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Situated just outside of Muscat, the Al Bandar and Al Waha hotels make up the luxurious Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah resort which overlooks a private bay, with rugged mountains to the rear.
A choice of nine restaurants and six poolside bars or cafes offer a variety of cuisines from around the world. Of particular note are the Italian dishes at Capri Court, the beautiful outdoor dining terrace at Tapas & Sablah and the show kitchens at Samba.
Activities include a full range of water sports, and there is a Dive Centre offering scuba diving instruction. Dolphin and whale-watching trips in the Gulf of Oman are also available for those wanting to venture further afield. At the resort itself there are two private sandy beaches, three swimming pools and a 'Lazy River' that winds between the two hotels. Four tennis courts, the luxurious CHI spa, a mini-golf course and a gym complete the range of facilities.
There are also superb family facilities which include child-friendly meals at the Surf Café, a Little Turtles Kids Club, and a Teens Club offering activities such as beach volleyball and beach football.
Since the resort is split into two hotels it can perfectly cater for both families and couples, with plenty of areas for both to hide away in.
Katie, Original Traveller