Category: Oman

Arriving in style at Zighy Bay

Arriving in style at Zighy Bay

There are not many hotels and resorts where you can arrive in style by paragliding in, but Oman’s Six Senses Zighy Bay is one where you can do just that. Situated on Musandam Peninsula in the Sultanate of Oman, you fly from a height of about 450 metres up in the Hajar Mountains Here’s Zighy […]

Top 10 places in the Middle East to take your loved one this Valentine's

Top 10 places in the Middle East to take your loved one this Valentine’s

Often overlooked as a holiday destination, the Middle East is home to some of the most luxurious hotels in the world. Whether you are looking for an urban getaway to celebrate Valentine’s Day or simply wish to relax in the tranquillity of the desert, here’s a varied of selection of places to stay that’ll help […]

The top 25 luxury hotels in the world

The top 25 luxury hotels in the world

Tripadvisor has once again published its Travellers’ Choice awards – this time for 2012.   The top 25 hotels in the worldwide luxury category are as follows: 1. Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo – Chiyoda, Japan 2. Hotel Imperial Vienna – Vienna, Austria 3. Hotel Palacio de la Magdalena – Soto del Barco, Spain 4. La Casa […]

A deluxe desert stay: The Chedi, Muscat

Hotel-hopping for a living has the tendency to reduce travelling to a hazy blur of feathery pillows and eiderdown throws. After all, comfort and luxury are hard to attain when you are forced to live out of a pint-sized suitcase and adhere to a lengthy itinerary looming over you like an overbearing wife. However, if […]

Interview with Anupam Dasgupta, General Manager of Ananda in the Himalayas

Interview with Anupam Dasgupta, General Manager of Ananda in the Himalayas

Anupam Dasgupta has been with the IHHR group for over 6 years in several roles and is now the General Manager at Ananda. Ananda, located in the foothills of the Himalayas, is a world-leading spa where a holistic approach is taken towards rejuvenation using the three ancient Indian philosphies of Yoga, Ayurveda and Vedanta. The award-winning retreat combines […]

Great Hotels Organisation welcomes new members

Great Hotels Organisation is welcoming a number of new members into its alliances (Great Hotels of the World, Special Hotels of the World and Metro Hotels).  Here’s a summary: Great Hotels of the World Eurostars Madrid Tower, Madrid, Spain Located in Madrid’s business district, the five-star Eurostars Madrid Tower offers 475 modern and luxurious rooms […]

Al Bustan Palace to get Six Senses Spa

Al Bustan Palace to get Six Senses Spa

Six Senses Spas has officially signed a partnership agreement to operate a world-class spa at the Al Bustan Palace InterContinental Muscat. Set amongst Oman’s Hajjar Mountains and adjacent to the property’s palatial grounds, the spa boasts spectacular ocean and mountain views. The Six Senses Spa, with an area of more than 3,500 square metres,  will […]

Original and Best!

At last – some relief from the ubiquitous doom and gloom surrounding the luxury travel industry in the current economic climate.   While the press doom-mongers focus on specialist operators shrinking or going out of business, two independently owned luxury tour operators have joined forces, with Original Travel acquiring Tim Best Travel  yesterday (5th February […]

Grand Hyatt Muscat, Oman

Grand Hyatt Muscat, Oman

The areas surrounding Muscat city are diverse in scenery and culturally rich, and for all round sun, luxury and leisure at its very opulent, the Grand Hyatt Muscat is an offer you cannot refuse! A haven for water-sports enthusiasts, Omani waters are home to some of the most amazing marine life in the world, and […]

Suite of the week: The Chedi Club Suite at The Chedi Muscat

Suite of the week: The Chedi Club Suite at The Chedi Muscat

Suite name: The Chedi Club Suite Hotel: The Chedi Muscat, Oman Size of accommodation: 62.5 sq m Cost per night: RO 360++ inclusive of breakfast for two persons and subject to 17% tax and service charges What makes it special? This beautiful accommodation is on the stunning Boushar Beachfront in Oman, where crystal Gulf waters […]

Manila's Shangri-La Spa Academy

Manila’s Shangri-La Spa Academy

Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts has opened its first dedicated spa training centre – the Shangri-La Spa Academy – in Manila, Philippines. The Spa Academy will train therapists to meet the demands of the rapid expansion of CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La – Shangri-La’s signature spa brand. Five CHI spas have so far opened: in Bangkok, […]

New Royal Tulip brand from Golden Tulip Hospitality

New Royal Tulip brand from Golden Tulip Hospitality

According to news just in, Golden Tulip Hospitality are introducing a new luxury brand.   The Royal Tulip, as it will be known, will be a five-star brand and be first introduced to Amsterdam, Berlin, Casablanca, Mirbat and Dallas TX.   Golden Tulip Hotels and Golden Tulip Resorts will continue to cater for the four […]

Muscat's Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa

Muscat’s Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa

The Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa in Muscat, Oman,  is set against a dramatic backdrop of rugged mountains overlooking the Gulf of Oman. This five-star  complex is set in 124 acres of beautiful scenery and comprises three hotels (Al Waha, Al Bandar, and Al Husn),  6 main  restaurants, two  bars, a nightclub, a […]

Charity eBay auction by Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts

Charity eBay auction by Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts

Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts is planning a global eBay charity auction to benefit Care for Children on 7th June 2006. Shangri-La hotels have created 14 exclusive luxury travel experiences with a combined retail value of over US$100,000 for the 10-day online auction, which will end on 17th June. The auction packages will feature metropolitan destinations […]

Beyond five stars

From last Sunday’s Observer newspaper: The Shangri-La hotel and resort chain claims to have now opened its first six-star hotel, the Barr Al Jissah Resort and Spa in Muscat. The One&Only Le Touessrok in Mauritius made the same claim when it reopened after a £32m renovation in 2002, while the Burj Al Arab in Dubai […]

Al Bustan Palace, Muscat, Oman

Al Bustan Palace, Muscat, Oman

Opened in 1985, the Al Bustan Palace Intercontinental Muscat hotel has built a reputation as the best hotel in the Middle East and one of the finest hotels in the world. The hotel is identified as the Jewel of the Sultanate of Oman and the Middle East. Situated eight kilometres from the downtown business district […]