Inspiration Middle East 5 Reasons Why Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa Is One of the Best Resorts in Oman 

5 Reasons Why Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa Is One of the Best Resorts in Oman 

April 13, 2023

Private beach, Omani architecture and luxury in every nuance make this Shangri-La jewel a top Oman resort. 

Explore the most unadulterated form of Oman’s luxury at Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa. Right from the moment you step through the entrance, you’ll be wowed by true Arabian Nights-style glamour. Smiling faces welcome you with open arms into the sparkling and opulent world of this beloved Oman resort. The Shangri-La comprises two wings – Al Bandar, which caters for business and leisure travellers, and Al Waha, an oasis for vacationing families – and award-winning restaurants to woo your palate. Taking the decadence up a notch, the resort’s private beach will beckon you to sun beds to soak up the stunning aquamarine vistas. 

Ready to experience the luxury of Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa for yourself? Check out this five-star escape

The location 

Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa is a scenic 90-minute drive from the city centre of Muscat. It is situated against the backdrop of the Al Hajar mountain range with a stretch of private beach overlooking 500 metres of coastline. Take a leisurely stroll down the beach, explore the coves and watch people enjoying various watersports and yacht rides. Seek shade under the parasols dotting the beach, recline on a sun bed and make the most of the unmissable views of the Arabian Sea. 

Cocooned between swaying palm trees, glittering oasis-like swimming pools connect the distinct wings of the resort, with restaurants dotted throughout the property. A true vacationer’s paradise, guests also have at their fingertips a library, beauty and hair salon, gift stores and much more so every convenience is covered.  

The restaurants 

Embark on a gastronomical journey while you stay at Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa. The buffet spread at Al Tanoor will have you filling your plate to the brim to make sure you taste everything on offer. Or enjoy a seafood extravaganza at Bait Al Bahr, where the sea breeze gives you the perfect dose of vitamin sea as you dine shoreside.  

Italian lovers can walk into Capri Court where a chef known for his unique innovations will please you with all kinds of creative pasta dishes and pizzas. Chow Mee serves up the mouth-watering flavours of Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam and Thailand, while the poolside bars, Assira and Circles, are always ready to serve you exotic cocktails that complement the weather.

Five-star amenities 

Refresh yourself in one of the swimming pools that flow through the various wings of the resort, before heading to the Chi, The Spa for a luxurious dose of pampering. You’ll have access to the Chi Water Oasis with a vitality hydro pool, ice fountain and more. (Hint: Do try the hammam experience for a glow like never before). 

The lazy river that connects the wings is an absolute joy to float in and the kids’ club is perfect for your high-spirited little ones with its elaborate space to keep them entertained. The mini-golf course will have enthusiasts perfecting their swings and enjoying the gentle breeze. This ‘has it all’ resort will stop at nothing to please you.

The watersports 

Whether you want to dive into the deep blue and explore the underwater world of the Arabian Sea, or drift above the waves – all watersports facilities are available at Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa, promising fun for all ages. Snorkelling, scuba diving (with lessons provided) and dolphin-watching are some of the most loved activities at the resort.  

The guests can also enjoy jet skiing and sailing (need to be booked in advance), perfect for thrill lovers. If you forget to bring your swimming gear, the onsite shop is always ready to assist. Make a splash! 

Turtle Care Project 

Did you know that the beaches of Oman are breeding sites for five different species of sea turtles? You can see this miracle of life happen at Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa.

Fully committed to the environment, the resort has an Eco Centre that runs the Turtle Care Project, focusing on protecting the endangered hawksbill and green turtle species native to the area. The resort’s dedicated Turtle Ranger provides educational talks, and guests can even witness the hatching of these turtles (March–September). A truly special experience is to see the hatchlings emerge and get acquainted with their new home in the sea. (Please note: strict guidelines to be followed to avoid any harm to the turtles).  

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About Sahar Andrabi
A wanderlust consumed soul with undying love for the Eiffel Tower, Sahar loves to travel & pen her thoughts down about the places she sees, people she meets, and extraordinary incidents that seem to happen to her every time she travels!

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