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Al Bustan Palaceoman

Tuesday February 21
INSIDE SCOOP AMANDA SAYS Take a day trip to Ras Al Jinz to see the biggest Green Turtles Reserve in the world. scoop image

About The Hotel

Arabic and art-deco influences combine to lend a distinctive elegance to the luxurious Ritz-Carlton Al Bustan Palace. Guest relations are headed up by the hotel’s own Cultural Host who specialises in welcoming families and providing a fascinating insight into the local way of life. Set in extensive gardens and overlooking the beach to the Sea of Oman and the Al Hajar Mountains, Al Bustan Palace is a wonderful choice for lovers of both nature and culture, with the chance to explore unspoiled beaches, tropical seas, mountains, wadis, caves and deserts as well as the historical city of Muscat. Children are well-catered for, with a varied Ritz-Carlton kids’ programme created by Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ocean Futures Society and there is a daily programme of exercise and sports for the adults and older children.

There are four lagoon pools, a temperature controlled infinity pool and separate kids pool as well as access to one kilometre of private beach. The fitness centre and gym overlook the beach and there is also a sauna and steam room. Diving, whale watching, turtle watching and deep sea fishing are all bookable at the hotel and you can even spend a night under the stars at a Bedouin camp with BBQ dinner.

Rooms and suites have garden, mountain or ocean views with balcony and are spacious with floor to ceiling windows and light coloured furnishings. The Junior Suites and suites have separate living areas and luxurious marble bathrooms and can accommodate families using extra beds. There are also some inter-connecting rooms available.

There is a good choice of restaurants and bars offering local and international cuisine, with children’s menus available. The Beach Pavilion, serving fresh grilled seafood, has candle-lit tables on the beach with private cabanas available for a romantic dinner. China Mood is renowned as one of the top Asian restaurants in Oman, the acrobatic pouring skills of the resident tea sommelier a spectacle to behold and the award-winning Al Khiran Terrace, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, holds regular themed buffet nights. Blu is an outdoor pool bar providing lunch, snacks and drinks and there is a lobby bar and separate tea lounge.  Note that the bars will be closed during Ramadan and alcoholic drinks will only be served as room service after sunset.

Ritz Kids is open daily and aims to introduce children to both the natural wonders and the rich cultural traditions of Oman. Activities are based on the four pillars of water, land, environmental responsibility and culture and kids learn about everything from coral reefs and forests, to recycling and sustainability, storytelling, art and even food. As well as the separate kids’ pool, there’s a playground and babysitting on request. Note that Ritz Kids is an activity programme rather than a kids club.

An exotic location coupled with unique hospitality makes Al Bustan Palace a superb choice for families looking for something a little different.

Family Facts

Cots are available on request.

Babysitting is available on request.

There's no kids club but there is a kids activity programme. Ritz Kids is open daily and is complementary for children aged 5 - 12.

The resort is pushchair friendly.

The airport is around 35 minutes' drive.

Separate children's pool.

Baby bottle warmers and sterilisers are available on request.

Infant and child car seats are available for airport transfers.

There is a wide range of water sports and adventure activities for older children.

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