Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa Al Waha

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
  • Swimming Pool
  • Kids Club
  • Beachfront location
  • Restaurant

Where is it

On a private, 500-metre beach, a 15-minute drive from old Muscat capital. Transfer time from Muscat Airport: 45 minutes.

Hotel information

262 rooms. All with balcony/terrace, air-conditioning, satellite TV, radio, tea/coffee maker, mini-bar*, complimentary WiFi access, safe and hairdryer. Superior Pool View Rooms are spacious with balcony/patio and views of the lush gardens or pool, 1 king-size bed or 2 double beds, 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 summer period, Samba Restaurant at Al Waha will only serve a 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 options: 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.

Superior Sea View Rooms are spacious with balcony/patio and views of the ocean, 1 king-size bed or 2 double beds, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults 1 child.

Executive Sea View Rooms have ocean views with balcony, separate bath and shower and seating area, 1 king-size bed and sofa bed, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.

Interconnecting Family Rooms are based on 2 Superior Rooms which interconnect. These rooms have balconies, pool or sea views and 1 room has 1 king-size bed and the other with 2 twin beds, sleeping maximum 4 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.

1-Bedroom Suites have separate bedroom, living and dining room with sofa bed and extra long balcony, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.

Samba (International cuisine with show kitchens, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner). Surf Café (child friendly, Internet cafe, casual fare). Al Waha lounge (afternoon tea with views of the pool, gardens and the sea). Assira pool bar (healthy snacks and salads, sandwiches and cold drinks). Bait Al Bahr (beach side seafood restaurant, open for dinner). 500 metre lazy river which winds between Al Waha and Al Bandar. Swimming pool and 2 kids' pools. Cool Zone kids' club* (aged 4-12 years). Splashpad, a fun aquatic play area (in Al Waha). Water sports* (located at Al Waha beach). Complimentary WiFi access in rooms and throughout the resort. Complimentary shuttles to Muttrah Souk and Muscat shopping areas

5 nights between 27 Dec–2 Jan. 

Minimum length of stay of 5 nights through 27 Dec '19–4 Jan '20 (inclusive). Check-out on 31 December 2019 is not possible.

* Denotes local charge.

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Loved it!

Oct 17, 2019 W9964BYandrewm Nuneaton, United Kingdom

We had high expecations and they were exceeded. The hotel and grounds are stunning. We mixed it up between beach and pool, both were clean, quiet and the free cool boxes with water, juices and face spray was a great touch. We had a deluxe sea view room for a week which was great. Big bed, well maintained, clean, super views from the balcony and… Read more
We had high expecations and they were exceeded. The hotel and grounds are stunning. We mixed it up between beach and pool, both were clean, quiet and the free cool boxes with water, juices and face spray was a great touch. We had a deluxe sea view room for a week which was great. Big bed, well maintained, clean, super views from the balcony and free mini-bar (not for alcohol). It was everything we needed for a 7 night stay. The great touches don't stop once you leave the room, beach or pool. Complementary afternoon tea and pre-dinner drinks are a triumph. For 6 of the 7 nights we ate in one of the 2 hotel restaurants and were not disappointed and the staff were fantastic, Special shout out to Aman and Chef Prasad who made us an off-menu special curry night which was gorgeous. However, all the staff across the hotel were great, attentive and made our stay special. We did try one of the restaurants in one of the adjoining sister hotels, the Chow Mee Restaurant, which was disappointing. The food did not live up to the billing of street food and we preferred the quiet, adults only, sophistication of the Al Husn. But, be warned, quiet sophistication does come at a price. Half Board is really an allowance and, if you like wine in the evening as I do, it can be a bit eye-watering. Overall though, we loved it here and it was a great base camp too for the days out we took to experience Oman. We've become a bit tired of Dubai, we chose this for a different Arabian experience and I'd thoroughly recommend it. We'll be back. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating The best short break ever in the Gulf States

Oct 14, 2019 JaneLancaster83 Mons, France

This hotel was absolutely perfect. The bays are stunning and the facilities and activities arranged by the hotel are varied and interesting. Our favorite touch was the complimentary afternoon tea served on the terrace, and the complimentary soft drinks and water available in all facilities and in the room minibar. We appreciated the no children… Read more
This hotel was absolutely perfect. The bays are stunning and the facilities and activities arranged by the hotel are varied and interesting. Our favorite touch was the complimentary afternoon tea served on the terrace, and the complimentary soft drinks and water available in all facilities and in the room minibar. We appreciated the no children policy, especially at breakfast, and we had a wonderful relaxing stay. Check in and checkout were efficient and friendly, and the staff are always at hand but never in your face. The hotel is a 20 minute drive into town and we explored the Matrah souk and a beautiful local restaurant call Kargeen. We travelled with a local taxi driver called Eissa who was recommended by the hotel rather than by hotel car and he was helpful, polite and very reliable about pick up times to return to the hotel. The beach is set in a beautiful bay surrounded by interesting rock formations and the lounge chairs are arranged so shade or sun are an option throughout the day. We will definitely return to this gem of a hotel on the Indian Ocean. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Still a Great Hotel with Super Staff.

Oct 9, 2019 Vivid47AngleseyUK Anglesey UK

This is our third visit to this hotel. The location is very good in a select location about 5 miles south of Muscat. There is a good selection of restaurants within the complex but be warned they are not cheap and if you like wine it is very expensive. Having said that the standard of food is high and worth price. The pool area is good and the… Read more
This is our third visit to this hotel. The location is very good in a select location about 5 miles south of Muscat. There is a good selection of restaurants within the complex but be warned they are not cheap and if you like wine it is very expensive. Having said that the standard of food is high and worth price. The pool area is good and the attendants are great. The private Al Husn beach is beautiful and there are body boards and canoes available for you to use. Breakfast service if very good with a wide choice of hot and cold food and the staff in there are great and any problem you mention to them will be reported and dealt with. Happy hour in the main area from 6.00 to 7.00 is great fun and a good chance to meet other guests and the complimentary afternoon tea is superb. This is not a cheap hotel but it is a quality place to stay. We have spent 6 weeks there in the last three years and will be back again next year. Read less
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Oct 9, 2019 Amal_kuwait Hawalli, Kuwait

I love this hotel it was the best hotels 13 years ago when I visited But now it need more maintenance The Bander is Awful I could not stay there The price is a bit high I thinks there many hotels in that Area new and less price
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Exclusive and Overlooking the other two hotels

Oct 9, 2019 P7460PUandreasa Muscat, Oman

Everything in the hotel is exclusive starting from the breakfast to lounge to afternoon tea to dinner to exclusive beach...........The pool is beautiful, The view is fantastic and the breeze from the sea complete the relaxation. Is not the hotel to use for excursions for me. Is the one to enjoy within. I stayed for two dream days with my wife.