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Al Bustan Palace, A Ritz-Carlton Hotel
Why we like it
- This spectacular beach resort nestles between the rugged mountains of the interior and the azure waters of the Gulf of Oman
- The 200 spacious rooms and 50 suites all have private balconies overlooking palatial gardens, the Sea of Oman or the Hajjar mountains
- The Ritz Kids - those 5-12 years will enjoy an introduction to the natural wonders of Oman through a variety of hands-on adventures
- The Al Bustan Palace, A Ritz-Carlton Hotel has five outdoor swimming pools and a children's pool
- Impressive 33,000 square foot Six Senses Spa with plenty of facilities including a ladies only club
- We recommend the Deluxe rooms with mountain or sea views and the Bustan Lagoon access for families
Dine beneath the stars at the Beach Pavilion Restaurant & Bar and enjoy the most exquisite seafood.
Zahara Tours took care of us extremely well. Our guide, Haithem, was always utterly professional and we had complete faith in him. I really don’t think we could half seen half the things we did in the same time if we were arranging everything ourselves.
- JD, London
Al Bustan Palace, A Ritz-Carlton Hotel is set against a dramatic mountain backdrop on 200 acres of private beach and lush green gardens. The business and commercial districts are close by, as are must-see sights including the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, Bait Al Zubair Museum and Al Alam Palace.
Inside, the hotel is all sleek modernity with traditional touches. A huge chandelier hangs above the lobby, creating a sense of grandeur which is complemented by polished wooden floors and subtle décor. The 50 luxurious suites are appointed to reflect local traditions and art deco influences and are packed with Arabian cultural influences, art and history, all brought to life by intricate handcrafted wall coverings.
Housed across three floors, the Six Senses Spa is a beautiful reflection of traditional Omani design resembling an ancient Arabian fort with large wooden doors and arched walkways. The spa is comprised of 17 treatment rooms and a myriad of wet facilities, including infrared saunas, steam rooms, ice showers and hammam. There are also numerous yogic programs to be enjoyed in the activity studio as well as separate ladies only facilities such as a ladies only indoor pool and private beach. Other hotel facilities include the longest private beach in Oman, tennis courts, fitness centre, sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, snorkelling and a children's playground.
Best time to be there
Oman's climate differs from one area to another. It is hot and humid in the coastal areas in the summer between May and August, while it is hot and dry in the interior with the exception of the higher mountains, which enjoy a moderate climate round the year. The climate is best from September through to April.
Muscat (British Airways - daily: Oman Air - daily)
7 hrs 50 minutes direct
GMT +4 hours
Required - obtainable in advance or on arrival
No mandatory vaccinations
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