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Shangri-La Barr al Jissah Resort and Spa is recommended for
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At a glance

  • There is such a huge choice of restaurants at the Shangri La with options that span the world - you won't be disappointed

  • Adventure Zone is completely unique - it is an indoor play area for children open from 9am - 10pm complete with climbing wall, drop slides and Nintendo Wii's

  • The Splashpad is great fun for young children - it is an aquatic play area with a combination of water effects, from light mists to touch sensitive sprays and projection jets

  • Al Husn is a good option for those looking for an adult only holiday and does not allow children under the age of 18 years

  • Turtles often come and lay their eggs on the beach - you can register your interest with the hotel if you would like to be notified when they come ashore


Located in the stunning surroundings of the bay at Barr al Jissah, this beach resort is a hugely popular option with families and built in a majestic Omani style and is set in 124 acres of landscaped gardens. It offers fantastic accommodation and facilities along with beautiful scenery and a large beach.

Throughout the resort, all rooms have private balconies, terraces or patios, and many have direct or partial sea-views. All spacious rooms are designed to reflect the enchanting Arabian spirit of traditional Oman, and feature artworks and imagery created by local artists. Amenities include complimentary broadband Internet access, flat screen TVs and DVD entertainment systems. Bathrooms feature baths, separate shower cubicles and Shangri La toiletries.

The resort complex comprises twenty restaurants and bars, a Chi Spa and two private beaches. Facilities within the resort include three freshwater swimming pools, a fitness centre, tennis courts, a dive centre and a dedicated “Cool Zone” kids club.

Al Waha is the largest and most family friendly of the three hotels in the resort and is located closest to the Kids Club and children's pool. It is also the best option for those who require guaranteed interconnecting rooms.

Al Bandar is also family friendly but is slightly more peaceful as it is situated further away from the specific children's facilities. The rooms are larger and the amenities are of a slightly higher standard.

Al Husn is an exclusive hotel located in a private part of the resort. Whilst it is possible for families to stay here, it is not encouraged, and the hotel boasts its own private pool and beach which are only accessible for Al Husn guests aged 16 or over. There are also two fine dining restaurants which are only available for guests aged 12 or over.


The resort offers rooms and suites in Al Waha, Al Bandar and Al Husn. Rooms feature complimentary broadband Internet access, flat screen TVs, DVD entertainment systems, coffee/tea making facilities, minibar, and a butler service on request. Bathrooms feature baths, separate shower cubicles and Shangri La toiletries.

The room styles in Al Waha and Al Bandar are more international, although they still feature local textiles, photography and artwork. Al Husn is more authentically Arabian in style, with smarter furnishings, patterned carpets and wooden latticing.


Children’s facilities at the Shangri La Barr al Jissah are excellent. The Cool Zone Kids' Club located in the Al Waha Hotel provides both air conditioned indoor and outdoor play areas, both under trained supervision. Open from 8am until 8pm daily. Children up to 8 years old are welcome but those under 4 years old must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

The 'Adventure Zone' is an exciting family entertainment venue located in the Al Mazaar souk adjacent to the 'Omani Heritage Village' and is open daily from 9am to 10pm offering a variety of play areas, a climbing wall, soft play areas and daily Nintendo Wii Sports challenges. Other children's activities include treasure hunts, henna painting, the Sand City Competition and Arabian arts and crafts.


Facilities at the Shangri La include 20 restaurants and bars serving Italian, Arabian, Spanish and Moroccan cuisines. There is a spa, three swimming pools, a fully equipped fitness centre featuring a sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi, four tennis courts, a dive centre, a children’s club, the 'Adventure Zone', the 'Splash Pad', 'Lazy River' and the 'Omani Heritage Village'.


During your stay at Shangri-La Barr al Jissah Resort and Spa you can enjoy complimentary volleyball, snorkelling, sailing, windsurfing and kayaking. You could also organise diving, spa treatments, motorised water sports and desert excursions at an additional charge. The concierge service will be more than happy to help you organise any activities you would like to try.


Room service, laundry and babysitting.

When to travel

The best time to visit Oman is between November and mid-March, when the cooler air brings the mountain scenery sharply into focus and daytime temperatures average at 25°C. For the rest of the year, much of Oman is oppressively hot and hazy, particularly between May and August.

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Location and directions

Muscat, Oman

Exclusively located on the bay at Barr al Jissah, overlooking the Gulf of Oman. Only 15-minutes to Ruwi business district, and within easy reach of the old city of Muscat and Muttrah. Situated in the southeast of the Arabian Peninsula, the Sultanate of Oman is bordered by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the west, Yemen to the southwest and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to the northwest.

How to get there

It is 7-hour 30-minute direct international flight to Muscat International Airport. The Resort and Spa is approximately a 45-minute drive from the airport.

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