The palace is located outside of the capital city of Muscat. It lies quietly between the Hajar mountains and the Gulf of Oman. A small paradise for luxury travel hackers.

Location

The palace is a 40-minute car ride from the airport (MCT). Also, a luxury car transfer is offered by the property. As you pass the gate you drive through lush gardens, you can appreciate the quiet settings in which you are.

Check in

We drove to the entrance, parked the car on the side and entered the hotel for check in. The lobby is just gorgeous. Indeed, you are quickly reminded that this is indeed a palace and not a hotel. As you go further into the lobby you cannot help to look up at the iconic crystal chandeliers and the Atrium tea lounge.

We were offered dates and Arabic coffee. The scent of incense spread across the huge lobby. One could feel a sense of peaceful hush.

The famous crystal chandeliers - Al Bustan Palace Ritz Carlton Muscat
The famous crystal chandeliers – Al Bustan Palace Ritz Carlton Muscat
View of the Atrium Tea lounge - Al Bustan Palace Ritz Carlton Muscat
View of the Atrium Tea lounge – Al Bustan Palace Ritz Carlton Muscat


Check in was a bit bumpy. The front desk agent struggled with room availability. Therefore, I offered to wait with my family at the beach & pool side. That gave him a chance to get us our room wile we enjoyed a nice afternoon swim and nap in te beach gardens.

Finally at 5pm, our room was ready. We were upgraded to a Junior Suite with complimentary dinner buffer at Al Khiran restaurant. We were pretty happy with that. The wait didn’t bother us since we were chilling at the beach. We were looking forward to our 3-night stay.

The Executive Suite

We were spoiled. The Junior Suite is a gorgeous 861 sq ft apartment. Indeed, the photos below feature spacious and contemporary design quarters. Furthermore, the marble bathroom is luxurious and leads to both walk in closets of the suite.

Suite hallway
Suite hallway
Coffee amenities - Al Bustan Palace Muscat
Coffee amenities – Al Bustan Palace Muscat
Coffee amenities - Al Bustan Palace Muscat
Coffee amenities – Al Bustan Palace Muscat
A nice dining room table - Al Bustan Palace Muscat
A nice dining room table – Al Bustan Palace Muscat
Luxurious living room - Al Bustan Palace Muscat
Luxurious living room – Al Bustan Palace Muscat
View of the living and dining room
View of the living and dining room
Living room lamp
Living room lamp
TV set in the Executive suite bedroom - Al Bustan Palace Muscat
TV set in the Executive suite bedroom – Al Bustan Palace Muscat
Executive Suite bed room - Al Bustan Palace Muscat
Executive Suite bed room – Al Bustan Palace Muscat
Reading area in the Executive Suite bedroom - Al Bustan Palace Muscat
Reading area in the Executive Suite bedroom – Al Bustan Palace Muscat
King size bed - Al Bustan Palace Muscat
King size bed – Al Bustan Palace Muscat
View of the dressing table and entrance to bathroom - Al Bustan Palace Muscat
View of the dressing table and entrance to bathroom – Al Bustan Palace Muscat
Evening attentions - Al Bustan Palace Muscat
Evening attentions – Al Bustan Palace Muscat
One of the two walk ins in the suite
One of the two walk ins in the suite
The Suite bathroom
The Suite bathroom
Shower and bath
Shower and bath
Mountain view from the Executive Suite balcony- Al Bustan Palace Muscat
Mountain view from the Executive Suite balcony- Al Bustan Palace Muscat
Sea view from the Executive Suite balcony- Al Bustan Palace Muscat
Sea view from the Executive Suite balcony- Al Bustan Palace Muscat

Resort facilities

Our gorgeous beach cabana for the day - Al Bustan Palace Muscat
Our gorgeous beach cabana for the day – Al Bustan Palace Muscat
The end of a beautiful day at the beach - Al Bustan Palace Muscat
The end of a beautiful day at the beach – Al Bustan Palace Muscat
View from the infinity pool - Al Bustan Palace Muscat
View from the infinity pool – Al Bustan Palace Muscat
View of the palace from the infinity pool - Al Bustan Palace Muscat
View of the palace from the infinity pool – Al Bustan Palace Muscat
The Arabian Sea shore - Al Bustan Palace Muscat
The Arabian Sea shore – Al Bustan Palace Muscat
The beach resort gardens - Al Bustan Palace Muscat
The beach resort gardens – Al Bustan Palace Muscat
The beach resort gardens - Al Bustan Palace Muscat
The beach resort gardens – Al Bustan Palace Muscat
The Ritz Kids zone entrance - Al Bustan Palace Muscat
The Ritz Kids zone entrance – Al Bustan Palace Muscat
Resort gardens towards the Ritz Kids zone - Al Bustan Palace Muscat
Resort gardens towards the Ritz Kids zone – Al Bustan Palace Muscat
Ritz Kids zone entrance - Al Bustan Palace Muscat
Ritz Kids zone entrance – Al Bustan Palace Muscat
Zipline at the Ritz Kids - Al Bustan Palace Muscat
Zipline at the Ritz Kids – Al Bustan Palace Muscat
Ritz Kids pool area - Al Bustan Palace Muscat
Ritz Kids pool area – Al Bustan Palace Muscat
Ritz Kids play area & tennis courts - Al Bustan Palace Muscat
Ritz Kids play area & tennis courts – Al Bustan Palace Muscat
A view of the Ritz Kids area - Al Bustan Palace Muscat
A view of the Ritz Kids area – Al Bustan Palace Muscat

Dining

The property offers many dining options. As a family we wanted to take it easy at Al Khiran Kitchen for dinner and breakfast buffet. You can read more the palace’s dining offering here.

Al Khiran Kitchen entranceAl Khiran Kitchen entrance 

Al Khiran Kitchen diner buffet
Al Khiran Kitchen diner buffet
Al Khiran Kitchen pool side breakfast
Al Khiran Kitchen pool side breakfast
Al Khiran Kitchen pool side breakfast
Al Khiran Kitchen pool side breakfast


Conclusion

If you earn Marriott Bonvoy points and travel to Oman then I would strongly recommend at least a 2-night stay to fully enjoy the palace. At 50,000 points per night, this Ritz Carlton property is worth the escape. It is representative of an Omani experience: the Hajar mountains, the Sea of Oman, the inviting smell of incense and a warm welcome. Luxury hotels in the Gulf never disappoint. I also stayed at the Ritz-Carlton Doha and the product remains great #rcmemories.

#rcmemories from Al Bustan Palace
#rcmemories from Al Bustan Palace

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