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Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa - Al Bandar

Oman, Muscat

Part of the Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort and Spa, Al Bandar is nestled between the rugged mountains and the beautiful Sea of Oman. Meaning 'town' in Arabic, Al Bandar is in the heart of the resort, close to numerous restaurants and facilities, including a gift shop and art gallery. Even the architecture resembles a town with buildings of varied sizes, inspired by old Muscat, housing the hotel's 198 guest rooms, all facing the sea, making the most of the beautiful views over the Gulf of Oman. With several swimming pools and a beautiful beach, there is plenty of opportunities to cool down and should you wish to explore the sea, diving and snorkelling trips are available. And if you rather stay dry, why not try a dolphin watching trip or a sunset cruise? 

 

Hotel child prices apply to ages 2-11 years.

The hotel has 198 rooms.

Facilities

Bars and Restaurants

Al Tanoor

Opening times:

06:30 - 11:00

12:00 - 15:00

18:30 - 23:00

Dress code:

Smart casual

Location:

Al Bandar

A vibrant restaurant, serving traditional Arabian cuisine, as well as dishes from the Mediterranean, Persian, Indian and Turkish regions.

Bait Al Bahr

Opening times:

19:00 - 23:30 (Mon - Wed & Sat - Sun)

18:00 - 23:30 (Thu & Fri)

Dress code:

Resort casual

Location:

Beachfront, between Al Waha and Al Bandar

Relaxed beachfront restaurant, serving fresh seafood Omani cuisine.

Capri Court


Opening times:

19:00 - 23:30 (Mon - Wed & Sat - Sun)

18:00 - 23:30 (Thu & Fri)

Dress code:

Resort casual

Location:

Al Bandar

Contemporary Italian cuisine served indoors or on the outside terrace, overlooking the gardens towards the sea.

Samba


Opening times:

06:30 - 11:00

12:00 - 15:00

18:30 - 23:30

Dress code:

Resort casual

Location:

Al Waha

International dishes prepared in open show kitchens, including flavours from Asia, Latin America and the Mediterranean.

Surf Café


Opening times:

11:00 - 22:00

Dress code:

Casual

Location:

Al Waha

Casual venue, serving light meals including salads, sandwiches and burgers.

Tapas & Sablah


Opening times:

18:00 - 01:00

Dress code:

Casual

Location: 

Al Bandar

Enjoy Mediterranean and Asian tapas as well as Middle Eastern mezze late into the night.

Zafran Café


Opening times:

11:00 - 20:00

Dress code:

Casual

Location:

Al Mazzar Souk

Located in the shopping arcade, close to the children's facilities, Zafran Café serves teas and coffees as well as light meals and pastries.

Lobby Lounges

Opening times:

08:00 - 00:30

Dress code:

Smart casual

Al Waha Lobby Lounge

Enjoy a wide selection of teas, coffees, cocktails, lights snacks and afternoon tea with views over the pool, garden and sea.

Al Bandar Lobby Lounge

A lively meeting place offering a selection of teas, cocktails and refreshing drinks.

Pool Bars

Assira (Al Waha Hotel)

Enjoy a wide selection of healthy snacks, light meals and refreshing drinks throughout the day.

 

Circles (Al Bandar Hotel)

A casual pool bar, serving wood-fired oven pizza, pasta and healthy snacks as well as drinks and cocktails.

Piano Lounge


Opening times:

18:00 - 02:00

Dress code:

Smart casual

Location:

Al Bandar

Enjoy pre-dinner drinks or late evening cocktails on a terrace with beautiful sea views.

The Long Bar


Opening times:

18:00 - 02:00

Dress code:

Smart casual

Location:

Al Bandar

A trendy cocktail bar located in the heart of the resort.

B.A.B. Lounge


Opening times:

17:00 - 01:00 (Mon - Wed & Sat - Sun)

17:00 - 02:00 (Thu & Fri)

Dress code:

Resort casual

Location:

Between Al Waha and Al Bandar

A rooftop terrace bar serving a wide selection of wines, cocktails and champagne as well as sharing platters and light snacks.

Beach and Pools

There is over 6000m² of swimming pools and 600m of private beach across the resort well as a 500m long lazy river between Al Bandar and Al Waha hotels.

For Families

Adventure Zone


Opening times:

11:00 - 20:00 (Tue - Sat)

Dress code:

Socks must be worn on play equipment.

Long-sleeved shirts must be worn on drop slides.

 

An exciting family centre with climbing walls, drop slides, soft play areas and computer games.

Cool Zone Kids Club


Opening times:

09:00 - 22:00

 

Cool Zone Kids Club is open for children under 8 years (children under 4 must be accompanied by a parent) and offers supervised indoor and outdoor play areas.

Spa and Wellness

CHI, The Spa

Opening times:

10:00 - 22:00

CHI, The Spa features 12 individual treatment villas as well as a hydro pool, steam room, tundra and tropical shower, an ice fountain and a relaxation area.

Activities and Entertainment

Watersports

A variety of watersports, including paddle boarding, water skiing, wakeboarding, doughnut rides, banana boating and kayaking.

Fitness Centre

Camel and Pony Rides

Dolphin Watching Trips

Mini Golf

Snorkelling Boat Trips

Tennis Courts

About the location
Muscat is an ivory-white port city that rambles between the sandy Gulf of Oman and Al Hajar Mountains.

Understated luxury is the theme here. Strict building laws safeguard Arab architecture, so even modern buildings come with filigree window shutters, carved balconies and mosaicked doorways. Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque is the star, though – its towering dome and quintet of minarets strike out above the city skyline.

Meanwhile, Old Muscat – the city’s historic heart – slides east of the city centre, guarded by a pair of waterside forts. At the opposite end of town, high-end hotels boast spots beside bronzed beaches, while sprawling villas and family-friendly cafés decorate nearby expat neighbourhoods.

Muscat is also a dab hand at delivering the unexpected. For starters, you won’t see vineyards (despite the name, Muscat grapes – and the wine – likely don’t originate here). But you will see surprises like the Italian-Arabic Royal Opera House Muscat, which comes with a cluster of French bistros and steakhouses.
Transfer time
45 minutes from Muscat airport.
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great location, hotel somewhat dated
bergerts, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Tripadvisor review Dec 16 2017
the location of the hotel is great, landscapewise, however, without own transport its quite isolated and away from the city. We were somewhat unlucky that it was too windy for snorkeling or other...
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Great hospitality, fantastic stay... RECOMMENDED
prakashn2, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Tripadvisor review Dec 14 2017
Visited in Dec 2015 and had a very pleasant stay. The best part was the room had an excellent beach and pool view. All amenities & facilities were very well maintained: pool, club, etc.... Breakfast...
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