Shangri-La Al Husn: A luxurious weekend escape in Oman

Lifestyle Monday 20/May/2024 20:58 PM
By: Times News Service
Shangri-La Al Husn: A luxurious weekend escape in Oman

Muscat: Living in Oman, surrounded by its natural beauty and rich culture, is an experience in itself. With pristine beaches, impressive Al Hajar Mountains, and the captivating sand dunes of Rimal Sharqiyah, it offers plenty to explore. Yet, sometimes, residents need a break from everyday routine to pamper themselves with ultimate luxury. There is no better escape over a weekend than Shangri-La Al Husn.

A total of 180 rooms and suites in different categories are on offer for guests to pick from, with the suites experienced by many stars and global personalities over the years. The resort, including the other two hotels (Al Bandar and Al Waha), boasts 640 rooms, 14 restaurants, and 3 pools across all three hotels.

Arrival and accommodation
Part of Shangri-La Muscat, this all-adult hotel Shangri-La Al Husn is located on the cliffs overlooking Al Bandar and Al Waha, the complex’s other two resorts. Al Husn is an idyllic retreat designed to offer a luxurious escape without the need to travel far.

Nestled between the rugged Hajar Mountains and the serene Gulf of Oman, this exquisite resort promises a rejuvenating weekend staycation for residents of Oman and the GCC.

Al Husn means castle in Arabic, and the majestic Arabesque architecture provides a royal feel on arrival.

The Al Husn experience begins with a smooth check-in, greeted by the warmth and professionalism of the staff.

The welcome drink and cool perfumed towels to refresh the guests set the tone for the stay. The rooms are spacious and elegantly furnished, boasting a private balcony with an unobstructed view of the azure sea - a picture-perfect setting!

The rooms feature a large dressing area and a bathtub separated from the room with an attractively latticed sliding wooden panel. Minute details in the interiors include gold detailing, dark wooden accents, and gold polished taps. Amenities include a coffee machine, a complimentary mini bar stocked with Ferrero Rocher chocolates and Oreos, and a welcome tray of fresh fruits.

Dining experiences
For breakfast, Sultanah offers a buffet blending international and traditional Omani dishes. The nautical-themed restaurant is one of many dining options available. Lunch at Mahhara Beach Bar is a culinary delight, with a seafood platter brimming with freshly caught delicacies.

The prawns, grilled to perfection, are particularly enjoyable. Al Muheet poolside café offers bites throughout the day as guests enjoy a swim in the sea or pool.

For dinner, guests can choose to dine at Rohit Ghai’s Aangan, an Indian restaurant that offers a gastronomic delight with a set menu crafted by a Michelin-star chef. Indulge in the signature prawns masala or Aloo Tikki to start with, then relish the amazing spread, with desserts leaving a lasting impression.

Activities and relaxation
The private beach, resembling a cove, offers guests pure bliss with its powdery soft sand and crystal-clear turquoise water. Guests can lounge under a cabana, read a novel, and enjoy refreshing dips in the sea.

Small ice boxes containing water bottles and juices are provided on the house. A separate section features sun loungers facing another cove, perfect for watching the sunset behind the mountains. Water sports activities, including stand-up paddle boards, kayaks, and wakeboarding, are also available.

Explore the resort’s frankincense farm or watch turtle hatching while learning about conservation efforts from the on-site turtle ranger. The sister hotels are within walking distance, where guests can enjoy the popular lazy river designed as a loop under a canopy of palm trees.

Relaxation continues with a rejuvenating session at the Luban Spa, offering treatments that combine traditional techniques with the aromatic essence of frankincense. A leisurely stroll through the resort’s lush gardens, filled with fragrant blooms and chirping birds, creates a tranquil atmosphere perfect for a weekend break.

Exclusive offerings
An infinity pool overlooking the ocean and a complimentary afternoon tea served on Sultanah’s deck between 3-4 pm are elegant offerings.

The high tea includes an assortment of delicate pastries and fragrant teas and coffee.

Another exclusivity when staying at Al Husn is the complimentary unlimited sunset pre-drinks between 6-7 pm, featuring aperitifs, including canapés, served in the palm-lined courtyard or at Sultanah in summer season.

Perfect staycation
Shangri-La Al Husn provides the perfect staycation for Oman and GCC residents, blending luxury, culture, and natural beauty into an extraordinary escape. Every detail, from the exquisite dining experiences to the impeccable service, contributes to a sense of unparalleled indulgence. This Omani paradise is more than just a getaway; it’s a haven for the soul, right at our doorstep.

And for Oman residents, a sizzling offer of OMR90 net per night for two adults is available until September. The residents can also avail early check-in and late check-out benefits with a guaranteed upgrade to the next available category.