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 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
  • Swimming Pool
  • Kids Club
  • Beachfront location
  • Restaurant

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

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). Watersports* (located at Al Waha beach). Complimentary WiFi access in rooms and throughout the resort.

5 nights between 27 Dec–2 Jan.

*Denotes local charge.

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Outstanding adults-only hotel

Apr 16, 2019 johnfisher2016 Gerrards Cross, United Kingdom

This is a truly outstanding hotel, difficult to find any faults at all. The are three hotels at the site - Al Husn (five star, adults only); Al Bandar and Al Waha for families. The resort is situated along the coast about 35 minutes from Muscat, and 45 minutes from the airport. We had arranged hotel transport, which worked very smoothly, and check… Read more
This is a truly outstanding hotel, difficult to find any faults at all. The are three hotels at the site - Al Husn (five star, adults only); Al Bandar and Al Waha for families. The resort is situated along the coast about 35 minutes from Muscat, and 45 minutes from the airport. We had arranged hotel transport, which worked very smoothly, and check in at the hotel was a serene experience. The rooms are extremely comfortable, with a small sitting area and a balcony. The contents of the mini bar are included and refreshed daily - soft drinks, beer, nuts and biscuits. Afternoon tea is also included, as are drinks (wine, prosecco and beer) and canapés served for an hour at 18.00. There are 11 restaurants on site open for dinner across the three interconnected hotels at the resort, and all the meals we had were of a very high standard. There are two cafes at Al Husn serving lunch, at the pool and the beach, which have a limited choice menu. Other cafes serve a wider choice at the Al Bandar and Al Waha hotels, a few minutes walk along the beach. If you join Shangri-La's loyalty Club, golden circle, you get various discounts including 20% at all restaurants and bars. This is very welcome given that the cost of meals here are on the high side. There are complimentary shuttles during the day to points of interest in Muscat. My daughter, a very experienced diver, found the on-site dive facility provided a very high standard of service, and some extremely interesting dive sites. There are plenty of comfortable sunbeds around the pool and at the beach, with individual cool boxes, water and fruit juice provided. Overall a very calm, service-oriented, comfortable experience. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Elegance without anyone in your face

Apr 13, 2019 farida d

Unlike other 5 Stars Hotel which find it necessary to remind you of the fact constantly, the Shangri-La is simply understatedly elegance. You feel as if you own the place. Its design, location, staff training, activities, and rooms all combine to create actual luxury not modern bling. All the staff were wonderful, again without over-doing it. We… Read more
Unlike other 5 Stars Hotel which find it necessary to remind you of the fact constantly, the Shangri-La is simply understatedly elegance. You feel as if you own the place. Its design, location, staff training, activities, and rooms all combine to create actual luxury not modern bling. All the staff were wonderful, again without over-doing it. We were met by a concierge named Kulthum who introduced us to the hotel and then made certain that our every need/wish during our entire stay was handled at a level well beyond what was required. Once again this was done in a manner that was totally unobtrusive while clearly demonstrating that the well-being of the guests was the only thing that mattered. We stay in a lot of hotels around this planet. The Shangri-La sets the standard. Read less
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Apr 12, 2019 AndreaS989 Blackpool, United Kingdom

My husband and I recently spent three nights at the Shangri-La Al Husn resort and I absolutely loved it. From start to finish the staff were friendly, attentive and efficient. The room was spacious with all high quality amenities. I especially liked the dressing area, an ideal place to have cases out of the way and hang clothes. Free mini bar, re… Read more
My husband and I recently spent three nights at the Shangri-La Al Husn resort and I absolutely loved it. From start to finish the staff were friendly, attentive and efficient. The room was spacious with all high quality amenities. I especially liked the dressing area, an ideal place to have cases out of the way and hang clothes. Free mini bar, re stocked every day with cold drinks, beers and snacks. The pool and private beach are both stunning with super comfy loungers of all shapes! I really liked the complimentary cool box with water, cold drinks and Evian spray. Such a nice touch. Excellent breakfast, anything you could want and more. Complimentary afternoon tea, we had once and it was gorgeous, sat looking at the stunning views. Complimentary drinks early evening where live music is played and fresh canapés cooked in the courtyard. What’s not to love? We also ventured into the other side of the resort where there is more choice of restaurants and bars. Seriously I can not recommend this hotel enough. I wish we had spent our entire holiday here!! I would recommend doing a guided tour of Muscat as there is not hub to the city, it’s quite spread out. The grand mosque is an absolute must. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating A beautiful hotel set in a stunning back drop of mountains!

Apr 11, 2019 LindaTyers Leicester, United Kingdom

Stayed here with my daughter for 3 nights in April and we had a wonderful time. We enjoyed the quietness of the Al Husn hotel. The beach and pool area are very clean and we had no issues with getting our water and soft drinks when we got to these areas. We are from the Uk and found the cost of the food very expensive. We wanted to have the BBQ… Read more
Stayed here with my daughter for 3 nights in April and we had a wonderful time. We enjoyed the quietness of the Al Husn hotel. The beach and pool area are very clean and we had no issues with getting our water and soft drinks when we got to these areas. We are from the Uk and found the cost of the food very expensive. We wanted to have the BBQ in the Sultanah restaurant when we arrived, but for almost £100 per person, (albeit including free bubbles), we felt it was just too much for us. There was not an alcohol free option, which was a shame. The room was lovely and spacious with two large twin beds. We enjoyed the L'Occitane toiletries provided and the free beer/soft drinks in the mini bar. The afternoon tea was a delight. I would have liked to have seen decaffeinated tea as an option. There was decaf coffee. The evening cocktail hour was basically anything you wanted to drink for an hour. Our glasses were constantly refilled by the staff. The sea water in Oman is very green because of Algae, and so it was hard to see the fish when we snorkelled. We went on the Dolphin & Snorkelling trip and saw loads of Dolphins. We snorkelled in the Fjord at Turtle beach. Saw a large turtle, but again the water was very green and visibility could have been better. All in all we really enjoyed our stay. Oman is a stunning country and we would not hesitate to go back. Would be even better if it was not so expensive. One final thought - I meant to ask if he Hotel recycles their plastic water bottles? They must get through so many. Would be nice to know. Read less
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Apr 10, 2019 CANAS7

We had an amazing time at Shangri-La Al Husn. Spacious rooms with breath taking views of the bay and the big rock. Complimentary mini bar, afternoon tea, and evening cocktails are among the perks. Special thanks to the manager Ahmed Deeb for the friendly gestures and for giving my wife access to the hotel's piano so she could practice.