Our perfect week at Al Husn
Firstly I would like to say how lovely (well how lovely any economy 7 hr flight can be) our flight from Heathrow to Muscat was with Oman Air, Food, space, service and entertainment first rate, I hate to say it (as its my national airline) but leagues above BA.
Well now for our week at Al Husn. I know this hotel has had some rave reviews on Trip advisor, But we can honestly say that this was the best vacation we have ever had, everything was perfect, from the moment you pull up at their impressive front door, Two doormen opening the car doors for my wife and I and bell staff to take your luggage from the boot, all done so perfectly it was like a well practiced routine of understated elegance. To the very warm welcome by one of the Managers; Marlon, and his staff who led us into the Beautiful cool and calm entrance foyer, Beautiful ceilings, marble, wood and large gold leaf palm trees in a very attractive water feature, The smell of frankincense fills the air and the wonderfully scented cold towels were much appreciated. A short walk through thickly carpeted wonderfully smelling corridors and a cooled and wonderfully scented lift whisked us to our third floor room, A deluxe Sea View where the check in was performed and a welcome drink supplied. All done in no time at all; and very slick and seamless but gracious too, Best check in we have ever experienced, They noted small things like date of birth on passport, just passed my birthday by 2 days, wished me happy belated birthday, Latter that day a Birthday card arrived and the most lovely chocolate mousse birthday cake.
Well that was the start of a week that we felt was nothing short of sensational, greeted by name everywhere we went, and treated like Royalty for a week, you every anticipation was met, attention to detail was first rate, there is obviously a lot of work going on behind the scenes to make it all work like precession Swiss watch, Our request after a beautiful dinner in the Sharazad restaurant in the Al Husn Hotel was to ask how far it was to the Piano Bar in the Al Bandar Hotel, well we were accompanied to the entrance of Al Husn; and then transported in a lovely upmarket Golf Cart their Club Car to the Al Bandar Hotel, The ride in this buggy was lovely in the night air with beautiful landscaping and subdued lighting. A very short walk with doorman from Al Husn leading the way to the very tastefully decorated piano bar only to be greeted upon entrance by name and with such hospitality you felt like life long friends!. You just knew that a phone call had gone on ahead of you from Al Husn. As I said lots of work going on that you never see but just feel the benefit of all their hard work to make your stay extra extra special. (We took lots of these wonderful buggy rides)
We cannot rate this place high enough, and it is one of the very few places that we both said without a hesitation we would return to in a heartbeat. I know there are plenty of nice places in the world, but I know the next holiday we go on; if not at Al Husn we will be comparing and I know they will not match up to Al Husn. Please feel free to email me if anybody requires any further information.
By the way the earlier review regarding Crepe Suzette was inaccurate with regard to pricing, we tried them on our last night at The Sultana Restaurant and they were excellent and a lovely showpiece performed in front of you with such flair. So they were not £70.00 plus per person as mentioned in earlier review on Trip advisor but OM 15.00 rialls for two people as stated on menu specially prepared at your table for two people. Yes not cheap at this exchange rate, But your are on holiday, you wont eat them every night, and what a lovely desert it was; in a first rate restaurant prepared with first rate ingredients that I imagine are not that easily or economically sourced as they would be in London or Paris for example.
And upon returning home we read in Saturday Telegraph magazine Ultra travel that this hotel was awarded “The Best Beach/Resort Hotel in the World” Well we have to agree with them, we are still dreaming of that perfect week
Thank you to all Managers (George and Marlon) and Staff everyone was lovely Thank you, Hope to see you all again soon.
One last thing "toilets" how to judge any hotel the toilet area's around the pool were lovley, Clean, air-conditioned and as everywhere a wonderfull smell.
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