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Barr Al Jissah Resort and Spa is the first three-hotel luxury resort for both Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts and Oman. It's Shangri-La's third Middle East hotel.

The property comprises the exclusive Al Husn ("the Castle" with 180 suites and guestrooms), Al Bandar ("the Town" with 198 rooms and extensive meeting facilities), and the family-oriented Al Waha ("the Oasis" with 302 rooms). All 680 rooms and suites are sea-facing and overlook 580 metres of beach.

The resort and spa sit in 50 hectares of landscaped gardens, approximately 40 minutes from the international airport and 20 minutes from downtown Muscat. Located on the bay ("barr") against a dramatic backdrop of rugged mountains fronting the Gulf of Oman, the hotel provides a daily 10-minute shuttle to the nearby suburb of Ruwi, home of the Sultan's palace and the "old" port of Muscat, known as Muttrah.

The separate CHI Spa Village resort facilities include a spa with eight large and four single private villas, three fresh-water swimming pools (two inter-connected by a specially designed lazy river), 19 food and beverage outlets (including six main restaurants, seven casual dining outlets and pool bars, three lobby lounges, two bars and a nightclub), extensive conference and meeting facilities, four tennis courts, an Omani Heritage Village, an open-air amphitheatre seating up to 1,000, a dedicated marina and Dive Centre, an archeological site open to visitors, a full-time "Turtle Ranger," and a myriad of water sports, including dolphin and whale watching.