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Shangri-La`s Barr Al Jissah Resort, Al Bandar

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Muscat, Sultanate of Oman

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Al Bandar (The Town) is a deluxe hotel at the heart of this stunning complex which comprises of a total of three different hotels. It resides in 124 acres of verdant landscaped grounds in a beautifully unspoilt mountain setting bordering fabulous sandy beaches. Inspired by old Muscat, spacious rooms are set in buildings of varying heights and boast ornate balconies or traditional terraces. The Al Bandar swimming pool which lies in the centre of the resort offers a peaceful yet family-friendly atmosphere. The 500m lazy river is a fun way to get around and allows you to easily visit different parts of the resort.

Children can enjoy all manner of activities in the comprehensive Kids` Club which has an air conditioned indoor and outdoor play area and plenty to do from treasure hunts to Arabian arts and crafts. Older children will love the `Adventure Zone` which is located in the Souk adjacent to the ` Omani Heritage Village` (a cultural centre where little ones can get close to authentic Arabian horses and camels).

The excellent spa village focuses on traditional Chinese philosophies and includes a vitality hydro pool, a herbal steam room, tundra and tropical showers, an ice fountain and a relaxation area. In addition to a host of facilities, including tennis courts, Al Mazaar Souk, an outdoor amphitheatre and water sports. The Dive Centre offers PADI dive instruction and certification, as well as scuba-diving, snorkelling, dolphin and whale-watching trips and a marina with berthing for up to eighty boats and yachts.

198 rooms & suites at Al Bandar.

Room Types

Deluxe Room
Offering expansive space with modern, Arabian-inspired décor in a contemporary setting. Each room offers 38 sqm/409 sqf of luxury with lush views over the garden and the Gulf of Oman. The balcony or patio measures 7sqm/75 sqf and is furnished with a table and two chairs,

Deluxe Terrace
Modern decoration with an Arabian-inspired style. Each room offers 38 sqm/409 sqf of luxury. These rooms feature an expansive terrace measuring 15 sqm/161 sqf furnished with a table and two chairs. Their postion provides direct access to the garden and pool areas with lush views towards the Gulf of Oman.

Deluxe Sea View
Offering the luxury of space with modern, Arabian-inspired décor in a contemporary setting. Each room measures 38 sqm/409 sqf with lush views over garden and/or pools towards the Gulf of Oman. The balcony or patio measures 7 sqm/75 sqf and is furnished with a table and two chairs.

Premier Room
Some of the largest non-suite rooms in Oman measuring 51 sqm/548 sqf and featuring luxurious, Arabian-inspired décor with memorable views over the lush gardens and pools then out towards the Gulf of Oman. The balcony or patio measures 7 sqm/75 sqf and is furnished with a table and two chairs.

One Bedroom Suite
Arabian-inspired and opulent. This luxurious one bedroom suite with separate sitting room measures 76 sqm/818 sqf and offerslush views over the garden and the Gulf of Oman. An ideal option for guests travelling as a group or those requiring extra space and amenities. The balcony or patio, furnished with a table and two chairs, measures 14 sqm/151 sqf.

Speciality Suites
Decorated with contemporary, Arabian-inspired décor and state- of-the-art amenities, these one-bedroom suites with separate sitting room and dining area offer the luxury of expansive space measuring 114 sqm/1,227 sqf with lush views over the gardens to the Gulf of Oman. The balcony or patio is furnished with a table and two chairs and measures 28 sqm/301 sqf.


  • Parking
  • Gym
  • Room Service
  • Babysitting
  • Mobility accessible rooms
  • Swimming Pools
  • Tennis
  • Spa
  • WiFi
  • Business Centre
  • Pool Bar/Restaurant
  • PADI Dive Centre
  • Water Sports
  • Children`s Club
  • Games room
  • Daily Activities
  • Gift shop
  • Gallery
  • Health Club
  • Heritage Village
  • Boat Excursions
  • Marina
  • Pharmacy
  • Florist
  • Car rental

Child Care

Cool Zone Kids Club - Complimentary (daily 9am-6pm)
Indoor and outdoor play areas supervised by trained staff, located in the Al Waha at the heart of the resort. Welcome for children up to the age of eight years old. Children under the age of four years old should be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Adventure Zone - Complimentary - (daily 10am-10pm)
Adventure Zone - Complimentary - (daily 10am-10pm) Situated in the Al Mazaar Souk adjacent to the Omani Heritage Village. An exciting family entertainment venue with a variety of play areas - Over Under Hurdles, Swing Over Net, a climbing wall, PS3, computer with Wi-Fi access and soft play areas. The highlights are the three drop slides providing fun for all, with the ultimate 6.5-metre Demon Drop slide. Open for children under 16 years. Children below the age of 4 are to be accommpanied by a parent or babysitter.

Lazy River (daily 10am-7pm) Meander your way between Al Waha, Al Bandar and back again on inflatable tubes along the Lazy River.

Splashpad (daily 9am - 7pm) 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.

Children`s Pools (6am-7pm) Located beside the Circles Pool Bar at Al Bandar hotel and next to Assira Pool Bar at Al Waha hotel.

Camel and Pony Rides (daily) Enjoy a camel or pony ride from Bait Al Bahr (Al Bandar, Beach Bar) to Al Waha.

Mini Golf (daily 10am-10pm) Beautifully landscaped miniature golf course with nine challenging holes. Located in Omani Heritage Village.

Activities for children Activites for children change daily dependent on how many families are in the resort. Henna Painting, Sand City Compertition and Treasure Hunts are organised in addition to activities that teach and offer a chance to explore tradtional Arabian crafts.

GameZ (daily 12 noon - 10pm) A family games at Al Mazaar souk room where all can play billiards, snooker, air hockey, electronic darts and video games.

Babysitting available on request.


31-January-2014 / Pete / Customer Rating: ★★★★★★
We enjoyed this hotel very much, it is the most relaxing, peaceful place we have ever stayed at. The hotel situated right on the beach with no other sound bar the sea and the insects in the mountains. It seemed so quiet, ie not busy but I asked at reception to which they replied 85% occupancy. I couldn`t believe it, we really liked that, there was no need to book restaurants, pools really quiet, loads of sun loungers etc. My only one complaint was the restaurants, although the food quality was superb, the buffet restaurant was good but you just find yourself stuffing your face! The other a la carte restaurants were all very similar ie very fussy what I would call Michelin star menu, if you get me. Struggled to find things you would like, but I`m sure they were excellent. The breakfasts were absolutely superb though. Just a note, very expensive if you were drinking wine lots of alcohol as they sting you for service charge and some Omani tax adds up to bout 17%!! Saying all that, we will definitely return, hopefully we will be able to fly direct to Manchester then as they are massively updating their airport. Thanks for the recommendation, again !!

Special offers

  • Honeymoon Offer
    Honeymoon couples staying a minimum of 5 nights will receive:
    A personalised gift, complimentary one hour treatment at CHI (The Spa)
    for two people, complimentary cake, fruit basket, bottle of wine or sparkling date juice and flowers in the room on arrival.
  • 35% Booking Discount
    Valid for stays between 06Jan19-30Sep20
    For reservations confirmed by 20Jan19
  • 30% Booking Discount
    Valid for stays between 01Oct19-30Apr20
    For reservations confirmed between 01Jan19-30Apr19
  • 20% Booking Discount
    Valid for stays between 01May19-30Sep19 and 01May20-30Sep20
    For reservations confirmed at least 60 days prior to arrival
  • Stay for 7 nights pay for 5
    Offer valid between 05May19 and 04Jun19 and 23Apr20 and 23May20.
    100OR Resort Credit redeemable per room
    This offer only valid on Bed and Breakfast basis.
    Please note this is Ramadan. Alcohol will not be available during lunch and limited dining options will be available.
  • 30% Last Minute Offer:
    Valid for stays between 11Oct18-23Dec18
    For reservations confirmed by 23Dec18


45 minutes transfer by car from Muscat International Airport.

Food & Drink

Capri Court, Al Bandar
Offering a contemporary Italian experience through it`s innovative menu and stylish restaurant. Eat in the fashionable ambience of the indoors or relax in the outdoor seating area looking out over the beach and garden. The menu focuses on the freshness and flavour of the ingredients with regular the regular introduction of new dishes to highlight seasonal produce

Tapas and Sablah, Al Bandar
A relaxing piazza in the heart of the resort serving Mediterranean and Asian tapas as well as Middle Eastern mezze late into the night. The menu is complemented by a full beverage and shisha selection.

Al Tanoor, Al Bandar
Serving the characteristic cuisines of the Arabian Gulf region in a traditional Omani atmosphere. The interior is designed with Arabian tents, pottery and vibrant colours which complement the enticing dishes prepared for you at the open cooking stations. In addition to Arabian cuisine, the restaurant offers Mediterranean, Persian, Indian and Turkish favourites, as well as a tempting selection of fresh fruit and juices.

Fairouz, Al Mazaar Souq
Named after a Legendary Lebanese singer, Fairouz, provides a lavish mix of hot and cold mezze, grills and authentic pastries. Its authentic cuisine coupled with an elegant interior promise an exceptional dining experience.

Asia, Al Mazaar Souq
A culinary exploration of east and southwest Asia. Prepared in four glass-enclosed show kitchens are distinctive cuisines from China, Japan, Thailand, Malaysia and Vietnam. Guests are invited to view the chefs as they prepare dishes with traditional Asian techniques. Savour the flavours of sweet, bitter, sour, salty and spicy through a menu featuring popular dishes such as dim sum, sushi & sashimi, noodles, Thai curry, satay and spring rolls.

Zafran Cafe
Close to the middle of the shopping arcade and the children`s facilities, serving coffee, teas, pastries and light meals.

Bait Al Bahr, Beach Bar
Located right next to the beach the splendid Gulf of Oman forms the perfect backdrop to showcase the unique and distinct flavours of Omani cuisine. Experience Oman`s rich heritage and culture through their fresh seafood

Bars and Lounges
Al Bandar Lobby Lounge A lively meeting place in the heart of the resort offering a selection of teas, cocktails and tempting refreshments.

Piano Lounge
Overlooking the Gulf of Oman a great spot to enjoy pre-dinner or late evening drinks. The extensive menu includes light snacks, coffees, teas and a wide range of wines and beverages.

Enjoy a pizza from the wood fired oven, snacks, pasta dishes, health drinks or cocktails.

The Long Bar
A trendy bar located in the heart of the resort, The Long Bar offers a wide array of signature cocktails.


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