101 Honeymoons

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    Mystical Oman

    Jane's verdict:

    With none of the glitz of neighbouring Dubai, Oman is perfect for adventurous couples in search of the real Arabia - and great beaches. From smooching in a romantic tent under a star-strewn desert sky to gawping at the eight-tonne crystal chandelier in the Grand Mosque, Oman delivers.

    Recommended tour operator: Original Travel

    The Chedi MuscatSnorkelling in OmanJebel AkhdarZighy Bay

    Original Travel says

    Oman may not work as a honeymoon destination in the height of British summer, when it’s scorchingly hot, but from October through to April we think Oman is just brilliant for honeymooners.

    • Cultural treats
    • Spectacular landscapes
    • Winter sun

    It’s just over seven hours away with direct flights every day and there’s no jet lag, something to be avoided on the most important holiday you ever take.

    Oman is also home to one of the best honeymoon hotels in the country – the delectable Chedi Muscat. It’s just 15 minutes from the airport, so the pampering can start pretty much immediately after your fight.

    The Chedi feels and looks like it should be on some Far Eastern island, with slick, minimalist design that makes it a winner with couples.

    You will be sorely tempted to stay put, but in terms of things to do when you’re there, few destinations can compete with Oman. Try your hand at snorkelling and diving in the nearby Damaniyat Islands, or head into the Hajar Mountains to see vast canyons and spend a night or two at the new and superb Alila Jebel Akhdar hotel, with seriously romantic mountain views. In the dunes of the Wahiba Sands you can stay in a five-star desert camp, and go camel riding, dune bashing or star gazing.

    Even more adventurous honeymooners can enjoy a private camping experience in the majestic Empty Quarter in the south, where Wilfred Thesiger famously recorded his life with the Bedouin among the gigantic dunes.

    The Musandam Peninsula, an exclave surrounded by the UAE, is home to Six Senses Zighy Bay, another honeymoon hotspot. On a picture perfect beach, there are supremely private villas – all with their own pools – a superb spa and incredibly romantic restaurants. You can even paraglide in, for the ultimate start to the ultimate honeymoon.

    If all that wasn’t enough, Oman combines superbly with the likes of Rajasthan or Zanzibar.

    One last note – if personal endorsements are anything to go by, then Oman is a pretty perfect honeymoon destination. It’s where two of the three Original Travel founders went on honeymoon.

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