One of the hottest emerging destinations for travelers, Oman continues to invest heavily in high-end tourism. New luxury hotels are sprouting across the Sultanate. One such example is the recently announced Ras Al-Hadd project, an eco-tourism destination which will include five-star resorts and retail outlets. Expected to cost $649 million to develop, the project will unveil its first phase—an 100-room eco-resort, 50 hotel villas, 150 residential villas and a market souq—at the end of 2018.
Existing hotels are also upping the ante. InterContinental Muscat has announced an extensive refurbishment, following the extension of the hotel’s management contract with InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG). To be completed in 2017, the renovation will add a new Concierge Lounge for guests to learn about the city and Omani culture through authentic local experiences. Other new facilities will include a lap pool and floodlit tennis courts. For more information, visit www.ihg.com/intercontinental/hotels/gb/en/muscat/mscha/hoteldetail
Top photo: InterContinental Muscat; Second photo: rendering of the Ras Al-Hadd project