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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

3173 Reviews 89% of travellers recommended this hotel

Traveller ratings

  • Excellent 2007
  • Very Good 755
  • Average 224
  • Poor 128
  • Terrible 59

What to Expect

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


Jun 24, 2019

Marvellous resort

Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

We stayed in Shangri-La Al Bandar for 6 nights in February 2019. The hotel is very nice and service is perfect. We had a suite with a separate bedroom and a terrace. Every day we had fresh fruit and sweets at our disposal. Beverages in the mini bar are included (except strong alcohol). The buffets (breakfast and dinner) are exceptional. When you are on the beach someone brings you fresh water in a small cool box, very thoughtful! We recommend the hotel which is what you expect when you book in a 5* resort (but be aware that food and especially drinks are very expensive; a glass of wine costs around 15 Euros, even local mineral water is expensive).
Jun 17, 2019

Lovely time spent!

This was our second trip to the resport. We got two connecting rooms for our family of 4 at Al Waha resort belonging to the Shangrila. The receptionist offered us the rooms with a view to the beach and the lazy river, it was quite delightful to stand in the balconey and watch the lovely views of the vast blue sea. The rooms were huge and equipped with all the amenities one would require, we only had to ask for extra drinking water which was promptly provided. The lazy river and the huge swimming pool were the main attractions for us and we got to spend a lot of time there. We had Iftar buffet at Al Tanoor, there were a wide range of dishes and great choice of desserts. Breakfast at Samba was also good. The resort has Spa facilities for those who wish to indulge in some body pampering, however we were too busy enjoying walking on the clean beach and watching baby turtles in the sand! Had a great time in all.
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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.