With more than 1,000 miles of unspoiled sandy coastline but few tourists, Oman is one of the best-kept secrets for a November beach retreat. In its capital, Qurum Beach has the best selection of restaurants nearby. For a more artisanal experience, drive through the mountains to the rugged Qantab Beach, where local fishermen are happy to take small groups out for boat rides. Oman’s National Day is 18 November, the birthday of the country’s ruling sultan. The celebrations include traditional dancing, fireworks and camel racing.
Oman is one of the best-kept secrets for a November beach retreat
Set over 124 acres overlooking the Gulf of Oman, the Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort and Spa is home to three hotels, each with its own unique character and charm. Al Waha (‘the oasis’) is ideal for groups or families, with shaded swimming pools, a dive centre and relaxed dining options, while Al Bandar (‘the town’) is the resort’s central point, with architecture inspired by traditional buildings. But if you’re really looking to indulge, plump for the palatial Al Husn (‘the castle’), where infinity pools and luxury spa treatments are the order of the day.