Saturday, October 15, 2005

Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Muscat

A few days ago, I sent an email via the Shangri-La website enquiring about the opening dates of their Barr Al Jissah Resort and Spa. I was very impressed when I received a reply from them today (impressed by the immediate reply as well as the detailed email).

So I though I'd post it here for all of you incase you are wondering how much it would cost you to spend the night there :)

Dear Ms. (OceanDream)

Thank you for your email request for information about Shangri-La's Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa.

Currently we are finalising our pre-opening preparations and training and will be welcoming guests to the 'Al Waha' and 'Al Bandar' hotels from the 6th January 2006 and anticipate that 'Al Husn' and our 'Chi' Spa Village will be opening a few weeks later. (Further details of the resort's hotels and facilities can be found on our company website,

Should you plan to stay on or after January 06, 2006 for either Al Waha or Al Bandar Hotel and after March 01, 2006 for Al Husn Hotel we are pleased to offer our value rate with following benefits to make your stay memorable at Shangri-La's Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa;
  • Complimentary breakfast every morning (maximum two persons)
  • Free buffet dinner or equivalent credit on room service or any of the resorts dining facilities (maximum two persons)
  • Free Laundry Service (excluding dry cleaning)
  • Free non motorised water sports
  • Free broadband Internet access.
  • IDD calls and faxes at cost and free local calls
  • 6.00 pm extended Check out time

Value room rates;

Al Bandar Hotel ( 5 star):

Deluxe Seafacing Room : RO.125.000
Deluxe Seaview Room : RO.145.000
Deluxe Seaview Room with Patio : RO.155.000
Premier Room : RO.170.000
Regular Suite : RO.200.000
Deluxe Suite : RO.235.000

Al Waha Hotel ( 5 star):

Superior Seafacing Room : RO.110.000
Superior Seafacing Room with Patio : RO.120.000
Deluxe Seaview Room : RO.120.000
Deluxe Seaview Room with Patio : RO.125.000
Executive Room : RO.145.000
Premier Room : RO.155.000
Regular Suite : RO.180.000
Deluxe Suite : RO.195.000
Premier Suite : RO 210.000

Al Husn Hotel ( 6 star):

Deluxe Room : RO.190.000
Regular Suite : RO.220.000
Deluxe Suite : RO.280.000
Presidential Suite : RO.350.000
Royal Suite : RO.1500.000

All above rates are per room/suite, per night on double occupancy and subject to 17% service charge and tax.

Okays, so I hope Muscati gets the hint and starts saving for our anniverssary from now!


Mansur said...

Sounds like a great place. I hope it works out....


NiGhTFaCe said...

Looking at the prices, I will think 100 times before taking a place there.

I wished if they put some real pictures in their website.

Sleepless In Muscat said...

1500 Omani Rials???????? Per night????


Where the Hell am I supposed to come up with money like that????

Better yet, how did they even manage to convince the officials here to agree on such prices????

Man..this place makes it sound like Al Bustan Palace Hotel is like a joke to them..

Holy Cramolian Whipped Cream Pie!!!

Sowhat said...

the place is just wonderfull .. i am looking forward for it ...

illogicist said...

Forgive my ignorance, but is the Shangri La the one at Qantab? Where they destroyed a pretty neat piece of nature to build?

Lym said...

I thought so too Z :S

And Good luck Muscati :D
heheh , OD , you are good :p

Beast said...

It's surely a nice place for relaxation.
It even looks better viewed from the sea.

1500/= R.O is for the Royal suite only! Am sure you didn't check the prices of Burj AlArab did you?

Arabian Princess said...

the prices are too expensive!!

muscati said...

I don't think the price is that expensive considering that it is a resort not a regular hotel. These days the Hyatt charges around 100 rials a night for a regular room and the Bustan Palace is charging over 100 without including breakfast even.
Hotels in Dubai in the middle of the city without a sea view or anything are now at around 800 dirhams a night plus taxes. The Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah has one of the most amazing locations in the world. The price is not cheap, but it's not unreasonable. Don't forget they have three different hotels in one locations with different quality levels. The top one of them, Al Husn, is a six star hotel. You can't compare it with any other hotel in Oman. The closest thing you can compare it with is the Burj Al Arab in Dubai.

The only hotel that can be compared to the Shangri-La here in Oman is The Chedi which has room prices starting at around 100 rials for their smallest rooms. I stayed at The Chedi, I think it's one of the best hotels in the world, but it has two huge disadvantages: 1) Bad location with a detergent factory right next to it, and 2) small beach with rough sand and stones- not the usual powdered sand which we have in Oman.

OceanDream said...

I have to agree with Mux here. We've had to pay alot for some of the hotel rooms we've stayed in in Dubai. Hotel rooms, which I might add, we hardly spent time in. We only used them to shower, change and crash at night.

This is a resort. You'll be spending most of your time in the hotel using its facilities. So, its worth it in the end.

Its not cheap, I'll give you guys that, but for the standard they claim they will be maintaining, it should even out.

Jonathan Hill said...

We've just returned from 10 days at the Al Waha which was completely full. Overall the hotel is v good with extremely friendly stafff and v good food especially in the buffet restaurants (Samba and Al Tanoor). The rooms are well appointed if a little small for a 5 star hotel and there a number of teething problems not least the lack of shade and sunloungers. However I am sure these will be ironed out in the near future and will make this resort an important addition to the choices available for families in Oman/UAE.

dustydog said...

please note prices have shot up ....

Value room rates;

Al Waha Hotel ( 5 star):

Superior Seafacing Room : RO.175.000
Superior Seafacing Room with Patio : RO.185.000
Deluxe Seaview Room : RO.185.000
Deluxe Seaview Room with Patio : RO.190.000
Executive Room : RO.200.000
Premier Room : RO.210.000
Regular Suite : RO.240.000
Deluxe Suite : RO.260.000
Yenkit Suite : RO.430.000

Al Bandar Hotel ( 5 star Deluxe):

Deluxe Seafacing Room : RO.205.000
Deluxe Seaview Room : RO.225.000
Deluxe Seaview Room with Terrace : RO.235.000
Premier Room : RO.250.000
Regular Suite : RO.280.000
Dalaleel Suite : RO.550.000
Miyabeen Suite : RO.550.000

Al Husn Hotel ( 5 star Deluxe):

Deluxe Room : RO.345.000
Regular Suite : RO.410.000
Deluxe Suite : RO.470.000
Al Hazm Suite : RO.760.000
Rustaq Suite : RO.760.000
Sohar Suite : RO.760.000
Jabreen Royal Suite : RO.1500.000