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Al Bandar Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa
Why we like it
- The focal point of the popular Barr Al Jissah Resort
- Easy access to all the facilities of the resort
- Architecture style inspired by old Muscat
- Large free form swimming pool
- Seven restaurants located at Al Bandar with more across the rest of the resort
- Turtle Care project designed to help protect the regions endangered turtle population. They often nest on the hotel's beach
Too relaxed to walk to the other hotels at the resort? Float along the lazy river instead!
We particularly appreciated the friendly staff, who got the professional/casual balance just right; the magnificent breakfast spread; the wafts of frankincense; the sunsets; the sheer relaxation provided by the spa; the library; the open fire; the gym that made room for breakfast and, not least, the alcohol licence!
- JD, London
Peppering the turquoise coastline of the Sea of Oman, the Shangri-La Bar Al Jissah Resort is made up of three luxurious hotels; at its heart is the Al Bandar, set within lush landscaped gardens which flow down towards the sea. Translating as 'the town', the Al Bandar is more of a traditional village, with desert-inspired tawny turrets and whitewashed walls inspired by Old Muscat making stark contrast with the clear blue skies. The 198 sea-facing rooms are decorated in typically ornate Arabian style, with sumptuous fabrics, widescreen views across the Gulf and ornate balconies lacing the exterior.
As the focal point of the resort, the Al Bandar features seven restaurants and bars, as well as the spectacular Barr Al Jissah Ballroom. Here you can take a culinary journey to the four corners of the globe: Al Tannor, the hotels main restaurant, features open cooking stations and offers a selection of Mediterranean, Turkish and, of course, Arabian cuisine; Capri Court serves Italian specialities and fine wines, while Tapas & Sablah dishes up Mediterranean and Asian tapas and Middle Eastern mezze. The impressive freeform pool is the perfect place to spend lazy days under the warm Omani sun, while the hotel is the location for the resort's CHi spa, where you can embalm yourself in mineral-infused muds and discover the healing benefits of traditional rasul therapies. During your stay, take advantage of the wealth of unusual activities on offer, from dolphin-viewing boat trips and evening turtle talks.
Best time to be there
Oman's climate differs from one area to another. It is hot and humid in the coastal areas in the summer between May and August, while it is hot and dry in the interior with the exception of the higher mountains, which enjoy a moderate climate round the year. The climate is best from September through to April.
Muscat (British Airways - daily: Oman Air - daily)
7 hrs 50 minutes direct
GMT +4 hours
Required - obtainable in advance or on arrival
No mandatory vaccinations
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