Shangri La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa

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Al Waha is Oman’s first family-focused hotel, nestled between the dramatic backdrop of rugged mountains and pristine waters of the Omani Gulf.

 

A 20-minute drive from downtown Muscat, Al Waha is the largest of three hotels at Shangri-La’s Barr Al Jissah Resort and Spa. Ideal for families with children, the resort boasts multiple swimming pools and a 500 metre-long lazy river.

Information & Facts

Accessibility

There are a number of hotel rooms designed for wheelchair access.

Activities / Excursions Outside the Resort

The Mystical Muscat tour involves a trip to the city’s Grand Mosque, the Bait Al Zubair Museum and local fish market. (RO 60.00 per car)

 

The Fascinating Forts tour takes you two hours away from Muscat to Nizwa city, and showcases world-renowned forts including the Round Tower, built in 1668. The tour concludes with a visit to the pretty village of Birkat Al Mauz situated at the foothills of Jebel Akhdar. (RO 170.00 per car)

 

Hop on board a chartered boat and sail out to surrounding private bays for an evening cruise under the Arabian sun.

 

Experience true Arabian adventure with a visit to the desert region of Wahiba Sands, where some dunes reach up to 200 metres (RO 170.00 per car)

 

The resort’s dive centre will arrange excursions to see whales and dolphins as well as coral reef and shipwreck visits for experienced divers.

Best Bits for Kids

As well at the Adventure Zone kids club, families can enjoy an active adventure at Splashpad. This is a unique aquatic play area with touch-sensitive water jets, light mists and over 20 water-based activities.

Best Bits for Parents

The children’s excitement levels will reach new heights when you access the hotel through a man-made tunnel at the foot of a mountain. The resort’s babysitting service offers parents the gift of self-indulgence and undisturbed evenings.

Best Family Beaches

At the resort’s main beach you’ll find full-time turtle rangers looking after the local sea turtles. Visit at moonlight to witness the magical hatchings of their eggs and watch as dozens of tiny turtles fall out of their shells and head towards the sea. 

Check in information

Check in from 2pm and check out by 12pm.

Digital Detox / Digital Overload

Each hotel room includes complimentary Wifi, in-house movie channels, and satellite TV. 

Endorsement Quote

Holiday mode peaks at Al Waha when you’re perched on top of an inflatable rubber ring, drifting leisurely along the resort’s lazy river on route to a refreshment of your choice at the nearby bar. Less commercial than its neighbouring countries, Oman embodies the true essence of Arabia with a sensational mix of desert, sea and mountain views. A great destination for the whole family, Al Waha’s beaches, sports, adventure and fine cuisine are just some of the highlights you’ll be raving about upon return.

 

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Family Traveller's Recommended Family Rooms

Al Waha’s family option includes two interconnecting rooms that offer tailored settings for both parents and children. The twin-bedded room designed for the children is equipped with its own ensuite bathroom, a Playstation with games and a DVD player. 

Fitness Centre

Suitable for those over the age of 16, the resort’s gymnasium is equipped with extensive cardiovascular machines. A range of activities including beach volleyball, tennis, kayaking and snorkelling are also available.

Food & Drink

Bait Al Bahr:

 

Exquisite and uninterrupted views of the Omani Gulf provide the backdrop for this restaurant, which serves fresh seafood and local flavours. Enjoy the macadamia crusted crab with papaya relish and a sweet soy reduction, and the poached Omani kingfish.

 

Samba:

 

Diners can see their dishes being created at Samba’s open kitchen setup, which shows the chefs at work. With flavours of Asia, Latin America and the Mediterranean, it’s the best option for those craving international and exotic cuisine.

 

Surf Cafe:

 

A casual and children-friendly eatery with its own internet stations, Surf Cafe serves up salads, burgers and sandwiches.

Getting There

Al Waha is a 45-minute drive from Muscat International Airport. Guests can use Shangri-La’s  limousine service, or car-hire and taxis. Visitors planning to drive will need to hold an international driving licence.

Hotel Shop

The collection of Shangri-La resorts hosts a selection of souvenir, fashion and jewellery shops.

Hotel Vibe

A family-orientated vibe teamed with the renowned Shangri-La decadence. Living up to the literal translation of its name, Al Waha has been designed to represent an oasis with palm trees and mountains surrounding its several swimming pools.

Kids Clubs

The Adventure Zone offers a host of activities including Over-Under Hurdles, Tumble Tower and three different slides varying in daredevil status. Movies are streamed within the entertainment centre and there’s a ball pool and soft-play area to accommodate toddlers. As well as darts, air hockey, snooker and table football, families can enjoy collective fun at Splashpad, and a game of mini golf.

Location

The Sultanate of Oman is located on the southeastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula in western Asia. Offering breathtaking views, the 1700 km of coastline is formed by the Arabian Sea on the south and Gulf of Oman on the north.

Perfect For

Families looking for an unusual location.

Nature-loving failies can get up close to sea turtles, dolphins and whales.

Active families can burn off energy with a range of sporting activities.

Foodie families who can tuck in to the hotel’s 19 various dining areas.

Pools

There are six expansive swimming pools at the resort, with each open from 6am-8pm. Guests can also enjoy a leisurely cruise on the 500m lazy river, situated between Al Waha and its neighbouring Shangri-La resort.

Rooms

Including 40 rooms specifically for families, each of the resort’s 262 rooms provide guests with private balconies or patios overlooking the sea. Designed with ample space and decadence, the suites showcase traditional Dhofari architecture from the southern region of Oman.

Spa & Pampering for Adults

Boasting the largest spa villas in Muscat, CHI, The Spa offers a wide selection of pamper sessions based on Omani and Middle Eastern healing practices. Locally grown frankincense, renowned for its healing, anti-ageing and calming properties, is a key component of the oil and clay based facials, body wraps and scrubs.

Spa & Wellbeing for Kids

CHI, The Spa is for adults only but children over 12 may experience a treatment if they have a signed parental consent form.

Sports

Water sports including clear-bottomed kayaks, paddle-boarding, wakeboarding, waterskiing, windsurfing and sailing, beach volleyball, snorkeling and tennis.

Things to do in the area

As well as snorkeling and scuba diving to discover the Middle East’s most spectacular underwater scenery, there are plenty of daily excursions to enjoy in Oman. A tour of Muscat’s Grand Mosque and Royal Opera House is a must, and you’ll find the world’s most stunning limestone sinkhole in nearby Hawiyat Najm Park.

Room Service

Order 24-hour room service for convenient yet delicious food ranging from traditional Arabian cuisine to pizza, pasta and burgers.

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