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

Shangri-La's 5-star oasis for families

Meaning "The Oasis" in Arabic, Al Waha hotel is the largest and most family-friendly of the three environments that make up Shangri-La's Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa. Overlooking the Gulf of Oman, it has glorious pool facilities fringed with palms and a pool bar which sits adjacent to a dedicated kids' pool. You can explore dining across the resort — with inspiring beachfront Omani cuisine, Asian delicacies and extravagent buffets to try — and between meals you can go over or under the ocean with kayaking or diving, have some family fun at Adventure Zone, or unwind on the 500-metre lazy river that runs between Al Waha and Al Bandar next door. 

Hayes & Jarvis Rating

Guide Price

 £979  per person
Hotel Category
Luxury
Location Type
Beach
TripAdvisor Review
Tripadvisor rating 1469 Reviews
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Hotel highlights

  • Ocean view family suites with Playstations
  • Plenty of dining choice across the resort
  • Kids' club and family zones to explore
  • One of Oman's premier family hotels
  • CHI The Spa for ultimate service and relaxation

Hotel Features

General Information

  • Check-in Time:
    15:00
  • Check-out Time:
    11:00
  • 262 rooms

Main Facilities

  • Diving
  • 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

Hotel Location

Location Highlights

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

  • Beach
  • Approx. 1 hour from airport
  • Connected to the Shangri-La Al Bandar Resort by a lazy river
  • Short driving distance to Muscat airport and the city centre
1469 Reviews 86% of travellers recommended this hotel

Traveller ratings

  • Excellent 760
  • Very Good 469
  • Average 160
  • Poor 52
  • Terrible 28

What to Expect

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

Reviews

Jan 24, 2020

A very wheelchair friendly resort

London, United Kingdom

We recently stayed at the Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah resort in Muscat with our disabled child. This was our 3rd time back to the resort in 10 years and it was certainly our best experience to date. As many disabled families know, it takes a lot of energy (and courage) to travel – especially when going abroad. Will the pool be accessible? Will there be ramps around the hotel? Will there be enough accessible rooms? Do we need to hire a wheelchair or should we take our own? Should we hire a portable disability hoist to take with us? These are just some of the questions that need answering before we can even consider booking somewhere. Due to his disability, our child has a very restricted (pureed) diet. We didn’t really want to be cooking whilst on holiday, so before booking the hotel we contacted the F&B team to ask whether they could cater for our son. They were exceptionally helpful and put us in contact with all the relevant people who assured us that we were in safe hands. And when we got there, they did not disappoint. Everyday, our son was given fresh, nutritious meals just like he would have had at home; fresh fruits, lentils, chicken, fruit smoothies etc, all pureed to the perfect texture so that our child was able to eat without any issues; nothing was too much trouble for the staff. And not only did they cater well for our son, but the food that we had at all restaurants was truly amazing. With 8 different restaurants across the resort, we were spoilt for choice. The quality of the food and service from the staff was 2nd to none. The resort consists of 3 hotels (Al Waha, Al Bandar & Al Husn), which are all within walking distance to one another. However, when we stayed at the resort previously, there wasn’t a level pathway from the Al Waha hotel to the Al Bandar. This meant that I had to carry my son’s wheelchair up and down a couple of bridges (with stairs) to get from 1 hotel to the other. I’m pleased to say that this has all changed. There is now level access (via concrete ramps) all the way from the Al Waha to the Al Husn which made walking around the resort very easy. We stayed at the Al Waha hotel which is the more family orientated of the 3 hotels in the resort. We booked the Speciality Suite which at 1100 sq ft was more than adequate. There was enough space in the living area for my son’s wheelchair and other mobility aids without the room feeling too cramped or messy. This room also had the benefit of a small kitchenette which meant that we could keep our child’s utensils sterilised all the time. There was a 2nd bathroom (off the living area) which we could use to bathe my son. We had called the hotel beforehand to ask whether they could provide a shower chair, and this was already placed in the bathroom when we arrived – 5* service. The bedroom itself was a good size and included a king size bed as well the usual desk, large cupboard area and good size bathroom (shower, bath, 2 sinks etc). Prior to arrival we had asked the hotel for a rollaway bed in the bedroom and this was arranged as requested (still leaving plenty of space in the room). The house keeping team also took the initiative of putting the bed guards in place. The Al Waha hotel has 2 pools (kids and a very large adults/family pool) as well as the Lazy River. Other than the Lazy River, the pool area is totally accessible with ramps coming from both sides of the hotel, plus an additional concrete ramp to get from the Al Waha hotel to the Al Bandar hotel and the beach area. This is a vast improvement from when we were last at the resort in 2012. Well done Shangri La Barr Al Jissah for making these changes and becoming such a wheelchair friendly resort in Muscat and enabling the disabled traveller to be included in as many of the resort’s facilities as possible.
Jan 13, 2020

Nice, but could be so much better

Hong Kong, China

Currently staying at Al Waha, and I must say that not much has changed in 7 years, when we spent a month in the hotel when waiting for our villa, also in the Shangri-la to become available. The rooms are now looking tired and in need of a refresh. What is surprising, is how quiet it has become compared to what it used to be, which may be a good thing in a resort mainly catering to families. The restaurants and food remain top notch, as do the staff who typically go out of their way to be friendly and welcome you. The only irritant, was the need to ask 3 times as a Golden Circle member at check-in as to whether we’d be upgraded, given the hotel is extremely quiet at the moment. Otherwise, for a winter break in the sun, the Barr Al Jissah is a great choice
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Shangri-La's Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa – Al Waha

Facilities

Private Beach

Private Beaches

The Barr Al Jissah Resort offers private beach access to all guests.

Lazy River

Lazy River

Linking the Al Waha and Al Bandar resorts is this tranquil lazy river, stretching over half a kilometre!

Tennis

Tennis Courts

Enjoy use of four floodlit tennis courts with complimentary racket hire available.

Wakeboarding

Watersports

Enjoy a huge range of watersports all available in resort.

CHI, The Spa

CHI, The Spa

Relax and rejuvenate at Shangri-La's own CHI Spa with a range of well known and unique signature treatments available.

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

Room Types

Superior Sea View Room

Superior Sea View Room

With views of the gulf, this room has a furnished balcony or patio and complimentary Wi-Fi. The luxurious bathroom has a separate bath and shower and there is a full-size desk, minibar (payable locally), and electronic safe.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Bath
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Minibar
  • Safe
  • Satellite/Cable TV
  • Sea View
  • Separate Shower
  • Telephone
  • Towels included
Executive Sea View Room

Executive Sea View Room

With enhanced views of the ocean, sit down on your furnished balcony or terrace and unwind. Each comes with complimentary Wi-Fi and a bathroom with shower and separate bath, as well as an electronic safe, minibar (payable locally), and movie channels.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Bath
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Minibar
  • Safe
  • Satellite/Cable TV
  • Sea View
  • Separate Shower
  • Telephone
  • Towels included
Family Twin

Family Room

Comprised of two interconnected rooms — one with a king-sized bed and the other with twins — this room has garden and pool views from a furnished balcony or patio and is equipped with two en-suite bathrooms. There is complimentary Wi-Fi and a minibar (payable locally), a Playstation and DVD player, and an electronic safe.

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

One Bedroom Suite

The luxurious one bedroom suite has contemporary Arabian interiors and views of the gardens and sea. It has a large furnished balcony or patio and a separate sitting room with dining area. Amenities include complimentary Wi-Fi, a TV with DVD entertainment system, a minibar (payable locally), and electronic safe.

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

Food & Drink

Samba

Samba

Featuring an open show kitchen, this restaurant showcases famous recipes stretching from Asia to Latin America.

Lobby Lounge

Al Waha Lobby Lounge

Enjoy panoramic views while indulging in a range of coffees, teas, cocktails and light snacks

Assira Pool Bar

Assira Pool Bar

Surf Café

Surf Café

From burgers to salads you can enjoy a variety of snacks and meals at this casual dining venue. Also take advantage of the individual internet stations.

Board Basis Options

Bed & Breakfast

Breakfast in a buffet style from Samba.

Half Board

Breakfast and dinner at Samba.

Full Board

Breakfast, lunch and dinner at Samba.

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