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While it’s just 30 minutes from the bustling heart of Muscat, Shangri-La's Barr Al Jissah Resort feels like a secluded haven by the sea. Journey through an artificial tunnel, bored into the mountains just for this resort, and you’ll find the luxurious Al Bandar at Shangri-La's Barr Al Jissah.
Al Bandar at Al Jissah is a water-lover’s paradise. You’ll have access to two private beaches, stretching along the Gulf of Oman, where you can dive, snorkel and try your hand at lots of watersports. If you’re after something a bit more relaxing, spend the afternoon floating through the mammoth 500-metre lazy river, which winds between sister hotels, Al Bandar and Al Waha. Or grab a drink and sunbathe by the side of the pool.
Shangri-La's Barr Al Jissah Resort has picked up plenty of accolades over the years from some of the world’s most respected magazines, travel companies and awards bodies. It’s been named as one of the Middle East’s best resorts more than five times by Condé Nast and has won countless titles from travel review sites, named as a travellers’ favourite.
When you stay here, you’ll also be helping the local community and environment to thrive. The hotel’s Embrace project has donated countless materials to local Saffanah Yiti school for children in need, while the Sanctuary programme raises awareness of how to keep local hawksbills and green turtles safe.
Dine in Arabian-style tents or watch your dinner being crafted at Al Tanoor’s live cooking stations. Traditional dishes from across the Middle East are the order of the day here.
Fresh, local seafood is the star of the show at this beachside eatery, which serves tasty dishes every evening. Visit with friends or family to try its decadent seafood platters.
Tuck into rich Italian dishes and handmade pizza on the beachside terrace, or dine indoors by the light of patterned lanterns.
Share Spanish-inspired tapas, huge pans of paella and sweet sangrias under the stars, or bring the evening to a close with shisha. Or sip wine, beers and local cocktails outside.
Refresh yourself in the middle of a busy day exploring, or grab a bite while your little ones play here. If you need an afternoon pick-me-up, pastries, tea and coffee await.
Big flavours from across Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam can be found at Chow Mee. Watch street food-style dishes come to life at live cooking stations.
Sip speciality teas, cocktails and mocktails, or sit down for a light meal at Al Bandar’s lobby lounge. It’s a great meeting spot in the heart of the resort.
Enjoy views over the Gulf of Oman and listen to the sounds of live piano music as you sip premium spirits, wine and beers, as well as blended soft drinks.
Tuck into pizzas from wood-fired ovens, tasty bar snacks and refreshing drinks any time of day at Al Bandar’s poolside bar.
Dance the night away to the resident DJ’s mixes or sip cocktails crafted by B.A.B’s in-house mixologists. If you need a late-night snack, get stuck into sharing platters or light snacks.
Al Bandar – or ‘The Town’ – is the livelier hotel at Shangri-La's Bar Al Jissah Resort, where you’ll find many of its exceptional eateries. The eclectic buildings have been designed to take you back to the Muscat of years gone by. Inside, though, each room feels bright and modern, with neutral decor and floor-to-ceiling windows that let in plenty of light.
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