We stayed at the Al Bustan Palace for four nights in February and were completely delighted with the entire experience. This was our first visit to Muscat and we had spent some time researching hotels on the internet. We chose the Al Bustan Palace because of the beautiful private gardens and beach. Other hotels looked good but couldn't compete with the extensive private grounds on offer here. From the moment we arrived at the airport we knew we had made the right decision. We had arranged for the hotel to send a car to collect us from the airport, knowing that we would be arriving in a new country after an overnight flight from the UK feeling a little disorientated. The driver was waiting for us when we arrived and, during our journey, provided an informative and interesting commentary on the local areas that we passed through. Upon arrival at the hotel too early to book into our room, the reception desk very kindly booked us into a temporary room so that we could get a little sleep and freshen up whilst they prepared our room for us. They then called us when the room was ready and transferred our luggage immediately. The rooms are luxurious, the beds are extremely comfortable and there are some nice extra touches such as plates of fresh fruit and a complimentary minibar (no alcohol but lots of fruit juices), plus an abundance of mineral water which is regularly topped up.
The private gardens are simply beautiful with palm trees swaying in the breeze, tropical birds singing away and so many sun loungers and hammocks that there really is room for you to have privacy and peace whilst you soak up the winter sun. The infinity pool is fabulous and, if this wasn't enough, the gardens lead straight onto the private beach. It's paradise. Each time you go down to use the gardens the kind poolside staff will come and arrange the towels on the sun loungers for you and provide a complimentary coolbox containing mineral water and water sprays. They remember your name and couldn't be more willing to make your experience a happy one.
We had breakfast, lunch and dinner in the buffet restaurant and lunch, dinner and drinks in the beachside restaurant. The food is excellent in both and the service second to none. We also had tea in the lobby and sampled the arabic coffee experience there too - this is a must!!
The concierge desk was excellent - complete professionalism all round.
We are already planning our return trip next year as 4 nights simply wasn't long enough.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set against a dramatic backdrop of rugged mountains, Al Bustan Palace, a Ritz-Carlton Hotel, lies solitary amid an emerald green oasis with 200 acres of lush beachfront landscaping. We are a top choice among hotels in Muscat, Oman, offering accommodations and public spaces that overlook the glittering azure waters of the Gulf of Oman. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Intercontinental Hotel Muttrah