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Melanie Dorange
Director of Public Relations
Al Bustan Palace, a Ritz-Carlton Hotel
PO Box 1998, PC 114
Muscat, Sultanate of Oman
Melanie.Dorange@ritzcarlton.com
(P) +968 2479 9666
(F) +968 2470 6300

Muscat, Sultanate of Oman; 29 November 2016: Al Bustan Palace, a Ritz-Carlton Hotel, will create festive and memorable experiences this holiday season for guests of all ages. With a glittering tree lighting ceremony, cheerful gingerbread decorating workshops, unique culinary offerings and a rocking New Year’s Eve party, the beachfront resort provides an enchanting backdrop for a mesmerizing festive season.

The palace offers a variety of delightful experiences to ensure a memorable end to the year at the luxury resort tucked away between the Omani Sea and the Hajjar Mountains. These include holiday specials from the Six Senses Spa such as the rejuvenating hammam ritual to feel pampered and ready for the festivities, in addition to a variety of activities like the gingerman dough and snowman sock making, face and henna painting and more for the little ones to enjoy through the hotel’s Ritz-Kids program.

To begin the celebrations and festivities at Al Bustan Palace, guests and visitors can join in a magical tree lighting ceremony held in the majestic Atrium lobby of the iconic palace on December 8 at 4pm. The British School of Muscat Students Christmas Choir will be on hand to create a truly unique atmosphere, enchanting visitors with traditional Christmas carols.

All throughout the season, guests can enjoy a selection of seasonal treats including cookies in a jar, traditional Christmas Stollen and holiday sweets that will create a tempting display to enjoy in the Atrium daily from December 15 – 31 between 8am and 10pm.

To create more enchanting moments for the families, the hotel will be hosting gingerbread decorating classes in the Al Maha Lounge on December 9-10, 16-17 and 23-24 from 4pm to 5pm priced at OMR 10 for the gingerbread man and OMR 15 for the gingerbread house, guided by the expert hands of the hotel’s pastry team.

During Christmas Eve, the culinary team at the palatial resort will showcase unique dining experiences, providing visitors with a variety of options to indulge in the hotel’s most renowned restaurants. For those looking for a combination of the finest Asian specialties to tantalize their taste-buds, a festive tasting menu created by chef Lau and his team will be served at the award-winning restaurant, China Mood. A spectacular show will be presented by the restaurant’s tea sommelier, to delight guests of all ages.

Festive favorites will be on offer as part of a five-course menu in the stunning venue of Beach Pavilion Bar & Grill. Visitors can look forward to an exceptional dining experience under the stars and in an elegant beachfront setting.

A superb Christmas Eve buffet boasting splendid cooking stations will be served in a festive setting at Al Khiran Terrace, overlooking the pool and gardens. The youngest guests can enjoy a variety of activities arranged by the Ritz Kids team to remain entertained throughout the evening.

The celebrations continue through to Christmas Day at 12.30pm to 4pm, where a day brunch will also encompass over fifteen live cooking stations in addition to a vast array of food displays including international and Arabic flair as well as a tantalizing dessert display and more, for a feast to remember. Guests enjoying the Christmas brunch should watch out for Santa Claus’ arrival to surprise and delight the younger guests, creating an unforgettable Christmas afternoon. Christmas Brunch prices start at OMR 35 with complimentary dining for children under 6 years of age.

On the 26th of December, guests can enjoy an afternoon high tea in the Atrium Lounge before heading to the Christmas pipe organ concert in the Majan Ballroom, to indulge in the harmony of the organist Ian Hockley, featuring Martine Varnik (oboe), in a lively Christmas atmosphere.

To heat up the atmosphere before the big night, guests and visitors are invited to join the “Minus One” countdown party, with an exclusive live acoustic session to get in the mood for the New Year and enjoy the last party of the year on the beachfront of Al Bustan Palace.

Through the night of magic and mystique on the shores of the sea of Oman, guests and visitors can welcome the New Year in style at the Ultimate Party on December 31 at 8pm. Starting at OMR 110, guests can look forward to celebrating the evening surrounded by the lights of the torches around the pool and on the beachfront at Al Bustan Palace in their finest gowns as they welcome the New Year under the stars.

To create an extra special start to the New Year, guests are invited to join the countdown to 2017 on the beachfront, where a live band performance will entertain the night as the guests light their very own lantern and send it flying into the sky with the beautiful backdrop of the Hajjar Mountains. The signature restaurants will also be hosting New Year celebrations with tailored, delectable menus for visitors to indulge in, ensuring a memorable start to 2017.

As the New Year celebrations continue after the magical night on the shores of Al Bustan Palace, guests can enjoy a lavish New Year brunch and indulge in both savory and sweet favorites, and celebrate the New Year in grand Ritz-Carlton style at Beach Pavilion Bar & Grill. Entertainment and activities will be offered to the Ritz Kids. Prices start at OMR 25 plus taxes per person, and OMR 13 plus taxes per child.

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NEW YEAR’S EVE SUITE PACKAGE

Guests are invited to ring in the New Year in style with a night of magic and mystique on the shores of the sea of Oman. Visitors can dress up to celebrate a night of gala, surrounded by the lights of the torches around the pool and on the beachfront at Al Bustan Palace.

The package includes:

  • Overnight in an Executive Suite
  • Buffet breakfast at Al Khiran Terrace
  • New Year’s Eve Gala Night on the beachfront

Package for two persons per room per night, from December 30, 2016 to January 2, 2017.
Rates from OMR 499 + taxes for two, based upon availability at the time of booking. A minimum stay of 3 nights required.

Information and reservations: reservations.albustan@ritzcarlton.com ; Tel: +968 24 799 666

SIX SENSES SPA

Visitors of Six Senses Spa at Al Bustan Palace can find new holiday delights and indulge in one of the signature treatments or sessions and usher in 2017 healthily.

FESTIVE CHEER
Holistic Massage & Anti-Aging Facial
100 minutes | OMR 62

Enjoy the deep relaxing holistic massage and Margy’s Anti-aging Facial which nourishes the skin while replenishing all layers. Redefining radiance and facial contouring, it delivers instant results with cumulative skincare benefits. Ideal for any skin type showing signs of aging.

REJUVENATING TREAT
Signature Hammam & Balinese Massage
100 minutes | OMR 77

Hammam is a form of exfoliation and cleansing ritual to remove dry skin, giving it a smooth and supple look. Start with a Hammam ritual followed by a relaxing Balinese massage. Just the best thing to reward yourself with and to prep yourself to look good for the festive celebrations.

EVENT OF THE MONTH
Full Moon Yoga & Meditation
December 16, 2016 | 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Al Bustan Palace Garden | OMR 4.5 per person

Six Senses Spa and fitness are open from 9.30am to 9.00pm
For reservations or inquiries, please consult our website www.ritzcarlton.com/en/properties/AlBustan, call Ext. 3030 or email reservation-albustan-spa@sixsenses.com