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Shangri-La's Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa – Al Bandar

Shangri-La's Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa – Al Bandar

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Guide Price £979 per person
Based on 05 October 18 departure from London Heathrow flying with Oman Air, staying for 3 nights bed and breakfast in a Deluxe Room (2 adults sharing) including return transfers.
Our guide price gives you an idea of how much to budget for a stay at this hotel. The price will vary based on exchange rates, and your choice of room type, departure date, airline and cabin class, and any additional extras you’d like to add to your holiday.

A grand retreat inspired by Arabia

Like a decadent Arabian village emerging from between the golden Hajar Mountains and the glittering Sea of Oman; Shangri-La's Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa — Al Bandar is a grand hotel which offers an idyllic escape to Oman. The resort itself is split into three distinctive hotels including Al Waha, more geared towards families, and Al Husn, the exclusive retreat. Al Bandar means "The Town" locally, and it is a lavish mix of private beaches, delectable restaurants and lounges, sumptuous rooms, and world-class service. A lazy river winds between the hotel's pool and neighbouring Al Waha Pool, and your days can involve everything from tennis to spa treatments, fitness classes or diving. 

  • PADI Dive Centre for training and certification
  • Arabian-inspired luxury in rooms and throughout
  • 600-metre private beach with drinks service and sun loungers
  • Choice of 16 restaurants bars and lounges to discover
  • CHI Spa offering 12 treatment villas

Top Tips from our Experts

Charlie

Destination Manager

This is part of 3 resorts by Shangri-La, the benefit of staying here is that you can use the majority of the facilites across all 3 resorts. A huge benefit for dining since you have so many places to choose from and can try a different restaurant each night during your stay! 

Hotel Features

Hotel Category

Luxury
  • Check-in Time:
    14:00
  • Check-out Time:
    12:00
  • 198 rooms
  • Transfer duration: Approx. 1 hour from airport

Main Facilities

  • Diving
  • Fitness facilities
  • Outdoor pool
  • Spa facilities
  • Watersports
  • Wifi

Accommodation Type

  • H&J Recommended
  • Luxury Collection

Board Basis Options

  • Full Board
  • Half Board
  • Bed & Breakfast

For Families

  • Babysitting
  • Kid's Club
  • Kid's Pool
Location Highlights

Shangri-La's Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa – Al Bandar

2945 Reviews 89% of travellers recommended this hotel

Traveller ratings

  • Excellent 1871
  • Very Good 701
  • Average 201
  • Poor 123
  • Terrible 49

What to Expect

  • Location
  • Sleep Quality
  • Rooms
  • Service
  • Value
  • Cleanliness

Reviews

May 15, 2018

Best Customer Service in FOOD. Thank You Chef TUTKU.

My business partner and I had the pleasure of staying at Shangri La Al Bandar. Shangri La is our absolute favorite chain of hotels! At the first night, we order our first-choice meal Chicken Baryani from Al Tanoor restaurant. We had some comments on how to improve the meal and decided to call the Chef De Cuisine Tutku Goksel. The chef welcomed our remarks was absolutely accommodating. He even offered to cook our next order himself! Second day was a HUGE improvement to the delicious dish. Third day the chef himself brought our order and requested feedback on the meal. Honestly, my friend and I NEVER HAD A DISH AS DELICIOUS as the third day in terms of the spices, chicken tenderness, and rice. I want to personally thank Chef Tutku for welcoming our remarks, being hospitable, and the amazing customers service that is unmatched. I truly wish to visit Muscat soon to repeat this amazing experience.
May 15, 2018

Birthday surprise ruined

Shagri la has a high standard and know all over the world thats why I decided to spend my wife’s birthday over there. The idea was to surprise her. The drive between my house and the hotel is about 40 mins i called around 9 in the morning to confirm my booking they told me booking is confirmed cuz i booked the room the night before. I told them that i would b arriving by 12 And paid extra to upgrade my room... I arrived the hotel around 1:15 pm they told me your room is not ready but u can go use the pool i thank them and went to sit in the lobby. 1:45 i went to ask about my room and realized there were few guests beside me waiting for their rooms. The lady in the front desk told my that i booked for a beautiful room and it should b ready soon. I told her its almost 2 pm i should b in my room by now She said if you were in rush we can offer you another room With partial see view i told her but i paid for the full see view with balcony how come you offer me something less!!! She called the manager and got the same answer. So i went and sat in the lobby for the 3rd time and they didnt offer my wife or I anything while waiting. 2:30 i was in my room It was a beautiful room with nice view of the sea We ordered for room service as late lunch They delivered the birthday cake with the room service Though that I mentioned to the reservation agents and the receptionist that i wanted to b delivered for dinner. Because the whole idea of booking this hotel is to have dinner n surprise my wife with the cake while having dinner. I was really disappointed The picture that i posted was taking the day we checked out at 11:45 And thats the lunch we had around 4pm the previous day They took the cart and kept it in the corridor for almost a day This is a 5 star hotel that charges almost double what the other 5 star hotels in the area charges. To b honest beside the room with the view the breakfast was the next best thing Room service not that good Dinner buffet over priced This was in al bander
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Shangri-La's Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa – Al Bandar

Facilities

Private Beach

Two Private Beaches

From the main beach with its bathrooms, showers, sun loungers and bar service, to the quieter Turtle Beach down beside the mountains; you shouldn't miss some time on the sand at Shangri-La.

Fitness Centre

Fitness Centre

Along with all modern fitness equipment, the resort's fitness centre also has a steam room, sauna and Jacuzzi® to help you unwind after your workout.

Adventure Zone

Daily Activities

A full schedule of activities awaits you at the resort; everything from basket making and movie nights for kids, to fitness classes and payable excursions for the adults.

Kayaking

Watersports

Explore the waters of the Gulf of Oman with water sports like snorkelling and diving. Restrictions: Subject to additional charges.

Shangri-La's Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa – Al Bandar

Room Types

Deluxe Terrace Room

Located on the ground floor, these rooms have furnished balconies or patios with direct access into the gardens and pool areas. Amenities include minibars and luxurious bathrooms with walk-in showers, and guests also benefit from complimentary Wi-Fi and a flat screen TV with movie channels.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Bath
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Hairdryer
  • Minibar
  • Safe
  • Satellite/Cable TV
  • Separate Shower
  • Telephone
  • Towels included

Deluxe Room

Characterised by their modern Arabian-inspired interiors and gorgeous views out onto the lush gardens and the Gulf beyond, these rooms have a furnished patio or balcony and each includes complimentary Wi-Fi and a flat screen TV with movie channels.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Bath
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Hairdryer
  • Minibar
  • Safe
  • Satellite/Cable TV
  • Separate Shower
  • Telephone
  • Towels included

Deluxe Sea View Room

Located higher up, these rooms have great views of the sea, the gardens and the resort pools. Spacious inside and inspired by contemporary Arabian design, they come with complimentary Wi-Fi, minibars and a luxurious bathroom with walk-in shower.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Bath
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Hairdryer
  • Minibar
  • Safe
  • Satellite/Cable TV
  • Sea View
  • Separate Shower
  • Telephone
  • Towels included
Shangri-La's Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa – Al Bandar

Food & Drink

The Long Bar

The Long Bar is open all the way until 2am in the morning with a menu of tasty signature drinks. Dress code: Smart Casual

Al Tanoor

Featuring an eclectic selection of dishes from around the world, Al Tanoor is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It has themed dining in the evenings, rotating weekly, which includes special Mediterranean, seafood, and local nights. Dress code: Smart Casual

Capri Court

Capri Court is one of the favourite outdoor terraces at the hotel. Modern Italian cuisine is illuminated by candle light at your table, while ocean vistas and swaying palms complement the atmosphere. If you prefer, there is also a delightful indoor dining room - both are great. Dress code: Resort Casual

Tapas & Sablah

The menu of Tapas & Sablah has a special emphasis on small plates from the Mediterranean, Asia and the Middle East. Its open piazza-style setting makes it a great place for a casual evening meal - made even better with a drinks and shisha menu. Dress code: Casual

Bait Al Bahr

With its beachfront setting and wonderfully crafted menu of fresh local seafood, Bait Al Bahr provides a unique taste of Oman, its flavours and traditions. Dress code: Resort Casual

Board Basis Options

Bed & Breakfast

Daily full breakfast at the hotel's buffet restaurant Al Tanoor.

Half Board

Daily breakfast and dinner at the hotel's main restaurant Al Tanoor.

Full Board

Daily breakfast, lunch and dinner at the main restaurant Al Tanoor.

Shangri-La's Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa – Al Bandar

Family Friendly Facilities

Adventure Zone

Adventure Zone, Splashpad and GameZ

From the wild activities of Adventure Zone — with its swing over net, slides, climbing wall and games - to the watery fun of Splashpad's jets and interactive sprays; there's so much to keep all the family occupied here. For something a little more docile, GameZ has a range of indoor games and computers including snooker, air hockey, and billiards.