The Chedi Muscat
The Chedi Muscat is a haven of sophistication, grace and calm, describing itself as a garden oasis, and you don’t need much time here to see why. It may not be immediately obvious on arrival, as bright white walls and sparsely spread palm trees greet you in an enclosed, though immaculate, courtyard. Step inside however, and the brilliance of The Chedi Muscat comes to life, as ornamental pools and fountains, columns on the one hand and either bamboo or wicker accents on the other, creates a serene space modelled on a high-end Japanese spa, with a Middle-eastern twist. The effect is an irresistible fusion of evocative Arabian architecture in a Shangri-La setting, where serenity rules, your every need is catered for and the stresses of daily life simply melt away.
The award-winning Chedi Muscat is widely considered to be one of the best design hotels in the Arabian Gulf. This isn’t just down to its décor, but also a combination of slick service – with nearly 400 members of staff running the resort – and their take on minimalist luxury, as well as one or two world-class features. These include a fairytale infinity pool which overlooks the Gulf of Oman, decorative gardens, and a spa that feels too good to be true with its menu of oriental treatments and rejuvenation therapies. There are tennis courts, a boutique, gym and private yoga or personal training classes available, deluxe daybeds to recline on and a private stretch of beach complete with sun loungers and waiting staff, so afternoons can be as leisurely or active as you like.
To look at, the Chedi Muscat is a masterpiece of contemporary, minimalist design done to a five-star standard. Everything here is about clean and straight lines, clever lighting and spotless interiors, from the white walls and wicker furniture in your guestroom to the manicured gardens and patio. The intentional result is a zen-like ambience throughout the hotel grounds, backed up by a focus on wellness and no less than six fine dining restaurants. Whether beachside, by the pool, tucked away in a corner while live piano music plays or enjoying your meal under a starlit sky, each eatery at The Chedi Muscat has its own menu and atmosphere – all are sublime.
When it comes to your own personal sanctuary, the guestrooms here do not disappoint either, continuing the spa-style appearance found elsewhere, just in a slightly more intimate space. Entry-level rooms are not the biggest you will find anywhere in the world, but with only occasional pieces of furniture, lots of light and tall ceilings, they feel airy and extremely comfortable. That said, the larger terraced rooms and Chedi Club Suites offer that bit extra on the floorplan, as well as a tempting sunken bathtub and a handful of extras including exclusive lounge access and airport transfers. All in all then, you can prepare to be eased into a place of tranquillity and calm, just a stone’s throw from Muscat Old Town, while staying at the unique Chedi Muscat hotel.
The Chedi Muscat Facilities
158 stylish and tastefully appointed rooms and suites.
North Ghubra, 15 minutes transfer from Muscat International Airport.