Set against the dramatic backdrop of the Hajar mountains with an outlook over the glittering Gulf of Oman, the Al Bustan Palace paints a spectacular picture.
This palatial hotel is set on 200 acres of pristine private beach and lush green gardens with the bustling souks and historical interests of Muscat just a stone’s throw away.
The main pool area is stylish, spacious and boasts ample lounging facilities for those wishing to rest and recharge between swims. The fitness centre offers a steam room, sauna and relaxation areas. Tennis courts are also available for the more energetic.
A palm-lined avenue leads up to the main hotel building and inside, the feeling of grandeur continues with a vast and dazzling atrium lobby that oozes elegance and opulence. Fastidious attention to detail and design is evident in each of the 250 guest rooms and suites, exuding a real sense of Arabian culture, art and history.
The hotel’s four restaurants, Al Marjan, serving authentic French cuisine; China Mood showcasing delectable Asian dishes; Beach Pavilion specialising in seafood; and finally Al Khiran, an international all day dining venue, offer something to suit every taste and mood.
Rising with the fishermen and being collected straight from the beach for an unforgettable excursion – I have never seen so many dolphins.