//Opulence and adventure in Oman

Opulence and adventure in Oman

The Shangri-La Al Husn Resort & Spa has set the standard for Muscat luxury for over a decade. Fresh from a relaunch, it now offers even more.

Having relaunched in May 2018, Shangri-La’s landmark Al Husn Resort & Spa provides the ultimate in luxury – redefining Omani lifestyle and elegance with Asian hospitality. 

Overlooking the Gulf of Oman, and set against a rugged mountain range, the hotel has set the standard for luxury in Muscat for over a decade. The cliff-top property, which looks on to the tranquil Bay of Jissah, combines tradition and opulence to stunning effect. Inspired by the historic architecture of Omani forts, the resort honours the Sultanate of Oman’s heritage with strong cultural references to décor and design, including the hotel’s iconic arch. 

Located 45 minutes from Muscat International Airport – connected by direct flights from London, Manchester and Bristol – and just 20 minutes from the city’s historic centre, the resort is the perfect home for the discerning traveller looking to explore Oman, a country that embodies the true mystique of Arabia, a region steeped in both history and myth.

True luxury
The hotel’s 180 rooms and suites are positively palatial, ranging in size from 56 to 500 square metres – making them among the most spacious in all of Oman. Traditional interiors, made up of dark wood and warm earth tones, offer a regal charm – enhanced by the fact that all rooms have sea views and balconies. 

Guest benefits include butler service, daily afternoon tea, pre-dinner cocktails, complimentary beverages from the in-room mini-bar, and use of the resort’s private cove and iconic infinity pool, which is restricted to guests over 16 years old. In addition, Al Husn guests have access to a total of 21 dining and nightlife options, including the extensive offerings at the neighbouring Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa (see right).

Further enhancing the resort’s reputation as one of the region’s finest luxurious retreats is the new Hareer Spa by L’OCCITANE, featuring four boutique treatment rooms and a designated retail area. 

Unforgettable experiences
Oman isn’t just about relaxation, however, but historical and cultural adventures. The resort’s team of specialists are on hand to create bespoke itineraries from pre-arrival and throughout the guest’s stay. 

These incredible offerings include the Wadi Al Arbaeen Experience: a drive through scenic countryside and rugged mountains to Quriyat, a small coastal fishing village for eagle spotting, and on to Wadi Al Arbaeen, a spot famous for  its natural deep pools of sapphire-green waters. 

There’s also a Robinson Crusoe Island Tour on a luxury yacht. The itinerary offers guests the chance to experience the rich marine life – wild turtles, dolphins and whales – that reside off the coast of Oman, as well as the remarkable Bander Al Khairan island, which boasts one of the most beautiful natural beaches in Oman.

Comprising two hotel wings – the vibrant Al Bandar and the family-oriented Al Waha – Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa is a fully intergrated destination resort, nestled between the rugged mountains and pristine waters of the Gulf of Oman. 

Each of the resort’s 460 rooms and suites overlook the Sea of Oman, providing guests with 500 metres of pristine coastline. The hotel offers it all, providing the perfect accommodation to everyone from thrill-seeking teenagers to discerning business travellers. The hotel is just moments from the luxurious Shangri-La Al Husn Resort & Spa (see left), giving guests access to a staggering 19 food and beverage outlets, which serves cuisines ranging from traditional Omani to Italian and South American. 

A global experience 

At Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa, guests are spoilt for choice. The resort has seven main restaurants, two all-day dining outlets, two pool bars, two lobby lounges, three cafés and three bars. Guests have access to outlets located in the two resorts of Al Waha, Al Bandar and adjacent Al Husn Resort & Spa. 

Highlights include the Bait al Bahr restaurant, which offers uninterrupted views of the ocean and serves fresh seafood dishes; BAB Lounge, the only rooftop lounge in Muscat with panoramic views of the sea and mountains; Al Tanoor, where guests can experience Arabic and Indian dishes among a host of international options; and Tapas and Sablah, which serves Mediterranean and Asian-inspired tapas, as well as Arabic mezze. 

Thrilling adventures
Found  on the beautiful Al  Waha  beach  and  operated  by  a  team  of  fully  trained  professionals,  Watercooled  Powered  By  Uniboats  offers  thrilling  activities,  including  hydro-sport  jet  packs,  wakeboarding,  waterskiing,  clear -bottom  kayaks,  stand-up  paddle  boards,  windsurfing,  banana  boat  rides,  snorkelling  and  more. With the availability of private tuition, group and family experiences, a dedicated  kids’ multi-activity  water  camp and the chance to create tailormade activities, there is something for everyone, regardless of age or experience. 

Body and mind
Combining Chinese wellness philosophy with Omani and Middle Eastern healing practices, the CHI Spa offers a range of specialised body, water, massage and facial therapies. Locally grown frankincense, renowned for its healing, anti-ageing and calming properties has been incorporated into specially developed base essential oils and clays, providing a Middle Eastern sensory experience in the form of facials, body wraps, scrubs, bath oils and soap. The spa also boasts separate hammam facilities for men and women, comprising a steam room and bathing areas with seating coves where up to eight guests can relax before or after their treatments.