Shangri La Al Husn
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The Shangri La Al Husn hotel boasts 180 rooms and suites offering Shangri-La's highest level of service, amenities and privileges to the most astute of travellers. These are amongst the largest and most lavish in Oman, with an inviting décor inspired by the royal Arabian palaces and accented by authentic Omani artworks. Guests can enjoy access to the private 100-metre beach, as well as enjoy a complimentary mini-bar, daily complimentary afternoon tea and pre-dinner cocktails and canapés service.
The stunning accommodation at the Shangri La Al Husn is contemporary in style with Arabian-inspired luxury throughout. Rooms start at Deluxe and feature tranquil views of courtyard and pool area and a balcony or patio, furnished with a table and two chairs, measuring 8sq meters. Marble-clad bathroom with separate bath and shower cubicle and Shangri-La toiletries. Media and entertainment amenities are complimentary in each room and feature in-room wired Internet and Wi-Fi access, DVD player (available upon request), in-house movie channels and Satellite / cable television. Refreshments are also included, with coffee/tea making facilities and mini-bar available.
Whilst the are no onsite facilities at the Shangri La Al Husn, children can enjoy facilities such as the Lazy River, children's pool, play room and water aquatic play area in the Al Bandar and Al Waha hotels. Children below 16 are not permitted to use the private beach or Al Husn pool.
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- Overall: based on 1926 reviews
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Beautiful property and a relaxing holiday
Stay Date: 03/2018, Lesley B wrote this review.
We have just had a week in the Al-Husn. Our first impression was very good. We arrived before 8am and offered breakfast whilst our room was prepared. Our room was a deluxe sea view king and it was a gorgeous (room 1334). The hotel is vast - don't tr… See more
We have just had a week in the Al-Husn. Our first impression was very good. We arrived before 8am and offered breakfast whilst our room was prepared. Our room was a deluxe sea view king and it was a gorgeous (room 1334). The hotel is vast - don't try to rush anywhere, just enjoy the stroll to wherever you are going. The Al-Husn adult only pool and beach is very nice. Quiet and plenty of space. Towels are plentiful at all times. The cooler boxes with water and juices are a nice touch. If you are looking for a bit more action, wander over to the neighbouring Al Bandar Hotel beach and lawn. The lawn makes it a lot cooler to lounge around on. Dip in the lazy river. Play a round of mini golf. The OH thought the main gym was excellent. I used the CHI spa for a pedicure - expensive but what the heck, my toes look pretty. The minibar is replenished daily. Bottled water is freely available. There are plenty of walks around the property and outside to the nearby marina. Plenty of photo opportunities. Alcohol is expensive. Food is expensive and sometimes disappointing, but on the whole breakfast and lunch is excellent. I have reviewed the individual restaurants. Housekeeping was very good, and all the staff were very helpful. The resort is about 30 minutes from Muscat but is served by excellent taxis - we used Salim Ali Al-Hasani (2497) all week and had a great time whizzing about. Go and enjoy! Collapse
Stay Date: 03/2018, Mike D wrote this review.
We have recently returned from an 11 night stay at the Shangri-La Al Husn and I will summarise by stating that this was probably one of our most relaxing and enjoyable hotel experiences ever. Because it was to mark a special occasion in our lives, we… See more
We have recently returned from an 11 night stay at the Shangri-La Al Husn and I will summarise by stating that this was probably one of our most relaxing and enjoyable hotel experiences ever. Because it was to mark a special occasion in our lives, we allowed ourselves a degree of indulgence, even including airport collection courtesy of Abdullah and the Al Husn Bentley Courtesy Car! I had specifically asked for a sunrise-facing room and this was arranged exactly as requested. The room was even ready upon our arrival at approximately 9.00 a.m. although I appreciate that this would not always, necessarily, be possible. The quality of the rooms has been commented on at length in previous reports and, without repeating everything that has been said before, I can only endorse the extremely positive observations that the majority of previous reviewers have posted. The staff at the hotel were, to a person, exceptionally friendly and welcoming and nothing was too much trouble for them. After a tentative start when we weren’t too sure how much flexibility there might be, we found that we could ask for pretty much anything. This included changes to the meal composition at the resort’s various restaurants and, for example, requesting ‘all savoury’ on the afternoon tea ‘cake’ stand. It is always nice to be able to single out specific individuals for praise but that would be impossible in this instance given the number of people that we grew to look forward to seeing each day. Of all the restaurants at the resort, Bait Al Bahr quickly became our favourite - the fresh fish was to die for - albeit that we found it necessary to book a day in advance on each occasion to guarantee a reservation. Capri Court and Al Tanoor were also visited on more than one occasion each and didn’t disappoint. As others have commented, meal prices are on the high side. However, if you go with your eyes open and don’t plan on devouring 3 courses washed down with a bottle or two (!) of wine each night, then these are manageable. We had planned a couple of excursions out whilst at the hotel but, in the event, limited this to one only given that the Al Husn was such a relaxing place to be. That one outing was a Combi Dolphin and Snorkelling trip from the adjacent marina – booked through the hotel and with a shuttle bus to take you from the hotel entrance. At 29 OMR per person, I can thoroughly recommend this trip if you fancy swimming with turtles, although I subsequently learned that you can also do this off the hotel’s private (Mahhara) beach which we would have done had a brief invasion of jelly fish during our stay not put us off that idea! Our daytime revolved largely around the Poolside and the Beach both of which were very pleasant places at which to relax especially given the complimentary provision of individual cool boxes, twice a day delivery of ice-cold face towels along with small portions of melon in the morning and sorbet in the afternoon. Our day would be ‘interrupted’ by a short stroll to the Mahhara Beach Bar for a very light lunch or, often, just a refreshingly cool beer. In short, if you want to party all night long, then I would suggest that the Al Husn is probably not for you. However, if you want relaxation with a degree of indulgence then I would go so far as to say that, in this respect, it ranks amongst the best hotels that we have ever stayed at. As a post-script, reviews such as this are always going to be highly subjective and will most probably be based on either previous hotel experience, expectation or a combination of the two. In our own case, we have stayed at some pretty decent hotels in the past if not always at the upper end of the price scale – where the Al Husn clearly sits. I had also extensively researched the Al Husn courtesy of Tripadvisor reviews and various YouTube clips so we were well aware as to what to expect. There is a wealth of information out there if you can be bothered to seek it out. I never fail to be somewhat bemused by those who have been too lazy to do their own homework before booking and then see fit to post disparaging comments about the hotel or its guest profile when, to their apparent surprise, their own ill-informed expectations turn out not to have been met. However, each to their own, I guess! Collapse
Stay Date: 03/2018, John D wrote this review.
Where do I start? Well, in summary this hotel is not quite what I expected! We booked for 3 nights in a standard twin room for around £300 GBP per night via an online travel agent. The Shangri-La Al Husn is part of a block of 3 Shangri-La hotels (the… See more
Where do I start? Well, in summary this hotel is not quite what I expected! We booked for 3 nights in a standard twin room for around £300 GBP per night via an online travel agent. The Shangri-La Al Husn is part of a block of 3 Shangri-La hotels (the others being Al Bandar and Al Waha). This is a typical configuration for a Shangri-La resort with one end being for families with young children and the other end (the Al Husn in this case) being adults only. I think it's fair to say that the target market are Western European baby boomers (Butlins graduates with final salary pensions) on package holidays. Some of the guests are rather rude - not the resort's fault but a sad indictment of the sense of entitlement shared by certain members of this generation (a minority, by no means all). I should add that I have no problem with this, and the average score for this review is not a reflection on this, but it is worth being aware of this before booking. The whole setup is geared towards the older traveller wanting to be in a familiar environment which is preserved as the years go by. The Sultanah restaurant is even styled like a cruise ship for those guests who are use to being on a cruise. The upshot of all of this is that if you are younger, you will almost certainly feel out of place. While the staff are well trained in serving the baby boomer generation, they appeared to really struggle to interact with us (around 30-40 years younger) and seemed to almost be scared to speak to us because they seemingly didn't know what to say! This is also reflected in the daily programme which includes complimentary afternoon tea and complimentary evening drinks, which is a real experience. You sit outside in full view of everyone else while they sit listening to some "classic favourites" on the violin. Think "club med" to get an idea of the atmosphere. What's even more hilarious is how miserable everyone looks! Anyway, back to the hotel. It's looking a little tired but generally clean. The pillows in the room are as flat as a pancake. What is even worse is just how crowded and claustrophobic it feels. There was nowhere to sit by the pool and the private beach is heaving. In contrast, the beach at Al Bandar seemed to be much more spacious and tranquil. At least you are able to use the facilities of the other hotels to escape this. I actually quite enjoyed the art gallery and eco centre in the Al Bandar hotel and the fitness facilities are pretty good. Breakfast at the hotel is reasonable, service less so (slow and lacking focus). Food is expensive, but to be expected in a resort like this. There is absolutely no way I would pay the full rate to stay here but clearly the resort has a winning formula to attract the baby boomer generation who repeatedly visit so I think it would be remiss of me to say they should change their strategy. But quite how they will be able to adapt to gen Y/millienials in the next few decades remains to be seen because I can't see it being an attractive venture going forwards. To be quite frank, Unless you were born in Western Europe before 1960 I would go elsewhere. Collapse
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Stay Date: 01/2018, 206JAM123 wrote this review.
We booked a week in January having decided to take a look at Muscat and the surrounding area, having lived there in the 70’s and visited again in the 90’s. We chose the Shangri-la having stayed in several of their hotels in China and were not quite … See more
We booked a week in January having decided to take a look at Muscat and the surrounding area, having lived there in the 70’s and visited again in the 90’s. We chose the Shangri-la having stayed in several of their hotels in China and were not quite so impressed with this one. Our room was very nice and overlooked the sea and the other two hotels. The bathroom was spacious and well equipped. British style three point plug sockets in the rooms. Tea and coffee making facilities provided and mini bar filled each day with limited choice of drinks and some Pringles and nuts and chocolates. Ample bottled water provided. We had booked half board but were disappointed to be told on arrival that this included the buffets at the other two hotels in the Al Tanoor and Samba restaurants or 16 rials credit off a meal in the Sultana restaurant in the Al Husn. With the high prices, this did not cover much. We did agree a couple of set menus to be included but these were not available when we went to book so in the end we just went to the Al Bandar for the buffet which served excellent food, it’s just a bit like a canteen with no atmospheres. The credit couldn’t be used at any other restaurant or for room service so if you want a bit of variety it’s probably easier to go B&B. Prices of drinks were high, with a small Evian at 2 rials and a beer at 2.5 rials, two glasses of wine cost 17.5 rials and all food and drink also has a 9% government tax and 8% service change added. We enjoyed the afternoon tea served in the area outside the Sultanah restaurant and the evening drinks and canapés between 6 and 7 in the courtyard. The resident violinists were very good but not much variety when there for a week. The pool area was spacious but there were never any loungers with shade when we went there so we walked down to the private beach where there was plenty of choice, nice big towels and a cool box with soft drinks and a water mist spray to cool you down! We had a couple of trips out and about to Muscat and Mutrah with a local taxi driver which was interesting to see how things have changed over the last 40 years. We went to the Grand Mosque and a museum and we also went to Mutrah souk which is still in the same place but sells a load of stuff for the tourists off the cruise ships. We just bought frankincense from a shop where all the locals were going to buy theirs! We were delighted that our driver took us to see his village which was not far from the hotel and reminded us of the old days with the fishing boats on the beach and the goats running around the streets! Not sure we will go back. Collapse
Fantastic luxury hotel
Stay Date: 11/2017, Liesbeth V wrote this review.
I love this hotel! Al Husn is the most exclusive part of the Shangri La resort and it really is perfect! Very spacious beautiful rooms, very clean, extremely friendly staff .... The private beach is a very calm and lovely place... I could sit here fo… See more
I love this hotel! Al Husn is the most exclusive part of the Shangri La resort and it really is perfect! Very spacious beautiful rooms, very clean, extremely friendly staff .... The private beach is a very calm and lovely place... I could sit here for days..... what a view! Beautiful infinity pool. The restaurants in al husn are of very good quality. I especially loved Sharazad, because of the Arabic food. Breakfast is definitely fantastic too. Collapse
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