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 Hotel (The Oasis) is perfect for families and groups, whilst Al Bandar Hotel (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*. Watersports* (located at Al Waha beach). Internet access*.

5 nights between 27 Dec–2 Jan.

* Denotes local charge.

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating STUNNING VIEW, BUT...

May 18, 2019 martinaxmartina

The hotel has a nice beach location with beautiful view to the rocks in the sea. There is a private beach for hotel guests, where they provide you nice refreshment box with drinks and Evian refreshing spray. During the evening they serve alcohol and canapes for free in an inner yard. Afternoon tea and the minibar is for free. However you can see… Read more
The hotel has a nice beach location with beautiful view to the rocks in the sea. There is a private beach for hotel guests, where they provide you nice refreshment box with drinks and Evian refreshing spray. During the evening they serve alcohol and canapes for free in an inner yard. Afternoon tea and the minibar is for free. However you can see that the hotel is quite old with a lot of corridors where you can get lost. Long distances from the lobby and the restaurant to the room. Would we come back? Maybe yes, because there are only few good hotels near Muscat. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Professional and happy staff with stunning location

May 12, 2019 Venture801651

As is always the case with Shangri-la group, we were not disappointed with the location nor the suite, nor the staff who were delightful. An absolute stunning location with private beach and excellent service from the beach team and beach guard. Sea canoes, snorkel masks and an array of beach beds to choose from. The infinity pool was a good… Read more
As is always the case with Shangri-la group, we were not disappointed with the location nor the suite, nor the staff who were delightful. An absolute stunning location with private beach and excellent service from the beach team and beach guard. Sea canoes, snorkel masks and an array of beach beds to choose from. The infinity pool was a good temperature with a view on to the sea; we were given a cool box daily holding soft drinks and face spray. The evening courtyard aperatif and canopies was accompanied by two ladies playing violin and double base; very convivial even though a little windy some evenings so dont forget a wrap...nevertheless fully appreciated! A pleasant opportunity to meet with the management team. The hotel was just about to open an Asian street restaurant and we believe that will be a great asset to the existing restaurants. The only disappointment for us was the lack of gluten free offerings at lunch time and evenings. Breakfast however was not an issue and comes highly recommended as does the afternoon tea although the last 5 days of 12 days there it became a bit repetitive. We enjoyed the atmosphere in the Piano Lounge Bar in the Al Bustan Palace hotel and the Fish restaurant also along the Al Bustan Beach. On rainy days (not many) we visited the display of vintage motor vehicles in the exhibition hall, or spent time in the well stocked library and used the snooker table. We can recommend this hotel for peace and quiet away from children but advise to check that your room is not above the restaurant if you are an "early to bed" couple. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Wonderful stay

May 7, 2019 cldtx New Braunfels, Texas

My husband and I stayed two nights for our anniversary. All hotel staff are professional and friendly. The front staff made sure we knew about services and amenities offered. We were taken to our room, which was spacious and very clean. I loved the pool! It was very relaxing. A cooler with ice and water bottles was brought to your lounger as well.… Read more
My husband and I stayed two nights for our anniversary. All hotel staff are professional and friendly. The front staff made sure we knew about services and amenities offered. We were taken to our room, which was spacious and very clean. I loved the pool! It was very relaxing. A cooler with ice and water bottles was brought to your lounger as well. The restaurants we tried were great. I liked the selection at breakfast. Plenty of fruits and yogurts and you could order off the menu as well. It was a wonderful weekend and both my husband and I wish we had booked another night! Read less
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May 6, 2019 Tripadvisbear Vaughan, Canada

If you are going to Oman and looking for an adult only resort / spa I really hope you consider this fantastic resort Beautiful and immaculate hotel grounds will keep making you wonder if you are dreaming! Incredible beach! The staff are so polite and professional! Between 5-6 pm they offer live entertainment with complimentary beverages and… Read more
If you are going to Oman and looking for an adult only resort / spa I really hope you consider this fantastic resort Beautiful and immaculate hotel grounds will keep making you wonder if you are dreaming! Incredible beach! The staff are so polite and professional! Between 5-6 pm they offer live entertainment with complimentary beverages and snacks in the resorts main court! The pool and the beach are simply stunning! Fantastic restaurants are located onsite which are definitely worth the visit I can go on and on about how amazing this resort is but you won’t know until you try for yourself! Enjoy your stay ! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Great Great Hotel at beautiful location!

May 5, 2019 honeggm Zurich

We just came back from 5 nights at the Shangri-La Al Husn Resort & Spa. Clearly an amazing hotel! Before arriving we received a mail with some questions such as when we wanted our rooms to be cleaned, when we wanted turn down service etc. We never saw a person attending our room! Unbelievable, but this worked out fantastically! When arriving… Read more
We just came back from 5 nights at the Shangri-La Al Husn Resort & Spa. Clearly an amazing hotel! Before arriving we received a mail with some questions such as when we wanted our rooms to be cleaned, when we wanted turn down service etc. We never saw a person attending our room! Unbelievable, but this worked out fantastically! When arriving excellent service at the reception. Rooms are very nice and large, in local style. Except alcohol minibar was fully included. Beach area very beautiful with excellent service at the beach. When arriving at the beach every guest receives a mini-coolbox with different drinks, all for free! Hotel is a adults only, so no small kids running around and shouting, very relaxing. Hotel offers complimentary apero every evening between 6 and 7 pm in the hotel court yard. Drinks and some food, all for free. Additionally all complemented with excellent live music! Al Husn guests can use all facilities from the other hotels, which is excellent, as the other two Shangri-La are just around the corner in walking distance and also offer excellent restaurants. Guest from the other two Shangri-La hotels though are not allowed to facilities from Al Husn, which is great as it guarantees some kind of privacy and exclusivity! The restaurants at Al Husn are top class. Excellent buffet in the morning. Staff is very friendly and helpful. Al Husn is next to the Al Bustan Palace the best hotel in Oman. Read less