Al Bandar and Al Waha beach
Massage on the beach
Capri Court - Italian restaurant
Al Tanoor Restaurant
Deluxe Terrace room
Shangri La Barr Al Jissah - Al Bandar, Muscat, Oman
Popular 5* family beach resort with extensive facilities overlooking the Gulf of Oman
7 nights from around £1,080pp sharing (low season) a Deluxe Room, including breakfast and transfers
Flights available at additional charge
Set in a glorious sandy bay with far reaching sea views, 5* Al Bandar is extremely popular with families during the European winter. Surrounded by landscaped gardens, it offers excellent accommodation and facilities along with beautiful scenery and a wonderful beach. The Shangri-La resort consists of three hotels: Al Waha, Al Bandar and Al Husn. Al Bandar translates as 'The Town' and the hotel's architecture echoes that of old Muscat, with buildings of various heights featuring a variety of ornate balconies or terraces, all of which are sea-facing. In addition to the extensive facilities and services for children of all ages, there's also lots to keep
parents happy too! Al Bandar is definitely a notch up from neighbouring sister hotel Al Waha
All rooms and suites have private balconies or terraces, and all are sea facing. All accommodation options feature an electronic safe, computer data port, satellite television with interactive menus for hotel and local information, telephones, voice mail, mini-bar, iron and ironing board, broadband internet access and 42 inch flat screen, high definition televisions.
Suites also feature Nespresso coffee machines and iPod docking stations.
Activities & Experiences
Al Bandar offers a range of wonderful excursions on both land and sea. Discover the area's fascinating marine life with dolphin watching trips, scuba diving, and the wonderful Turtle Care Project that strives to protect the charming yet endangered Hawksbill and Green Turtles. During your stay you can enjoy complimentary volleyball, snorkelling, sailing, windsurfing and kayaking. You could also organise scuba diving, spa treatments, motorised water sports and desert excursions at an additional charge. The concierge service will be more than happy to help you organise any activities you would like to try.
Children’s facilities at the Shangri La Barr al Jissah are excellent. The Cool Zone Kids' Club located in the neighbouring Al Waha Hotel provides air-conditioned indoor and outdoor play areas, both under trained supervision - open daily from 08.00 to 20.00. Children up to 8 years old are welcome but those under 4 years old must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. The 'Adventure Zone' is an exciting family entertainment venue located in the Al Mazaar souk adjacent to the 'Omani Heritage Village' and is open daily from 09.00 to 22.00 offering a variety of play areas, a climbing wall, soft play areas and daily Nintendo Wii Sports challenges. Other children's activities include treasure hunts, henna painting, the Sand City Competition and Arabian arts and crafts.
Facilities & Services
Al Bandar Hotel has three beautifully appointed restaurants with delicious cuisine to suit all tastes. Indulge in a contemporary Italian experience at Capri Court, or enjoy mouth-watering Mediterranean and Asian tapas as well as Middle Eastern mezze dishes at Tapas and Sablah. Experience evocative tastes of Oman with Al Tanoor, and sample the characteristic cuisines of the Arabian Gulf region. Other facilities at Al Bandar (bearing in mind that guests here have total access to neighbouring Al Waha) include swimming pools, tennis courts, the fabulous Lazy River and kids' clubs, sandy beach, spa and the Omani Heritage Village.
Weather & Seasons
The best time to visit Oman is between November and mid-March with daytime temperatures averaging 25°C. For the rest of the year, much of Oman is oppressively hot and hazy, particularly during the European summer months.
It's a 7 and a half hour direct international flight to Muscat from London, followed by a 45 minute transfer.
Also Worth Considering...
Shangri La Barr al Jissah - Al Waha - 4* option next door
Six Senses Zighy Bay - top notch Omani beach retreat
St Regis Saadiyat Island - luxury beach resort in nearby Abu Dhabi
The Ritz-Carlton Abama - perennially popular family resort on Tenerife's south coast
Royal Palm Marrakech - exceptional family friendly resort 12km from Marrakech
Paradis - Mauritius is a year-round tropical destination (and no jet lag)
Family Villa Holidays - see some inspiring options near and far
Time to Get in Touch?
Please call us on 0203 019 3722 or simply send us an email outlining your requirements.