REVIEW: Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort and Spa, Oman
Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort and Spa in Oman has been on our family bucket list for a while. Made up of three hotels, it’s nestled alongside stunning coastline and mountains. We stayed in family-friendly Al Waha, which has three swimming pools, nine restaurants, two kids’ clubs and a lazy river – that would have been more than enough to keep us entertained, but we had one of our best days ever taking a boat trip in search of wild dolphins. We were hoping to see three or four and so were over the moon to discover over 100 wild dolphins playing in the middle of the Oman sea. We’ve never seen anything like it; it was such an amazing experience to share with the children.
My husband Johnny and I enjoyed some time out in the hotel’s Chi spa. I opted for a dry Thai massage while wearing soft Thai pyjamas, which was so energising – a great one for exhausted mums.
On my way back from the spa, I was lucky enough to see baby turtles hatching and making their first journey into the sea. What a moment!
We also spent time at the sister hotel Al Bandar, which is connected to Al Waha by the lazy river. Between the two hotels, children under the age of 12 can eat for free in Circle and Assira pool side restaurants, and in the buffet restaurants Samba and Al Tanoor. Our favourite place for lunch was Circle, which served pizzas fresh from a wood fire oven.
The resort also provides lots of water sports, such as kayaking, and the kids and I tried out the awesome ‘sea sofa’, a chair-shaped float pulled along by a speed boat. We laughed so hard we barely catch our breath! Jaden and I also tried scuba diving in the pool; he did so well and swam the entire circle of the pool underwater, so next time we’ll head for the sea!
What a fantastic holiday – we experienced so many wonderful new things together and left Oman with a week of memories that will last a lifetime.
INFO: We paid Dhs9,500 for four return flights to Muscat and five nights’ bed and breakfast in a one bedroom suite in the Al Waha, Shangri-La, Barr Al Jissah Resort and Spa, Oman, +968 24 776666, shangri-la.com/muscat/barraljissa