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At Alila Jabal Akhdar guests can bask in the top-of-the-world feeling with a swim in the heated outdoor infinity pool, offering spectacular views into the gorge.

Alila Jabal Akhdar

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Alila Jabal Akhdar, meaning"The Green Mountain" in Arabic, is perched 2,000 meters above sea level and overlooks a dramatic gorge, surrounded by awe-inspiring views of the Al Hajar Mountains. Inspired by ancient forts, traditional Omani construction techniques using local stones are combined with contemporary architecture to create a uniquely relaxing environment, from the pool to the spacious suites that look out to mesmerizing views of the cliff and mountains.

Alila Jabal Akhdar

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Al Bustan Palace has a 50-meter temperature–controlled infinity pool with four lagoon pools including a kids pool with access to one kilometer private beach.

Al Bustan Palace

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The mountaintop, contemporary fine dining restaurant at Six Senses Hideaway Zighy Bay
is the perfect place to enjoy a very memorable evening. There is a choice of five or seven-course
set menus with wine pairings.

Six Senses Hideaway Zighy Bay

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Housed in the main hotel building, in close proximity to the resort facilities, the Loft Suites at Alila Jabal Akhdar offer 104 square meters of open-plan space spread over two stories, with spacious living area and bathroom facilities including a shower downstairs, and bedroom with en suite bathroom upstairs. 

Alila Jabal Akbhdar

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The Chedi Muscat offers simple elegance, stylish furnishings and subtle bursts of vibrant hues, characteristic of traditional Omani architecture. Each of the 151 exquisite rooms and suites offer exclusive access to turquoise pools bordered by cosy cabanas, a water garden, and a private stretch of sandy shore.

The Chedi Muscat

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Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort and Spa nestles alongside the sparkling bay of Al Jissah in a dramatic desert setting of rugged mountains and inviting beaches.

Shangri-la Barr Al Jissah Resort and Spa

Current nightly rates at Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort and Spa start at $220 per night >>

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This view of Al Bustan's Lagoon Room Deck is a gorgeous optical illusion.



Posted in: Muscat, Hot Spots

Al Bustan Palace, MuscatIt’s safe to say the Sultanate of Oman is on the traveler’s radar screen. An oasis of stability in the Middle East, Oman is appreciated for its hospitality and breathtaking landscapes: fjords and mountainous peaks abutting the pristine beaches on the Arabian Sea. Tourism infrastructure is sound, and luxury hotels abound. (The government has embarked on a campaign to expand the tourism sector and diversify the oil-dependent economy; the goal is to attract 12 million upscale visitors annually by 2020.)

Big news out of Oman: The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company just announced that it will assume management of the legendary Al Bustan Palace in the country’s capital city of Muscat starting this Friday, July 1, 2011. All the current employees will be retained by The Ritz-Carlton under the new management. Set against a dramatic mountainous backdrop overlooking the Gulf of Oman, the luxury hotel recently underwent a multi-million dollar refurbishment. The “Jewel of the Sultanate” isn’t lacking when it comes to recreational facilities; we’re talking five pools, a spa, water sports center, and a Tennis Village. The hotel—surrounded by 200 acres of landscaped gardens—also has seven restaurants and bars.