Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa Al Bandar

Oman, Middle East

The hotel

This spectacular resort lies in 124 acres of verdant landscaped grounds, amid a stunning combination of ocean and rugged mountains, a short drive from the old Muscat capital. The spacious rooms are decorated with traditional Omani artworks and have balconies overlooking the sparkling bay of Al Jissah, lush gardens or pool complex. Two hotels make up this fabulous resort: Al Waha The Oasis) is perfect for families and groups, whilst Al Bandar (The Town) is a deluxe hotel in the heart of the resort. The weather here is beautifully hot and sunny practically year round, the ideal climate in fact for enjoying the freeform pools and golden beaches on which this unrivalled resort sits!

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Spa
  • Swimming Pool
  • Night Club
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Internet Access
  • Beachfront location
  • Tennis
  • Restaurant
  • Scuba Diving

Where is it

On a private, 600-metre beach, a 15-minute drive from old Muscat capital. Transfer time from Muscat Airport: 45 minutes.

Hotel information

198 rooms. All with balcony/terrace, air-conditioning, satellite TV, tea/coffee maker, mini-bar*, high-speed Internet access*, safe, iron and board and hairdryer. Deluxe Rooms have fantastic views over the gardens, pool or Gulf of Oman, with 2 double beds or 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 1 child.

Half Board option: includes lunch or dinner applicable in the hotel’s buffet restaurants (Samba Restaurant at Al Waha Hotel and Al Tanoor Restaurant at Al Bandar Hotel. Food only) or alternatively, guests may choose to receive a food and beverage a credit per person, per meal. Drinks not included. Children 11 years of age and under do not get a credit in à la carte restaurants. During the summer period, Samba Restaurant at Al Waha will only serve à la carte menu for lunch as well as dinner. Al Tanoor Restaurant at Al Bandar Hotel will also serve à la carte menu for lunch and dinner will be an open buffet. Guest on Half Board can enjoy a choice of one starter, one main course and one desert from à la carte menu during lunch and dinner at Samba or lunch at Al Tanoor.

Full Board option: includes lunch and dinner applicable in the hotel’s buffet restaurants (Samba Restaurant at Al Waha Hotel and Al Tanoor Restaurant at Al Bandar Hotel. Food only) or alternatively, guests may choose to receive a food and beverage a credit per person, per meal. Drinks not included. Children 11 years of age and under do not get a credit in à la carte restaurants. During summer period, Samba Restaurant at Al Waha will only serve à la carte menu for lunch as well as dinner. Al Tanoor Restaurant at Al Bandar Hotel will also serve à la carte menu for lunch and dinner will be an open buffet. Guest on Full Board can enjoy a choice of one starter, one main course and one desert from à la carte menu during lunch and dinner at Samba or lunch at Al Tanoor.

Deluxe Terrace Rooms have a large terrace with direct access to the gardens and pool areas and views towards the Gulf of Oman, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 1 child.

Deluxe Seafacing Rooms offer spectacular sea views, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 1 child.

Capri Court (contemporary Italian, open for dinner). Tapas & Sablah (Mediterranean and Asian tapas, open for dinner, and late night Middle Eastern mezze). Al Tanoor (Arabian, Indian, Mediterranean, Persian and Turkish buffet, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner). Circles (poolside snack bar). Al Bandar lounge, in the heart of the resort serving afternoon tea, cocktails and pre-dinner drinks. Long Bar. The Piano Lounge. 2 swimming pools and 1 kids' pool. CHI, The Spa*. Fitness centre* with sauna and Jacuzzi. Exercise classes*, including beach volleyball, beach football and stretching classes. 4 tennis courts*. Dive centre*. Water sports* (located at Al Waha beach). Internet access*. Complimentary shuttles to Muttrah Souk and Muscat shopping areas

5 nights between 27 Dec–2 Jan.

* Denotes local charge.

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating A Family Escape

Nov 17, 2020 Fahad_S_Al_Harthi Seeb, Oman

We stayed at Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah - Al Bandar Hotel for two nights. The booking process was a bit tricky and the entrance to the hotel was tricker since some stiff measures are implemented for COVID-19 Protection Protocol. The rooms are a bit tiny but clean. The children water facilities are good. The food are of high quality I must… Read more
We stayed at Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah - Al Bandar Hotel for two nights. The booking process was a bit tricky and the entrance to the hotel was tricker since some stiff measures are implemented for COVID-19 Protection Protocol. The rooms are a bit tiny but clean. The children water facilities are good. The food are of high quality I must admit, unlike thoae tried earlier at the same restaurant of this hotel (Al Tanoor). Book directly with the hotel to get better deals! Read less
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Oct 2, 2020 bwejuu muscat

We are currently staying this is our third time. First during pandemic. The well being of the guests is a big priority here The staff are well trained very professional to handle the guests We are n our kids are enjoying this break a lot. Without any worries. Keep it up staff Azza
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Beloved Shangri-la

May 17, 2020 tripofeterns Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

One of the my favorite hotels in Middle East from Abu Dhabi Shangri-la view to Sheikh Zayed Mosque, Dubai view to Burj Khalifa and Muscat beloved resort. Rooms, location, Views from room, selection of restaurants will not leave u disappointed.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Don't Stay Elsewhere if You want to Stay in a Resort in Muscat

Apr 29, 2020 TripMember06092015 United States

There are two Shangri-la, adjacent to each other but Al Husn can use the facilities of the other. But I can tell you that there is no need and you can stay in Al Husn to enjoy everything. The beach on this side is also much better - not only that the beach has less people and quieter (though i don't mean the other one is noisy), Al Husn's beach… Read more
There are two Shangri-la, adjacent to each other but Al Husn can use the facilities of the other. But I can tell you that there is no need and you can stay in Al Husn to enjoy everything. The beach on this side is also much better - not only that the beach has less people and quieter (though i don't mean the other one is noisy), Al Husn's beach also has a nice view. The swimming pool is also beautiful. The complimentary afternoon tea is nice, but I think the variety of the food could be improved. Decoration and its setting is beautiful. The view from the restaurant is fantastic. The courtyard is really a cool place to chill out to have a drink (also included in my package) before dinner. Staff are friendly and helpful. They have a WhatsApp number which I can contact. Also, there is kind of a turtle alert system which if a turtle lays eggs on the beach, they would alert you. Unfortunately, I did not experience that during my stay. Overall, it is a beautiful property and would be a top choice. The landscape and setting....etc., everything is fine. Once you stay here, you don't want to leave it. Peraps it is the only drawback - it takes a while to go back to the city. The one thing that went wrong was the airport transfer and breakfast on the last day. We left the hotel early for our flight, but found out that the transfer arranged by the hotel was late, yet the packed breakfast took even longer! I almost wanted to leave without further waiting , but the staff kept saying that the breakfast would be ready soon. Luckily, at the moment when I had to leave, the breakfast arrived and the Muscat Airport was not busy on that day. Read less
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Apr 21, 2020 kombizz usa

This is another heaven on earth located in this part of Oman with beautiful landscape, located in a premium location with Arabic design architecture, fantastic view, beautiful rooms, great customer service and many more.