We spent the last 4 days of our Oman trip in the Al Bustan. Initially the hotel and its sheer size almost seemed a bit overwhelming and impersonal - but it really grew on us during our stay,
The service on check in was very good by an efficient German receptionist preceeded by a warm Omani welcome at the door.
The rooms are well sized albeit it quite traditional in style and bordering on "old world" with floral wallpaper, matching fabrics and cherry wood interiors.
We chose a lagoon view room - located on the ground floor level but with a private access to the adjacent large pool. Very enjoyable to slip out of your room into a pool right next to your veranda.
The lunch & dinner buffet must be mentioned - the sheer choice of dishes and impeccable presentation were world class.
The beach is lovey - a nice long stretch of sand in a dramatic setting close to the mountains. Great beach service too.
The pool is equally nice - largely populated by middle aged couples from around the world. Clearly a popular choice for (package?) beach holidays for many.
What we enjoyed most was the location close to Muttrah and the coastal scenery and magnificence of this scenic part of Musact. Having stayed a the Chedi at the beginning of our trip, we might have missed the beauty of this area if we hadn't stayed at the Al Bustan.
If you are after a boutique style holiday with a sense of intimacy it is definitely not the place to stay. If you are keen have the comforts of home with a hint of predictability and very good service - then the hotel is for you. We loved the fact that we mixed it all and stayed elsewhere too.
- 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