Barr Al Jissah offers three hotels in one

A bird’s eye view of Shangri-La’s Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa

NESTLED in between the dramatic backdrop of rugged mountains and pristine waters of the Sea of Oman, Shangri-La’s Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa is set on 124 acres of stunning scenery and home to three luxury hotels.

The property comprises the exclusive Al Husn, Al Bandar and the family-oriented Al Waha hotel. All 640 rooms and suites overlook the Sea of Oman, providing guests with 600 m (1,968.5 ft) of pristine coastline. “This is our ninth participation in the Arabian Travel Market and we are delighted to be attending again for 2014,” said Lori Collins, director of sales and marketing for the property. “Our main focus is meeting new partners as well as maintaining the good relationships we have enjoyed with our regular partners. We would like to target business for summer and the fourth quarter of 2014. Joining me to represent the resort will be our general manager, director of business development and director of communications.”


Al Husn means “The Castle” and the hotel’s design reflects a fusion of Moorish architecture in the style of the Alhambra, emphasising the Portuguese influence on Oman’s architecture. Each guestroom offers a minimum of 53 sq m of space including a balcony or terrace. With its 180 rooms and suites, unique services, amenities and privileges; guests of Al Husn hotel enjoy the exclusive use of a fully appointed gym, private beach and beach bar, Infinity pool, library and hospitality lounge. Moreover, Al Husn guests are welcomed to a daily afternoon tea, pre-dinner evening cocktails and complimentary in room mini bar.


Al Bandar means “The Town” and the hotel’s architecture is inspired by old Muscat, featuring buildings of varying heights and a variety of ornate balconies. Each guestroom offers a minimum of 45 square metres of space including a balcony or terrace, with a total of 198 rooms and suites. Al Bandar’s dominant feature is its large unconventionally shaped swimming pool spanning 1,400 sq m and a maximum depth of 1.2 m. Its unique fixed tiled sunbeds are half-immersed to allow guests to lie down and relax within the pool.  Al Bandar also provides a Jacuzzi and a children’s pool, as well as access to the Lazy River.

The 500-m Lazy River enables guests an unusual method to travel between Al Bandar and Al Waha by floating between the two hotels’ main swimming pools on controlled water current.  Guests can relax and enjoy something to eat or drink at Al Waha then drift leisurely back to Al Bandar.


The name of Al Waha means “The Oasis”. The hotel is nestled at the foot of a mountain range through which vehicular access has been made possible by a man-made tunnel. An ideal family getaway, Al Waha is Oman’s first dedicated leisure hotel and has been designed in such a way that the hotel’s swimming pools form an oasis incorporating many date palm trees. The hotel has a total of 262 rooms and suites.

The resort has seven main restaurants, two all-day dining outlets, three pool bars and a beach bar, three lobby lounges, three cafés and two bars. Each of the main restaurants serves a unique cuisine, such as Lebanese, Moroccan, Italian, Middle Eastern, Indian, Asian and South American. The array of fine dining and all-day dining outlets, as well as live cooking stations, ensures something delicious for each and every guest.

The meeting and banqueting facilities of the resort define elegance, versatility and convenience. Stylishly appointed, the 1,008-sq-m Barr Al Jissah Ballroom, with its large pre-function area, can accommodate up to 850 guests for conferences or cocktail receptions.  The ballroom features an outdoor terrace that faces the beach and offers spectacular 180-degree views of the ocean.  In addition to the ballroom, the resort offers eight impressive function rooms covering more than 360 sq m. Other outdoor reception venues include the Omani Heritage Village and the Al Midan Amphitheatre with seating for 1,000 people.

CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La designed to create a sanctuary of tranquillity inspired by the legend of “Shangri-La” features some of the largest and most luxurious private spa suites and villas in Oman, all within a secluded, village-like setting of hectares of luxuriant landscaped gardens.

There are 12 treatment villas, eight of which are doubles (at 130-140 sq m each) and four for single guests. Each has a private bathroom and vanity area, shower, bath and a relaxation area, and a garden court complete with outdoor showers.

Other facilities include the Adventure Zone, GameZ, Mini Golf, Al Mazaar Souk, Cool Zone Kids Club, Marina, Omani Heritage Village and Extra Divers Dive Centre.

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