This stunning clifftop resort is managed by the Hong Kong-based Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts, a brand that currently operates over 100 hotels with more than 41,000 rooms.
Formerly part of Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa, which opened in 2006, Al Husn relaunched as a separate resort in May this year. The gorgeous standalone retreat has been repositioned as a kids-free getaway with refurbished accommodation, and new dining and wellness options for its guests.
WHAT’S IT LIKE
While I decided to immerse myself in the beauty of classic Islamic decor in the beautiful lobby featuring high Moorish-style ceilings, carved wooden doors, pretty palm trees, water installations, and Omani artworks and daggers, the staff clad in the traditional Omani attire welcome me with a scented hand towel and a chilled sparkling date drink. The overall look of the hotel is inspired by the historic Omani forts, and its opulent accents are visible throughout the property.
WHERE IS IT
Located 45minutes from Muscat International airport, the property is only 20 minutes away from downtown Muscat.
The resort’s 180 rooms and suites come in five categories. I stayed in the Deluxe Room, which features earthy-tone interiors, silk furnishings and a private balcony with gorgeous views of the infinity pool and the gulf offering a complete relaxing vibe. There is a king-size bed, a smart work desk, a Nespresso machine, a BOSE speaker and a spacious marble bathroom including a walk-in shower, a large tub, a wardrobe corner, and separate toilet. The bath is stocked with an impressive range of L’Occitane toiletries.
I quite enjoyed the complimentary minibar service. The bar is stocked with savoury snacks, soft drinks, two cans of beer and chocolates all free of cost. Apart from this, other liquors are chargeable.
Pre-dinner complimentary cocktails and canapés are best enjoyed at the courtyard framed with palm trees, starry lights and plush couches accompanied by two harpists. Dining at Shahrazad is nothing less than an Arabian fairy tale and offers Omani, Moroccan and Lebanese cuisine. I enjoyed a selection of Arabic Mezzah that comes with hummus, mutabbal, tabbouleh, fattoush spinach fatayer and falafel. For the mains, I opted for Tajine Bil Koudar, a mix of seasonal vegetables mixed with tomato sauce and Moroccan spices. Another restaurant Sultanah is famous for Spanish cuisine. It offers a la carte and buffet option plus a complimentary afternoon tea. Mahhara, is a seaside grill offering al fresco dining serving local seafood, grilled meats, light meals and salads from the local farm.
Don’t forget to book an appointment at the brand new Hareer Spa by L’Occitane, followed by a relaxing time at the picture-perfect infinity pool that overlooks the ocean. One can relax at the private beach, which is best for swimming, snorkelling and kayaking, and avail plenty of services from the staff: pick a bottle of water, cold drinks, fresh fruits and Evian face spray.
The property also curates bespoke itineraries for its guests. I went for the Wadi Al Arbayeen experience, where I took the plunge and swam. One can also choose the Robinson Crusoe Island Tour, among others.
VERDICT Definitely one of Oman’s most luxurious addresses for couples looking for a city escape.
PRICE: Upwards of OMR 165/₹31,573
CONTACT: Shangri-La Al Husn Resort & Spa, P.O. Box 644, Muscat Postal Code 100, Sultanate of Oman