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

Oman's first family-friendly beach resort

Featuring a treasure trove of facilities, this hotel has a fun and informal atmosphere — perfect for families.

Set on the edge of the Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa, Al Waha has been created with families in mind. The hotel surrounds an oasis-like swimming pool which features a children’s pool and splash pad, shaded by towering palms. There are a selection of amenities and activities, including an indulgent spa and a dive centre.

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

  • Perfectly located between the mountains and sea, yet just 30-minutes from the city of Muscat

  • For the active there is a gym, guided snorkelling tours, tennis and beach volleyball

  • There are two children's pools, a splash pad and a lazy river that weaves through the resort

  • Learn about the resort's efforts to protect endangered hawksbill and green turtles

5 stars
7¾ hours
Along the bay of Al Jissah, overlooking the Gulf of Oman
Approx. 45 minutes from Muscat airport
Beach, Activities, Watersports, Suitable for children



  • Restaurants & bars
  • Board
  • Spas & wellness
  • Activities
  • Diving & Watersports
  • Sustainability
  • Families
  • Good to Know

There's a range of restaurants and bars here. Al Waha’s main restaurant, Samba, serves a variety of international dishes while Assira is an ideal spot for a casual family lunch at the pool. There's a total of nine restaurants, bars, cafés and lounges throughout the resort.

Watch the chefs perform in the interactive open kitchens where dishes from South America and the Mediterranean are served.

Al Tanoor
Located at Al Bandar and open for breakfast, lunch and dinner with lots of Omani specialities on the menu.

Capri Court
Savour Italian cuisine at Al Bandar's Capri Court.

Bait al Bahr
Situated between Al Bandar and Al Waha, Bait al Bahr serves plenty of seafood including sushi and Omani oysters.

Enjoy light snacks, pizzas and beverages at Al Bandar's poolside restaurant.

Piano Lounge
A great spot for evening drinks and sea views from the first floor of Al Bandar.

Chow Mee
Head to Al Bandar for a good range of Asian cuisine.

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

Turath Café
The place for authentic Middle Eastern dishes and afternoon tea.

Every Saturday, Samba offers a barbecue dinner with plenty of meat and seafood on the menu.

What's included

Breakfast at Samba or Al Tanoor (at Al Bandar).

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 is the resort's spa where you can indulge in a range of treatments and make use of the facilities which include a steam room, hydro pool, tropical showers and ice fountain.

Learn about the endangered hawksbill and green turtles from the Turtle Ranger, have a game of tennis, meander down the lazy river or go on a boat cruise in search of dolphins.

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 resort runs a Turtle Care Project, designed to protect the endangered turtles on Oman’s beaches. A dedicated turtle ranger is on-hand for educational talks, and your children will love learning about the resort’s efforts.

The Al Waha Family Room comes with two interconnecting bedrooms with en suite bathrooms, a DVD player and a PlayStation. For more space, opt for the Al Waha One Bedroom Suite, which has separate living and dining areas. Complimentary baby cots can be provided.

The Cool Zone Kids’ Club, for children aged 4-8, is open from 9am to 6pm and features both indoor and outdoor play areas. 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.

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