Omani Oasis

Shangri-La Hotels' newest venture, Oman's Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa, shangri-la.com, is actually three distinct hotels in one—the Al Waha, the Al Bandar and the Al Husn. The properties offer 680 rooms between them, all with wonderful views of the Gulf of Oman.

The very best accommodation is found in the 180-room Al Husn—the most luxurious hotel not just on the site but in the sultanate. Lavish details are everywhere: gold leaf on the lobby ceiling, hand-tufted Indian carpets and works from some of Oman's most eminent artists. In guest rooms, taps are gold...

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