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Wish You Were Here: Barr Al Jissah, Oman

Luxury stay don’t come much more glamorous than this – Shangri-La’s Barr Al Jissah resort in Muscat.

You wouldn’t believe it is real until you set foot inside the grounds and experienced the delights for yourself.

Nestled amongst the rugged mountains and the deep, turquoise waters of the Gulf of Oman in the Sultanate’s capital of Muscat, Shangri-La’s Barr Al Jissah Resort and Spa is the perfect sanctuary in a land of extreme contrast.

The resort complex is in fact three hotels; Al Waha (The Oasis), Al Bandar (The Town) and Al Husu (The Castle), each more luxurious than the last.

Al Waha, the first of the three, can be accessed via sea through an enormous man-made tunnel carved into the mountain. It was designed so the hotel’s numerous swimming pools merge together to form an oasis at the foot of the mountain.

Al Bandar, the heart of the resort, was inspired by the architecture of ‘old’Muscatand hosts a melange of restaurants and shopping experiences for any discerning traveller.

Al Husn, the exclusive six-star hotel is by far the most lavish of the three. Guests at Al Husn have exclusive access to a stunning 100-metre beach (pictured), complimentary mini-bar and a pre-dinner and canapés service.

If that isn’t enough, the resort also boasts the most extensive, well-appointed private spa in Oman, authentic fine dining restaurants and multiple kid’s activities.

The resort is only 45 minutes to Seeb international airport, 15 minutes to Ruwi business district, Muttrah and the old city of Muscat.

The complex’s traditional Dhofari architecture and 124 acres of distinct scenery are distinct reminders of the vastness of the landscape and the richness of the Arabian culture.

 

Details

Shangri La’s Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa, shangri-la.com

Al Waha from $276 a night (plus taxes).

Al Bandar from $231 a night (plus taxes).

Al Husu from $306 a night (plus taxes).

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