While the UAE has no shortage of beautiful and luxurious hotel resorts, we make a point of driving out of the Emirates at least once a year to stay at the Shangri La in Muscat.
The hotel itself is lovely, but it is the setting that most captivates. The resort has been meticulous in ensuring features are in keeping with the natural environment. Even the lazy river has been designed so that it feels more like a falaj of the Middle East than an attraction at a water park.
The staff is perfect: attentive to your needs without being ingratiating or intrusive.
We are already looking ahead to our next visit.