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Shangri-La's Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa, Oman

Shangri-Las Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa in Sultanate of Oman sits on the edge of a private bay, just 15 minutes away from Muttrah Souk and the old city of Muscat. This expansive resort is composed of three separate hotels: Al Husn, Al Bandar and Al Waha, all of which offer an excellent range of accommodation and experiences, creating a most exclusive retreat. Al Bandar sits at the heart of the resort whilst Al Husn provides a high level of luxury and is recommended for adults, benefiting from its own secluded beach with butler service in the suites.

We recommend the third hotel, Al Waha for a family holiday. Interconnecting rooms are available and all rooms face towards the sea, looking out over the swimming pools and as well as a children's pool the children's club and Splashpad zones are located here.

Children aged between 4 and 8 years old can enjoy the Cool Zone Kids Club, which is open daily from 9 am to 6 pm and comprises a children's pool and playground as well as plentiful space for a wide range of activities.

No of rooms:262 in Al Waha

Check in/check out:2pm/12 noon

Highlights...

  • Three swimming pools creating an oasis with a 500-metre Lazy River leading to Al Bandar pool
  • Cool Zone Kids Club from 4 - 8 years (under 4 can attend with a parent or guardian)
  • Splashpad - aquatic play area with touch sensitive sprays for family and children at Al Waha’s dhow area
  • Adventure Zone - indoor fun park for 4 - 17 years plus toddler soft play area
  • 22 great dining options
  • 600-metre private beach and a separate turtle beach
  • Complimentary kayaking
  • Boat excursions: sunset cruising, dolphin watching, snorkelling
  • 4 floodlit tennis courts
  • CHI, The Spa and Health Club with both cardio and weight studios
  • GameZ entertainment centre: billiards, snooker, air hockey, electronic darts and video games
  • Complimentary daily shuttle to Muttrah Souk (traditional Omani market) and Muscat Grand Mall
  • Mini-golf, camel and pony riding, marina, dive centre
  • Omani Heritage Village, Al Mazaar Souk, gift shops, ATM, art gallery

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All rooms have tea/coffee making facilities, satellite TV and in-house movie channels, electronic safe, writing desk, mini-bar and free Wi-Fi.

Superior Room

Comfortable room with king-size or twin beds, bathroom with bathtub and separate shower cubicle and balcony with 2 chairs and a table. Rooms face gardens and pools. Sea Facing or Sea View Superior rooms available at a supplement.

32m2

Sleeps up to 2 adults and 1 child (under 12 years)

Executive Sea View Room

Larger than Superior Rooms with small sitting area overlooking the Sea of Oman. King-size or twin beds, bathroom with bathtub and separate shower cubicle and balcony with 2 chairs and a table.

45m2

Sleeps up to 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children (under 12 years)

Family Room (2 Interconnecting Rooms)

Two interconnecting Superior rooms, one with a king size bed the other with twin beds, each with its own en suite bathroom and balcony with garden/pool view.

The twin bedded room has special features including a DVD player and PlayStation, a selection of games and other items designed especially for children.

32m2 + 32m2

Sleeps up to 2 adults and 3 children

Shangri-La's Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa offers a wide choice of restaurants at each of the three hotels. 

At Al Waha hotel, enjoy the culinary theatre and International flavours of Samba, or pick up a child-friendly meal at Surf Café.

Al Bandar hotel is home to Capri Court, featuring contemporary Italian cuisine, as well as Tapas & Sablah for an outdoor dining experience. Al Tanoor serves up an evocative Arabian atmosphere that creates an engaging dining experience at each of its many open culinary stations. The Long Bar and Piano Lounge are the perfect spot for pre-dinner drinks or late evening cocktails.

Two culinary high points of Oman may be found at Al Husn hotel; Sultanah, a stylish restaurant with a luxury cruise theme and Shahrazad, the only authentic Moroccan restaurant in Muscat, where you can savour traditional Moroccan favourites in a contemporary and refined setting.

At Al Mazaar Souk, you can venture into Lebanese cuisine and entertainment at Fairouz or go on a culinary exploration at the stylish Asia. For a lighter meal, Zafran Café and courtyard has indoor and outdoor seating.

Whilst at the beach, enjoy Bait Al Bahr, the ideal place for traditional Omani seafood against the backdrop of a magnificent sunset or chill at its rooftop’s B.A.B. Lounge with relaxing music played by the resident DJ.

Babysitting;

Babysitting costs OMR 3/hour (approx £5) from 7 am to 12 midnight and OMR 5/hour from 12 midnight to 7 am. A babysitter can baby sit up to 2 children and you may hire them for minimum of 1 hour. The babysitter can take children under 3 to the Cool Zone.

Children’s Clubs & Activities: 

Cool Zone Kids Club

Located in the Al Waha Hotel in the heart of the resort, Cool Zone provides air-conditioned / indoor and outdoor play areas, both under trained supervision.

Children up to the age of eight years old are welcome to use Cool Zone. Children under the age of four years old should be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Cool Zone is usually open from 9am to 6pm.

Adventure Zone

The Adventure Zone is an exciting family entertainment venue for all thrill seekers with a variety of modular play areas featuring Over Under Hurdles, Swing Over Net, drop slides, climbing wall, PS3, computer with Wi-Fi access and soft play areas. The highlights are the three drop slides providing fun and adventure for all, with the ultimate 6.5-metre Demon Drop slide.

Adventure Zone is located in the Al Mazaar Souk adjacent to the Omani Heritage Village and is open daily from 10am to 10pm.

Children should wear long sleeve shirt and socks.

Children's Pool

The children's pool, open from 6am to 7pm, is located beside the Circles Pool Bar at Al Bandar hotel and next to Assira Pool Bar at Al Waha hotel.

Lazy River

Meander your way between Al Waha, Al Bandar and back again on inflatable tubes along the Lazy River, inspired by the centuries-oldfalajsystem that brought fresh water to remote Omani villages. The Lazy River is open daily from 10am to 7pm.

Activities for Children

Popular games such as Treasure Hunt, Henna Painting, and the Sand City Competition are on offer as well as some traditional Arabian crafts.

Splashpad

Located on the headland at the Al Waha hotel, Splashpad is an aquatic play area for all the family with a combination of water effects from light mists to touch sensitive sprays and projection jets.  Splashpad is open daily from 9am to 7pm.

GameZ

Located in Al Mazaar Souk, GameZ is a game room where the entire family can play billiards, snooker, air hockey, electronic darts and video games. GameZ is open daily from 12noon to 10pm.

Mini Golf

Beautifully landscaped miniature golf course with nine challenging holes. Located in Omani Heritage Village and open daily from 10am to 10pm.

Camel and Pony Ride

Enjoy the sea breeze while riding a camel or pony from Bait Al Bahr to Al Waha. Available daily

Baby/toddler equipment

Baby cot, bottle sterilizer, bottle warmer, nappy bin, potty and infant's bathtub are for free however it is upon request and based on the availability.

Dining

Not all the restaurants provide children menus, however, in Al Waha Hotel, it is always available in Samba restaurant, the all-day-dining restaurant. Normally in the evening restaurants open at 6.30 pm. Fresh-made baby purees are available on request prior to mealtime.

Beach

It is just right in front of Al Waha but teh best paddling for younger children is at the Al Bandar beach.

Useful

Cots, high chairs (in restaurants) sterilizers and bottle warmers are available upon request. DVD player will be available upon request, Wi-Fi service always available in your room and certain public areas in the resort. The coffee maker is only available in suite rooms, however, in the standard rooms we provide the kettle, tea and coffee amenities for free.

First aid;

The hotel has its own clinic open for 24 hours daily and doctor can be called out, it is located in the Al Bandar hotel. The hospital is around 15-20 minutes away from the resort.

Shop;

The Housekeeping department sells nappies, baby wipes, baby milk and other infant toiletries except swim nappies.

The area around Shangri-la Barr Al Jissah ...

The three hotels share all the facilities and therefore there is plenty to do on-site.

Located around 15 minutes drive from Muscat’s old city, the hotel provides a complimentary shuttle to Muttrah Souk, Bait Al Zubair museum (available on request) and shopping malls.

Muscat is authentic and historic allowing for easy exploration.

The hotel runs a number of excursions to wadis, castles, Omani villages etc.

What will the weather be like in Oman...

Oman like Dubai sees temperatures soaring in summer and from May - September.  The heat can get unbearable but the low humidity and sea breeze can help. You can expect a daily average of 34-41 degrees Celsius with the night time temperatures offering little relief at this time.

Easter and October are popular times to go - it will be hot - low 30's during the day with plenty of sunshine.

November to March is comfortbale when the weather is pleasant, usually mid 20's with pleasant evenings. It is possible that there can be a couple of cooler days or unseasonably hot days and some rainfall can fall in any of these months but it is generally very little.