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 Dec is not possible.

* Denotes local charge.

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Utter luxury

Dec 4, 2019 sallycJ1318LL Gosforth, United Kingdom

We have just come back from an amazing two centred holiday starting at this magnificent hotel. The staff were lovely, food excellent and venue idyllic. We participated in some of the on site exercise classes, TRX, circuits and cycling in the pool which was totally novel but quite hilarious. If you want a quiet hotel stay in the Al Husn the other… Read more
We have just come back from an amazing two centred holiday starting at this magnificent hotel. The staff were lovely, food excellent and venue idyllic. We participated in some of the on site exercise classes, TRX, circuits and cycling in the pool which was totally novel but quite hilarious. If you want a quiet hotel stay in the Al Husn the other two have families (well catered for) but that might not be your thing. One tip, if you fly in early take a change of clothing, swimmers, as you might not get into your room until later in the day. The Al Husn had a guest lounge with all the facilities you’d need, toilets, showers, soft drinks and snack as well as loungers to fall asleep on after long haul flight which was great. In a nutshell, it’s not cheap, but worth it. If you like a tipple go to the drinks do in the courtyard, it was on 6-7pm when we were there and was buzzing! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Great Location and Wonderful Ambiance

Dec 3, 2019 Rshahmir Avon Lake, Ohio

This is an amazing Shangri-La property... the hotel is situated on a bay of the Gulf of Oman. The restaurants are ok, the Spa is fantastic and evening setup on the Patio restaurant is very nice. The restaurants also have an exceptional wine selection.
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Dec 2, 2019 Bill W Swindon

We stayed here for 9 nights recently. Reading the previous dozen or so reviews I'd broadly agree that it's a lovely hotel with very good staff who were always willing to please. This was echoed elsewhere we went in the country. There were however a few points that are worth highlighting. 1. There is no bar in the Al Husn. There is a happy hour… Read more
We stayed here for 9 nights recently. Reading the previous dozen or so reviews I'd broadly agree that it's a lovely hotel with very good staff who were always willing to please. This was echoed elsewhere we went in the country. There were however a few points that are worth highlighting. 1. There is no bar in the Al Husn. There is a happy hour between 6 & 7pm and in fact it's very happy as drinks are all complimentary as are a few canopes. If you fancy a night cap though, you'll have to make the journey over to the next door hotel 2. If you're booked on the half board arrangement, you get an allowance of 25 OMR in the A la Carte restaurants, of which there are 2 very nice ones in Al Husn and a number in the other hotels. Alternatively, you can dine for free in the Al Bandoor buffet next door and also have 2 free glasses of wine. It's most definitely not 5 star though and quite busy. With the A la Carte allowance, you have to be on a diet to end up within the limit though. We are not big eaters, but never managed this feat once. 3. Surprisingly not many reviewers pick up on the beach at the Al Husn, which may mean that we're in the minority. It's small, while being picturesque and also does not have that many sun beds. Those it does have are packed very close together such that if you let your arm move to the side, you can almost touch the next pair of beds. On the beach at the other 2 hotels, they are spaced a respectful distance apart but it's altogether a busier beach... I would say, it's one of the poorest beaches in terms of sun beds that we've been on. Read less
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Dec 2, 2019 sdhahri

This is not our first visit to this piece of heaven, from the moment you arrived to the second we where about to leave, we felt welcomed and served in all aspects.Our original plan was for a quick 3 days getaway, we ended up staying 6 nights. We were offered an upgrade. the size of suite was huge. The view from the suite was breath taking. We… Read more
This is not our first visit to this piece of heaven, from the moment you arrived to the second we where about to leave, we felt welcomed and served in all aspects.Our original plan was for a quick 3 days getaway, we ended up staying 6 nights. We were offered an upgrade. the size of suite was huge. The view from the suite was breath taking. We had dinner twice in two different restaurants and it was exceptional (BBQ night with Jazz music at Sultana was something not to be missed). The breakfast buffet was filled with endless options. Housekeeping and room services was the fastest ever. They make each guests feels like he/she are the only one in the hotel being served. Everywhere in the hotel, it was a non stop service, it was part of the hotel culture, reflecting the brand DNA. The hotel arranged a private dinner in our suite balcony( since the weather didn't allow us to have an open air dinner experience. Thanks to Ms. Khalthoum for such an amazing arrangement. it took my wife by surprise. The look on my wife face was priceless. We went shopping for spices at the local market, upon our return to hotel, the porter asked if I wanted a box to put all my shopping items, I said yes, my expectations was a box. (I got a box, a new roll of tape and scissors). WOW. Thank you Yousef for your help and insight on Omani Halwa. We spend our last evening at the new spa and it was a very relaxing experience. I wish to thank Mr. Ahmed ElDeeb and each and every member the front desk staff, restaurants staff for an outstanding service. Read less
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Dec 1, 2019 Ram_Imagery New York City, New York

2 stars for rooms. Poorly & cheaply decorated. Stained sofas, not warm or cozy. We didn't really like the rooms. They smell funny & over all not really comfortable. Yes they are big & with great views but that's all. 3 stars for ambience. Only the lobby felt chic. Anything after that was pretty bad decor taste. 4 stars for architectural design… Read more
2 stars for rooms. Poorly & cheaply decorated. Stained sofas, not warm or cozy. We didn't really like the rooms. They smell funny & over all not really comfortable. Yes they are big & with great views but that's all. 3 stars for ambience. Only the lobby felt chic. Anything after that was pretty bad decor taste. 4 stars for architectural design as an overall look. 5 stars for location, scenery, staffing, service, friendliness, buffets & amenities. Yet the design lacks a lot of personality. Best part was no kids under 16 allowed. Access to the rest of hotels, free mini bar, free tea time which was great, free before dinner drinks with live music and bites. Vegetarian options available. Spa was really good & if unable to do late check out, they offer a hospitality lounge till you are ready to leave. Read less