Oman welcomes lifestyle resort

A new property has opened its doors in Barka near Muscat, which management has claimed represents a new breed of lifestyle resort, not seen in Oman until now.

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By  Gemma Greenwood Published  October 22, 2006

A new property has opened its doors in Barka near Muscat, which management has claimed represents a new breed of lifestyle resort, not seen in Oman until now. Al Nahda Resort & Spa, which is being pitched as a four-star deluxe property, offers a vast range of facilities that promote wellness, fitness and relaxation, but also indulgence. “Al Nahda is not a fat farm or regimented health clinic. The emphasis is on improving your life balance, without giving up your life,” explained Katrina Meek, the property’s deputy general manager. “We want guests to have fun, indulge and enjoy their stay.” Situated 35km north of Seeb International Airport, just off the main Muscat-Sohar-Dubai highway, Al Nahda has been built on 30 acres of land and what was a former mango grove. The 109 rooms and suites have been set amongst the groves, along with a medley of facilities including a large spa, gym, tennis and sand volley courts, children’s play area, spa baths, steam tunnel, meditation centre, relaxation gardens, an ampitheatre, and even a new concept known as a ‘laughing area’. “The spa programme is truly unique. Each guests meets a wellness consultant on arrival to discuss their programme of spa treatments and activities, as well as our spa cuisine,” said Meek. Al Nahda, which opened for business last month, also offers eco tours, camel and horse riding and tours of Muscat, Oman’s interior and local perfumeries. The property’s Al Desert Dune Camp, situated in the desert and a 40-minute car ride from the resort, offers “an authentic desert experience”, according to Meek. Music, dancing, story telling are all part of the itinerary before guests retire to barrasti-style accommodation. Meek said forward bookings for Al Nahda had been encouraging, particularly from the European market, however, she emphasised how the resort would sell well as a weekend break destination for the GCC market. Prices start from OMR 106 (US $275) per night in a studio room for two people including breakfast. Studio villa prices lead in at OMR 112 ($291) and a two-bedroom villa is priced from OMR 194 ($504) per night. Guests requiring a silver spa pass entitling them to one treatment per day must pay a OMR 24 ($62) supplement and those requiring two treatments per day (Gold) are charged a OMR 40 ($104) supplement.

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