Shangri-La's Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa, Muscat
Spectacularly situated in a stunning location on Oman’s pristine coastline overlooking the Sea of Oman and only 30 minutes from the capital city of Muscat, Shangri-La is an internationally recognised luxury hotel group – and Barr Al Jissah is no exception! The grand resort reflects Oman’s unrivalled natural beauty and distinct cultural richness. The dramatic Hajar Mountains and the deep turquoise waters of the Sea of Oman harmoniously blend together creating the perfect setting for a luxurious holiday, suitable for families and couples, only a little over a 7 hour flight away from the UK.
Shangri-La's Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa
The resort is divided into two exquisite hotels; Al Waha and Al Bandar. Al Waha is best suited for families and Al Bandar is the resort’s centre point with its seven restaurants and bars. With stunning views across the luscious landscaped gardens, Al Waha features beautifully appointed guest rooms which are ideal for busy families. Generous with space, the Family Rooms comprise of two interconnecting bedrooms, one furnished with a king-sized bed and the other with twin beds. Specially designed with younger guests in mind, the twin room benefits from a selection of features including a DVD player, a PlayStation and a collection of popular games for happy family times! Al Bandar is ideal for couples and families with sea-facing rooms.
Guests staying Al Waha can enjoy Samba where international cuisine is provided, along with a relaxed, child-friendly atmosphere at Surf Cade. Al Bandar offers the widest range of excellent cuisine. Choose from Italian, Tapas as well as Arabian and live cooking stations, which guests from Al Waha can enjoy too.
Chi, the Spa at Shangri-La, is located at between Al Bandar and Al Waha. It offers treatments, peace and tranquility in one of the largest spa villas in Muscat. The resort offers a wide variety of excursions from city and desert tours, dolphin watching, scuba diving, snorkelling trips and wide range of non-motorised watersports. Children are extremely well catered for. Offering activities such as treasure hunts, henna painting and sand city competitions, little ones are sure to enjoy every minute of their time at the Cool Zone Kids Club! There is also a popular Adventure Zone for the entire family’s entertainment and for those who prefer the water, head to Splashpad, a fun aquatic play area.
GLAMPING ABOARD 75” SY AZURRA
One of Oman’s least known treasures, the World Heritage Listed Dimanyat Islands are an archipelago of nine atolls, only 11 nautical miles off the coast of Muscat. Uninhabited apart from a small police outpost, the islands are a nature reserve with spectacular coral reefs, ideal for snorkelling and diving - and you are definitely far from the mobile grid! Family glamping takes on a new meaning here as you set sail from Muscat’s Wave Marina aboard the magnificent 75” sailing catamaran, SY Azzura. Azzura can cater for up to a maximum of 8 guests (perfect for two families) and you will sleep on the huge nets of the yacht under the stars – without compromising on comfort! The crew of five includes a full-time chef – food on board is a gourmet affair (wine and beer can be arranged for an extra cost). Children as young as six are encouraged to help set the course, steer the yacht and older teenagers can assist with the sails. Drop anchor off one of the atolls and spend the days snorkelling, exploring on land and fishing from the tender. The yacht will island hop for two days and if mobile withdrawal symptoms really set in, the crew can always send your mobile up the mast in an effort to send and receive messages! The best time to go is either the Easter school holidays or October half term.
Stay two nights on board for a group of 8 people including a crew of five, all meals and activities costs £7695. International flights to Muscat are additional and we recommend combining with a stay at Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa.
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