Bustan Village: The Coastal Hamlet Of Old Muscat Old Muscat

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17 Feb 2019 Posted By Y Magazine

Overview

Shaquel Al Balushi finds solace in a coastal hamlet next to Old Muscat that blends nature with urban escape.

The foothills of Oman’s Al Hajar Mountains hide a multitude of corners – some hiding in plain sight. And so it was, with no plan in place or route mapped out, that we hit the road for a leisurely weekend drive. Heading in the direction of the mountains we bypassed Ruwi and Wadi Kabir in favour of the more scenic drive along the shoreline through Muttrah and Old Muscat.

As the houses and minarets of Old Muscat slipped by us and the road curved upwards into the foothills’ embrace, we found ourselves along a curving stretch between the edge of the old city and the steep climb up into the mountains proper – at the bottom of which sits the Al Bustan Palace Resort.

Coming around a bend the land fell away to our left through the window, sloping downwards towards a secluded beach and residential area that fronted upon a sparkling shoreline. The glinting water caught our eye and refracted in the morning light off the side-view mirror as we clicked our indicator for an impromptu detour.

Pulling into the parking lot near the beachfront, we got out to stretch our legs and look around – getting more of a sense of the lay of the land and the fishing community that calls this area, Bustan Village, home. Small vessels lay moored on the sand and the water called out for a swim, with gentle waves lapping in the morning breeze.

Walking along the shoreline away from the direction of the village brought us around a bend in the rock to a secluded cove with a pebbly scree of shoreline and roiling surf that reminded us that in Oman there’s no such thing as a static landscape. Here, nature lives and breathes in constant fluctuation and it’s us that must adapt to her moods.

What makes Bustan Village a hidden pearl among the rugged coastline of the area is its relative seclusion in proximity to some of the capital’s most sought-out locales. The Muttra Soul, National Museum, and Al Riyam Park are practically at its doorstep. What it doesn’t have are the throngs of tourists and day-trippers who accompany them, arriving by the busload.

Invigorated by our walk and freshened by the salt air, we linger – knowing the urban oasis awaits just back around that bend of rock. But for now, the sea breeze suits us just fine.

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How to get there?


Coming from Qurum, follow the Sultan Qaboos Highway towards Ruwi until you see the sign for Muttrah. Take the exit and head through the town towards the Muttrah Corniche. Follow the road along the coastline and through the Old Muscat area until you pass the outskirts of the city. Just a few kilometres before reaching the Al Bustan Palace roundabout you’ll see Bustan Village on your left.

Coordinates: 23°34’29.1”N; 58°36’40.9”E

Location

Old Muscat
Length:
Difficulty: Easy
Dist. from Muscat: 10kms


GPS Location

23°34’29.1”N 58°36’40.9”E


Known For

Adventure, Beautiful beach, Oman Sights


TRAVEL GUIDE

Coming from Qurum, follow the Sultan Qaboos Highway towards Ruwi until you see the sign for Muttrah. Take the exit and head through the town towards the Muttrah Corniche. Follow the road along the coastline and through the Old Muscat area until you pass the outskirts of the city. Just a few kilometres before reaching the Al Bustan Palace roundabout you’ll see Bustan Village on your left.


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