The 6-star Al Bustan Palace Hotel east of Muscat is the absolute high-end accommodation of Omani tourism. In the noble fairytale hotel, every guest feels like a sultan from 1001 Nights.
The stunning Al Bustan Palace Hotel is one of the most luxurious residences Oman has to offer. The snow-white magnificent building is located in Muttrah, barely 10km from Muscat's city centre, in the middle of a green oasis surrounded by a rugged rocky landscape.
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PICTURES: Al Bustan Palace Hotel in Muscat
The nine-storey hotel was built in 1985 and has 6 stars. To make this construction possible in the beautiful bay, a whole village was relocated by about one kilometre.
In the past, the Sultan's state guests were accommodated in the Al Bustan Palace Hotel, but since the renovation in 2008, the holiday temple has been managed by the renowned hotel operator Ritz-Carlton. The Sultan kept only the top floor for his needs. It is also used as a conference hotel.
Stunning facilities of the Al Bustan Palace
Anyone entering the breathtaking entrance hall of the Al Bustan Palace is immediately enchanted by the elegant charm of the Arabian Nights. Nine enormous chandeliers made of Austrian-made rock crystal swing from the ceiling, and there is a pleasant smell of incense.
A precious fountain ripples gently and accompanies the trio of young musicians who beguile the arrivals with classical music. 97 different types of stone were used in Al Bustan, including 800 tonnes of the finest marble.
On the floor, centimetre-thick carpets with floral ornaments absorb every sound, the noble concert hall is decorated in rich dark red and holds 628 spectators, and the banquet hall is reminiscent of a sports hall in its dimensions. So the requirement for weddings at Al Bustan Palace is not surprising: 200 guests minimum!
Exuberant luxury at the Al Bustan Palace Hotel
The Al Bustan offers all the amenities one can imagine. The hotel's own beach is one kilometre long, and in addition, several pools, wellness facilities and numerous sports options provide enough variety for the guests.
The beach and garden service is excellent! In addition to the countless fluffy bath towels on the luxury loungers, which are more than plentiful, every beach visitor also receives their own cooler with drinks. Four international restaurants cater for the physical well-being of the hotel guests at Al Bustan Palace.
The 190 rooms and 40 suites of the Al Bustan Palace are lavishly furnished and hardly ever offered for less than 500 euros per night. The Presidential Suite on the eighth floor offers 300 square metres, a spacious bedroom and a huge living room, a study paneled in dark wood, a dining area for up to 10 people, a fully equipped kitchen and a magnificent view of the Hajar Mountains.
Tip: Alternatively, you can immerse yourself in this spectacular luxury on a guided tour. This takes you through the stunning halls and suites and takes place every afternoon for a maximum of 14 people.
If someone cannot or does not want to afford a room or dinner at the Al Bustan Palace: one can also make oneself comfortable in the evenings - there is always classical live music from 18:00 - in the hotel lobby with a drink and let the perfect yet discreet bar service with the charming Arabian ambience and classical music accompaniment take effect on one. It's almost decadent then.