A sponteneous trip to Muscat, Sultanate of Oman. After and early flight from Dubai, the hotel driver met me in a shiny Audi A8 with bottled water at the ready. We sped off, only to stop for an occasional photo. Pulling into the hotel grounds, I was informed that I had been upgraded to the 6-star Al Husn 'Castle.' Here, you must be 18+ so quiet was a real treat, compared to the beach and pools at the more family friendly Al Wasl and Al Bandar (though both are also beautiful!).
The room was easily the most perfectly detailed and appointed Deluxe room I have stayed in to date...fresh roses, a free stocked mini-bar, sandals, bathrobes, safe, plenty of bottled water, plug adapters, wonderful french soaps and amenities at sink and also in the marbled rain shower. The bedroom wall panel slides so no problem watching a rugby match in a soaking tub with a frosty beer! The breakfast was included and was with buffet or a la carte. The inifinity edge pool had great views to the Indian Ocean, and no screaming, heaven!
The beach area is totally integrated with the many, many, many pools, kids pools and a pleasant lazy river.
The food everywhere was excellent and frankly served by THE friendliest, most helpful, most smiling and pleasant staff I have EVER run across! Al Tanoon buffet was amazing, Bait al Barr on the beach had a nice exterior deck overlooking the crashing waves.
Travelling alone can be tough, seeing people toghether with friends so the friendly drivers, Piano Bar-man (Ravi), the entire Al Husn staff, BJ who showed me to my room, the lobby gent that offered a tour on a golf cart to the marina, dive center and to the other hotels, helped me feel connected. The Omani and diverse foreign staff never strained to be the most pleasant hotel staff I have ever run across.
I felt pampered in everyway, and despite only spending two days and one night, I felt by the end of the first day, like I had been there 2-3, totally relaxed and at ease. Al Wasl=family groups, Al Bandar= couples, older kids, Al Husn=18+ 6-star, quiet, refined luxury!
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- Also Known As:
- Shangri La`s Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa-Al Husn Hotel Muscat Governorate
- Shangri La`s Barr Al Jissah Resort And Spa-Al Husn
- Shangri Las Muscat
- Shangri Las Al Husn