We are big fans of the Shangri-La just outside Muscat at Barr Al Jissah. We’ve enjoyed several restaurants there including Shahrazard (Moroccan Restaurant), the new Asia restaurant and feasted like kings and queens at the Al Tanoor seafood buffet as well as Samba’s international buffet. We jumped at this summer’s opportunity for residents to stay at this fine hotel for only 60 OR which included all taxes and buffet breakfast.
Because we came with kids, we stayed at Al Waha Hotel pictured here. There are actually 3 hotels at the Shangri-La: Al Waha (mostly for families with kids), Al Bandar and Al Husn (which is an adults only luxury hotel).
All guests get this nice resort map which comes in very handy as there is plenty to see and do!
My wife got a quick pic of me swimming (on the right) as the sun was setting.
This is very shallow pool that our son enjoyed a lot during our stay. Al Waha is a parents paradise as there is so much for the kids to do here, including the SplashPad and Adventure Zone. They also have babysitting services (for a small fee) if you want to enjoy a romantic evening at one of their fine restaurants.
Of course there’s nothing like enjoying room service at the Shangri-La!
You can always get a beverage from Assira Bar when hanging out by the pool. (orange juice was 2.5 rials…) Like the Al Bustan Palace Ritz Carlton Hotel, they provide ice cold bottled water in a small cooler for all guests lounging at the pool!
The pools at the Shangri-La are fantastic! And as I blogged about already, the Lazy River is also a lot of fun and a definite must-do at the Shangri-La.
There are plenty of recreational activities for every member of the family, including: kayaking, camel and horse ride, “turtle talk” tour for the kids, table tennis, badminton, billiards and snooker, water polo, beach volleyball, triathlon fun and mini-golf. The Recreational Activity timetable is provided in the room brochure. The hotel even provides free shuttle service to Muttrah Souk and to Qurum City Centre (with a stop at Bait al Zubair Museum available on request).
Giant sized game of chess, anyone? ;-)
Some great family memories were had here!
Just to confirm – No, we did not climb into a time machine and enjoy our stay 90 years from now in the year 2102. Our stay was in fact in the year 2012. :-)
Shangri-La remains our favorite hotel/resort in the Sultanate for so many reasons. Any other great fans of Shangri-La’s Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa out there? If so, what do you enjoy most about the resort? Reservations can be made at their website, www.shangri-la.com/muscat or through email at firstname.lastname@example.org (Tel: (968) 2477-6666