Al Bandar at Shangri-La's Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa 

Luxurious beachfront resort

The most central of the Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa’s hotels and home to CHI, The Spa.

Sitting at the heart of Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa, Al Bandar is the ideal choice for those guests who wish to be in the midst of all the action and plan to make good use of the resort’s extensive facilities. For adults, there is an impressive spa whilst children can take part in the activities at the kids' club. There is plenty to do both on and off the water from snorkelling trips and dolphin watching cruises to mini golf and aerial yoga. After a day of activities there is a good range of dining venues to choose from.

Why we love Al Bandar at Shangri-La's Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa

  • Take your pick from the multiple swimming pools across the whole resort or head to the beach for water sport thrills

  • Guests can learn about turtle conservation with daily talks about the green and hawksbill turtles that nest on the beach.

  • There's plenty of choice when it comes to dining options including Omani pastries at Turuth Café, Asian street food at Chow Mee and Persian favourites at Al Tanoor

  • Younger members of the family will be kept entertained with a range of activities at the Cool Zone Kids Club, there's even a Lazy River that meanders through the resort

5 stars
7¾ hours
Along the bay of Al Jissah, overlooking the Gulf of Oman
Approx. 45 minutes from Muscat airport
Wellness, Spa



  • Restaurants & bars
  • Board
  • Spas & wellness
  • Activities
  • Diving & Watersports
  • Sustainability
  • Children
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Take a culinary journey around the world at the resort’s numerous restaurants, bars and lounges – most of which are located at Al Bandar. Italian specialities are served alongside fine wines at Capri Court, while Asian dishes can be enjoyed at Chow Mee. There's a total of nine restaurants, bars, cafés and lounges throughout the resort.

Al Tanoor
The hotel’s main restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and is where you can enjoy a range of Mediterranean, Persian, Indian and Turkish dishes.

Capri Court
This popular authentic Italian eatery is open for dinner.

Bait al Bahr
Situated between Al Bandar and Al Waha is the majestic seafood restaurant.

Relax by the hotel’s extensive free-form pool by day and enjoy light snacks, pizzas and beverages.

Piano Lounge
The hotel’s evening hotspot where guests can enjoy pre and post-dinner cocktails, light snacks, tea and coffee.

Chow Mee
Inspired by Asian street food, this is the place for Malaysian, Singaporean, Thai, Indonesian and Vietnamese dishes.

Interact with the chefs at the open kitchens where flavours from South America and the Mediterranean are the speciality.

Turath Café
Try Omani dishes during the day and sweet temptations during afternoon tea.

Located at Al Waha's family pool serving light snacks, sandwiches and drinks.

At Bait al Bahr you can not only enjoy unbeatable views of the Gulf of Oman but also the day’s fresh catch prepared with delicious Omani flavours.

What's included

Breakfast at Al Tanoor.

Upgrade options

Half Board • Buffet breakfast and dinner at Samba or Al Tanoor (at Al Bandar). Credit is available for guests wishing to dine at à la carte restaurants
Full Board • All meals at Samba or Al Tanoor (at Al Bandar). Credit is available for guests wishing to dine at à la carte restaurants.

CHI, The Spa embraces a holistic approach to physical and spiritual well-being. Inspired by traditional Asian healing philosophies, treatments are based on the principles of restoring balance and harmony to the mind and body. Treatments on offer include Chi Balance – a unique blend of Asian techniques personalised to suit guests' Yin/Yang status – and Herbal Harmony which balances body rhythms and releases the flow of Chi energy to revitalize mind, body and soul.

Head out on a dolphin viewing boat trip, visit the Eco Centre and learn about the endangered hawksbill and green turtles from the Turtle Ranger or glide down the resort's lazy river. Sporting facilities include four floodlit tennis courts and beach volleyball.

There are plenty of opportunities for novice and accomplished divers to discover life below the waves of the Sea of Oman. The onsite dive school Extra Divers offers a variety of experiences including sunrise and sunset dives and try dives as well as a number of PADI approved dive courses.

There are a number of incredible dive sites nearby including 10 sites at the nearby island of Fahal and the wreck of the 84-metre vessel Al Munassir.

The Turtle Care Project has been set up by Shangri-La’s Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa as part of Sanctuary, Shangri-La’s Care for Nature Project. The aim is to help protect the region’s endangered hawksbill and green turtles as well as educate the guests and local communities about these wonderful creatures.

The Cool Zone Kids’ Club is available for children aged 4-8 of both Al Bandar and Al Waha. Children under 4 are welcome too but will need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. The Adventure Zone is located at Al Mazaar souk and features an extensive range of modular play areas including slides, climbing walls, ball pits and soft play areas. Two children’s pools are available – one at Al Waha next to the Assira Pool Bar, and one at Al Bandar by the Circles Pool Bar. Splashpad, which is located at Al Waha, is an aquatic play area where children can enjoy a variety of water effects.

This hotel is part of Shangri La’s Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa complex.

Minimum stay: 5 nights 27 Dec-04 Jan.

Turtles often nest on the hotel’s beaches.

This is a spectacular natural phenomenon but can sometimes mean parts of the beach are cordoned off for the turtles' safety.

The Lazy River will be closed two weeks in June from 10-24 Jun (inclusive) for maintenance and deep cleaning.

The hotel will be closed during Ramadan from 05 May–02 Jun (inclusive).

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