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Photo Diary: Shangri La, Muscat

I can’t even believe how fast this trip flew by! I had an amazing time in Oman, the places I’ve been to were absolutely stunning! One of those places was the Shangri La resort in Muscat. It was the first time for me to stay at the resort and I had a blast! My favourite experience at the resort was by far seeing how new born turtles are being rescued and freed into the sea!

Below you’ll find some images from what I’ve been up to (mainly swimming & being lazy) along with some additional information about the resort.

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Beach
The resort is divided into 3 separate hotels. Each hotel has a different purpose and they all have their own beach, pool & restaurants. However, if you’re staying at the Al Husn hotel, you’ll have access to all the hotels and restaurants.
– Al Husn: This is the resort we stayed in. No kids below the age of 16 are allowed in this part of the resort, it’s mainly for couples and adults to just relax.
– Al Bandar: Focussed on business, there are meeting rooms and ballrooms in this hotel.
– Al Waha: Is specially for families and little kids.

I think the beach was my favourite part of the hotel and I really liked the service on Al Husn beach. Once you arrive on the beach you’ll get a cool box filled with cold drinks, they also serve ice popsicle’s, cold towels. There are goggles and flippers available on the beach (free of charge) where you can go snorkelling along the rocks at the end of each bay. There are also kayaks available. We’ve mainly spent our time on the beach, the bay is SO stunning! The water is crystal clear, I could even see my shadow on the bottom of the sea, it’s insane! The hotel has a Turtle Care Project where new born turtles are being rescued and freed into the sea. All the guests gather on the beach and watch how these turtles are being rescued by professionals that dedicate their time on these turtles. This was such an beautiful and once in a lifetime experience.

Pool 
There’s one large infinity pool and jacuzzi in the Al Husn hotel and it overlooks the beach and beautiful mountains.

Food
The Al Husn hotel has 2 restaurants
– Sultanah; This restaurant offers a breakfast buffet and in the evening you can fine dine here. They also offer complimentary afternoon snacks which was basically like a high tea. There is a terrace outside that overlooks the main pool + beach.
– Shahrazad; This is a fine dining Moroccan restaurant. They also have a live Moroccan band and a terrace outside with sea view.

Rooms
We stayed at the Deluxe room, it’s a one bedroom with 1 bathroom + bath, walk-in closet, small living room, balcony with pool & sea view. There’s free wifi access, flat screen TV, and a desk!  There’s of course room service available, the buffet restaurant (Sultanah) is only 2/3 minutes walking distance as well as the main pool.

Weather
It was really hot! Luckily not very humid but the sun was very strong. The temperature went up to 35/45 degrees celsius during the day and around sunset it cools off to about 30 degrees. We were in the water all day so the hot weather didn’t really bother us. Also, on the beach you’ll have a nice breeze and the sea was quite cooling too.

Facilities
There’s a gym and tennis court in the resort with a sauna & steam room but I was just too lazy to even see what the gym looks like. There’s also a spa which I haven’t visited yet. Oman dive centre is literally 2 minutes away from the resort (by car). They offer many waterspout activities including whale and dolphin watching tours. These tours can all be from the hotel so all you have to do is show up. We went on a boat tour to see dolphins but unfortunately we didn’t see any dolphin, apparently it depends on each season 🙁 Instead, we went to this gorgeous bay (Bandar Al Khiran) and we swam there which was really nice too.

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2 Comments

  1. Fatima says

    Hi Najla, just stumbled on your blog and can’t get enoough of it!
    Which do you recommend, Shangri La or Al Bustan Palace hotel in Muscat??

    • Najla Kaddour says

      Hi Fatima,

      Thanks for your message. It’s hard to choose, I liked them both a lot. They both have really beautiful beaches and pools, both very relaxing. I liked the food better at the Shangri La, but the staff and service was way better at the Ritz.

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