To immerse yourself in the resplendent Omani coastal landscape that surrounds the Shangri-La Al Husn. Here is an ultra-luxe beachside escape with heaps of Arabian architectural charm, exquisite food and warm shallows and pools aplenty to wallow in.
If couples are after guaranteed sunshine, spectacular standards of hospitality and mesmerising sea views, Shangri-La Al Husn has it all in droves. The honeymoon style here is an ultra-chic and hopelessly romantic seaside escape, where the sunset casts a pink glittery sheen over the mountains right in time for evening cocktails.
Set the Scene
Set against the backdrop of Oman’s majestic Hajar Mountains and the vast, azure expanse of the Gulf of Oman, Shangri-La Al Husn rises like a palm-tickled mirage. This adult-oriented retreat is located next to the prestigious Shangri-La Barr al Jissah Resort, a trio of distinct properties that caters to different tastes and preferences. A short drive from Muscat’s arresting mix of antiquity and newness, along a new road that slices through jagged rock formations, and you’ll reach the glamorous resort on its secluded cliffside perch. Rooms and restaurants peer over the Gulf of Oman’s crystal waters, and guests saunter down the private beach after drawn-out terrace breakfasts. And while the hotel emphasises its adults-only status, it’s all about having fun here – and doing so in style.
An oasis-style courtyard with its traditional Arabian archway leads onto a palm-fringed infinity pool – the very heart of this Omani enclave. Here, time drifts by effortlessly, while complimentary fruit and ice cream are served directly to your sun lounger. Moorish-inspired archways latticework frame views of the endless stretch of twinkling sea from one end of the central courtyard, where palms rustle in the hot breeze.
The private cove is serenity personified – a pristine white-sand beach and impossibly blue water ring fenced by layered, sun-bleached rock with a natural arch. The calm waters lure swimmers, snorkellers and kayakers off their sunloungers for mid-morning adventures or twilight jaunts onto the tar-like water. When not lying supine by the pool or raking toes through the soft, warm sand, couples can rally on the tennis courts, lower their shoulders in the CHI spa or thumb through the various authentic (and wildly luxurious) experiences Shangri-La Al Husn offers.
Various categories make up the 180 rooms at Al Husn, so it’s worth investigating what you’re booking. From the Deluxe to the Royal Suite, there’s an option for every taste, though even at the lower rungs, you’re still cocooned in meringue-like linen and old world Arabian interiors. Secure a sea-front room though and you’re onto a winner, with the sort of views that draw you in and make you lose your train of thought. All rooms enjoy a balcony or terrace, butler service, a Nespresso machine, and a complimentary minibar (a real perk for those disillusioned by silly minibar rates having paid a substantial sum for the room). The choice ultimately depends on personal preference and budget, but rest assured, all rooms feel honeymoon-worthy.
Food and Drink
The day begins on the right foot at Sultanah, where a mix of global palate pleasers and Middle Eastern classics are spread out across a lavish buffet or can be selected from the meticulously curated à la carte. From exotic fruit smoothies to perfectly-cooked spicy egg dishes, breakfasts are well worth couples pulling themselves out of bed for, particularly with the sun casting its sharp morning rays over the water ahead.
As the sun sets, Sultanah metamorphosises into a dimly-lit and seductive evening spot, where dishes such as Wagyu beef and delicate Hokkaido scallops showcase the hotel’s culinary muscle. For those seeking a tapestry of regional flavours, there is also the Shahrazad with Moroccan tagines, Lebanese delicacies and Omani classics. Then there’s Bait Al Bahr – one worth dressing up for with its pretty beachfront location. Here, chefs whip up the catch of the day into flavour-bursting dishes which all nod to the region’s maritime heritage.
Shangri-La Al Husn guests have access to all the foodie spots across the sprawling expanse of the resort, including an array of casual eateries, (convivial all-day dining spots to more intimate cafés and bars).
Shangri-La Al Husn enjoys a rich history with royal legacy. Founded in 2006, this resplendent resort still honours the vision of the founders, who sought to create an opulent sanctuary amid the dramatic Omani landscape. The land on which Al Husn now stands was a gift from the last reigning monarch, a gesture that speaks to the deep bond between the property and the cherished traditions of Omani royalty.
Drawing inspiration from the symmetrical grandeur of Omani forts and imbued with Moorish influences reminiscent of Spain’s Alhambra Palace, the resort’s architecture tells a story of cultural mosaic. From the moment guests step into the grand lobby adorned with shimmering gold-tiled fountains, colourful carpets, and framed khanjars, they are transported into a more regal, more splendid dimension.
Shangri-La Al Husn stands as an oasis of romantic seclusion, catering specifically to adult guests. Families seeking a vibrant, family-friendly atmosphere will find their perfect escape at the adjacent Shangri-La Al Jissah resort.
The spa at Shangri-La Al Husn doesn’t hold back on the extravagance seen elsewhere in the resort, with a distinct Omani theme prevalent throughout (expect murals and cosy amber-lit corners). A a range of treatments promise to zap the cortisol and leave couples feeling immensely relaxed, while the Al Husn Royal Moroccan Hammam, is the ultimate honeymoon escape you’d hope for in an Omani escape. Massage oils are infused with Arabian herbs and spices that really anchor you into the far-flung setting, while skilled therapists really set this spa apart, with many guests returning for their cut-above-the-rest treatments.
Shangri-La Al Husn demonstrates a genuine commitment to sustainability, actively engaging in practices that conserve energy, reduce waste, and protect the delicate coastal ecosystem.
Positioned on a cape with extraordinary mountain-meets-sea views, Shangri-La Al Husn offers guests easy access to a private beach, as well as a dramatic backdrop for romantic strolls along the shore. While the resort feels blissfully isolated, it can be reached in just forty-five minutes from the airport and is a breezy twenty-minute drive to Muscat’s city centre.
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