We are at another beautiful 5 star resort in the middle east right now and all I can think of is how I want to be at the RC Al Bustan in Muscat. Truly one of the most amazing hotels I have ever stayed at. I was a little guarded before staying at this hotel since although most of the reviews of this hotel on tripadvisor have been pretty wonderful, I did read reviews stating that the service was not very good. The service we experienced was among the best ever. First, we had a truly horrifying travel experience with Oman Air which resulted in us arriving at the hotel at 6am. We called the hotel in advance and there was no problem whatsoever and a promise that our room would not be given away to someone else for arriving so late. Instead, we were upgraded to a gorgeous (600sq feet maybe?) Executive Suite with partial views of the ocean. One of the most beautifully decorated rooms we have ever stayed at. There was a huge tray of fresh fruit welcoming us in our dining room along with a large tray of fancy chocolates and dates. We had several last minute requests such as to reschedule our golf outing at Almouj for a different activity and other requests that were handled promptly and politely by the concierge. The staff at the pool and beach were incredibly helpful and the grounds of the entire hotel- indoor and outdoor were incredibly beautiful. We had an amazing dinner at the buffet and it was italian night. Amazingly tasty food but like all the other food at this resort it was very costly- per person the buffet dinner was $70 (before any beverages). It was a nice treat and the food quality was excellent but costly for a buffet. The breakfast buffet per person was I think $40. There are shops at the RC with great Omani and other middle eastern wares that you can purchase. These items are much higher end than what you can find at the Muttrah Souk, however, you will pay for them too. Know that the prices are negotiable, at least in the stores we went into and the staff there is also very friendly (although I don't think they are employed by the RC). Overall, the experience was so incredible that I am missing being there and want to travel back there very soon. Thanks to everyone there for making our 3 nights a memorable experience.
- 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