its history than Dubai (although has the shopping malls) and the souk, forts and the Grand Mosque give you a feel of that. The coastline is good for diving which you can book in advance. You could either do organised day/overnight trips from Muscat or hire a car and travel around yourself (I'd go for a four wheel drive so you can go off road). Quite a few of the trips will be expensive (nights under the stars in Bedouin tents etc) but you'll find cheaper ones too - try Viator. Go to Salalah & Misfat al Abryeen and into the Hajar mountains. There are a couple of luxury hotels in the mountains in Oman which look spectacular (if a little remote and probably very expensive!). "
Want to go in October / November so the weather suits there.
Do you have any specific suggestions for excursions?
Go to the desert for a night or two excursion - fabulous.
You can get alcohol in Oman but I wouldn't see the point in going to Oman for AI. There is so much to see in Oman. If you want AI go somewhere closer and cheaper!
Visa isn't free but you can apply online. Not sure of exact prices.
Thanks everyone, what would you suggest I do for days out. I've been before but only for the day on a boat from the emirates, my mum and dad used to live there though 40 years ago and have done allsorts.
I would actually agree @SJane48S. We hired a car from our hotel and spent a couple of days driving out through the mountains and Wadi Bani Auf, which was fantastic, if not for the faint hearted (we've done a lot of off road driving before)
Not being deliberately unhelpful (and would add in that I'm not an AI fan) but I'm not sure Oman is an AI kind of holiday. By that I don't mean you won't find hotels offering that but as a country what it has to offer (unless all you are looking for is sunshine) does involve going out on the road, often for the full day. I just feel you might miss out a bit on Oman going AI - obviously it doesn't stop you making trips but if you know all good at the hotel is paid for it does disincline you a bit from exploring!
Booked direct with hotel as flights were air miles from DH's work, so probably not the best deal!
You can apply for a Visa online via the Omani government website: I think it was free. It's a lovely place with very polite people.
Thanks @BathTangle. Yes I just meant can you actually drink, same as UAE. where did you book your holiday with? BA looks to be the best deals. Did you need a visa?
Or did you mean would an all inclusive deal include alcohol? I can't honestly remember as we are not big drinkers!
We went all inclusive to the Al Jissah in April and yes there was alcohol apart from 1 day which was (I believe) the Prophet's birthday and we were asked very politely to respect the no alcohol rule.
Has anyone been to Oman recently, I've been for a day trip but I want to book an actual holiday there now. If I book an all-inclusive will include alcohol? I feel like it should but I can't find anything on Google about it