Shangri La's Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa

Barr Al Jissah, Muscat, 113, Oman
(5 star hotel)
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most beautiful hotel in Oman

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on December 1, 2014

We stayed at Al Waha Delxue Seaview room just for one night..but got a friendly late checkout at 3 pm and enjoyed this beautiful hotel complex of shangri-la with three different hotels
lot of activities restaurants.

Unique Quality: beautiufl beach, very clean, nice surroundings, friendly helpful staff

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Shangri La Resort's Amenities

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by written on April 3, 2011

The Shangri La is full of restaurants, bars, shops, pools, and a variety of activities for any traveler.

Restaurants include Al Tanoor (Arabian), Bait Al Bahr (Omani Seafood), Capri Court (Italian), Samba (Latin), Shahrazad (Moroccan), Sultanah, Surf Café, and Tapas & Sablah.

Lounges, cafes and bars include a Beach Bar at Al Husn, three Pool Bars, and three Lobby Lounges, the Mokha Café, the Piano Lounge, and the Long Bar.

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Shangri La Resort's Grounds

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by written on April 1, 2011

The Shangri La occupies 124 acres of stunningly beautiful land sandwiched between the dry, rocky coastal mountains and a sandy man-made beach. The beaches are not natural, but the stunning cliffs, coastal arches, and steep hills certainly are natural. Less natural, but just as beautiful, are the well-manicured gardens, green grasses, and lush vegetation. The beach curves gently around a turn of the gulf with gentle waves and warm sun making the area perfect for vacationers.

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Shangri La Resort's Rooms

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by written on March 31, 2011

Each of the Shangri La's hotels offers different amenities.

Al Waha (The Oasis), an ideal family getaway, is Oman's first dedicated leisure hotel and has been designed in such a way that the hotel's swimming pools form an oasis incorporating many date palm trees. Each guest room offers a minimum of 37 square meters of space including a balcony or terrace. Al Waha features 252 rooms, and it caters to young families and children.

Al Bandar (The Town) is the resort’s focal point, featuring 11 meeting rooms, as well as the Barr Al Jissah Ballroom measuring 1,056 square meters and providing banquet-style seating for up to 700 people. Each guestroom offers a minimum of 45 square meters of space including a balcony or terrace. Al Bandar has 198 rooms, all of which face the sea, the pool, and the beach.

Al Husn (The Castle) offers a higher level of service, amenities and privileges to the most discerning of travelers. Guests of Al Husn hotel enjoy exclusive facilities including an infinity pool and a private beach. Each guestroom offers a minimum of 53 square meters of space including a balcony or terrace. Al Husn has about 180 rooms. As the fanciest of the three resort properties, this hotel offer complimentary drinks and forbids anyone under the age of 18.

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Shangri La's Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on March 31, 2011

The Shangri-La in Muscat is one of the nicest hotels where I've ever stayed. The beaches are beautiful, the cliffs are stunning, the staff is very professional, and the restaurants varied and great. The only disadvantage of staying here is the distance to Muscat and the international airport--about 20-30 minutes to town, another 20 minutes to the airport.

The Muscat Shangri La occupies 124 acres of waterfront nestled between the sandy beach and the rugged coastal mountains. The resort features three distinct hotels--Al Waha, Al Bandar, and Al Husn-- with a combined total of some 640 rooms.

The hotel feature a spa called Chi, a 600 meter long beach, a 500 meter "lazy river" connecting the hotels via floating inner tubes, a gym, a dive center, boat tours, several pools, and about 20 bars, lounges, cafes and restaurants.

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A Little Piece of Heaven

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by written on June 26, 2009

For those of you who feel that a lifetime of waiting is too long to experience what heaven has to offer - here is somewhere that I would think would give you a little taste - the Barr al Jissah Resort and Spar in Oman. The resort is about 45 minutes outside of the city of Muscat and approx a 4 hour drive (or flight if you take total travel time into account) from Dubai. It is the perfect getaway and even in June it didn't seem as hot as it actually was!

The resort consists of 3 hotels and a spa nestled in the mountains with 2 pristine private beaches and is the perfect getaway "from it all". You have a choice of the 5* Al Waha (the Oasis), the 5* delux Al Bandar (the Town) and the 6* Al Husn (the Castle). I was very fortunate to be upgraded to the Al Husn Hotel and was able to use the exclusive swimming area that incorporated both a private beach and a private pool. My favourite part of the complex is the "hotel lazy river" which is a 500m man-made stream that you can float down while lying on a tube. When you reach the end, just get out and walk back to the beginning to start all over again. The thing that impressed me the most was how they had managed to get "the little things right". All rooms have an ironing board and iron, the wireless broadband internet is complimentary as are the non-alcoholic beverages in the room mini-bar.* The hotel even provides a book exchange program (so no need to worry if you're finishing your book and still have a week left to go).

When you arrive at the beach one of the attendants will come to set up your lounge chair with a toweling cover (unoccupied chairs cannot be booked), give you a large swimming towel and a cooler of bottled water set in ice (and all this is complimentary!) If you feel like you can take a dip in the sea or pool to refresh yourself (it was a bit warm when I tried it). Both of the beaches are used by turtles to lay their eggs and the hotel is doing what it can to ensure that this continues. Turtle nests are identified and fenced off; the "turtle team" watches the beach at night and you can give them your room number and they'll call you to come and see if a female turtle comes up onto the beach to lay eggs. They will also call you when the hatchlings hatch and make their way to the ocean.

There are a number of restaurants with different flavours in the hotels, all of which provide sumptuous food. This is a good thing as there is not much other choice in the area. The hotel does provide a daily shuttle to the "old city of Muscat" where you can visit what in my opinion is the best traditional souk in the Gulf and airport transfers. We found that for our short stay it was cheaper to hire a car (you will need an international drivers licence to drive in Oman) than to use the hotel transport.

I stayed at the hotel with my Mom who used to live in Muscat. She told me that the hotel was only built recently and prior to that, access to the beaches were only from the sea. Fortunately a road has now been carved through the mountains to the hotel. If you are feeling a bit adventurous you could make your way to the fishing village at Qantab and take a local fishing boat to another isolated beach. You can also find the old Christian Cemetery in one of the bays as it is only accessible by boat.

Other facilities offered by the hotel are horse and camel riding, diving from a 5* Padi centre, water sports, a spa, dolphin watching, a shopping centre and traditional village. We were really disappointed with the traditional village. It is just a small series of stalls and doesn't really give any information on how Omanis used to live.

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Great experience

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on August 11, 2008

The resort has a bay for herself. Shangri-La's is situated some 20 minutes outside Muscat in an area called Barr al Jissah. The resort consists of three hotels, one family-oriented (al Waha) a business hotel and a VIP hotel (al Husn). You can use the facilities and restaurants on the two first ones.
Here you'll find some of Oman's best restaurant (at least they alledge so). We had a meal at a costy Italian restaurant here and it was definitely not worth the money. The buffet dinner at al-Waha turned out to be a much better choice.
The resort has a fantastic beach. The staff gives you towels, water, fruits while you're there.
The rooms are as you'd expect from a five star hotel.
I'd love to come back here. We booked through the Shangri-La's website.
From here you can rent a car and have it delivered to the resort (Thrifty only) or buy trips for snorkling or dolphin watching (there's an independently run dive center close to the resort offering these tours).

Unique Quality: The hotel offers a great beach, great restaurants, great fitness center and a free shuttle to the Muttrah souk/market in the evenings. And the buffet breakfast keeps you going until dinner!

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Shangri-La Al-Jissah Resort

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by written on April 3, 2007

Wow........................ that more can i say?

This is an amazin place with everything on hand to make you feel and live like a king.

This site has been built to make you feel good with shops,gyms,bars restuarants, beaches and much more all carved from the rock (well not literally! i am told they landed the machines from the beach and worked inland as the had no road)

The staff and quality of everything i found and used there was top draw.

Unique Quality: SERVICE this was great even more so if you interact with the staff - they may be serving you but they are humans and enjoy a chat and smile the same as you!

Oh and you must try the man man river.....this travel both up and down stream! crazy but fun it links the two parts of the complex....climb in the rubber ring - sit back with your G&T and float away your worries...:-)

Directions: 1/2 hour out side of Muscat on it own road - there is nothing else out there (the only down side)

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Three hotels in one

by written on August 23, 2005

Unique Quality: This hotel is still under construction
The three hotels within the resort will be known as The Castle - an ultra luxurious boutique-style hotel, The Town - a deluxe five-star hotel encompassing most of the banqueting and other facilities, and The Village - the largest hotel designed to appeal to families and offering many recreational and activity-oriented areas. A 'lazy river' (man-made stream) will connect the swimming pools between The Town and The Village, allowing guests to travel on small boats from one part of the resort to another.

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Address: Barr Al Jissah, Muscat, 113, Oman

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Amenities at Shangri La's Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa

  • Restaurant
  • Swimming Pool
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Room Service
  • Fitness Center
  • Free Parking
  • Business Services
  • Kids Activities
  • Continental Breakfast
  • Shuttle Service
  • Free High Speed Internet
  • Suites
  • Bar / Lounge

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