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The luxurious Al Bustan Palace has the most comprehensive facilities in the region, including over half a mile of sandy beach and 200 acres of tropical gardens dotted with palm trees.
Accommodation at the resort is in sleek and stylish bedrooms which perfectly mix contemporary style with the traditional grandeur of Muscat. All of the rooms have lovely views of either the mountains, ocean or lagoon pool and the Lagoon Rooms also have direct access into one of the lagoon swimming pools.
The hotel's four restaurants offer Asian, French, Italian, and Chinese cuisine, with indoor and outdoor dining, and authentic Omani food is also served in a Bedouin village setting. There is also a pool bar and a piano bar in the evenings.
Water based activities on offer at the hotel include sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, snorkelling and scuba diving. Boat charters and dolphin-watching trips can also be arranged. On land, facilities include four tennis courts, a mini golf and putting green, four large outdoor pools (including an infinity pool overlooking the beach and Indian Ocean) and a fantastic Six Senses spa with 17 treatment suites.
Children are well catered for with a separate kids' pool, a dedicated Ritz Kids programme of activities, a playground with zipline, and even the offering of traditional Arabic bedtime stories.
Nestled on the coast just outside Muscat, Al Bustan Palace has a beautiful location, occupying its own private bay overlooking the Gulf of Oman, with dramatic mountains as a backdrop.
Charlotte C, Original Traveller