Shangri La hotel Muscat Oman

Happy Monday Amigos! I wanted to start of the week by sharing these beautiful and sunny pictures of Oman. If you follow me on Instagram you know I was in Muscat, Oman over Valentines weekend. I admit I never considered Oman as a tourist destination but after visiting and exploring some of its most popular attractions I can say I was pleasantly surprise and very much look forward to going back. Oman is a short 45 minute flight from Abu Dhabi or a 5 hour drive. We stayed in the romantic and quite Shangri La hotel in Muscat Oman (picture above).

Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque

Sultan Qaboos Grans Mosque Oman

Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque Oman

We started the weekend with a city tour of Oman’s capital, Muscat. We visited the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, the local fish market, the Old Muttrah Souk and the Sultan’s Palace. The Grand Mosque was absolutely breathtaking, we had a chance to see both the male and females prayer room, walked around with no shoes and learn more about the architecture and culture (pictures above).

shopping in Muscat Oman

shopping in oman

Unlike the souks ( Arab market) in Dubai or Abu Dhabi the Old Muttrah Souk in Muscat felt a bit more authentic; mainly because it was outdoors. I loved all the local artisan sold; bright purses, shawls and other souvenirs.

Sultans Al Alam Palace

Our day ended with a “visit” to the Sultans Al Alam Palace. As you can see by the picture above and me trying to peek inside, as a tourist you can only admire its colorful and unique architecture from afar. Can you believe this is someones home…

sink hole oman

My husband and I decided to make the two hour drive to Shab Wadi to take a dip in the Bimmah’s Sinkhole, seen above. The drive was fairly easy and quick and we had the opportunity to see more of Oman while driving through its different towns. Have you ever swam in a sink hole before? The turquoise water is all natural (rain water) that has accumulated throughout the years and it makes for a fun a swim in what really is a natural pool. Thank you so much for reading and very much look forward to reading your comments. Have any of you visited Oman? What is the next place you hope to visit?