With 2016 coming to a close and the new year looming, the best way to banish those January blues is by planning your next vacation on board a luxury superyacht — get inspired with our edit of the best destinations to visit in 2017.
While Oman may not seem like the most obvious destination several superyachts, including explorer yacht Itasca and Motor Yacht A, have recently been spotted along its striking coastline. With high-end luxury hotels, a wonderful climate during winter months and recent improvements to superyacht infrastructure there has never been a better time to discover this Middle-eastern gem.
Best for: Adventurous explorers with a taste for luxury
What to do and see: With wild desert adventures, mountain hiking and traditional Arabian souks there is something to entertain everyone in Oman.
The opulent Barr Al Jissah complex, close to Muscat, is the perfect base for exploring the country. Tucked into the Omani coastline the site is home to three Shangri-La hotels and has no fewer than 22 dining options.
To get a taste of the wild side of Oman, hire a chopper to take you into the desert for either a 4x4, quad bike or sand boarding adventure. Alternatively, head to Oman’s Grand Canyon for a breathtaking trek taking in the vast rugged beauty. If you prefer to remain water based Oman’s coastline won’t disappoint with wonderful diving and snorkelling, expect sea turtles and schools of colourful fish, and great fishing.
After your expeditions relax in the Chi Spa back at Barr Al Jissah, one of the best luxury spas in adventurous destinations, or head into Muscat and enjoy a spot of retail therapy at one of the souks which sell traditional textiles as well as gold and silver jewellery.
When to visit: The winter months, between October and March, offer an almost Mediterranean climate with temperatures rarely reaching much above 30°C. The summer months, April to September, are best avoided with temperatures frequently over 40°C.