Planning a luxury sojourn? Hold that thought, because Shangri-La has reimagined its Al Husn Resort & Spa just in time to tempt you into taking an Omani summer staycation
Inspired by the historic architecture of Omani forts, Oman’s has been a bastion of sophistication in Muscat for over a decade. This cliff-top property commands an elevated status in the luxury stakes, and this is no better encapsulated than in its distinguished guest rooms. 180 private abodes reflect the aesthetic Moorish architectural heritage, with dark wood interior details dominating these spacious enclaves. Commanding views of the beach or the infinity pool come courtesy of a private balcony, and by sliding across a wood panelled door, guests can enjoy this same view while taking a soak in a marble, deep-soak tub. The hotel’s signature butler service is on-hand to cater to any whim, and five-star amenities are fully stocked for those opting to hibernate in-room.
Shangri-La Al Husn Resort & Spa features four dining outlets, while guests have access to 19 bars and restaurants in total, including gastronomic experiences at adjacent sister property Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa. As such, there is an offering for every occasion, be it daily afternoon tea, pre-dinner cocktails, poolside snacks or savouring speciality fare at world-class restaurants. Guests looking to connect with the local aura will be certain to plump for Shahrazad, which serves up live entertainment to complement its delectable array of Moroccan-Arabic dishes (a must-try being its zesty fattoush). Stylish Sultanah is a casa for modern Spanish cuisine, with the nautical themed decor based on the legendary cruise liner that inspires the restaurant name. Mahhara beach grill, meanwhile, situated above the resort’s private cove, is reserved for in-house guests only, offering al fresco dining, focusing on local seafood and grilled meats, served alongside freshly harvested vegetables and salads from local farms. It is the ideal companion for watching the sunset dip behind the cliffs to the soundtrack of crashing waves.
Polished & Pampered
From the moment the doormen, dressed in traditional Omani attire, swish open the hotel doors, there’s a sense that a stay here will be a highly personalised experience — and this feeling is upheld by the resort’s acclaimed Hareer Spa by L’OCCITANE. Tensions begin to ease the moment one crosses the threshold, with calming tones of lavender recalling the colours of Provence, and a new menu of wellness options promise a refreshed soul. Deep relaxing massages are delivered by expert therapists ensure guests emerge refreshed and re-energised, having been slathered with fragrant signature ingredients from the L’OCCITANE health and beauty line; it’s a sentiment best echoed in the must-try Omani Honey Heaven treatment, which will leave you positively buzzing with delight. This ground floor haven is pure tranquility, and encapsulates the new focus on ‘you’, that has been adopted by the resort.
An Experiential Escape
For the more actively inclined (or indeed the culturally curious), Shanghai-La has assured there is adventure to accompany the opulence. Shangri-La Al Husn Resort & Spa is blessed with an historic and captivating backdrop, ripe for exploration via a bespoke tour. On land, this pertains to excursions such as the Wadi Al Arabeen Experience, where a group can venture out into the rugged mountain terrain in the comfort of a luxury 4×4. The destination is the natural fresh water pools of the wadi for a dip in its sapphire waters — with a brief pause in the coastal village of Quriyat en route, ideal for eagle spotting. Out on the glistening Gulf of Oman, a Robinson Crusoe Island Tour sets sail from the resort on a private yacht to enjoy a scrumptious barbecue on the beach of Bander Al Khairan island, with seafarers assured a glimpse of wild turtles, dolphins and whales that frolic off the coast. It’s a castaway experience, with a touch of luxury.
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