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

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. 

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Guide Price

 £1,049  per person
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Hotel highlights

  • 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

Hotel Features

General Information

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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

Hotel Location

Location Highlights

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

3562 Reviews 89% of travellers recommended this hotel

Traveller ratings

  • Excellent 2250
  • Very Good 843
  • Average 255
  • Poor 144
  • Terrible 70

What to Expect

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


Mar 16, 2020

what an amazing service & hospitality

Leicester, United Kingdom

From the moment we arrived that said everything how they welcomed us the cleanliness of the resort, the staff are amazing from the little tier to the highest tier. we will definitely recommend this resort & brand we have been to many places & hotels by far this the is the best
Mar 09, 2020

Great holiday - but a few issues to be sorted out at Al Waha


We stayed as a family of four at Al Waha during the UK half term break in February (so a generally busy time of year to be visiting). The hotel is in a great location with an excellent beach and good swimming pools to keep the kids entertained. The hotel transfer to and from hotel was smooth and efficient (albeit expensive). On arrival, we were checked in by Ria who was very courteous, explained the services of the hotel well and was very helpful. Our request for early check in was granted which was a massive help after an overnight flight with young children. The WhatsApp service to manage requests during your stay/provide information on events and facilities was a nice touch. The family room was well appointed and well set up for young kids (additional items such as kids toilet seats were provided) and water bottles were plentiful across the resort. From a dining perspective, there is a huge variety of outlets and options across the Al Jissah complex. We ate mostly at the Al Waha restaurants (Assira pool bar, Samba and Surf Cafe) where the food was decent. We also ate at Capri Court in Al Bandar which was excellent. I would also highly praise the service provided by the room service team looking after us in Al Waha which was outstandingly good. The provision of service around the pool/beach was also excellent, with towels and water provided and help offered where required. The Lazy River is a very nice touch and much appreciated by guests with families. However, despite our generally positive experience at the hotel it would be remiss not to mention a couple of negative aspects that bear further scrutiny. One general observation - the hotel was very busy during our stay so it is understandable that on occasion you may need to wait to be served at busy times of the day (e.g. breakfast time at Samba or lunchtime at the Assira pool bar). But the workforce seems to be largely staffed by juniors/trainees who were pretty unhelpful when we needed to chase up on orders/meals etc. On one occasion, after ordering we waited 40 mins without food (and with hungry children) despite inquiring several times. As it transpired, there had been an issue with the processing of our initial order but the junior waiting staff had simply told us that our food was on the way (when clearly it had not even been placed in the first place - they didnt even attempt to check or follow up). At Samba during breakfast hours, the junior staff appeared rushed off their feet and not able to deal with specific requests from guests (it almost felt that they had not been trained to answer questions) so only intervention from more senior managers helped us to actually get the service we needed. Samba staff were also far too aggressive in clearing plates away from the breakfast table (at one point I turned around to feed my daughter her breakfast and when I turned back my half eaten omelette had disappeared, without anyone asking me if I had finished!) This issue is not universal across the staff, and in this context I would like to specifically cite the service provided by Hari who went out of his way to ensure that our needs were met and feedback was taken on board. He worked incredibly hard and is a credit to the organisation. He was supported by Shibesh and Aditya in Assira pool bar who also did a good job. Alas, these individuals appear to be in the minority and I think the hotel ought to review its staffing/training policy to ensure that guests are not left frustrated by dealing primarily with junior staff members who simply don’t know what they are doing. Upon check out, there was an error on my final bill (I had been charged for an additional airport transfer). I challenged this and after some initial pushback, I was issued with a new invoice minus the additional charge. I have no issue with errors being made (human errors are always possible) but there was no attempt at all to apologise for this, which left a sour taste in the mouth as we left the hotel. Overall, however, a very good hotel with great facilities and some high quality staff. But there remains a few issues that need to be dealt with for the hotel to justify its high price and aspirational status.
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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.