Translating as 'castle' from Arabic, the Shangri-La Al Husn Resort & Spa is true to its name, resembling a real Arabian Palace. Opulent and majestic, the resort sits on a clifftop, overlooking the Gulf of Oman, with 180 stylish rooms and suites opened to guests over the age of 12 years. The tranquil atmosphere pervades throughout the resort with a secluded private beach, exclusive to the guests staying at the Al Husn, and two of the hotel’s four restaurants catering for over 16s only. The two neighbouring sister properties, Al Waha and Al Bandar, offer dining choices in 15 additional restaurants whilst CHI, The Spa is a must for a spot of pampering, alternatively from January 2018 a brand new boutique spa and fitness centre will also be available at the Shangri-La Al Husn Resort & Spa.
This hotel does not allow guests under the age of 12.
The hotel has 180 rooms and suites.
Bars and Restaurants
19:00 - 00:30
Over 16 years only
smart elegant, no beachwear and shorts
An authentic Arabian restaurant, featuring tastes from Morocco and the Arabian peninsula, complemented by traditional live music performances.
06:30 - 11:00
19:00 - 23:30
Over 16 years only
Stylish and elegant, Sultanah is offering modern Spanish cuisine in a bright and airy dining room.
Mahara Beach Bar
10:00 - 19:00
food served 12:00 - 16:00
Located above Al Husn’s exclusive private beach, the casual beach bar serves a selection of light salads, sandwiches, fresh seafood and refreshing drinks.
10:00 - 19:00
food served 12:00 - 16:00
Located next to the resort’s exclusive infinity pool, this friendly and casual bar serves light meals and healthy dishes as well as tropical drinks and creative cocktails.
Guests staying at the Shangri-La Al Husn Resort and Spa can also dine in an additional 15 venues located across the neighbouring Al Waha and Al Bandar hotels.
Beach and Pools
There is over 6000m² of swimming pools and 600m of private beach across the resort as well as a 500m long lazy river between Al Bandar and Al Waha hotels. In addition, guests staying at Al Husn have exclusive access to a stunning infinity pool as well as 100m stretch of private beach, both for the use of guests over the age of 16.
Spa and Wellness
CHI, The Spa
10:00 - 22:00
Located at the sister property Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort and Spa, CHI, The Spa features 12 individual treatment villas as well as a hydro pool, steam room, tundra and tropical shower, an ice fountain and a relaxation area.
Hareer Spa by L'Occitane
Due to open in January 2018, the boutique Hareer Spa by L'Occitane will offer 4 treatment rooms for guests staying at the Al Husn.
Activities and Entertainment
A variety of watersports, including paddle boarding, water skiing, wakeboarding, doughnut rides, banana boating and kayaking.
Guests staying at the Shangri-La Al Husn can use the health club at the neighbouring sister property and from January 2018, a brand new fitness centre will be available within the hotel.
About the location
Muscat is an ivory-white port city that rambles between the sandy Gulf of Oman and Al Hajar Mountains.
Understated luxury is the theme here. Strict building laws safeguard Arab architecture, so even modern buildings come with filigree window shutters, carved balconies and mosaicked doorways. Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque is the star, though – its towering dome and quintet of minarets strike out above the city skyline.
Meanwhile, Old Muscat – the city’s historic heart – slides east of the city centre, guarded by a pair of waterside forts. At the opposite end of town, high-end hotels boast spots beside bronzed beaches, while sprawling villas and family-friendly cafés decorate nearby expat neighbourhoods.
Muscat is also a dab hand at delivering the unexpected. For starters, you won’t see vineyards (despite the name, Muscat grapes – and the wine – likely don’t originate here). But you will see surprises like the Italian-Arabic Royal Opera House Muscat, which comes with a cluster of French bistros and steakhouses.
45 minutes from Muscat airport.
Max 2 adults
Furnished in contemporary Arabian style, the luxurious Deluxe Rooms feature a double bed, seating area, marble-clad bathroom with bath and separate shower and a spacious balcony or terrace.
Deluxe Sea View Room
Max 2 adults
Furnished in contemporary Arabian style, the luxurious Deluxe Rooms feature a double bed, seating area, marble-clad bathroom with bath and separate shower and a spacious balcony or terrace with lovely views over the turquoise sea.
Based on 1958 traveller reviews
91% of travellers recommended this hotel
What to expect
“ Much to review
Apr 19 2018
On paper the Al Husn has all the attributes of a 5* hotel but the difference between an adequate 5* and a truly luxurious property is harder to pin down. There were positives about this hotel but...
On paper the Al Husn has all the attributes of a 5* hotel but the difference between an adequate 5* and a truly luxurious property is harder to pin down. There were positives about this hotel but also too many negatives.
My 21 year old daughter and I arrived for a six night stay. Despite arriving at the hotel before 9am a room was ready for us, this is a huge bonus after an overnight flight. Check in was smooth although the lobby smells very strongly of the insense which is continually burned. It may be personal taste but for the duration of our stay I found this to be oppressive and it smelled rather unpleasant. The member of staff who checked us in asked if we would like to upgrade our room to a sea view for a small extra nightly fee. We declined and were shown our room.
This is pretty much as advertised and was not a surprise. The rooms are of a good size with adequate bathrooms and storage, although a single sink in the bathroom is a little stingy. As other people have noted the rooms could do with a refurb as they are looking a little tired and dated. Our initial room was 1206 and as we were to discover was directly above building work (new Spa still not finished). The noise of drilling and hammering was loud and continual. The hotel were quick to move our room when we complained but as they clearly had other rooms available it begs the question why put anyone in that area? Housekeeping was adequate although our first room was also very dusty but this may once again have been due to building work. We had to request turndown a couple of times and found that the room wasn???t cleaned until after lunch on a couple of occasions. As advertised the mini bat is complimentary and was kept stocked.
The hotel has two main restaurants other than the pool and beach bars. The Sultanah and the Shahrazad. These both lead off from the same reception and in terms of appearance and style are disappointing. Inside where breakfast is served the carpets are stained and outside the design means you can be sitting looking at a wall or overlooking bins and service areas below. This lack of charm and design was apparent throughout the hotel and my daughter summed it up best when she said it resembled an airport hotel.
Breakfast itself was fine with a good choice on offer although the pastries tended to taste a little stale.
We had dinner at Shahrazad which again was fine but service let it down - this was a recurring theme. We had ordered the mixed mezze as a starter and when it arrived was just plonked down with no explanation. I tried to ask the server if he could explain the various dishes but his English was non existent. He did bring our original waiter to the table and when I asked if he could explain the dishes he said ???lamb, lamb, cheese, cheese, spinach, spinach!??? We were due to eat here again on our last night but cancelled. Our dinner at Sultanah was poor. Both my daughter and I ordered the Banana Tarte Tatin which is described on the menu as caramelised banana on top of crispy pastry. In reality we had stewed banana atop something soggy and crumbly. Neither of us at this and when the waiter asked us if we liked it we said no, it was inedible. He took it away and came back and said the Chef has made some alterations to the menu and what did we think! To the restaurants credit they did not charge us for the desserts.
Both the beach and pool restaurants were better with good food and the setting of the beach bar was very pretty. Unfortunately neither of these served food in the evenings.
Missing was a pleasant bar to sit and have a cocktail - the free cocktail hour was held in the courtyard at the hotel which is set out with rows of seats rather resembling the BA lounge at Heathrow!
Both these are pretty and generally well served. The cool boxes and cold towels etc are a nice touch, although pretty much what you would expect. Staff were available to make up your subbed at the beginning of the day but unlike other hotels we have stayed in they did not come by with dry towels or tidy beds while we were swimming or having lunch.
The new Spa has still not opened despite the fact that following a request prior to our arrival the new Spa menu was emailed to me! However the Chi Spa located by the Al Bandar was excellent.
We were not impressed with the Al Husn. It seems to have fallen into a rut - the majority of its clients were couples in their 60???s who seemed the enjoy the familiarity of what was offered but the hotel lacked polish and so did the staff. Interestingly we had a couple of evenings at the Piano Bar at the Al Bandar which felt much more sleek and up to date. Staff there -particularly Ria who recognised us after our first visit and remembered our drinks! - were more professional, glasses had been chilled prior to pouring a drink etc. It felt as if more money had been spent on maintaining/modernising this hotel than the Al Husn. We had lunch at Circles one day too and service was much sharper than that at the Al Husn and I noted misters were in use to cool people down - I didn???t notice these at the Al Husn. In short this hotel is not for us although it seemed to suit many of the retirees who were enjoying the sun. If you are expecting a luxury hotel such as a Four Seasons, Banyan Tree or Rosewood you will be disappointed.
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“ Amazing stay!! one of the best Ever
tanyag86, New Delhi, India
Apr 18 2018
We recently went for 4 nights to celebrate our anniversary and totally fell in love with this place. We stayed in the 1 bedroom suite which overlooked the sea! Right from the view from the room, to...
We recently went for 4 nights to celebrate our anniversary and totally fell in love with this place. We stayed in the 1 bedroom suite which overlooked the sea! Right from the view from the room, to the food to the hospitality- it surpassed our expectations in every way. What i loved was the attention to detail-e.g. ice buckets and cold towels given out while you are chilling at the beach. One day while we were waiting for the golf cart to take us for dinner, within a matter of 5 minutes 3 people came to check on what was causing us to wait. Ultimately the GM took a golf cart himself and drove us. Would highly recommend.
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