A few years ago a friend of mine had recommend I visit the Shangri-La resort in Oman. I had added it to my travel list but with so little time and many places to explore I just never got down to it.
This year I decided to make the best of our extended national day holiday and cart the family to the much talked about beach side resort for a week. Bar al jissah is a 30 minute drive from Muscat, the main city in Oman which is only a short 45 min flight from Dubai. However at the recommendation of my brother we all realized a road trip was long over due so we decided to brave it! We set off for the Oman border early Friday morning and the day was eventful to say the least. As luck would have it the first border we got to was closed and we had to re route to another which was then offline! Coupled with a thousand stops for the kids, a 5 hour journey ended up taking all of 9 hours and we arrived at the resort tired and crabby!
Luckily the resort and it’s amazing staff made certain that that was the last of the drama. The resort consists of 3 hotels: Al Husn, A bandar and Al Waha. Al Husn being the most exclusive of the 3 with the best rooms and beach areas is unfortunately only available to adults! However don’t despair the second best Al Bandar is worth traveling to Oman for. The resort offers a wide range of activities ranging from camel rides, mini golf, snorkeling, water sports and incredible Doplhin viewing trips. Be sure sure not to miss out on the luxurious spa treatments offered by the Chi spa especially the hammam and massage!
Knowing me and my love for food, you won’t be surprised that I was most pleased about the exceptional food we were treated to. Breakfast and dinner was a different theme each day,ranging from seafood to Indian and everything in between. Lunch at the poolside was delicious and the beach was just as welcoming!
Overall it’s a great place for a family vacation especially if you live in the Middle East and want to avoid a long flight. The hotel is homely, the staff are helpful and obliging and the weather this time of year was great! I’m glad I finally made it to Oman, it was a trip worth taking!