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
About Al Bandar Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa
Peppering the turquoise coastline of the Sea of Oman, the Shangri-La Bar Al Jissah Resort is 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.