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Last 5 reviews
Terrible Indian wedding party unbearable noise
Currently staying at the hotel for a family holiday. However there is an Indian wedding going on with terribly loud noise / music. All hotel guests are suffering because of this wedding party that has taken over the hotel. There is currently a party going on at the beach in the supposedly family-oriented Al Waha leaving all the children in the hotel unable to sleep. An utter disgrace. There is long queue of guests lining up at the managers desk to complain. This is very disrespectful
Relaxing time out
It was confusing before leaving knowing what to expect reading reviews here. Hopefully this will help. We are a family with a 12 and a 14 year old. Our rooms were great, yes not full modern luxury but most importantly a very comfortable bed and well equipped bathroom beautifully cleaned every day with a lovely view of the beach. The resort has something for everyone and whilst you are isolated from the real Oman which we would like to have seen more of, we were there essentially for a week of relaxation in the sun and that was readily available with plenty of great water and pool activities. We kayaked, went out jet skiing and our 12 year old played various pool games, football and table tennis, all for free. The staff were full of smiles and happy to help. We were half board and tried most eating venues, we love food and there was a great selection, for all 4 of us Al tanoor was the preferred venue but we also enjoyed Tapas, Chow Mee and Bait. Samba was slightly lacking in atmosphere at night, the Al Bandar area had a much better buzz. It is great the way you can access both hotel areas regardless of which hotel you are staying at. The only complaint which I would agree with, expressed by many here, is that the costs of drinks is very high, we bought some wine duty free but it was a shame feeling restricted with our choices due to price. The gym was small but handy, there was a great massive adventure zone across the car park area that was a bit soulless, you got the impression lots of people hadn't realised it was there or couldn't be bothered to access it as it was a little remote from the main action. With smaller children we would have used it more. Anyway overall a fantastic week, we like exploring and trying new places but wouldn't rule out a return. If we could give an extra half we would - not quite worth 5 but better than a 4!
It was okay but the food was horrible
The beach was very nice and the resort offered cool beach activities. The room was less than we accepted but it was okay, clean and comfortable. The staff was very friendly and helpful. However, the restaurants in the resort are very very disappointing. The food quality and taste was very bad. We tried to tolerate it and we explored different restaurants but at the end we had to go out of our way and leave the resort to find good food outside.
A bit bland and crowded
The lazy river was probably the best part of the stay as the kids enjoyed it. The food was ok, service slow, but the rooms were clean and well maintained. The burning incense as you walk into the lobby was irritating.
Like Mr Kipling cakes its 'exceedingly good'
Al Waha is one of 3 hotels in a beach resort complex some 30km east of Muscat. It is isolated with no Restaurants or supermarkets anywhere near. You can use the facilities of all 3 hotels, but in the main we predominantly used Al Wahas - especially the Samba Restaurant. We were half board, but because there are loads of Eateries to chose from, you get an allowance based on the Buffet Restaurant at Al Bandar. 20 Rial for a Buffet (£40 in real money) was overpriced. I'm never keen on Buffets, but I have to admit the food quality was extremely good - on the one occasion we used it. For the other 6 nights we dined in the Samba Restaurant, where the staff service, food quality and menu choice was top notch. My only quibble was the cost of beer (£10/pint) and wine (£15 for 250 ml which was at best average quality), but alas it was the same prices in all Restaurants. Unless you have a car you have to bite the bullet and pay the Resorts high prices . There is one free daily shuttle bus to a Muscat Mall - but you only get 2 hours on the ground before you have to return - and one shuttle to Muttrah souk - again a couple of hours on the ground but as most of the Outlets are selling 'tat' its not worth the trip. A taxi one way to Muscat is 14 Rial or £24 so again pretty expensive. The Check-in staff at Al Waha were most helpful - our flight was in early am but we were able to get our room straight away. The Concierge was also very helpful. The rooms are pretty big but unfortunately hardly ever got the sun. Regarding sunbathing the location of the mountains meant that the sun had gone by 16.00 but the numerous palm trees gave good sun protection during the day. The block where our room was located hardly saw the sun throughout the day - Room 3139 - and 4 floors. If you like to sit on your balcony sipping a glass of wine and reading a book in the early evening I suggest you try to book another block. The Cleaning staff left plenty of free water bottles daily and the fitments were modern. The TV channels were, however, limited for UK guests. Breakfast was great in Samba with a section for freshly cooked omelettes and other egg dishes. The fruit was fresh and the Chefs monitored the buffet regularly so the dishes didn't crust over- even the toaster toasted in one go. But again it was the staff who were the stars, with especial mention for Wang a lady from China - bet she's glad she's not in China at the minute- who was attentive, smiling and always available for a friendly chat. We used a well stocked Gym 4 times - the equipment was state of the art and if you timed it right, always free to use. Theres a crazy golf course, table tennis and table football so geared towards kids - almost forgot the lazy river where you can float on a rubber ring at your leisure. Thec water in the pools was warm My wife and i have a motto which is never go back - its a big world out there - but we would definitely go back to Al Waha - as long as the staff don't leave and they reduce the alcohol prices. We went on two trips with Zahara Travel drivers who were brilliant - always on time, knowledgeable and good company - Quasim and Ahmed. The first was a 9 hour round trip to Nizwa and the Grand Canyon (2nd biggest canyon after the one in Arizona) which cost £320 for the two of us. 82% of Oman is mountains and that is very noticeable on this trip. Value for money? - not sure but glad we did it. Also private Muscat tour 4 hours where you visit the Grand Mosque (Wow factor), the Palace and Muttrah old town costing £110. It was a good tour and if you only have time for finances for one trip, this is the one. A word of warning. Avoid Fridays and Saturdays as these are the days when the Cruise Ships arrive. To summarise we loved the hotel and staff and the very friendly Omanis and if theres time we will return
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