Al Bustan sets new standards
After four months of extensive renovations completed last year, the Al Bustan Palace Inter-Continental Hotel in Muscat remains one of the Gulf's prime holiday and business holiday destinations regarded as in the top 10 venues internationally.Given its scenic secluded bay location, backed by mountains and fronted by the azure waters of Oman's Indian Ocean coastline on the outskirts of Muscat, the Palace redefined exacting accommodation standards with its refurbishment. It injected contemporary world class design and hospitality expertise to create new benchmarks in aesthetics, accommodation, service and leisure activities in the Gulf's competitive market. The hotel's 198 guest rooms, 44 suites and deluxe suites make an immediate impression on guests. Room designers, given freedom to instill a sense of the contemporary within the parameters of remaining true to the timelessness and quality of workmanship, were equal to the with their designs from classical and art deco eras. This qualified modernity also extends to the hotel's four open restaurants which cater for Italian, French, seafood and buffet palates. The fifth, China Mood, is an unforgettable multi-sensory experience of eastern fare. Recreation facilities are of the highest standard, with a luxury new spa opening this year. "People have come to expect world class from the Al Bustan Palace," said Issa Al Hajri, the hotel's general manager and regional vice president, operations, Six Continents Hotels, Oman. "We spared nothing in terms of design and dŽcor creativity, and the same with the level of service provision required to meet the expectations of the quality of guest attracted to the Al Bustan Palace." Business guests have access to a new and larger business centre designed to make the transition from home to the Al Bustan Palace more seamless. Improved business facilitation attractions include multi-functional meeting and conference rooms which can accommodate up to hundreds of delegates.