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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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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\
  • The Spa offering 12 treatment villas

Hotel Features

General Information

  • 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

Hotel Location

Location Highlights

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

  • Approx. 1 hour from airport
3227 Reviews 89% of travellers recommended this hotel

Traveller ratings

  • Excellent 2039
  • Very Good 765
  • Average 230
  • Poor 132
  • Terrible 61

What to Expect

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

Reviews

Nov 11, 2019

A charming stay in the resort and in Oman

The hotel lies in a secluded but charming location. It offers a truly relaxing environment. We went there with our 8yr old daughter and I believe she had the time of her life. She enjoyed the pools, the lazy river, the beach and it’s clear waters, the beautiful colored fish that come and swim next to you if you have something to feed them, the crabs that crawl on the rocks nearby during the day and play hide and seek in the sand with you at sunset, the horse and camel rides, the collection of seashells she gathered, the water slides, the boat trip to go watch the dolphins and then go snorkeling, and the variety of restaurants available in the resort. To top it all, the weather in this time of year was simply amazing, day and night; could not have been better. A stay I would recommend to all families!
Nov 10, 2019

Beautiful beach

The amazing beach of this area is a piece of art Explore the resort with all of its facilities Enjoy daytime beach and have an Arabian night ceremony Sit by the see and get inspired Although when i got there the hurricane had destroyed part of the beach but it was a mice experience
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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

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.

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.

Swimming Pools

Guests of the Al Bandar hotel have a pool of their own and may also access the one at Al Waha. Connected by lazy river, they both have their own pool bars which serve snacks and drinks during the day.

Lazy River

The lazy river connects the two swimming pools of Al Bandar and Al Waha, winding through the resort for a good half-kilometre — an enjoyable way to spend some time in the sun.

Four Tennis Courts

Open from 07:00am to 22:00pm every day, the resort's four tennis courts provide a great opportunity to practice your game on holiday.

Kayaking

Watersports

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

CHI, The Spa

As the signature spa brand of Shangri-La hotels, CHI provides some of the most indulgent and luxurious spa experiences in Oman. It has a hydro pool and herbal steam room, as well as an ice fountain and relaxation area, and a menu of treatments to discover — drawing inspiration from ancient Chinese philosophies of wellbeing.

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

Premier Room

These large rooms have luxurious interiors, inspired by Arabian decadence, and come with furnished patios of balconies with views onto the resort and sea beyond. They have bathrooms with walk-in showers, and modern amenities like complimentary Wi-Fi, flat screen TV with movie channels, and a minibar.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Bath
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Hairdryer
  • Minibar
  • Safe
  • Satellite/Cable TV
  • Sea View
  • 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

Double or Twin DELUXE

Double or Twin PREMIER

Double or Twin DELUXE-SEA VIEW

Double or Twin DELUXE-WITH TERRACE

Double or Twin DELUXE-SEA FACING

Double or Twin

Double or Twin

DOUBLE DELUXE GARDEN VIEW

DOUBLE DELUXE WITH TERRACE

DOUBLE DELUXE SEA VIEW

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

Zafran Café

Zafran Café is a central meeting point in the Al Mazaar Souk, where guests can spend time with a hot drink and snack while contemplating the rest of the day. Dress code: Casual

Asia

The contemporary restaurant, Asia, takes your taste buds on a journey through Eastern and South-Western Asian cuisine. Located at the Al Mazaar Souk, it is open for dinner and has a show kitchen where you can observe the chefs cooking up their magic. Restrictions: Closed Mondays Dress code: Resort 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. Restrictions: Breakfast: 06:30am to 11:00amLunch: 12:00pm to 15:00pmDinner: 18:30pm to 23:00pm 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

Fairouz

Named after one of Lebanon's most famous singers, Fairouz serves authentic Lebanese cuisine; everything from mezze, to pastries and grills. Restrictions: Closed Sundays Dress code: Smart Casual

Shahrazad

Providing one of the most elegant restaurant experiences of the entire resort, Shahrazad is Moroccan food at its very best. The ambient dining room is restricted to guests over the age of 12, so the scene is set for an evening of calm delectable dining. Dress code: Smart 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

Piano Lounge

Great views and a chic atmosphere create memorable experiences at the Piano Lounge. Located by the lobby, it serves a large menu of drinks including fine cognacs and crafted cocktails. Dress code: Smart Casual

Al Bandar Lobby Lounge

The hotel's lobby lounge is an elegant and relaxing place where you can sip fine teas, unwind with a cocktail and explore other tantalising refreshments. Dress code: Smart Casual

B.A.B. Lounge

Perched on top of Bait Al Bahr's rooftop, this trendy lounge bar is a colourful and creative environment of canapés, seafood platters, superb cocktails and other drinks. Make sure to visit for happy hour before dinner to start the evening well. Restrictions: Saturday to Wednesday: 17:00pm to 01:00amThursday: 17:00pm to 02:00amFriday: 14:00pm to 02:00amOver 21s only after 21:00pm Dress code: Resort Casual

Circles Pool Bar

Circles has its own wood-fired oven which creates amazing pizzas. You'll also find other light snacks, and of course, plenty of drinks choice — including healthy non-alcoholic options. Dress code: Casual

Surf Café

This laid back café serves healthy snacks and light meals and provides internet stations to keep you connected with emails and news while away. Dress code: Casual

Board Basis Options

Bed & Breakfast

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

Half Board

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

Full Board

FOOD: 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. Restrictions: Adventure Zone: 10:00am to 22:00pm Splashpad: 09:00am to 19:00pmGameZ: 12:00pm to 22:00pm

Cool Zone Kids Club

The kids' club is located at Al Waha Hotel and features a multitude of facilities and activities for children aged from four to eight years. It has air-conditioned indoor play rooms with arts & crafts and games, while outdoors is dedicated to activities like treasure hunts and sports. Restrictions: Children under the age of four must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Children's Pool

Just for kids, this pool is a fun, safe area where children can make a splash.