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Al Waha Shangri La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa
Why we like it
- The Al Waha sits nestled at the foot of a mountain range and is accessible via a specially engineered tunnel
- 262 guestrooms with a minimum room size of 32 square metres, each with either a 5 square metre balcony or patio
- Dining options include the culinary theatre and Latin flavours of Samba or child-friendly food at the Surf Café
- CHI, The Spa, is the largest and most luxuriously appointed spa in the Sultanate of Oman
- The resort offers an array of facilities for children, including a children's pool, Kids' Club and Adventure Zone
- We recommend this resort for families as interconnecting rooms are guaranteed
Meander your way between Al Waha, Al Bandar and back again on inflatable tubes along the Lazy River, inspired by the centuries-old falaj system that brought fresh water to remote Omani villages.
We particularly appreciated the friendly staff, who got the professional/casual balance just right; the magnificent breakfast spread; the wafts of frankincense; the sunsets; the sheer relaxation provided by the spa; the library; the open fire; the gym that made room for breakfast and, not least, the alcohol licence!
- JD, London
The architecture of Al Waha is traditional Dhofari, from the southern region of Oman, whilst the rooms and suites are contemporary in style. Décor leans heavily on muted, natural colours accented by modern furnishings and furniture. Many are set within the hotel's gardens and offer wonderful views across the resort and the Gulf beyond.
The resort has three expansive, cooled swimming pools and a lazy river. The resort has access to two beaches - the main beach, one-kilometre expanse of golden sand, and, down a short path, Turtle Beach, a smaller, secluded beach at the edge of the mountains. Other facilities include a health club, tennis courts and a water sports centre.
Best time to be there
Oman's climate differs from one area to another. It is hot and humid in the coastal areas in the summer between May and August, while it is hot and dry in the interior with the exception of the higher mountains, which enjoy a moderate climate round the year. The climate is best from September through to April.
Muscat (British Airways - daily: Oman Air - daily)
7 hrs 50 minutes direct
GMT +4 hours
Required - obtainable in advance or on arrival
No mandatory vaccinations
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