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Oman welcomes Al Nahda Resort & Spa; a new lifestyle concept

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.

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, explained Katrina Meek, the property’s deputy general manager.

“Al Nahda is not a fat farm or regimented health clinic. The emphasis is on improving your life balance, without giving up your life,” she said.

Situated 35km north of Seeb International Airport, just off the main Muscat-Sohar-Dubai highway, Al Nahda, which opened last month, has been built on a former 30-acre mango grove.

The resort’s 109 rooms and suites have been built amongst the groves, along with a medley of facilities including a large spa, gym/fitness centre, 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’.

Eco tours, camel and horse riding and tours of Muscat, Oman’s interior and local perfumeries, are also available should guests require.

Meek said forward bookings for Al Nahda had been encouraging, particularly from the European market, but she emphasised the resort’s potential 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.

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