We know you might be somewhat jaded after your big day, so as soon as you get to Muscat, we think you deserve a stay in a palace - Al Bustan to be precise, and it is located on the best beach in the Muscat area. Sit back, and soak up the sun and maybe opt for a spa treatment or two. There is nothing like opting for a dash of adventure on your honeymoon, and so for the next three days you will head into Oman's wonderful interior - seeing a destination that doesn't see large numbers of tourists. You will have your own private 4x4 with an Omani driver/guide throughout. You can stop when you want - just think of swimming in remote wadis or walking through isolated Arabic Villages. It is an experience you will absolutely love.
The desert adventure begins visiting the old domed mosque at Jalan Bani Bu Ali near the town of Al Kamil before exploring the depths of the Wadi Bani Khalid to clamber over giant boulders or swim in the crystal clear waters of the wadi. You can climb sand dunes and mountain tracks to discover Bedouin tending their camels.
Whilst at Desert Nights Camp, you can watch the setting sun from the stylish Majlis or ‘meeting’ tent luxuriously furnished with low hand-carved Arabic furniture, cushions and traditional hand woven rugs. Lamps and candles are lit in preparation for nightfall.
Following the desert, the journey continues northwards into the Hajar Mountains. Your stay in the mountains is in the luxurious Alila Jabal Akhdar - from which you can wander on gentle walks through Omani villages before returning to the hotel to toast the sunset, glass in hand.
On the way back to Muscat, we suggest you try the off-road route through Wadi Beni Awf to provide a fitting finale to the adventurious element of your honeymoon. You arrive into Muscat, and you will be able to put your feet up at the Chedi for a few nights.
Finally, fly to the Maldives (only about 4 hours) and select from a range of resorts depending on your individual tastes - we have suggesed Baros as they don't take children under 12, but we have over 30 resorts in the Scott Dunn collection and knowing them inside out, we can find the place that is perfect for both of you.
Everything we do is totally customized - so we will tweak the itinerary depending on your personal interests. We rather think Oman and the Maldives is a great combination - a classic mix of adventure, relaxation and amazing beaches. You will absolutely love it!
When to travel
The best time to visit Oman is between November and mid-March, when the cooler air brings the mountain scenery sharply into focus and daytime temperatures average 25°C. For the rest of the year, much of Oman is oppressively hot and hazy, particularly between May and August.
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Location and directions
Muscat, Wahiba Sands, Al Hajar Mountains & The Maldives
The Chedi in Muscat is a short distance from Ruwi, the capital city's thriving commercial district. Sitting beside the Gulf of Oman and the Haijar Mountains. Bespoke Luxury Camp is located in the heart of Wahiba Sands among the rolling dunes of the desert, in complete isolation in the east of Oman. Shangri La Barr al Jissah Resort and Spa is exclusively located in Muscat on the bay at Barr al Jissah, overlooking the Gulf of Oman. Only 15-minutes to Ruwi business district, and within easy reach of the old city of Muscat and Muttrah.
How to get there
7-hour 30-minute direct flight to Muscat International Airport. The Chedi Muscat is 17km, approximately 15-minutes by road from the airport.