Al Bustan Palace, cultural host

Al Bustan Palace, a Ritz-Carlton Hotel

Muscat, Oman

From $1200 per person in low season
From $2600 per person in high season

based on 7 nights

per person for 7 nights, based on 2 people sharing an Al Bustan Mountain or Garden View Room on a bed and breakfast basis, including private transfers.

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At a Glance

  • The Al Bustan is the iconic and original hotel of Oman built for the GCC Summit in 1985

  • A good choice for those who like the Arabian style - the lobby is 38 meters high and quite spectacular

  • Boasts the largest hotel beach in the country at 1 kilometer long

  • Lagoon Access rooms are quite unique - you can go straight into the pool from your private terrace

  • Scheduled activities are available for children each day throughout the peak period

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Best time to Visit

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The best time to visit Oman is between November and mid-March, when the cooler air brings the mountain scenery sharply into focus and daytime temperatures average at 25°C. For the rest of the year, much of Oman is oppressively hot and hazy, particularly between May and August.

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Insider's View

This authentic Omani Palace is fit for a King.

We recommend a ground floor room with Lagoon access where you can swim directly from the terrace outside.

Cool off in the heat of the day beneath the palm trees in Al Bustan's Olympic-sized pool

Enjoy English afternoon tea in the 38-meter high atrium

Dine at the Beach Pavilion restaurant, nestled right by the water's edge, gazing out across the Gulf of Oman

Head high up into the mountains away from Muscat for a night at The View

Do not miss the Sultan Qaboos Mosque boasting the largest chandelier in the world with 1,227 light bulbs!

China Mood, the hotel's Asian inspired restaurant serves the best Peeking duck anywhere in the Middle East, a must try during your stay.

Head to BLU Bar in the gardens for a delicious pre-dinner cocktail

The coastline is simply stunning here, and so it's worth considering an upgrade to a sea view room

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Al Bustan Palace is a sophisticated and luxurious 250-room hotel, which is set on a stunning stretch of coastline with a dramatic mountain backdrop. It is situated just 30 kilometers from Muscat so is well placed for exploring the city.

Al Bustan Palace has a reputation as one of the most established hotels in the Middle East. The Palace was built to accommodate visiting heads of state and the high levels of service and comfort given to those rulers are also afforded to all its guests.

The famous lobby of the hotel is 38 meters high, and glimmers with gold, polished marble and a huge chandelier. The bedrooms are furnished in an Arabic style, with a hint of art deco, using opulent color schemes. The room style and grand public areas give the hotel a fairly formal feel for the interior, whereas the gardens and beach offer a relaxing place to enjoy the sunshine and perhaps a cocktail or two or light meal from the recently refurbished BLU bar.

Other dining choices include the Al Khiran Terrace Restaurant, which offers a buffet featuring a different theme each evening, China Mood, serving Asian dishes, and the Beach Pavilion, which has a varied menu of fresh seafood and grill options. High Tea is served in the Atrium Lounge each afternoon.

The hotel has a stunning one kilometer stretch of private unspoiled beach, boasting one of the best vistas in the area. There are a number of outdoor pools, including a 50 meter infinity pool and children's pool, as well as tennis courts and a gym.

Al Bustan has recently opened a wonderful Six Senses Spa, which is set to the side of the resort to ensure absolute peace and tranquillity. There are 17 treatment rooms with a natural and relaxing design, a selection of saunas and steam rooms, a juice station, a fitness area and yoga pavilion.

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Al Bustan Palace offers guests 218 Rooms and 40 Suites. Interconnecting rooms are available for families. Rooms offer a wide range of amenities including cable / satellite TV, minibar and tea and coffee making facilities, and all suites can have a butler service on request.

The rooms and suites have been designed to reflect both local traditions and art deco influences, creating luxurious rooms full of comfort and modern amenities. Rooms and suites either have magnificent views of the mountains, sea or gardens.

Al Bustan Palace can also offer guests a luxury camping experience on the hotel's private beach front.

Luxury Tent

Experience the wonder of camping on a secluded beachfront. Stay in a traditional Arabian tent designed with full comfort in mind. Staff will be on hand to look after you.


Children are welcome to come and stay at Al Bustan Palace, a Ritz-Carlton Hotel. They are well accommodated for with a children's pool, a playground, and a baby sitting service available upon request. There are also interconnecting rooms to comfortably accommodate families.


Facilities at the Al Bustan Palace include a wonderful new Six Senses Spa, a health and fitness center, business center, children’s play area, children’s pool, four tennis courts, five restaurants and two bars.

From the China Mood which serves fresh and authentic Chinese cuisine to the all-day buffet at the Al Khiran Terrace restaurant and the relaxed seaside Beach Pavilion Restaurant & Bar, the onsite Al Bustan restaurants have something to suit all taste buds.


During your stay at The Al Bustan Palace you can enjoy snorkeling, sailing, windsurfing, kayaking and tennis. If you are feeling more adventurous you could embark on diving and fishing trips, go for an overnight camp trip in Wahiba Sands, do a spot of dolphin watching or even try your hand at camel racing. However, there is no reason why you should not relax and enjoy the 3,165 kilometer long coastline and clean waters and simply soak up the sun and scenery from the comfort of a sun lounger.



Lucy Black (Staff)

Entering the atrium at Al Bustan never fails to impress with its high ceiling and glittering walls.

The rooms definitely have more of an old-school feel, particularly the Lagoon Access Rooms on the ground floor. Whilst it would be quite easy to think of it as old-fashioned, I feel that if you think of it more as a certain style, then it's actually very nice and good fun.

The beach has one of my favorite views in Oman. It stretches on for a kilometer and ends in dramatic rock formations, making the scenery absolutely stunning.

To be honest, the slight downside is the food. Whilst it's absolutely fine, the buffet in Al Khiran is not the most exciting of options, and so I would recommend that on arrival guests should book some nights in the Beach Pavilion and China Mood to enjoy some more variety.


Dominic Atterton (Staff)

The first luxury hotel ever to be built in Oman and originally designed to accommodate the Sultans guests only the Al Bustan does feel like stepping into a time gone by. The towering lobby atrium is hung with huge crystal chandeliers and a harpist gently plucks out Lionel Ritchies Hello it is all a bit 1986 yet somehow I really got it and felt very relaxed there. It does not at that stage feel like the beach resort that it is. The rooms are all arranged around this central atrium delivering lots of light throughout the building and look outwards either to the mountains or the wonderful blue gulf beyond. Rooms are all very spacious and very well looked after although the dcor is nothing to get too excited about. You enter the lobby on what is effective the 4th floor and heading downwards to the ground floor you find the Lagoon Rooms which all open out onto a terrace leading directly into the hotels lagoon pool which runs the length of the ground floor. Its a little odd but actually works brilliantly. From there you have huge gardens with vast palm tree dotted lawns surrounding the main pool and then down onto the sweeping golden beach crowned by dramatic cliffs either side. It is a definitely a hotel of two halves but really is genuinely relaxing and the perfect place to unwind for a week.


Daniel Smith (Staff)

A real statement of a building, the Al Bustan Place is hugely impressive hotel with a lot to offer guests. The sprawling grounds boast a large swimming pool and the longest stretch of private beach in Oman. If you're looking for a more classic hotel option in the grander Arabic style this will work well for you.


Daniel Smith (Staff)

This immense Palace is very Omani in style and I noticed the number of locals that enjoy a weekend here. This was a large hotel and has so much to offer for all ages. Its is an ideal retreat for families or couples looking for some sunshine and relaxation. Since the recent refurbishment the hotel is immaculate inside and out. Being a large hotel it has great service but not so personalized. Ordering the Fish Platter from the Beach Pavilion is a must one evening during your stay.


  • Al Hayer Falls

    Get off the beaten track to explore the Al Hayer area of the popular Wadi Bani Khalid. This stretch of the canyon is away from the more frequently visited pools, offering hours of fun-filled adventure.

  • Bait Al Baranda

    Built in the 1930s, Bait Al Baranda was converted into a museum in 2006. The museum focuses on the history of Muscat, offering interactive displays and exhibitions.

  • Coffee with The Curator - Bait Adam Museum

    Enjoy a traditional Omani coffee with the Curator of the Bait Adam Museum. This is a fantastic opportunity to learn about the history and culture of Oman, as well as gain a detailed insight into the museum's collections.

  • Day Tour of Wadis and Hajar Mountains

    A driving tour with driver-guide taking in some of the scenic wadis and mountain villages found within a few hours of Muscat.

  • Day trip to Nizwa {with the Friday Market}

    Nizwa was the capital of Oman in the 6th and 7th Centuries and is one of the oldest cities in Oman. There is a lot to see here and in the surrounding area including a bustling Friday market, the restored Nizwa Fort and date farms.

  • Dinner with an Omani Family

    Spend the evening with an Omani family, enjoying a delicious traditional meal and learning about local culture, history, customs and beliefs.

  • Dive or Snorkel at the Daymaniyat Islands

    North of Muscat, off-shore from the town of Barka are the Damaniyat Islands. These are one of Oman's best dive spots but are equally good for a snorkel or swim in beautiful surroundings.

  • Full-Day Trip to Wahiba Sands

    Around three hours to the south of Muscat lie the rolling sand dunes of the Wahiba Sands, a stark and stunning desert with an ever-changing landscape. Dune bashing makes for an exhilarating visit, and contrasts to a swim in the beautiful Wadi Bani Khaled.

  • Game Fishing & Island Hopping

    Spend the day at the sea, fishing for seasonal catch such as yellowfin tuna, kingfish, grouper, dorado and sailfish. And of course take the time to enjoy the fruits of your labour with a beach BBQ, where your catch will prepared by a private chef.

  • Half Day Muscat City Tour

    Half-day city tour of Muscat taking in the; Sultan Qaboos mosque, souqs, the fruit and vegetable, and fish markets.

  • Market Tour & Cooking Class at Crafty Kitchen

    Accompanied by a chef, spend the morning visiting the city's bustling markets searching for fresh produce which you will then learn how to transform into delicious cuisine at Muscat's Crafty Kitchen.

  • National Museum

    The long-awaited National Museum is in the heart of Old Muscat, close to the Sultan's Palace. The museum aims to preserve and promote the Omani culture by showcasing the country's rich history.

  • Nizwa Friday Market

    Visit the local Friday market in Nizwa.

  • Opera in Muscat

    Take in a performance at the Royal Opera House in Muscat.

  • Private Boat Trip & Beach BBQ

    A wonderfully exclusive experience; spend the day exploring the Oman coastline, including dolphin watching, snorkeling and a private beach BBQ in a picturesque setting.

  • Sultan's Armed Forces Museum

    One of the most interesting museum's in Muscat, the Sultan's Armed Forces Museum offers much more than just a display of military hardware.

  • Tour of the Muscat Royal Opera House

    Take a tour of the beautiful Royal Opera House in Muscat. Whilst the exterior of the building seems fairly understated, within its walls you will find opulent Arabic design and a wonderful collection of rare instruments.

  • Via Ferrata on Jebel Shams

    Not for the faint-hearted, today's adventure will involve climbing up 200-meter cliffs to the top of Jebel Shams, Oman's highest mountain, with the assistance of a steel Via Ferrata cable.

  • Wadi Arbayeen with Picnic

    Head out of Muscat for the day for an adventure along the rugged coastline, where dramatic mountains conceal lush wadis just waiting to be explored. Visit the beautiful Wadi Arbayeen and enjoy a delicious BBQ lunch.

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Muscat, Oman

Al Bustan Palace, a Ritz-Carlton hotel is set on a private beach within acres of lush gardens, surrounded by the Gulf of Oman and the Haijar Mountains.

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