SHANGRI-LA BARR AL JISSAH RESORT AND SPA
WHERE: MUSCAT, OMAN
WHO VISITED: Penny Spencer from Spencer Travel
WHEN: March 2015
WHAT WE LOVED
Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort and Spa is a complex of three distinct Shangri-La hotels on a gorgeous stretch of coast about an hour from Muscat Airport.
> Al Husn
> Al Bandar
> Al Waha
Al Husn: This is the most exclusive part of the Shangri-La property. 180 rooms and suites with the highest level of service, amenities and privileges including complimentary mini-bar, daily complimentary afternoon tea and pre-dinner cocktails and canapés.
Whilst there are no children’s facilities at Al Husn, children can enjoy the facilities and aquatic play areas in the other two hotels – Al Bandar and Al Waha. Children below 16 are not permitted to use Al Husn’s private beach or pool.
Al Bandar: In the centre of the complex sits the Al Bandar Hotel which offers 198 sea-facing guestrooms and 7 food and beverage areas. Al Bandar is predominantly a corporate and conference hotel offering five-star deluxe services.
Al Bandar has 11 meeting rooms, as well as a spectacular ballroom with banquet-style seating for up to 700 people.
Al Waha: This is Shangri-La’s family-friendy property, and Oman’s first dedicated family hotel. It is the largest of the three hotels at Shangri-La’s Barr Al Jissah Resort and Spa, comprising 262 guestrooms, each with either a 5 sqm balcony or patio.
The property has wonderful kids play areas, a fun lazy-river and lovely beachfront.
Each of the three hotels within the Shangri-La complex offers accommodation in a number of categories. Too many, in fact, to describe meaningfully here. Rest assured there’s a room type for just about any occasion and budget.
There are pools aplenty at Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort and Spa!
Al Husn has a stunning, adults-only infinity pool.
Al Bandar has a huge, free-form pool by the beach.
Al Waha has several swimming pools reminiscent of an oasis under a canopy of date palms.
The resort boasts a wonderful (signature) Shangri-La CHI, The Spa with the largest spa villas in Muscat. The spa features a vitality hydro pool, a steam room, tundra and tropical showers, an ice fountain and a relaxation area.
Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort and Spa offers a wide choice of restaurants at each of its three hotels.
At Al Husn you’ll find Sultanah with a luxury cruising vibe about it; and Shahrazad, claimed to be the only authentic Moroccan restaurant in Muscat.
Al Bandar hotel is home to contemporary Italian at Capri Court; Outdoor dining at Sablah; Al Tanoor serves Arabian fare.
Al Waha hotel offers the culinary theatre and international flavours of Samba, or pick up a child-friendly meal at Surf Café.
By the beach, Bait Al Bahr serves traditional Omani seafood.
The hotels at Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort and Spa are ideal for a classic flop-and-drop holiday or stopover. I would urge visitors, however, to venture into Muscat and explore this absolutely wonderful, low-rise city by the sea.
The Grand Mosque is a must visit. We also went to an Arabic Jazz concert at their newly opened Opera House. It was stunning. The architecture in this city is beautiful.
Overall this is a great city to visit. Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort and Spa is very nice and I would recommend a visit of minimum 4 nights as it is quite a trek to get there, but absolutely worth the effort.
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