Travel Dream - Winter 2017/18

23 A Princely Retreat Escape this winter to Shangri-La’s Al Husn Resort & Spa in the Sultanate of Oman R eached by a relatively short flight (7 1/2 hours), and offering almost guaranteed blue skies, Oman is perfect for some winter sun. Relax on pristinely maintained beaches, explore beautiful mountain and desert landscapes; and discover a genteel people with a rich, Arabian heritage. Beautifully designed with elegance and style, Al Husn is one of the finest hotels on the Arabian Peninsula. Formerly part of Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa, Al Husn is now a separate property with the perk of continued access to the resort’s extensive facilties right on its doorstep. The perfect retreat for a romantic Arabian escape, this hotel is ideal for spending lazy days by the tranquil infinity pool or on the private beach with its commanding views, accessible only by guests staying at Al Husn. Choose to enjoy the enticing flavours of Moroccan, Lebanese and Omani cuisine at Shahrazad or international dishes at the luxurious Sultanah, both of which are located on site at Al Husn. Or make the most of the resort and choose from several restaurants and bars at Al Waha and Al Bandar. Each of the rooms and suites have been thoughtfully decorated in a traditional Arabian style and feature paintings by local Omani artists. Deluxe Rooms have a furnished terrace or balcony overlooking the courtyard and pool area. If you enjoy waking up to a view of the sea, choose a Deluxe Seaview Room. Oman is one of the world’s most important areas for sea turtles as five species visit the waters of Oman, and four of these nest on its beaches throughout the year. At Shangri-La’ s Oman resorts, two species regularly nest on the beaches; the endangered Green Turtle and the most frequent visitor, the critically endangered Hawksbill Turtle. The resort’s dedicated Turtle Ranger, Mohammed Al Hassani, grew up in Qantab, a small fishing village just along the coast from the resorts. He has been taking care of turtles for many years and now patrols the beaches at night to ensure that mother turtles are able to nest in peace and their hatchlings make it to the sea. Both children and adults will be fascinated by the work of conservation that takes place, and can learn first hand as well as watch the spectacle of egg laying and hatching. Turtle Talk