Al Bustan Palace, Muscat, Oman
Tucked away between the rugged Al Hajar mountain range and the Sea of Oman, Al Bustan Palace, A Ritz-Carlton Hotel is a hidden jewel amongst Muscat hotels, a beachfront retreat that welcomes guests with customs steeped in ancient traditions and contemporary comfort. The Al Bustan Palace Muscat has built a reputation as the best hotel in the Middle East and one of the finest hotels in the world.
Facilities & Activities:
A sandy, white beach (expansive 1 kilometre private beach, the longest in the country) keeps guests busy with a wealth of waterfront activities (like windsurfing, kayaking, sailing, scuba diving and snorkeling), or content to do nothing at all. Other facilities are: Outdoor pool and the children’s pool, gym, spa, massage, mini-golf, floodlit tennis courts, table tennis, shops; beauty salon, business center, babysitting. One of the hotels finest features is the Oman Auditorium capable of seating 628, with a Royal Box.
The Six Senses Spa at Al Bustan Palace is artfully built into the surrounding landscape of towering stone and rock cliffs of the Haijar Mountains. Six Senses Spa at Al Bustan Palace is the second in the Sultanate and presents treatments tailored to individual needs. Measuring 33,000 square feet, the spa is housed on three levels – featuring three areas: separate men’s and women’s areas and ladies only private club and pool. The luxury spa features 17 treatment rooms, wet facilities with saunas, infrared saunas, ice shower (ladies only) and steam rooms, a fitness area and yoga studio, as well a natural juice station, a gallery shop and a relaxation area.
Rooms & Suites:
The hotel which has 250 rooms inclusive of 24 junior suites and 8 grand deluxe suites is set against a dramatic mountain backdrop on 200 acres of private beach and lush green gardens close to Muscat and the commercial center and enjoys spectacular view over the Gulf of Oman.
Guests can enjoy the classic luxury of the Al Marjan Restaurant, which serves drinks and snacks; regional Cantonese and Szechwan cuisine at China Mood; the extensive international buffet theme nights and Italian la carte menu at the Al Khiran Terrace; and the open-air Beach Pavilion beachside restaurant.
In addition to the four main restaurants, the hotel also features the Atrium Tea Lounge for afternoon tea and refreshments; the Al Maha Bar for drinks and entertainment; the Pool Bar for light poolside snacks and juices; and Seblat Al Bustan, our authentic Omani night-time Bedouin tented dining experience. Guests who prefer to dine in the privacy of their own rooms can take advantage of our 24-hour in-room dining service.
Hotel Rating: *****
Hotel Address: Muttrah Beach, 114 Muscat, Oman
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Our Opinion: Overall experience was very good. We had a nice room with lagoon access and beautiful garden view. Pool and beach facilities as well as the service were really nice. The hotel has an enviable reputation for dining. The hotel’s impressive array of restaurants offers guests a variety of international cuisines from all over the world, guaranteed to satisfy the most demanding tastes.