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Shangri La Barr al Jissah - Luxury holidays to Oman

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  • About this holiday

    An Expressions Holiday to Shangri-La's Barr Al Jissah resort is a great favourite for families, who appreciate particularly the family accommodation in Al Waha, where there are both inter-connecting rooms available and family rooms equipped with children's toys and games consoles. Oman is also rich in historical and natural treasures so there is plenty to do for all the family if you want to venture away from the many pools, the beach, the children's club, and the restaurants of the resort.

    Client testimonial: ‘Really great – again! We even had the same bedrooms which was great.’
    Mr B, November 2014

    Was it what you were expecting? ‘And more!’
    Mrs C, October 2014

    The journey and how you get there

    Expressions Holidays includes scheduled flights with British Airways or Oman Air to Muscat. From the airport you are met by a private transfer for the 45 minute journey to the resort.


    Included in your holiday

    Expressions Holidays includes scheduled flights with British Airways London to Muscat, private transfers and bed and breakfast.

    Holiday prices

    Sample prices here are for a family of 2 adults and 2 children under twelve for seven nights in the lowest priced room type for families.
    Low Season £6,970
    High Season £9,520
    Based on sharing Al Waha family room
    Many other room types are available on request from us. The prices displayed here are a guide only for this hotel and each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect the actual flight costs and all up-to-date special offers.

    Hotel code


    Our opinion

    Shangri-La's Barr al Jissah Resort sits on the edge of a private bay and is comprised of three separate hotels that between them offer an amazing array of holiday possibilities.

    Hotel description

    In a most dramatic position surrounded by spectacular rock formations Shangri-La’s Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa sits on the edge of a private bay. The 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.
    The resort reflects traditional Arabian architecture throughout, creating a majestic yet welcoming impression. Al Waha is the most suitable hotel for families, offering an excellent and extensive range of accommodation. Family interconnecting rooms are available that are equipped with children's toys, play station and other amenities for children specifically and all rooms face towards the sea, looking out over the swimming pools. Other hotel facilities for children here include a toddler's swimming pool with a rubber cushioned floor and a water mushroom pool for older children. Of the other hotels, Al Bandar sits at the heart of the resort and Al Husn offers six-star luxury but is not suitable for children. The resort’s grounds terrace down towards the private beach and are scattered through with palm trees, swimming pools and fountains. An excellent variety of water sports ensures that guests can enjoy the marvellous sea life, from diving and sailing to night safaris. Oman is rich in historical and natural treasures and the resort will organise an excellent number of excursions to ensure that guests can experience this, from camel rides to exploring the mountains and the enchanting city of Muscat. Children can enjoy the Cool Zone Kids Club, which is open throughout the year for those aged from 4 to 8 years old and comprises a children’s pool and playground as well as plentiful space for a wide range of activities. The size of the resort ensures an excellent range of dining opportunities, including seafood at Bait Al Bahr, a South American and Argentinean menu at Samba,  Asian cuisine at Asia and Middle Eastern dishes in Al Tanoor. This is an extensive and exciting resort with high standards and much to offer guests.


    Muscat, Oman

    Official star rating


    Annual opening

    October to April

    Distance from airport

    About 45 minutes by car.

    Closest airport


    Room types

    704 rooms and suites across 3 hotels. All rooms have private bathroom with separate bath and shower, balcony or terrace, ocean view, telephone and voicemail, wi-fi, satellite television, safe, tea and coffee facilities, iron and ironing board.

    Al Waha
    Superior room
    Superior Sea View room
    Executive Sea View room
    Family rooms on request.

    Al Bandar
    Deluxe room
    Deluxe Terrace room
    Deluxe Sea-Facing room
    Premier room
    One bedroom suite

    Al Husn
    Deluxe room
    Deluxe Sea View room
    One bedroom Suite
    Speciality Suite

    Hotel facilities and services

    Facilities at Shangri La Barr al Jissah in Muscat include: 11 restaurants and casual dining outlets, 3 lobby lounges, 3 pool bars, 3 beach bars, 2 bars, nightclub, 3 freshwater swimming pools, 600 metres of private beach, 4 tennis courts, Fitness centre, Spa, Sauna, Children’s club, GameZ, Lazy River,  Splashpad water play area, 9-hole mini golf course, Scuba diving, Sail boats, Omani heritage village, Souq shopping area, Complimentary shuttle to downtown Muscat, Hair and beauty salon, Children’s playground, Nightclub, 24-hour room service.

    Water sports

    Complimentary: Swimming.
    Chargeable: Diving, Sailing.

    Land sports

    Complimentary: Fitness, Tennis, Mini Golf.

    Out and aboutnearby/local interest

    Shangri La Barr al Jissah resort is located on the bay at Barr al Jissah, 25 kilometres from Muscat.
    Highlights for families include Muttrah Souq, Dolphin watching, Museums and forts, Camel rides, Wadi bashing, Dune bashing.

    Sports nearby


    Children may stay at Al Husn but meals must be taken at Al Bandar and Al Waha (except in-room dining). The pool and beach facilities at Al Husn are only available to those 16 years and over. It is recommended that guests with children under 18 years of age stay at either Al Waha or Al Bandar which cater to the needs of holidaying families.

    Minimum stays

    Minimum five-night stay from 27 December to 2 January.

    Other information

    Children's club: The Cool Zone Kids Club is open throughout the year for children aged from 4 to 8 years old. Children aged 4 years and under are welcome, although should be accompanied by a parent. The club is free of charge, although some activities may be at a charge, and is open from 8am to 8pm. There is an air-conditioned indoor area and outdoor activties, both under trained supervision.
    Babysitting: In-room babysitting is available in the evening at a charge, for children aged from 6 months to 16 years. This must be pre-booked at least 24-hours in advance.
    Baby listening: Is not available at the hotel.
    Children's entertainment: Children’s books, DVDs/videos, board games and video games are available. The Adventure Zone contains climbing walls, 3 drop slides, soft play area and Nintendo Wii Sports challenges. Lazy River (not suitable for young children) and Splashpad aquatic play area. GameZ offers billiards, snooker, air hockey, electronic dart and video games.
    Medical services: There are a doctor and nurse resident at the hotel. The nearest hospital is 2km from the resort.
    Family dining: Children are allowed in all of the restaurants except those at Al Husn. Highchairs, children’s menus and non-smoking areas are available and children can also order à la carte from the main menu. The restaurants include Al Tanoor, which serves traditional Middle Eastern cuisine and Italian flavours in Capri Court.
    Family rooms: Interconnecting family rooms are available with child amenities, play station and toys. Maximum occupancy in other rooms is 2 adults and 1 child under 12, with one extra bed subject to availability.
    Children's amenities: The hotel is able to provide baby baths, potties, bottle-sterilising kits and bottle-heating facilities on request. Please ask for details.


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