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 Very Good Experience - Wonderful Staff

Nov 16, 2019 Alan B St Mellion

My wife and I have just had two weeks at the Al Husn - we had a very comfortable Sea View Room overlooking the private beach. The overall hotel experience is understated quality with exceptional staff throughout the Hotel.We were particularly impressed with Ace,Mirco and Maureen who were outstanding. The adults only aspect makes for a peaceful… Read more
My wife and I have just had two weeks at the Al Husn - we had a very comfortable Sea View Room overlooking the private beach. The overall hotel experience is understated quality with exceptional staff throughout the Hotel.We were particularly impressed with Ace,Mirco and Maureen who were outstanding. The adults only aspect makes for a peaceful and calm stay. In addition, the Afternoon tea was much enjoyed and the Drinks and Canapes in the wonderful courtyard was a very pleasant experience each evening .A great opportunity to meet fellow guests or just enjoy the ambience.A very enjoyable stay. Read less
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Nov 16, 2019 jefflondon52

Advertising as a nice quite place Al Husn was supposed to be luxurious... But they got this free advertising people whose job title is “Instagram blogger” so they run around the compact beach with all their media equipment screaming “no honey the pose is not good” ..it went on for many hours throwing their attitude around and disturbing other… Read more
Advertising as a nice quite place Al Husn was supposed to be luxurious... But they got this free advertising people whose job title is “Instagram blogger” so they run around the compact beach with all their media equipment screaming “no honey the pose is not good” ..it went on for many hours throwing their attitude around and disturbing other guest who actually PAID for a stay in Al Husn and didn’t get it FREE because of some likes on social media. I inquired if that circus will go on and if maybe all the guests should make some space and leave, so the blogger girls can continue to show off their body and do selfies. The staff informed us “well management said those are the Media ppl”. This is a disgrace to guests who have come all the way from Europe looking forward for a nice vacation. It’s supposed to be a luxurious hotel and not a 3 star in Mallorca serving freebies. Read less
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Nov 15, 2019 suzy6626 London, United Kingdom

We had a fantastic stay at this hotel. The hotel is run very efficiently. We had a gorgeous room over looking the beach. The room was large with a nice balcony and big bathroom. We loved the free mini bar, the complimentary cooler box round the pool, and the sun beds were always easy to come by. Pool staff were really friendly. We used the gym… Read more
We had a fantastic stay at this hotel. The hotel is run very efficiently. We had a gorgeous room over looking the beach. The room was large with a nice balcony and big bathroom. We loved the free mini bar, the complimentary cooler box round the pool, and the sun beds were always easy to come by. Pool staff were really friendly. We used the gym regularly, we enjoyed the happy hour in the courtyard listening to the music, we loved the breakfast, lots of choice of food, and a menu with eggs, oatmeal etc. that was the only place that could do better, some days excellent,some days service a bit slow. We used the Spanish and Moroccan restaurant on site, both excellent meals, we loved the fish restaurant and visited it twice, also enjoyed sitting outside in the BAB lounge, above the restaurant. We loved our stay, and loved Muscat. Read less
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Nov 13, 2019 kag-ok Doncaster, United Kingdom

An excellent holiday in Muscat in Oman at the Shangri-La Al Husn Resort and Spa. Great reception on arrival and escorted for welcome drinks. The rooms are excellent with complimentary minibar with drinks including alcohol. We had a Luxury sea view room on the fourth floor with fantastic views. The swimming pool and sunbed area was amazing and… Read more
An excellent holiday in Muscat in Oman at the Shangri-La Al Husn Resort and Spa. Great reception on arrival and escorted for welcome drinks. The rooms are excellent with complimentary minibar with drinks including alcohol. We had a Luxury sea view room on the fourth floor with fantastic views. The swimming pool and sunbed area was amazing and very comfortable. Complimentary drinks in an ice box were delivered to our sunbeds every day and ice cream in the afternoon. There was a good selection of restaurants with a wide variety of foods. Many thanks to all the staff who made our stay so beautiful;- Suad, EiEi (my princess),Joey, Yousef, Khalil, Lauro and all the other staff in the Hotel. God bless you all and see you next year. Read less
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Nov 10, 2019 Boarding_gate123 Finland

My husband and I stayed at Shangri-La Al Husn for 8 nights in a deluxe king room while holidaying in Oman. We arrived slightly skeptical about all the absolutely glowing reviews. But all the hype, the over-the-top reviews, they’re all true! Shangri-La Al Husn provided so many moments of bliss: enjoying complimentary afternoon tea (with a… Read more
My husband and I stayed at Shangri-La Al Husn for 8 nights in a deluxe king room while holidaying in Oman. We arrived slightly skeptical about all the absolutely glowing reviews. But all the hype, the over-the-top reviews, they’re all true! Shangri-La Al Husn provided so many moments of bliss: enjoying complimentary afternoon tea (with a selection far superior to many paid, 5-star hotel afternoon teas I've had) with a gorgeous sea view while reading "The Lost Horizon" (check out the drawer of your bedside table), studying - in awe and from a safe distance - the turtle sanctuary areas each morning hoping to spot something, taking in the beautiful sunset over the cliffs, having a (or two, or three...) perfect, chilled Aperol Spritzes in the gorgeous courtyard during the complimentary cocktail hour, strolling by the beachfront at the sister properties in the evenings after dinner, discovering a very vocal and chatty PARROT (yes, really :D ) on our balcony one morning and - above all - providing a sense of calm and relaxation in utterly gorgeous surroundings while constantly being tended to by excellent staff. The room: We stayed in a deluxe king room which, surprisingly, had a very nice view of both the infinity pool and the sea beyond. When I expressed my surprise about the partial seaview, which we hadn't booked nor expected, to the lady showing us our room, she graciously replied that they only sell rooms as seaview if they have a proper, full-one seaview. Considering the way some hotels more or less trick customers with misleading explanations of the view, I thought this was a very fresh, honest and nice approach. The room was very clean (even with carpet), large and spacious with all necessary amenities (incl. water kettle). The complimentary minibar, which was refilled efficiently daily, was much appreciated. Personally, I wouldn’t have minded a stronger emphasis on the local culture in room décor since it felt a bit too neutral. Similarly, furniture on the balcony felt a bit misplaced and underused since the balcony was massive. Overall, the room was very good and extremely quiet so we got a good night's sleep :) The food: Breakfast was excellent and, as expected, provided a large assortment. High-quality, freshly squeezed fruit juices, a menu for loose-leaf teas, various hot á la carte items freshly cooked, and some lovely pastries. We dined in the hotel all evenings since we couldn't be bothered to use the taxis to go anywhere. (We did, however, have lunch in Muscat and brunch at the Al Bustan Palace, Ritz-Carlton). Food was good, although not mind-blowing. If you venture out to the two sister properties, Al Waha and Al Bandar, I'd recommend going as late as possible so it's more relaxing (i.e. there were A LOT of children at those properties). Wine was relatively reasonably priced, which was a very nice surprise after our stay at Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar. The cheapest bottles (rosé or red, Moroccan) were around 40-55 euros (if I remember correctly) and were perfectly drinkable. Food and drinks can be ordered to your sunloungers on the beach, you just need to make the order at the beach bar and they'll bring your order over. (This isn't actively advertised.) Service and atmosphere: The staff is very friendly and pro-active across the board. There was a false fire alarm one early morning and after I'd called reception to check whether we should evacuate (since I didn't see any other guests out and about in the hallway) we received a massive, lovely plate with various treats and goodies together with a letter of apology. Excellent customer service. For a more party-atmosphere, it was easy to walk to the BAB Lounge at the beachfront by the sister properties or to the tapas restaurant for a shisha. Similarly, on our last evening we discovered the very underused piano bar at Al Bandar. Location and beach: The hotel has a beautiful location, on a scraggy cliff overlooking the sea. The three hotels are situated far away from the city center. Without the possibility to walk around and use all three hotels, I might have ended up feeling a bit claustrophobic at some point. However, it was lovely taking a long stroll in the evening from one end (Al Husn) to the other by the sea and lit-up walkway. The beach was beautiful and the sand burning hot, so take sandals. We switched between hanging out on the traditional sandy beach-side and the cliff-side, which also had beautiful views. There were a couple of instances when it looked like the water had oil (gasoline?) or something similar in it, which made us not want to swim, but this was very periodic. Overall, we had a fantastic time and would not hesitate to return. Read less