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By Chris Boyle

Experience an Oman luxury hotel where you can indulge in an array of water sports, savor exquisite cuisine and, just minutes away, discover the rich history and traditions of an Arabian nation.

Al Bustan Palace is an award-winning Ritz-Carlton hotel set on 200 acres of lush gardens along a private beach. The hotel’s interior design and furnishings artistically combine local traditions and Art Deco, creating a unique blend of Arabian cul- ture and art. Noted for its domed, 125-foot-high atrium lobby, the Al Bustan Palace hotel was originally built to host the Gulf Cooperation Council Summit in 1985. Over the years and renovations, this luxurious resort has maintained its intricately handcrafted wall décor and original carvings, and has earned a reputation as the “Jewel of the Sultanate.”

Location: Muscat, Sultanate of Oman


  • Square footage: 3,229
  • Nightly rate: $2,208 (OMR 850)
  • Number of rooms in suite: Six
  • Number of entrances to suite: Two
  • Number of baths: Two, each with a separate shower and bathtub
  • Suite style: Contemporary luxury is enhanced with traditional elements and a color palette that ranges from warm earth tones to gold with soft cool accents and olive greens.

Key selling points: Located on the hotel’s eighth floor, this spectacular two-bedroom presidential boasts a living room with wood floors, dining room for ten, kitchenette, study and private balconies with sweeping views over the Sea of Oman and the majestic Hajjar Mountains.Services include private butler, unpacking, wardrobe organizing and much more.

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Number of suites in hotel: Eight Presidential Suites


Beach Pavilion: Nestled right by the water’s edge, this lively eatery serves the freshest fish and seafood.

Restaurant Manager Shiju Nair


China Mood: Deliciously authentic, the Chinese cuisine at China Mood is regarded as some of the very best in the region.

Atrium Tea Lounge: Enjoy delicate brews and sumptuous light eats at this refined lounge featuring the world’s tallest crystal chandelier, which measures in at a whopping 59 feet.


Spa and fitness: The hotel’s state-of-the-art gym, sauna and steam room will soon be joined by a Six Senses Spa, estimated to open at the end of 2012.

Kids club: The Ritz Kids club introduces young guests to the natural wonders of Oman through a variety of hands-on ad- ventures.

Pool and beach: Al Bustan’s half-mile private beach is the longest in Oman, and its five outdoor pools include a stunning 165-foot infinity pool.

Conferences and events: With 16 meeting spaces, video con- ferencing facilities and The Oman Auditorium—which regularly hosts the Royal Oman Symphony Orchestra—the hotel is well equipped to host international events and symposiums.

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