A pleasant base for exploring the surrounding countryside. Be sure to visit Mutrah -- it is a highlight. Less glitz than other Gulf capitals but warm with authenticity even if the sights aren't spectacular.
The best Ritz Carlton I have stayed at. Everything about the Al Bustan is over-the-top and the lobby could compete with many a Grand Mosque. The hotel itself is a highlight of Muscat and well worth the splurge. Exceptional decor, rooms, service, food and beverage, and a great pool and beachfront....more
This exceptional seaside seafood spot delivers on atmosphere, food, and service. The seafood here is fresh and perfectly cooked. Located inside the Al Bustan Palace Hotel. It is easy to run up a significant bill here. If you are on a budget, stick to having a drink....more
A couple of companies run sunset dhow cruises. I did one with Sidab Sea Tours. A dhow cruise is a great way to get perspective on the coast line and one of the best ways to see Muscat's many seaside forts. My 2.5 hour jaunt was perfect. We headed south to Al Bustan then North to Mutrah. Got a good...more
The staff aren't very friendly and the decor and music could be improved but the food is among the best Indian I have had. A great choice if you need a break from Middle Eastern and are in central Muscat. The hillside location is great but the decor and entertainment lack soul. Can only bare Frère...more
Attractive beach flanked by hills in front of the Al Bustan Palace. Most easily accessed by staying at the hotel or eating at the beachfront restaurant. The surf is relatively calm and good for bathing. The water is turquoise but the sand is brown. The only services available are through the hotel....more
This small restaurant serves up good seafood and Indian food. The real draw is the terrace and view of the harbor. Lunch time can be incredibly hot (even in January). May be worth a visit for breakfast or dinner to avoid the heat.