I absolutely loved every aspect of my three night stay at Al Bustan Palace. The staff were exceedingly warm, friendly, and efficient. I was amazed by how many learned my name and used it to greet me, especially in the main restaurant. I had a mountain view room -- don't be put off by those. The mountains are very scenic and some rooms (like mine) face the Majlis, which is a huge white palace in the desert that serves as a sort of parliament. Very scenic. In many reviews, people recommend the lagoon rooms, which seem very unique. But in opting for one in high summer, keep in mind that the lagoon pools are very warm, like bathwater. The main infinity pool is much more refreshing as there are measures in place to try to cool the water. Another tip: don't be put off by a Ramadan visit. The hotel and grounds are very peaceful during the month of Ramadan. Some of the restaurants don't operate/ or change their hours, but it's a very serene time to be both at the hotel and in Muscat. As for summertime, the heat is definitely stifling, but the weather doesn't feel too bad when you walk along the beautiful beach in the late afternoon. The sea is a great place for a dip, or of course, the pool too. My room was large and very comfortable. Great A/C, Wifi, mini-bar stocked with free soft drinks, wonderful little box of welcome chocolates. I had a great visit at Al Bustan, was sad to leave, and look forward to returning again some day.
Traveller from Marina Del Rey, California