The iconic Al Bustan Palace InterContinental Muscat has reopened following a major renovation of the property.
The work included a revamp of the lobby, beach and garden area, sports facilities and the majority of its guest rooms and suites. In addition, the hotel will also feature an international concept restaurant VUE by Shannon Bennett, the first restaurant outside Australia for the chef.
Tony Zamora Director of Operations IHG Oman and General Manager, Al Bustan Palace InterContinental Muscat, said: “This is the result of a great deal of hard work, incredible craftsmanship and fastidious planning. Al Bustan Palace InterContinental Muscat is an icon in luxury accommodation and this reopening is a major milestone in the hotels 23-year history.”
Over 97% of the original employees have returned to the hotel after fulfilling roles at other IHG properties throughout the Middle East, Asia and Europe during the renovation period. An additional 278 jobs have also been created, providing employment to over 24 nationalities, the majority of these Omani nationals.
“InterContinental Al Bustan Palace Muscat has over the years become a national landmark that complements the country’s heritage. Its unique design and culturally rich atmosphere has created an authentic experience for guests, a characteristic that the InterContinental Hotels and Resorts brand is world famous for. The extensive work performed on the property emphasises the group’s commitment to provide guests with premium hotels and luxury accommodation that is second to none,” said John Bamsey, Chief Operating Officer, InterContinental Hotels Group, Middle East and Africa.
Owned by the Government of Oman, the Al Bustan Palace InterContinental Muscat’s design offers a distinctive blend of historical Oman fused with contemporary concepts, creating a holiday destination that reflects the individual culture of the country.
Only the finest materials have been selected in the renovation and design of Al Bustan Palace InterContinental Muscat, sourced from premium local and international suppliers. Materials sourced include; mother of pearl, gold leaf, Thai silk, glass, coloured stones, marble, crystal and hand carved wood.