Al Bustan Palace, A Ritz-Carlton Hotel

Set against the dramatic backdrop of the Al 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 lush green gardens and along a kilometre of private beach 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. Guests are able to unwind with a locally inspired spa treatment at the extensive Six Senses Spa, nestled in the Al Hajar mountains and spread over three levels like an ancient Arabian fort. A fitness centre and 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 three restaurants, 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.