I share my passion for travelling fortunately with my new husband. We especially like road trips in nature and overnight stays in stylish hotels. I rather like small, private boutique guesthouses, farmhouses or villas. But my husband also likes it more luxurious and bigger. For our honeymoon we wanted to have everything. We wanted nature, design, romance, togetherness, relaxation but also action. What we weren’t looking for was exit and parties.
So we decided about 2 months before our honeymoon for a round trip in Abu Dhabi and Oman. And everything was booked about 2 weeks before departure. We knew that September is still low season and our desired hotels would still be affordable. We accepted the heat (we like it warmer anyway). I have to admit that I had little or nothing to do with the planning of our honeymoon. Our deal was: I organize the wedding and Mike (my husband) the honeymoon. And he did it fantastically. Our honeymoon was almost too perfect. Coming home and getting used to normal life was pretty hard. But we have many wonderful memories forever.
Abu Dhabi was actually a compromise for me. I just wanted to go to Oman. But Mike convinced me and it was absolutely right. But one thing I would like to say first of all, we left out the city of Abu Dhabi quite a bit. We just wanted to get out into nature. I am very happy to share some impressions from our trip with you and hopefully inspire you for a next adventure.
Please note: If you take a rental car in Dubai or Abu Dhabi, you can only enter Oman with special insurance. We have found only one car rental company that does this (Dollar). The insurance also costs around 250.00 CHF. To enter Oman you need an online visa. On the spot you drive through about six posts until you have entered the country. But it is very safe there!
I found the sunsets on the Omani mountain even more beautiful than in the desert. Pure romance! Very nice Spa.
We had half board, breakfast and dinner. Both very tasty and à la carte. Nothing with buffet, but really like in the 5* Hotel Restaurant. If the sunsets at Anantara were already dreamlike, they are paradisiacal here. I especially liked the whole complex, the embedding into the nature is very successful, especially the landscape architecture.
To-do (near Nizwa/Masket/ Al Jamal)
- Nizwa Fort & Souq
- Hiking and climbing in the mountains (offered by both hotels)
- Adventurous ride through the Canyon Wadi Ghul (4×4 is a MUST)
- Hiking and swimming in Wadi Bani Khalid
Hospitality is written in capital letters in Oman. We were invited to coffee and dates in a small village by locals.
I felt like taking a hundred photos of doors – so beautiful!
- The National Museum
- Mosque (Attention: Here you don’t get a robe like in Abu Dhabi. Long trousers, covered shoulders and headscarf are a must.)
- Restaurant: Bait Al Luban Omani Restaurant