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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 £1,049 per person
Based on 05 June 19 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


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

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  • 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

3078 Reviews 89% of travellers recommended this hotel

Traveller ratings

  • Excellent 1954
  • Very Good 732
  • Average 213
  • Poor 126
  • Terrible 53

What to Expect

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


Jan 19, 2019

Lovely, relaxing resort

Isle of Wight

Good hotel rooms, ours was on the ground floor so we had a table and chairs plus 2 lounges outside. Great beach, lovely staff and great facilities to suit all travellers. Highly recommend a stay here, we'll definitely be coming back.
Jan 12, 2019

Family with 2 kids

Pretoria, South Africa

There are 3 hotels in this complex: 1) Al waha - family resort 2) Al Bandar - also family but a little more exclusive 3) Al husan - adults only We stayed at Al waha and it was superb, from the service to the rooms to the beach, pools etc. Al waha and al. Bandar are joint and you can use the facilities at both hotels. In terms of pools, restaurants etc. We stayed in a family room which is perfect for small kids as its interleading and very spacious. The food was excellent at both the Al Bandar and al waha buffets as well as the BAB lounge and the Italian restaurant. There are tons of activities at the hotel for everyone, kids and adults and you should try the snorkeling / diving form the marina, we saw turtles on both activities. I would definitely return to the hotel! A few other things to do in muscat are: Wadi shabh, one of the most beautiful things I've done be sure to take life jackets for kids and for yourself if you not a great swimmer (it's pretty easy and you dont need to be an Olympic athlete to do this) and also an aqua shoe, we boughy some for at the start for 1,5 riyals and it was a great investment 2) Mohamed Al amin mosque 3) suktaan quboos mosque 4) muscat souk
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Shangri-La's Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa – Al Bandar


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.



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.