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Hotel Al Bustan Palace Ritz-Carlton Hotel 5 star
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A jewel of Oman's hotel business, the Al Bustan Palace has to be selected because of its spectacular natural setting, its first class traditional decoration and its remarkable services. Those who want to stay like a sultan in the country of Sindbad will choose it without hesitation.

This hotel review is a translation from the French published on our French site Easyvoyage.com.

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      Al Bustan Palace Ritz-Carlton   -   Carlos Rodrigues / EASYVOYAGE

    • Hotel Al Bustan Palace Ritz-Carlton

      Al Bustan Palace Ritz-Carlton   -   Carlos Rodrigues / EASYVOYAGE

       
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    Location 8.0 /10

    On the seaside, by a private cove, 5 miles from Muscat and 25 miles from the airport. Allow 35 minutes for the transfer.

    Accommodation 8.95 /10

    The housing units, numbering 250, are divided into 200 rooms and 50 suites. In all cases, they have a balcony with a wrought iron lounge, but only 40% of them overlook the sea. The other rooms overlook the gardens or the mountain at the back. The rooms, which were renovated in 2001, offer a refined Arabic decor which gives priority to white wood furniture with geometric friezes and ceramic panels. They are spacious (420 square feet). Anyone can freely circulate from the bed to the lounge area where a plate of snacks (fresh fruits, dates, biscuits) is placed every afternoon with a bottle a water. The impecabble equipment includes air conditioning, direct dial telephone, television, a DVD player and a safe. A beautiful basket of hospitality products can be found in the bathroom which also has bathrobes, hair dryer, and a scale. Warning, only suites are equipped with a shower and a bath, rooms only have a bathtub.

    Overview 9.20 /10

    The Al Bustan, which is an octagon with eight floors surrounded by impressive mountains, has the most spectacular lobby of Oman's hotel business. Eight Arabic doors adorned with mosaic panels surround a circular atrium furnished with several lounges tinted in red and gold. A finely worked dome overhangs the whole at a height that immediately gives the hotel a palace atmosphere. A smell of incense floats in the air, mixed with the smell of precious wood. The very smell of the Sultanate, which can be found in offices and homes. Outside, the pool, surrounded by turf, overloks gardens shaded by palm trees. It duplicates the country's shape and is more appropriate for bubbling than for swimming, especially when it is crowded. It is more convenient to go swimming in the sea and relax in privacy on one of the deckchairs placed on the sidelines, in the property. All the amenities that are provided for relaxation (even the towels) are of high quality, which adds to the pleasure of taking a nap just a few steps from the beach.

    Food and drink 8.95 /10

    Meals are part of the exceptional moments you spend in Al Bustan, namely breakfast. The main room of the restaurant indeed extends through a terrace where birds come to land on the back of teak chairs. The copious and refined buffet includes hot dishes (scrambled eggs, sausages) and cold cuts (cheese, cooked meats) in addition to buns, pastries, cereals, yogurts, fruit juices and fresh fruits. At noon and in the evening, various la carte restaurants serve Mediterranean, continental, or Chinese meals. The Al Bustan also offers thematic buffets which culminate with the Omani evening on Wednesdays. Organized outside, under large Bedouin tents, it offers the opportunity to taste traditional cuisine of the country. The meal is acompanied by a show of typical dances.

    Spa 9.2 /10

    Managed by the prestigious Six Senses brand, the spa covers an area of 3,000 m! It is superb with its domed ceiling, its walkways and arched columns, its qanats (water shafts) reflecting the pools, and its walls and ceilings carves out of natural stone. It includes 17 treatment and massage rooms, Turkish baths, infra-red saunas, ice showers and several relaxation spaces.

    Beach 9.20 /10

    With the Chedi, the Al Bustan is the only hotel in Muscat which has a private beach. The latter, which is 0.5 miles long (and 160 feet wide) is surrounded by mountains with shades of ochre and dark brown that make the view spectacular. The beach is very well equipped, lined with palm trees, and arranged with plastic deckchairs with mattresses, under straw sunshades. The space is well-spent, enabling the proximity of other customers not to be inconvenient. The sand is fine, clean, ochre-colored and the sea is deep blue. For water sports, the Al Bustan has a diving center. Here you can also do sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, and snorkeling. All these activities are charged extra.

    To know




    Property of the Sultanate, but managed by the Inter-Continental hotel chain, the Al Bustan is on the verge of the most beautiful beach in the Muscat region. Built to express the quintessant Omani luxury, it opened in 1985 and since then crowned heads have come by, stars and top guests have made official or private visits. It is undoubtedly the institution to select should you want to stay in an extremely sophisticated environment whose Arabic decor is original without being overdone and where comfort, service, and gastronomy reach a top level.

    Equipment

    • Shuttle bus
    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      beauty salon, hammam, sauna, massage, keep fit, Turkish bath, spa, wellness

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      tennis, sailing, kayak, aerobics, beach volley, fitness, gym

    • Hairdresser
    • Barber
    • Whirlpool bath
    • Safe
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Solarium
    • Private beach
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • The spectacular environment
    • The very beautiful beach.
    • The outstanding services

    disadvantages

    • All the rooms do not overlook the sea.
    • The pool is a little small compared to the scope of the hotel.

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