Experience the wonders of Arabian culture, art and history in Oman at Al Bustan Palace, a new Ritz-Carlton Hotel. Set against a dramatic mountain backdrop, this newest Ritz-Carlton destination offers two hundred acres of private beach and lush green gardens just waiting to be explored. This landmark property is an oasis surrounded by rugged mountains and overlooking the Gulf of Oman; it has a rich history for entertaining royalty and heads of state. Al Bustan Palace is considered one of the premier properties in the region.
Noted architecturally for its 38-meter high domed atrium lobby, Al Bustan Palace has recently undergone a multi-million dollar renovation of both the interior and exterior enhancing its reputation as the “jewel of the Sultanate.” Home to visiting heads of state and members of royalty, the hotel showcases new furnishings that artistically fuse elements from both local traditions and art deco influences, blending the richness of Arabian culture, art and history. Intricate handcrafted wall coverings and original carvings bring an essential sense of place to the 26-year resort that was originally built to host the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Summit in 1985.
Experience the luxury in your spacious guest room or suite with a private balcony. Enjoy a variety of recreational activities including a water sports center, tennis center, a choice of five swimming pools and a well appointed spa. The property is set amidst 200 acres of landscaped gardens and features the country’s longest beach.
Renowned for its dining variety in the city, the hotel’s seven restaurants and bars include Al Marjan Bistro, featuring contemporary French cuisine; China Mood, the fine-dining Cantonese restaurant; Al Khiran Terrace restaurant with multiple-themed buffets and live cooking stations; and Al Maha Piano Bar, offering nightly live entertainment.
Getting there: Oman is the neighbor of Dubai and is a short flight (less than an hour) from Dubai. It can also be reached via driving from Dubai. Fly direct to Dubai on Emirates Air from San Francisco and spend a few days exploring this fascinating city before arranging a trip to Oman.
Practicalities:While Oman is Western friendly, women should keep their arms and legs covered while in public, as this is a requirement for this (Muslim) country. Many local women wear black abaya’s while men wear white dishdasha. English is widely spoken. You will find the Omani people to be warm and welcoming. See here for more information about what to expect when visiting Oman.
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