Arabian nights of luxury! We visit a trio of high-end hotels in Sultanate of Oman where luxury and heritage fuse effortlessly.
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All images supplied graciously by The Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa, Sultanate of Oman
All images supplied graciously by The Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa, Sultanate of Oman

NORWICH, United Kingdom — Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live the life of an Arabian Prince or Princess? Well, look no further! Nestled in the mountains alongside a magnificent coastline of the Sultanate of Oman is the ultimate Shangri-La’s Barr Al Jissah Resort and Spa, encompassing not only one Majestic Arabian Hotel but three, all superseding the other, interlinked to become one amazing resort. All of this is hidden away like a secret Arabian Oasis of pure optimum luxury as if it has just appeared from the mountains from a bygone time.

The Sultanate of Oman is a country steeped in heritage from its beautiful scenery, exquisite architecture to the Omani people, who encompass all this amazing country has to offer with their impeccable welcoming to all nationalities, not to mention their pride and national heritage, which are highly evident from the huge modern shopping malls to the small villages nestled within the mountains, to the Bedouins with their goats and camels that reside in the desert and wadis.

Join me as we explore this Arabian Oasis that boasts the stunning example of modern luxury living alongside the deep rooted heritage of Oman, visiting each hotel and sampling their offerings.

As if in a mirage, the hotel appears in front of you nestled within the mountains. From the moment you step out of your vehicle, a luxurious journey begins with a breathtaking atmosphere and architecture that will accompany you until the end of your stay.

Al Waha Hotel – The Oasis

Al Waha Hotel is an exclusive destination for families who like to travel and holiday together without the slightest reduction in luxury or comfort in any way. This hotel really caters to every child’s dream, young and old, with a fantastic kids zone, entertainment area and an aquatic play area, including toddlers and children only pools. In other words, each child is provided with its own luxury.

Al Bandar Hotel – The Town

Al Bandar Hotel is the ideal destination for those travellers in search of leisure and business, who regard luxury and pampering to be uppermost on their checklist. With an exclusive art gallery and gift shop readily available for those who appreciate the finer graces of life and prefer to ponder upon the tasteful gift to take back home to their loved ones or work colleagues.

Al Husn Hotel – The Castle

Al Husn Hotel provides the ultimate luxury experience to the utmost highest level; you would be forgiven if you thought you were royalty. Exclusive to this hotel is a 100m private beach, infinity pool, 24hrs gym and a lounge, among others. In other words, there is nothing that you could want for and not receive at the Al Husn Hotel. Butlers, on hand to cater for your needs and desires, are just an example of the treatment you will receive upon your arrival.

The whole resort encompasses 600m of a private beach, tennis courts, SPAs featuring an opulent arabian decor that will have you mesmerised for days purely with its sheer opulence. You will have no reason whatsoever to leave the resort.

Only 15 minutes car drive away lies Muttrah Souk, nestled within the old city of Muscat, whereby you can barter with the local tradesmen and women to your hearts content and smell the Omani Frankincense as it draws you deeper into the souk. Mingle with the Omanis young and old as they laugh, gossip and sometimes argue while they go about their businesses. Watch the older Omani ladies as they carry their purchases high upon their head, sit and drink sweet Omani tea and watch the day unfold before you. Slightly further away the business district of Ruwi is alive with the accountants and business acumen of Oman. Then, as if going back in time, you can return to your hotel and watch the sunset from your room or the private beach comforted in your Arabian Luxury that absolutely knows no bounds.

All images supplied graciously by The Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa, Sultanate of Oman
All images supplied graciously by The Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa, Sultanate of Oman