The city of Muscat in Oman is a traditional outpost in the increasingly modern Arab world. Every building is required to reflect traditional style with a domed roof or an arabesque window. It is partially for this reason that Muscat seems a world away from neighbouring UAE some 200 km to the northwest. Despite it’s old world looks Muscat is a progressive city. It is the official Arab Cultural Capital and reflects this distinction with a museum that was built specifically for the honor in 2006.
The Chedi Muscat is stunningly situated on the rim of the Gulf of Oman, set against a backdrop of desert mountains. The hotel is located a short ride from both the airport and from the city’s commercial district, Ruwi. It was the first contemporary 5 star resort to be built in Oman. The modern interpretation of the area’s Moorish style architecture is stunning. Soaring ceilings and wide open spaces make for an impressively grand ambiance. The design is kept sparse but is playfully sprinkled with bursts of color. Long open corridors encourage cool breezes and help you to acclimate to the desert heat.
All 115 rooms and 36 suites have been designed with a combination of soothing neutrals, mountain or Gulf views and open concept bathrooms. Rooms are ultra-luxurious and immaculately outfitted. Bedrooms are accented by exotic low hanging lanterns. Open plan bathrooms boast luxurious rain showers and separate lavatory areas. Serai Rooms are furnished with both a queen bed and a built in divan. Deluxe rooms offer king sized beds, BOSE sound systems and ample seating areas. Suites have multiple rooms and oversized balconies. Small luxurious details are evident everywhere and include electrical outlets in the safes, so you can charge your laptop or phone while you are away.
The Restaurant (called simply that) is designed to have something for all tastes. Four kitchens allow for four distinct menus with Indian, Mediterranean and Asian cuisine in addition to Arabic. The Library, a private lounge offering complimentary continental breakfast, morning/afternoon tea and evening cocktails and canapés and free Internet access. There is also 24 hour room service should you feel the need.
To combat the heat, the Chedi’s operates two stunning swimming pools. If the pool doesn’t do the trick the private beach nearby should. One pool is reserved for children only and is well out of ear shot of the both the beach and the adult pool.
The hotel also offers two tennis courts which are helpfully flood-lit in the evening (no need to try to squeeze in a game under the unforgiving afternoon sun). After your workout, head to the spa. Relax in a signature suite and have your tension melted away by one of the capable masseurs.
The Chedi MuscatNorth Ghubra 232, Way No. 3215
Street No. 46, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman
Suites from about $1000