Followinga period of lockdowns and global restrictions, travel is taking centre stage for many across the globe, as vacations move forward and long awaited for holidays become less of a dream and more of a reality.
Scenically wedged between the mountains and the sea, Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah, Muscat is back on the bucket-list as Oman reopened its borders on the 1st of September to vaccinated tourists with an approved vaccine and holding a negative PCR test.
The resort celebrates the occasion with the unveiling of a series of expertly curated experiences, always with well-being top of mind. Whether a memorable family vacation, restorative couple escape or an adrenaline pumping getaway, guests can now rediscover Muscat’s abundance of natural treasures, through visiting one of the city’s most coveted destinations, the Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah.
‘When it comes to cities that combine nature and beauty with history and culture, there are a few places on earth that can compete with Muscat. From the shifting sands of the desert to the dramatic mountains, from the waters of the wadis to the glittering sea, Muscat’s outdoor nature and diverse landscapes are second to none’, says Rene D. Egle, Area General Manager of Shangri-La resorts in Muscat. ‘However, the city is also steeped in a rich historical and cultural heritage with bustling souqs, historic forts and ancient castles.’
Ranked among the safest travel destinations in the world according to The World Travel Risk Map 2021 by the International SOS Consulting, The Sultanate of Oman will seek to have all its population vaccinated by year end. The Sultanate’s relentless efforts complemented with Shangri-La Cares, the Shangri-La Group’s global safety program, ensure guests staying at the resort can travel with peace of mind and confidently enjoy the moments that matter most.
Family Fun for All Ages
Shangri-La Bar Al Jissah offers endless ways to connect as a family. Perfectly suited for both land and ocean adventures the family friendly haven invites guests to enjoy a whole host of Family Fun with plenty of splashing, sliding and rolling in the sand. A wonderland of fun for both young and old, watching dolphins swim beside you in their natural element, allowing you to find yours. Dine under the starlit sky as you reminisce with your loved ones or relax watching a movie in our outdoor cinema.
Dolphin Watching Private Cruise is priced at OMR 90 (about USD 235) and “Majlis Dinner by the Beach” experience starts from OMR 40 (about USD 105) per person.
A Romance Filled Couples Escape
Whether guests are celebrating the wonder of new love or marking a relationship milestone, hearts grow fonder while staying at Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah.
Designed for privacy and space across 124 acres of lush gardens and a 500-meter private beach, couples can create a sea of memories with our experiences for two. Scenic mountain views, breath-taking nature and an air of laidback elegance merge together to create an unforgettable experience in an inherently romantic setting with our “Dine by Design” concept. Couples are also invited to ignite their love with a golden Sunset Cruise, or relax with a spa treatment at Chi, the Spa under the expert care of our therapists.
Private Sunset Cruise is available for OMR 70 (about USD 182) and “Dine by Design” experience starts from OMR 70 (about USD 182) per couple.
The Adventure Seeker’s Paradise
Guests eager to embark on exciting nature-filled adventures can discover the resort’s majestic landscape as they get their dose of ‘vitamin sea’. Paddle away on a 90-minute Kayak Safari with snorkeling, enjoy a Jet Ski ride with a breath-taking backdrop or immerse yourself into Muscat’s pristine waters for an unforgettable Diving Adventure.
Jet Ski is priced at OMR 22 (about USD 57) for 30 minutes and Diving Courses start from OMR 130 (about USD 338) per person.
Shangri-La Cares Enhanced Health and Safety Protocols
Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah, Muscat remains committed to providing a safe environment for all through Shangri-La Cares, the Group’s global safety program. Comprising a range of enhanced protocols and measures designed to ensure colleagues work with peace of mind and guests can confidently enjoy the moments that matter most. Shangri-La has followed recommendations laid out by the World Health Organization, or more stringent local directives where appropriate, to ensure its operational protocols are comprehensive. Concrete measures have been adopted at all Shangri-La Group hotels and resorts to combat the risk of contracting viruses and bacteria so that guests can feel safe when staying at or visiting its properties. These protocols include: increased frequency and full attention to deep cleaning of all high-touch surfaces and areas used by guests throughout the hotels; use of medical grade sanitizers and disinfectants, which are approved by the United States Environmental Protection Agency; increased cleaning frequency of air filters and air-conditioner systems to ensure optimal air quality; and safe dining, meetings and events with extra precautions to respect physical distancing and enhanced food safety practices. Guests can learn more about Shangri-La Cares programme on the website.