Luxury Hotel Review: Shangri-La Al Husn in Muscat, Oman

For the final three nights of our Oman honeymoon, we returned to Muscat, but this time staying in a different hotel, the Shangri-La Al Husn, one of the top three hotels in Muscat along with The Chedi and Al Bustan Palace.

The former we had stayed in at the beginning of our holiday before we embarked on our Oman road trip and describing it as excellent is an understatement; the Shangri-La had a lot to live up to! Unlike the last few days, we had minimal activities planned other than lying down, eating and swimming!

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Oman Road Trip: Wahiba Sands to Muscat

On the final leg of our Oman road trip, we headed out of Wahiba Sands to Muscat, coming full circle from where we started a few days earlier. You can go to Wahiba Sands as a day trip from Muscat, but as there is so much to do and see on that route, I highly recommend you spend a night in the desert so you can have more time to explore.

Fresh from our morning camel riding experience after a lovely night spent at Wahiba Sands Desert Nights Camp, we bounced out of the desert again with Mohammed, our trusty driver. He was driving slightly more cautiously than the day before and managed to get back to the road with four functioning tyres intact!

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Wahiba Sands Desert Nights Camp in Oman

Staying at a desert night camp in Oman was one of the things I was most looking forward to on our trip. Not so much the camping part, but more experiencing a traditional desert for the first time, particularly overnight (we’ve all seen the pictures of those beautiful star constellations). I can’t say I’m a camping kind of girl really though; I like the idea of it, but since I’ve grown up, the execution hasn’t exactly floated my boat.

Despite having been assured on multiple occasions that this was luxury desert camping, I still had visions of a hot tent, no running water and sand getting everywhere. I was therefore slightly reassured (despite our unorthodox method of arrival at our evening accommodation) when on our approach, I we saw that our tents appeared to have walls, this was my kind of camping!

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Oman Road Trip: Jabal Akhdar to Wahiba Sands

I have never been to the desert. I also can’t imagine how we can be in a desert less than two hours from our current location; 2,000 metres above sea level in the middle of a mountain range, with a comfortably cool climate of around 21 °C. However, leave we must, as after two nights at the blissfully luxurious Alila Jabal Akhdar hotel, we are due to embark on the second leg of our Oman road trip.

We had travelled to Jabal Akhdar from Muscat, taking in the ancient city of Nizwa, visiting Birkat Al Mauz and Wadi Bani Habib, as well as having the absolute pleasure of so many beautiful views.

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Luxury Hotel Review: Alila Jabal Akhdar, Oman

There are two luxury hotel options in the Jabal Akhdar Mountains; the Alila and the Anantara and they are both regarded as two of the best luxury hotels in Oman. I dithered for a bit trying to decide which one to stay at, the spreadsheet came out, pros list was huge for both hotels, cons were minimal…we went with the Alila Jabal Akhdar.

A couple of weeks later, I watched BBC’s Amazing Hotels featuring the Anantara and thought I’d made a bit of an error, nothing could possibly beat it with its decadent luxury and jaw dropping views.

I had therefore regulated my expectations for the Alila and having seen the views for myself from the Anantara earlier in my journey, didn’t see how any hotel could compete.

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