Boutique Hotels & Resorts International® – the global alliance of genuine boutique gems – has awarded Diamond Collection™ membership to Oman’s lavish new 5-star destination, Al Nahda Resort & Spa in Barka.
Boutique’s newest member in the Middle East, and the region’s only Diamond award recipient, enjoys a magical location set in 30 acres of lush botanical gardens. The resort offers 109 lavishly designed rooms and villas, set uniquely among an oasis of over 1,500 mango trees.
“Being awarded Boutique’s Diamond Collection membership provides Al Nahda Resort & Spa with the status of excellence and the promise of a genuine boutique lodging experience for our discerning guests”, said Julian Ayers, general manager for the resort.
Elie Saheb, managing director, Middle East & Africa for Boutique Hotels & Resorts International® added, “Boutique is delighted to award the Diamond Collection status to this truly unique resort. Membership and this award proclaim Al Nahda to be exactly what it is, one of the world’s finest resorts, and a true boutique gem. This resort is an experience. Whatever a guest’s fancy may be, he or she will relax and rejuvenate, indulge and explore, and bask in tranquility at Al-Nahda Resort and Spa.”
World-class, yet brimming with charm and warmth, Al Nahda Resort offers four tempting restaurants, strategically located in the middle of the resort. A complete range of resort activities are available, and the rooms and villas are dotted around the extensive grounds, offering luxurious accommodation and seclusion, with every amenity.
The main attraction of the resort is its expansive spa with 22 individual treatment huts offering a vast array of treatments. A unique highlight is the novel steam tunnel which meanders through an artificial hill next to the large outdoor swimming pool water slide.
“Most guests come for the spa” remarked Ayers, who hails from the East Coast of England and enjoyed an outstanding hospitality career in Asia and the Caribbean before coming to Al Nahda. “People come to detox or lose weight and end up learning skills that allow them to maintain a healthy lifestyle or to kick-start their fitness regime. Staying here is a holiday you can take home with you”.