Muscat’s most glamorous, flamingo-pink hotel is certainly a magical setting for tying the knot. Located between the theatrical Al Hajar mountains and the Arabian Sea, Shangri-La Al Husn (and its neighbouring sister property, Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah), is a siren call to couples searching for somewhere immensely private, achingly photogenic and a little exotic. The mythical Arabian landscape surges in the distance, offering majestic views at every turn, wowing guests and serving as the ultimate honeymoon backdrop once the wedding party has left and newlyweds can savour each other’s company in this truly magical beachside setting.
Set the Scene
The sun casts its golden light upon the rugged Omani coast in such a way that it animates the dramatic rocky topography, shoreline and Arabian architecture to almost surreal levels. Occupying a great swathe of it are two impressive, yet immediately distinct Shangri-La hotels (Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah and Al Husn), both wow-factor venues yet each offering its own unique characteristics and perks for couples.
Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah, deftly blends contemporary Arabian opulence with an easy going beachside disposition. Interiors echo the coastal location, with a palette of warm, earthy tones and intricately designed arches. Here, it’s all about laid back luxury, with elegant modern architecture cleverly merging with the surrounding mountain-meet-sea scape, and with all the cachet you can hope for in a Shangri-La hotel. Families embark on epic daily adventures, albeit into the mountains or into the blue, seeking out the best reefs to explore with diving instructors.
In contrast, a stone’s throw away lies adult-only Al Husn – a glamourous extension of the Shangri-La Omani patch clinging to its cliffside spot with sweeping views over the Gulf of Oman. Don’t be fooled by the adult-only tag. This is a playful hotel, where wedding parties can really let their hair down and dance the night away in this privileged, breathtaking setting. A pristine private beach, infinity pool and Instagrammable courtyard are the focal points for the ultimate wedding shots.
Together, both hotels make the most of Oman’s ravishingly pretty coastline and dramatic topography, wowing wedding guests before they’ve even set foot in the reception space and introducing them to the warmth of the Omani culture. In this ancient land, Shangri-La makes for a winning candidate that doesn’t feel ‘overdone’, but a tasteful introduction to Oman.
Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah and Shangri-La Al Husn offer an array of enchanting spaces. Prepare to be stunned by the romantic Omani backdrops as you say ‘I do’ along the seafront, and allow Oman’s year-round sun guarantee to replace the familiar, dicey dance with the British weather.
For grand receptions, the opulent ballrooms, echoing Oman’s rich history, are adorned with intricate Omani artistry, setting the stage for a lavish celebration. These spaces can be tailored to your vision, ensuring every detail is executed flawlessly. For a more intimate affair, the resort’s private courtyards provide an enchanting outdoor space, making the most of the balmy Arabian nights. Picture your day playing out amid the lingering scent of blossoming flowers and the gentle murmur of fountains.
For couples after a wedding that will stamp itself to the memories of its guests for years to come, both Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah and Shangri-La Al Husn offer the option of a full hotel takeover. This exclusive opportunity allows you to create an entirely bespoke event, where every corner of the resort becomes a canvas for your all-the-frills wedding weekender. The possibilities are as boundless as the expansive terraces that invite your guests to nurse their drinks while fully absorbing the exotic beauty of the surrounding landscape. Dance beneath the stars, dine in other wordly Arabian moonshine, and curate that wedding that truly stands out from the same old formula we see time and time again. Whether you envision an intimate gathering or a grand affair, Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah and Shangri-La Al Husn provide the ultimate desert-meets-sea canvas where your vision board can become a reality.
Food and Drink
At Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah and Shangri-La Al Husn, culinary experiences for couples are elevated to an art form. Each wedding is treated as a totally unique celebration, with bespoke menus tailored to your discerning and unique tastes. Whether it’s an intimate gathering or a grand reception, the culinary team crafts life-changing menus that blend playful creativity and refined taste. Your wedding will send guests’ tastebuds spinning with the finest local ingredients, meticulously prepared to your shared gastronomic vision as a couple. From exquisitely plated dishes to decadent puddings, every dish is a testament to the culinary excellent Shangri-La is well known for.
Rooms and suites at Shangri-La Barr Al Husn are the very embodiment of luxurious comfort. Sumptuous beds adorned with fine linens promise nights of restful slumber (a pre-requisite for any destination wedding). Unusually for most beachside hotels, each room offers a private balcony, providing uninterrupted views of the tranquil sea, and allowing both couples and their guests a private moment with the staggering surroundings (helped by a well-stocked minibar, of course). Bathrooms are a sanctuary of relaxation, with marble accents, rain showers, and a deep soaking tub. For couples wanting to go ‘all out’, the Al Husn Suite offers a haven of seclusion, with its vast living area, private dining space (incredibly useful during the wedding blur), and a large balcony that invites you to bask in the beauty of the Gulf.
The rooms at Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah are designed with families in mind, offering a range of comfortable accommodations that cater to different needs and ages. The beds are a challenge to leave for breatkfast and a real delight to fall into after days spent traipsing through the mountains or leaning into the water sports. Children’s cots and beds ensure that everyone has a space of their own to call home, and there’s no need for guests or bridal parties to lug pop up sleeping arrangements for young children on the flight. The bathrooms are light-filled spacious tomes to traditional Arabian pampering, providing a serene retreat after a day of adventure. And as for the design (a harmonious blend of Omani elegance and modern comfort) there’s somehow a home-from-home feel amid all the intricate plasterwork and soaring arches.
The property is steeped in rich history with its royal legacy. The land on which The Shangri-La now stands was a gracious gift from the last reigning monarch, a gesture that speaks to the deep bond between the property and the cherished traditions of Omani royalty. Founded in 2006, it’s the realisation of a dream to create a haven of opulence and exclusivity amidst the breathtaking landscapes of Oman.
Drawing inspiration from the grandeur of Omani forts and imbued with Moorish influences reminiscent of the Alhambra Palace in Spain, the resort’s architecture feels wonderfully historical, without the dust or museum-like character. From the moment guests step into the grand lobby adorned with shimmering gold-tiled fountains, colourful carpets, and framed khanjars, they are instantly transported into an exotic, regal world where every detail counts.
The immensely peaceful Spa, Chi, offers treatments inspired by ancient Eastern healing philosophies. The Balinese Massage and Arabian Rasul Ritual are highly recommended, combining local elements with global wellness practices. Couples can indulge in the Romance of Arabia package, a shoulder-lowering experience tailored that really anchors you in Oman.
The equally as alluring spa at Shangri-La Al Husn offers a range of treatments with relaxation and renewal front of mind. Unique experiences, such as the Al Husn Royal Moroccan hammam, provide couples with an intimate and indulgent escape. The spa’s serene atmosphere, skilled therapists and holistic approach to wellness set it apart, creating moments of connection and relaxation for couples already on cloud nine.
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.
Capacity: up to 850 guests
Location: Overlooking 500-metres of stunning coastline at the foot of rugged mountains, Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah, Muscat is spread across two distinct wings. The Shangri-La resort complex is approximately a 40-minute drive from Muscat International Airport and 30 minutes from the city centre.