Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort and Spa


“Three hotels in one resort – Rooms in Al Husn are on average the biggest in Oman; each comes with butler-service and views over the Gulf – see dolphins! Guests have access to all of the resort facilities, and also a private restaurant, bar and beach especially reserved for Al Husn residents. Al Waha is great for young kids – book a room opening directly onto the huge pool. The Little Turtle Club, (or with babysitters) makes for a holiday for both parents and children. There is a diving center and camel rides on the beach for teens.”
- Trusted Friends: Katelyn & Michael Sugarmann, Surrey, England
(Date Experienced: December 2010)

Great for
Experiencing the magic of Oman from a comfortable and well-equipped hotel base.

With whom
Anyone – something to suit couples, families, friends...

Memorable moment
Swimming laps in Al Husn's pool and spotting dolphins jumping in the sea.

Best time to go
From May to October, coastal breezes make the desert heat easier to bear.

Be aware
There are three hotels to choose from in the resort, Al Bandar is a conference hotel so opt for one of the other two. Red Sea occurs throughout the year – call the hotel within a week of arrival and think about postponing if this natural phenomenon has hit.

Room options
Depends on which property you choose... All are well-equipped and modern but with local design influences. Rooms in Al Husn have views over the Gulf.

Service & vibe
Grown-up and pampering in Al Husn; fun, kid-centric in Al Waha

Eight restaurants... so you're sure to find something, whatever your mood. Recommended are Shahrazad, in Al Husn, the only authentic Moroccan restaurant in Muscat, and Bait Al Bahr on the beach – delicious Omani seafood.

Al Waha from OMR 161 ($418); Al Bandar from OMR 199 ($516); Al Husn from OMR 293 ($761)

Costs less to go
No specific low season, but avoid the Easter and school holidays (and I don’t recommend going whilst hot from May through October).
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To Do & See
Dolphin and whale watching is a MUST. Also look out for opportunities to see turtles nesting in season. At the resort there are several pools and private beaches, as well as several scheduled activities such as kayak tours.

Sport & Activity
Plenty on land and water. Snorkelling and scuba diving (The Euro-Divers dive centre is a PADI five-star Gold Palm Resort), catamaran sailing and tennis.

Spa & Grooming
CHI The Spa has twelve private spa villas, a comprehensive spa menu and service that you would expect from Shangri-La. Top spa in Oman.

To Eat
Mumtaz Mahal is one of the best Indian restaurants in the Gulf (+968 24 605 907) and for top-calls, beach-side Italian, try Al Khiran Terrace in Muttrah's Al Bustan Palace (+968 (0) 24 799 666).

To Buy
Local crafts include silver-smithing and weaving, so pop into the souk and seek some out... Omani head scarves are stunning worn around the neck.

Itinerary Idea
Oman is fascinating – spend a couple of days in the desert, see a Wadi; or split the trip with Dubai - and hour and a half away.

Helpful Source
Departures Guide to the Persian Gulf: Muscat

Muscat, Sultanate of Oman

+968 2477 6666
Head Concierge: Guss Villacarlos

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