Sometimes all you want to do on holiday is laze about by the beach catching a tan, but if you’re new to a city, it can be difficult to know the best spots.
Luckily for you, we’ve rounded up some of our favourite private and public beaches in Muscat.
Whether you’re after a great spot for camping, or want somewhere peaceful and quiet, we’ve got you covered.
Read on for our top picks.
Not really sure if you want to spend the day in the sand or just go for a stroll? You can hit two birds with one stone at this beach which is next to Kalbuh park. Although it’s quite small, the views of the surrounding mountains are absolutely gorgeous.
Kalbuh Park, near Riyam.
Located a 45-minute drive outside of Muscat, Sifah beach is incredibly popular with locals who want to camp on the sandy shores overnight. There’s not much in the way of facilities here, so if you want to have a picnic, you should bring your own supplies. It can get very busy at the weekends, so get here early for a good spot.
Sifah Beach, Sifah.
This picturesque beach near the village of Qantab is great for anyone looking for a quiet place to while away a few hours. There are cliffs you can climb to take pictures, and if you fancy it, you can take boat trips around the area too.
Qantab Beach, Qantab.
This beach, which stretches 4 km, is undoubtedly the most popular in Muscat. It’s easily accessible, and there are plenty of hotels nearby you can stay in if you want to be as close to the water as possible. As a tourist hotspot, all the facilities you need are here and there’s plenty of food and drink options.
Qurum Beach, Shatti al Qurum.
Another beach that’s a little further out of Muscat, Yiti beach is quiet and a great spot for swimming. Again, there’s no facilities, so bring everything you need with you. The drive to the beach is just as spectacular as the beach itself, with twisting roads and mountain views.
Yiti Beach, Yiti.
Al Bustan Beach
Muscat has so many beautiful public beaches, but sometimes you want something more than just a bare strip of sand. Al Bustan Palace, A Ritz-Carlton Hotel, has a strip of private beach and five different swimming pools for you to dip your toes into. There’s plenty of sun loungers for you to relax on, too, and adult day passes are between OMR15 and OMR20.
OMR15 (adult day pass, weekdays), OMR20 (adult day pass, weekends), OMR5 (children’s day pass). Daily, 7am-sunset. Al Bustan Palace, A Ritz-Carlton Hotel (2479 9666).
Grand Hyatt Oman
This gorgeous hotel has a fantastic pool and direct access to the beach. If you get peckish, there’s a poolside restaurant and bar, so you really can spend your entire day here. If you’re looking for a bit of adventure on your holidays, there’s also plenty of watersports to choose from.
OMR10 (adults), OMR5 (children). Daily 9am-9pm. Grand Hyatt Oman, Hayy as Saruj (2464 1234).
Shangri-La’s Barr Al Jissah Resort and Spa
The Shangri-La is one of the most luxurious hotels in Muscat, and this extends to the beach too. The clear water combined with the mountain views make this spot truly spectacular. Although the day passes are expensive, you’ll get OMR15 credit for lunch at Al Tanoor restaurant, and 20 percent off treatments at the spa.
OMR25 (adults), OMR15 (children aged five to 11). Daily 7am-sunset. Shangri-La’s Barr Al Jissah Resort and Spa, Bandar Jissah (2477 6825).
The Chedi Muscat
Unfortunately, you can’t buy a day pass to use The Chedi Muscat’s facilities, but if you’re living in Muscat it might be well worth considering. There’s a 370 m long stretch of private beach and three pools, plus you’ll get access to the gym facilities, the sauna and steam rooms. You’ll also get a 10 percent discount on food and beverage at all of the dining outlets and 20 percent off spa treatments.
Daily 9.30am-6.30pm. The Chedi Muscat, Al Ghubrah (2452 4400).