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"Al Bandar Hotel, Luxury and excellence"
My Wife & I booked a holiday to Miami and Florida Keys, however hurricane Irma forced us to change plans at the last minute. Our travel agent arranged for us to stay at this hotel, and I have to say we were not disappointed either with the change of plan or this Hotel. Al Bandor is one of three hotels at this resort. The Hotel and all its facilities are luxurious. The staff at all levels were wonderful people, everything you might expect from a hotel of this quality. Some of the things that impressed me was the accommodation which was very spacious, with pretty much everything you might need for your stay. a large bathroom with all the trimmings, deep bath, enclosed shower, plenty of living space, a very large wardrobe with safe, iron and ironing board,hair drier, desk with WI-FI and internet port, Tea & coffee making facility, Mini Bar refrigerator, a huge TV, fully controllable air conditioning, telephones on the desk,bedside and one in the bathroom! Each room having a beach view balcony and a doorbell The room was attended to daily by the room staff, who turned the bed down each evening leaving fresh flowers and fruit in the room. There are several restaurant choices available catering for all tastes with international and national dishes. The pool and beach complex is superb, the sunbeds are large metal framed with wicker covering, and they come with soft cushions, twin towels and ice buckets with bottled water all free to guests. water sports are available on the beach. What impressed me deeply was the people. Very friendly, helpful, kind and caring. If you venture out and about you will receive a very warm welcome. I have included some photo's to give you some insight.
"A little piece of perfection"
We're just packing up to leave after 10 days stay here. I'm a picky so and so, and even I'm hard pressed to find fault with Al Bandar. But I do like to give a balanced view, so here goes. The resort is exceptionally clean, and the staff are outstanding - from the reception to cleaning staff. The room we had (which was a basic one) was spacious, well-equipped and comfortable. The food in the buffet restaurant was excellent, we didn't go a la carte. We opted for the half-board option and were glad we did, as the meals are somewhat expensive otherwise (£100 approx for 2). However, the cost of lunch etc is off-set by the freebies that you do get. For example the wifi is better than I get at home, so was able to watch plenty of Netflix in the evening. There didn't appear to be much in the way if evening entertainment, so the wifi was really useful. The facilities are excellent (if you use them). The gym is very well equipped, and we took part in lots of classes, from spin to aqua aerobics. There is a yoga and Pilates class each week. The swimming pools were clean and warm. There are plenty of free water sports available downs on the beach, and we were able to kayak and snorkel. The marine life is on a par with other parts of the Indian Ocean, and surprised me with the number of parrot-fish, Angelfish etc. There are also plenty of jellyfish though, so do watch out. A number of turtles reside in the area, and we even saw a Ray. We did pay for a snorkeling trip with a local company, but on reflection I'd have saved my money and snorkelled from the beach. You are rather captive in the resort unless you use the free shuttle bus into Muscat. There isn't a lot outside the resort itself, so walking around the area isn't an option. The trip into the Mall is ok, but the Souk is a bit boring. Do pay for a taxi and go and visit the Grand Mosque in Muscat, which is AMAZING! The Omani people were generous and friendly, and I felt a warm welcome. I'd definitely recommend Oman and in particular the Al Bandar.
Lovely resort. The Drive to Shangri La is beautiful. Very scenic drive. The hotel itself is great, lots of activities to do for kids or if you like a couples part of the hotel i suggest you stay in al bandar or husn. Al waha is kid friendly. We went snorkelling and saw lots of turtles it was incredible and very friendly as i assume they are used to people. The rooms were nice but they could do with a bit of refurbishment but in general over all its a nice hotel. The lazy river could be maintained better.
"amazing!!!!! sad to leave"
i travelled here as a family trip but had a room on my own. room 3020 in al waha as travelled with children part of the family group. Check-in at the hotel was smooth and quick. This hotel was amazing nothing was too much for them. We did bed and breakfast and to be honest we were full until early evening. The food was plenty of choice eggs/omelette made to your liking. turkey bacon and pancakes i could not get enough of. During he afternoon there were fruits handed out which were amazing. free water with a cooler that you could have re-stocked if needed. pool/beach towels were provided and during an early morning coffee on my balcony you can see them prepping for the day between 6-7am daily. Food at Samba and surf cafe NEVER dissapointed me. take a scroll over to the al bandr for evening cocktails (which are amazing) several bars have happy hour staring from 5pm until well in to late night around midnight at al bandr if you are a staying guest. I could go on all day about the hotel and could not fault anything about it. KIDS CLUB they made sure ebery child was signed in and out, movies and daily activities the kids did not want to leave. Kids zone are also an options for them with a lot more activities. Iused the gym at this hotel could do with a few more machines but still was great. never stuck with something to do and to top it off the lazy river was a great way to cool down. We stayed here fromm 22/8/17-27/8/17. Can't wait to return. p.s thanks again for the cake and drink for my brothers wedding anniversary he loved it.
Amazing hotel with nice rooms. Clean hotel. Friendly staff. Great food and restaurant. Perfect for relaxation and sea activities. Perfect amenities to enjoy. Spacious and cozy place to stay. Great location.
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Check-in: 2:00 PM , Check-out: 12:00 PM