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Al Bustan Palace (Muscat) – recommended?

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    Hi All, we are tired of UAE so looking to go Muscat for a week-long trip. Anyone been to the Al Bustan recently? I know Rob did a review, but ideally I wanted to know what people thing of Chedi vs Al Bustan? And to know if Covid has affected the hotel in any way. We are a couple with adult child so kids facilities are not important.

    Al bustan looks like a classic ‘Dubai’ hotel whereas the Chedi appears more stylish, but Lucky at OMAAT gave a scathing review of the Chedi so we are very torn now! Any advice much appreciated.


    Am in Middle East in Oct/Nov, Qatar/Oman/UAE. I had booked 5 nights at the RC Al Bustan (5for4 points) and even emailed the hotel to see if I would get free breakfast as Bonvoy Platinum (they confirmed I would). However at almost 200,000 points, nowhere near anything walking distance (i believe hotel taxis are ridiculous), and no lounge, I decided to pull the plug on it and invest in the Grosvenor House Dubai instead. After some research I had planned to eat at “Frescos” in the Marina just a short walk north of the RC if that’s any use to you.

    Also, the JW Marriott Marquis still appears to be closed after a bad flood in a storm (inland, so no beach).

    W Muscat may be an option for you (if that’s your style), appears more to do about the place. After some deliberation I let that go as well, but also on the beach, and 50,000 points cheaper than Al Bustan for 5 nights.

    HfP Staff

    Jumeirah has just opened – may be worth a look.

    The room I had was oddly small but that was the price you paid for having the room opening into a plunge pool feeding the main pool. Whilst the refurb has done well, it still looks old from the outside – not that you should be put off necessarily. One benefit of being the oldest beach resort is that it got the best bit of beach.

    HfP Staff

    The other thing worth looking at is splitting your week with a few days in a mountain resort. One of these is an Alila (Hyatt).


    Thanks both. Chose Jumeirah in the end!


    Thanks both. Chose Jumeirah in the end!

    would definitely look at splitting your time in Muscat if you can. Went for 9 nights in Jan this year, had 5 nights in W hotel…. which was great, and was upgraded to a suite. Then booked to stay 3 nights at Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort in the mountains. Its truly stunning and an easy drive from Muscat (around 2hrs).

    Would definitely return to Oman, and prefer it to Dubai and Abu Dhabi etc.

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