Located in Muscat, just a short drive away from the city centre, and secluded in a hidden cove, lies Barr Al Jissah, a luxury haven on the shores of the Gulf of Oman.
A visionary blend of architecture inspired by Oman’s rich heritage and natural landscape, sets Barr Al Jissah apart as a truly exclusive destination.
Nestling against the backdrop of rugged mountains in a pristine sandy bay, Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa is a unique destination resort spread across two distinctive hotel wings, Al Bandar and the family-focused Al Waha. There are 460 Arabian-inspired rooms and suites amid an unparalleled array of resort amenities with no less than six swimming pools, 15 restaurants and bars and Oman’s only lazy-river attraction.
As a family-focused hotel, Al Waha lives up to its name, with several swimming pools merging to form a serene oasis. Date palms and traditional Dhofari architecture remind you that you are in Arabia.
Lunchtime closes in as you head for the resort’s focal point, Al Bandar Hotel. Like its name suggests, this hotel is akin to a town with a mélange of restaurants. After you savour the exquisite Arabian flavours of tender roasted meats at Al Tanoor restaurant, you decide to take home a piece of Oman with the intricately-designed crafts, jewellery and artwork from the gift shop and art gallery.
For more relaxing activities visit Chi, The Spa, which will indulge you with a range of calming treatments. There are also Turkish baths, steam rooms and Jacuzzi’s to enjoy.
This beachfront sanctuary is also a place for thrill-seeking satisfaction. The Watercooled Centre provides a variety of high-octane activities on the water including flyboarding and jet-pack experiences.