Where to stay:
Al Bustan Palace, a Ritz-Carlton Hotel
\nExperience an Oman luxury hotel where you can indulge in an array of water sports, savor exquisite cuisine and, just minutes away, discover the rich history and traditions of an Arabian nation. A recent redefining renovation – both inside and out – the Al Bustan Palace is a Ritz-Carlton hotel set on a private beach with acres of lush gardens. Furnishings in this Muscat hotel artistically combine local traditions and art deco creating a unique blend of Arabian culture and art. Noted for its 38-meter high domed atrium lobby, the Al Bustan Palace hotel was originally built to host the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Summit in 1985. Through the years and through the renovation, this luxury resort has maintained the intricately handcrafted wall covers and original carvings, and has earned the reputation as the “jewel of the Sultanate.”
\nWhat to do:
Oman is a haven for lovers of sun and nature, with unspoilt beaches, tropical seas, mountains, wadis, caves and deserts. With 3,165 kilometre long coastline and clean unpolluted waters, there is a wealth of underwater flora, marine life and diving thrills awaiting the most discerned underwater explorer. Turtle-watching, camel-riding and dolphin-spotting are among the most popular animal activities while nearby forts and museums are popular year-round activities.
\nDetails: Al Bustan Palace, a Ritz-Carlton Hotel
\n$260-1,430 per night\n