As first impressions go, it’s hard to beat hotel guests flying overhead.
Words by David Dunn
Then few hotels lay claim to having a dedicated dual zip-line.
This daredevil 175 metre ‘flight’ over the main swimming pool is one of the stand-out features of the Millennium Resort Mussanah, recently crowned Oman’s Leading Family Resort at the World Travel Awards, in Abu Dhabi.
With a strong family guest base that includes young and old, the complex makes it easy to do as much or as little as you like.
Besides the aerial thrill, there’s a floating water park – Aqua Fun – an 18-hole mini-golf course, tennis courts, and five swimming pools, one of which is exclusive to families, along with a kids play area to entertain younger guests.
Millennium Resort Mussanah offers 308 spacious rooms, plus “lavishly decorated serviced apartments”, many facing a 54-berth marina and the ocean beyond.
Many of the food and beverage options offer the same view, including Al Bahar Restaurant with its a la carte fusion of Moroccan, Indian and Far Eastern cuisine, and Azure, which offers southern European, eastern Mediterranean and North African dishes.
You don’t get a bad lookout from The Deck bar, all-dining restaurant Mydan or the Compass Bar either.
General manager Dermot Birchall says the resort receives 250-300 guests per month from UAE, not least now Dubai is less than five hours away (border checks allowing); a drive made considerably easier and safer by the new Al Batinah Expressway, linking the border road to Muscat.
“Many take advantage of our short stay offers during the holidays,” he says. “There is a great sense of freedom and serenity, with open space and a two-kilometre shoreline.
“The resort is uniquely situated between two fishing villages and offers 12 excursions to historic and cultural points of interest – and a truly Arabian experience, with over 50 per cent of our workforce Omani.”
And to help families budget for their stay, Millennium Resort Mussanah recently introduced the Platinum All-Inclusive Package to benefit guests staying for more than three nights. This includes unlimited food and beverages across all restaurants and bars and guests can also avail limitless access to the water park, zip-line and other leisure facilities.
“We invite residents and guests from neighbouring countries to take advantage of our all-inclusive getaway package, a great way to save money,” continues Dermot.
“With all your meals and drinks covered, staying in a luxurious and stylish room and enjoying the resort’s facilities, your only job is to relax and enjoy every moment of your stay.”
Going all-inclusive also gives visitors access to the resort’s modern gym as well as spa, sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi options.
And if you’re feeling a little more adventurous, Millennium Resort Mussanah Oman has an on-site PADI certified diving and snorkelling centre as a gateway to discovering underwater experiences, including scuba diving.
The resort has two dive boats, with a snorkelling boat arriving in October and daily excursions to the Daminyat Islands.
Also in the pipeline is further beautification work on the beachfront and recreation area to compliment the recently opened Beach Garden, plus three new food concepts and an expanded shisha lounge.
“As a result of guest feedback we have added a year-round car hire service, with an inventory of 12 vehicles onsite including 4X4,” adds Dermot.
“We will commence shuttle services to the newly opened Mall of Muscat, including the 8,000 square metre Oman Aquarium, as well as the historic town of Nizwa, where guests can experience an authentic souk in full swing and visit the famous Nizwa Fort. Excursions are using our resort transportation and designed to be affordable.”
After all that, resort-wide complimentary fast Wi-Fi connection allows you to show off to family and friends what you’ve been up to via your favoured social media channels.
At the time of writing, Millennium Resort Mussanah Oman stays start from AED 409 per night, per deluxe room (without breakfast), based on two people checking in for two nights. Visit www.millenniumhotels.com for more.