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 '20–4 Jan '21 (inclusive). Check-out on 31 Dec is not possible.

* Denotes local charge.

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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.
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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.
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Apr 13, 2020 frweaver Durham, North Carolina

We ended our trip to Oman with 3 nights here, and were not disappointed. I chose this resort because it was adults only and for the amazing location. We were greeted with a lovely drink upon arrival. Our room was a walk from reception, but the views were worth it. The pool was easily accessible via a close stairwell, which was a bonus. Beer… Read more
We ended our trip to Oman with 3 nights here, and were not disappointed. I chose this resort because it was adults only and for the amazing location. We were greeted with a lovely drink upon arrival. Our room was a walk from reception, but the views were worth it. The pool was easily accessible via a close stairwell, which was a bonus. Beer and snacks in the minibar were free, not that food was ever really needed. We did half board, so had breakfast and credit toward dinner each day. My 60th birthday dinner was at Shahrazad the first night, and they covered the table in rose petals. The food was good, and then they brought a decadent birthday cake. It was quite lovely. We ate dinner there another night and at the seafood restaurant twice. (Order the sashimi!) The breakfast buffet was very well done, with plenty of regional options, and the Asian menu items were excellent. Don't miss the Omani sweets. Afternoon tea was a daily highlight, with gorgeous views and amazing staff. Cocktail hour was relaxed with live music and whatever drinks you wanted. We spent a couple of days by the pool, reading and relaxing. There were plenty of chairs and the service was great. They brought a pool cooler with cold drinks and Evian face spritzers, too. We arrived March 8, and while there were plenty of guests, they had a lot of cancellations due to Covid-19. Even at capacity, the hotel would have a relaxed uncrowded vibe, though. Thanks to all for a lovely end to our trip. Read less
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Apr 2, 2020 Rochalovesruby York, United Kingdom

After spending a couple of weeks in Jordan touring around we were so looking forward to this stay as our final stop before heading home. We were looking forward to a luxurious week but in summary this hotel is dated, tired and not particularly clean. Our room had a lovely sea view but could have been cleaned better. The glass top to the writing… Read more
After spending a couple of weeks in Jordan touring around we were so looking forward to this stay as our final stop before heading home. We were looking forward to a luxurious week but in summary this hotel is dated, tired and not particularly clean. Our room had a lovely sea view but could have been cleaned better. The glass top to the writing desk was always smeared. Nuts that had been left outside on the patio table had taken 2 days to be removed. Yes, we could have done it ourselves but when you’re paying top dollar for what should be a 5 star hotel then why should we.... The breakfast spread was very disappointing. We had been thoroughly spoilt in the other hotels that we had stayed in with a fabulous array of produce. Service was slow waiting for what seemed like an age for tea & coffee to appear. Orders being taken for ‘cooked’ breakfasts from the menu were very slow. One morning we waited 20 minutes, chased our order and both dishes came out without the usual silver domes and yes, the food was cold so both plates were sent back. We had afternoon tea once. We chose to eat at the beach restaurant late afternoons where in fairness the food was good. We also opted out from having the canapés and drinks early evening. We experienced this twice and couldn’t bear it. It was as though there was a mass exodus to get down as soon as they started serving! On both occasions we arrived in the last 15 minutes of service......and we waited and waited to be served. We have been fortunate enough to have stayed in some of the best hotels in the world and this wasn’t one of them. Read less