a palm tree in front of a body of water: The Chedi Muscat Oman

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The Chedi Muscat Oman

After being closed for seven months, Oman’s borders are set to reopen on October 1.

With that in mind, EW has decided to round up some of our favourite resorts to book or put on your hotel wishlist.

Six Senses Zighy Bay

a pool next to a body of water surrounded by palm trees

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Where: Zighy Bay, Oman

The Vibe: Rustic Luxe

USP: If you’re putting plans in place for your next getaway out of the country once borders open, why not look close to home in Oman? For the ultimate relaxation, escape to the secluded and serene setting of Six Senses Zighy Bay. The luxury villas have a rustic vibe, each coming with their own pool giving optimum privacy for guests. Whether you fancy a trip to the spa, a calming fishing session or just lounging on the beach, this is the place to rejuvenate and recharge. As night hits, enjoy dinner at the array of different dining options at the resort which features both local and international cuisines.

The details: A two-hour drive from Dubai Airport, this is a great option for a staycation that really feels like you’ve travelled somewhere far away.  Prices start from Dhs4,875 for a pool villa for two adults. For reservations call +968 2 673 5555.

The Chedi Muscat

Where: Muscat, Oman

The VibeBeachfront bliss

USP: Located where the Al Hajar Mountains meet the waters of the Gulf of Oman, The Chedi Muscat incorporates the best of both worlds. The resort boasts 160 guestrooms and villas, six distinct restaurants and lounges, a thirteen-suite Asian spa and three swimming pools.

The details: The hotel is approximately a 15-minute drive from Muscat International Airport.

Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort and Spa

Where: Muscat, Oman

The VibeSerene spa experience

USP: Enjoy quintessential Arabian style reflected at the Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort and Spa, which boasts fabulous views of the sea of Oman as the resort stretches over 500-metres of stunning coastline. For the ideal relaxation and rejuvenation, visit the world-famous Chi, The Spa which offers a range of treatments using natural Omani ingredients. The resort also features a lazy river, which is a perfect source of entertainment for the kids if you’re on a family holiday.

The details: The hotel is approximately a 40-minute drive from Muscat International Airport.

Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara

Where: Muscat, Oman

The VibeRefreshing luxury

USP: With 136 rooms, villas and pool villas and a private 250-metre beach, an infinity pool and a freshwater lagoon, it’s safe to say you’re spoiled for choice at the Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara. The resort celebrates the cultural treasures of Oman and is right next to Al Baleed Archaeological Park and the Museum of the Land of Frankincense. There’s also a luxe spa where you can relax and rewind with an array of treatments.

The details: Salalah International Airport is a 15-minute drive from the resort.

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