The rugged Al Hajar mountains make a rustic backdrop behind the fortress-like Al Bustan Palace, which overlooks a canopy of perfectly-manicured lawns and an expansive half-mile private beach. Authentic Arab influences run throughout the hotel and its 150 rooms to remind guests of the rich and ostentatious Arabian culture. Beautifully-designed interiors are an artistic combination of old and new, fusing local traditions and art deco hints to create a unique melange of Middle Eastern culture and art. Particularly notable is the spectacular 125-foot-high domed atrium lobby, which, along with the ornate wall covers and intricate carvings has earnt the hotel the extravagant reputation as the ‘Jewel of the Sultanate’. Its idyllic location and range of facilities gives guests the opportunity to indulge in a number of watersports or simply relax in one of the five outdoor pools. Four exquisite dining options from alluring beachfront restaurants provide guests with spectacular sea views while they savour exceptional flavors from around the world.
Location: Al Bustan Palace is in a divinely-scenic location, nestled between the jagged Al Hajar mountain range and the sparkling Sea of Oman.
Services: Every whim is attended to here with a comprehensive and personal service, reflecting the Omani hospitality and cultural way of life.
History: Muscat has a rich history that is believed to date back to the 6th millenium BC. The authentic architecture found concealed down rustic winding roads are redolent of the past and a display of ancient cultural heritage.
From luxury guest rooms to superb suites over eight accommodation options, guests are spoilt for choice on where they wish to spend their Arabian nights. All feature breathtaking views and encompass both modern and traditional elements, finished with sophisticated neutral tones.
This superbly-decorated suite is an impressive 861 square feet, divided into separate bed, sitting and dining rooms. The large marble bathroom is a lavish feature with world-class amenities as standard. A private balcony completes this luxurious suite and offers breathtaking views of the rugged Hajar mountains.
Within this spacious 430-square-foot room, guests can relax and admire scenic vistas over the lagoon pools and lush gardens through the expansive floor-to-ceiling windows. A 52-square-foot personal terrace accompanies the room, complete with two sun loungers and direct access to the lagoon pools.
Opulent decorations, luxury linens and light, spacious surrounds make this 3,229-square-foot suite a premium retreat. Two separate bedrooms each feature a king-size bed and expansive windows for abundant natural light. Both are accompanied by an en-suite marble bathroom with separate bathtub and shower. Also featured is a large dining room, fully-equipped kitchen and spacious balcony for enchanting panoramic views over the Sea of Oman.
With the hotel’s range of facilities, there is something to suit every taste; sun-worshippers can soak up the rays on the expansive private beach or in one of the five pools, whereas those who prefer to remain active can workout in the fitness center. In addition to the on-site facilities, there are also a number of daily recreational activities, including yoga, snorkelling and aqua aerobics.
Al Bustan Palace Fitness Center features state-of-the-art machinery with a number of weight machines and cardio equipment. Guests can maintain their fitness regimen here while enjoying surreal views over the hotel gardens and golden shores out of the center’s expansive windows. The sauna and steam rooms make for a sedate retreat after an intense workout.
The hotel's 164-foot temperature-controlled infinity pool is a relaxing area, accompanied by dramatic views where the azure sea and sky blend together seamlessly. Four other lagoon pools make for a refreshing dip in the afternoon heat and the perfect spot to float the day away.
No less than four dining options await the most adventurous of palates. With local and international dishes and both indoor and al fresco dining, Al Bustan Palace has varied dining choices for guests, just steps away from their luxury suite.
Diners can expect a refreshing and vibrant atmosphere at the Al Khiran restaurant as they enjoy dining with a view. Both indoor and outdoor seating is available with views over the Sea of Oman. International dishes are prepared at live cooking stations and themed buffet nights are a popular option.
The Beach Pavillion offers al fresco dining at its best. Set along the picturesque coastline, surrounded by candles and authentic lanterns and looking out to the horizon, this beach restaurant is an idyllic setting to savor the freshest seafood and array of grilled meats.
Blu provides guests with a refreshing garden and pool experience. The tiki-style bar offers a laidback ambiance where diners can sample local flavors in the form of light lunches and snacks as well as exotic drinks and cocktails.
Set in the heart of Muscat, China Mood offers a true taste of the Orient. A combination of authenticity and innovative mix of flavors created by expert chefs has earnt the restaurant the reputation as one of the best Asian restaurants in Oman.
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