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 Sublime Shangrila

Jul 17, 2019 caz722019

I had arrived after a night at The Chedi. Yes it’s more stylish than Al Husn, less O.T.T. but, for me, the attention was just a little too “suffocating”, making me feel uncomfortable rather than relaxed. But, this is not about The Chedi but rather the astonishing Al Husn. Arrived at this “wonderland “ via sweeping driveway to a beaming welcome,… Read more
I had arrived after a night at The Chedi. Yes it’s more stylish than Al Husn, less O.T.T. but, for me, the attention was just a little too “suffocating”, making me feel uncomfortable rather than relaxed. But, this is not about The Chedi but rather the astonishing Al Husn. Arrived at this “wonderland “ via sweeping driveway to a beaming welcome, bags whisked away ,and I was escorted to reception where I was seated, and in no time the most delicious, cooling and oh so welcome drink was placed before me by Lula, a most delightful, entertaining and kind lady who so sweetly upgraded me to a deluxe, sea view room. And what a room. Quite apart from the stunning view over the pool to the Arabian Sea; the size; the amenities; the delicious bathroom goodies; the heavenly rain shower in which to luxuriate with said goodies; the fluffiest and whitest towels, and so to bed. A bed for languishing . Just right firmness, perfect down pillows and the loveliest of bed linens. Languishing must wait, as I venture out of my cocoon to explore. Kept getting lost. This place is enormous. Found my way outside eventually, whereupon my sunnies fogged up! I thought Australia had humidity. Gawd, had never experienced anything like this. How do these lovely Omanis survive? Moving from aircon to aircon to etc. etc. I imagine. A short wander around, picture taking, and soon retreated to the comfort of my cocoon for a nap before afternoon tea. Oh yummy. Yes, folks, it tastes as delicious as it looks from many photos taken by previous guests. And, even more is offered. Phew. No thanks, although I did manage to waddle back to my room with 2 cakes I couldn’t finish to be devoured later with a cuppa. All too soon, wandering the corridors to search for drinks and canapés on one of many terraces with super views over the 2 other resorts to sandstone cliffs. Very generous drinks poured, I was joined by Suad, the Duty Manager. I had mentioned how I’d love to go to the beach and take piccies of the sunset, so off she went to my room to collect iPad because I was too lazy, and into the buggy and down to the beach, me greedily clutching glass of crisp white wine. How’s that for service? Photos duly taken of the cleanest beach with the most dramatic backdrop of cliffs out to the sea. The setting of Al Husn really is breathtaking. The cliffs extending to very “Lawrence of Arabia” mountains with the ocean lapping the pristine shore. That really is hard to beat. Back to settle indoors with another glass of white and the absorbing company of Suad. So interesting and articulate. Fascinating to hear about Oman life, the accepting society, the reasonably emancipated women who move about safely without the company of men, who drive, who happily go off to work free of guilt. A country of free education and health care, of roads that are as smooth as a baby’s derrière, of cleanliness, graffiti efree, of clearly happy residents, and remarkably, free of terrorism. An enviable country indeed. One that I would love to return to and explore further. Sorry. Got a bit carried away there! Shangrila Al Husn is a fabulous hotel, there’s no denying, but it’s the staff that make it so special. Always there to assist, without hovering and being intrusive. Very entertaining and always ready for a laugh. Khalid. You lovely boy. Khalid who took me out in the buggy at 6 am back to the beach so I could paddle in rolled up pants in the Arabian Sea, and took many pics on my iPad to attest to this, and to the rising sun over the water. We explored all over in the buggy. What fun, both of us laughing like naughty school kids having “borrowed” the buggy. I shall forever have happy memories of that time and the lovely young man who reminded me of being young and carefree again. My thanks and best regards to Aakriti and Youssef and another doorman who greeted me on my arrival with a beaming smile. So sorry I have forgotten your name. This has been a very convoluted review, for which I apologise. In conclusion, this was an experience like no other. Apart from the bl***y humidity, it was perfect. Thank you all for making it so. Kindest regards, Carol Read less
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Jul 13, 2019 karlwang Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

This hotel is impressed me a lot!!! Located in a very good location and the hotel is so beautiful. The pool is a great spot to take photo and most intagramable photo spot . The afternoon tea is great and the evening cocktail is awesome too!!! The staffs here are friendly and even will remember your name!!!! Definitely will come back again… Read more
This hotel is impressed me a lot!!! Located in a very good location and the hotel is so beautiful. The pool is a great spot to take photo and most intagramable photo spot . The afternoon tea is great and the evening cocktail is awesome too!!! The staffs here are friendly and even will remember your name!!!! Definitely will come back again in the winter!!! For me , this property having a good location , great staff, good room and good food !!! But with the great weather will be perfect!!! (Summer in Middle east is a bit tough for this beautiful place......) Read less
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Jul 11, 2019 mishmish87

We stayed ( me and my husband) a couple of days in Shangri La AlHusn for relaxation and to spent a time away from the busy life and We enjoyed it. The place is fantastic for the quiet and tranquility seekers. It is perfect for honeymooners. Also, Al Husn has some advantages over Barr Al Jissah, no children are allow to enter the Al Husn resort or… Read more
We stayed ( me and my husband) a couple of days in Shangri La AlHusn for relaxation and to spent a time away from the busy life and We enjoyed it. The place is fantastic for the quiet and tranquility seekers. It is perfect for honeymooners. Also, Al Husn has some advantages over Barr Al Jissah, no children are allow to enter the Al Husn resort or the Barr Al Jissah’s goers to enter Al Husn but for Al husn visitors it is possible the wander the 3 resort. Also, a free minibar that is refilled daily and a pre-dinner drinks. The only disadvantaged that I have found is the over priced restaurants that in Al Husn. In spite of that, you could go to visit One of Barr Al Jissah’s restaurant or lounge. Read less
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Jun 23, 2019 Fulviola78 London, United Kingdom

It’s been a very unique weekend. Service is perfect, the room was amazingly comfortable and the place is stunning. Swimming at midnight at Turtles beach was just perfect. The staff is always available without being overly present.
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Jun 22, 2019 shivalidhawan New Delhi, India

Next level hospitality.Breakfast was delicious. Food quality is really good. Afternoon tea is good. Hot chocolate is up to the mark. Evening drinks and snacks were mind blowing. Ambience was great. We loved the property and services. Heaven on earth. Highly recommend.