Al Bustan Palace to reopen in Nov
Muscat, June 23, 2008
The renowned Al Bustan Palace InterContinental Muscat will reopen this November following extensive renovations.
The iconic property, set amidst a rugged mountain landscape overlooking the Gulf of Oman, has undergone a multi-million dollar refurbishment to both the interior and exterior.
Al Bustan Palace InterContinental Muscat will provide guests with an authentic and enriching experience upon every stay and further enhance its reputation as the ‘Jewel of the Sultanate’, said a statement.
Owned by the Government of Oman, the extensive and multi-faceted renovations to the prestigious property include the addition of several new facilities designed to indulge guests and highlight its position as one of the finest hotels in the world and the most revered in Oman, it said.
John Bamsey, chief operating officer, IHG, Middle East & Africa, said: “The Al Bustan Palace InterContinental Muscat has long been the pinnacle of luxury across the Middle East, attracting a wealth of guests from international dignitaries, royalty and celebrities to the discerning business and leisure traveller. Significant investment, time and attention have gone into recapturing the essence and grandeur of this property and we are delighted with the progress of the renovations.”
Throughout the renovation project, the property’s owners have been working closely with both the hotel’s management team and InterContinental Hotels Group Divisional Head Office for Middle East and Africa to ensure that set global brand standards are maintained, he said.
Tony Zamora, director of Operations, Oman, IHG and general manager, Al Bustan Palace InterContinental Muscat, said: “The renovation of the Al Bustan Palace InterContinental Muscat is a colossal project and one that has not been undertaken lightly. Every measure has been taken to preserve the hotel’s long celebrated history and majestic splendour whilst heralding a new era for Al Bustan Palace InterContinental Muscat. With our reopening scheduled for November we are confident that this exciting renovation will reaffirm the property as the preferred place to stay in Oman.”
The scope of the hotel’s restoration work encompassed a complete upgrade of the entire property including lobby, beach and garden area, sports facilities and most of the property’s guest rooms and suites. In addition, all bars and restaurants are being completely refreshed to offer a new and diverse array of dining concepts.
While the hotel has undergone an extensive overhaul, there have also been several new additions designed to enhance the property’s product offering, including a 50-metre infinity pool, four lagoon pools and children’s pool. Landscaping throughout the palatial property will provide guests with a one-of-a-kind environment; incorporating lush vegetation and striking water features that will offer guests secluded hideaways and complete serenity, said the statement.
“Meticulously designed for comfort and convenience, the 200 rooms and 50 suites have been uniquely appointed to reflect both local traditions and art deco designs, which exude the richness of Arabian culture, art and history. All have private balconies, many with spectacular views of the exclusive bay, and are fully equipped with state-of-the-art facilities including the latest in-room entertainment technology - high speed internet access, video-on-demand and flat screen televisions,” it said.
The Al Bustan Lagoon Access Room epitomises luxury, offering guests the ultimate in private indulgence with direct and exclusive access to the stunning lagoon pools from an astounding 16 sq m deck. Complete with personal chaises longues located on the spacious outdoor decking, these rooms will ensure that guests feel relaxed and pampered during their stay, it said.
The Al Bustan Beach Club is also being completely refurbished with the latest in high tech fitness equipment. In addit