Shangri-La’s Barr Al Jissah resort now fully open in Oman

Shangri-La’s Barr Al Jissah Resort and Spa celebrated its grand opening on February 27 following the opening of its final hotel offering, the 180-room Al Husn.

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By  Sarah Campbell Published  April 10, 2006

Shangri-La’s Barr Al Jissah Resort and Spa celebrated its grand opening on February 27 following the opening of its final hotel offering, the 180-room Al Husn. The five-star Al Waha hotel opened in January. The second of the resort’s hotels, the Al Bandar, opened in February. The resort, as a whole, has boosted the total five-star inventory in the Omani market by 60% according Russell Loughland, director of sales and marketing for the hotel. The opening represents the first three-hotel luxury resort for both Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts and the country of Oman. The five-star development comprises of the exclusive Al Husn with 180 suites and guestrooms, Al Bandar with 198 rooms and meeting facilities, and the family-oriented Al Waha with 302 rooms. All 680 rooms and suites are sea facing. “Shangri-La’s Barr Al Jissah Resort and Spa is our third Middle East hotel. We are committed to this region and can think of no better location for our newest resort than in this incredible location in the beautiful country of Oman,” said Giovanni Angelini, chief executive officer, Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts. Loughland is hopeful the new luxury resort will pique the interest of tourists globally, particularly from Europe, bringing both business and leisure travellers to Oman. “The resort targets mainly the GCC and European markets, principally the UK and Germany. However, from the guest profiles we have received, we can see that in reality we have succeeded in attracting an impressive combination of client sources, covering the Asia Pacific region as well,” he told Hotelier Middle East. The resort and spa is set in 50 hectares of landscaped gardens approximately 20 minutes from downtown Muscat. When the separate Chi Spa Village is completed in May, the resort will include a spa with eight large and four single private villas; three fresh-water swimming pools, two of which are inter-connected by a specially designed lazy river; 19 food and beverage outlets, conference and meeting facilities; an Omani Heritage Village and an open-air amphitheatre seating up to 1000. “The new resort offers amazing groundbreaking possibilities, and with facilities such as the Chi spa, the 1000-seat outdoor amphitheatre, and the marina and dive centre, we hope to be able to really put Oman on the map,” Loughland said.

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