The Chedi Muscat
What We Love
- Daily breakfast is included in the Jetsetter rate
- Recently renovated, the hotel’s spa blends Arabian architecture with Asian therapies
- The pool is one of the most luxurious in the region, with dark tiles, palm trees and waiter service
- Rooms feature sleek woods, Arabian accents and many have views of the beach
What To Know
- While children are welcome, this hotel lends itself more to grown-up getaways
- As with many hotels in the region, alcohol can be pricey (but opt for a Club Suite, where the in-room mini bar is included)
- Temperatures soar in the summer months; time a trip for the cooler months from September to May
- It’s just eight miles from the airport
- Club Suites include breakfast, cocktails and canapés, in-room minibar, lounge access and private limousine airport transfers
- There is a compulsory NYE dinner ($300 per adult, $150 per child 12 and under) on December 31, 2015
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Cool, serene and oh-so chic, the Chedi’s high-spec, low-slung style makes it Muscat’s must-visit hotel. Backed by mountains overlooking a gentle curve of private beach, it’s a five-star slice of grown-up luxury. At check-in you’re invited to recline on an enormous island of cushions under a tented ceiling while cooling down with a cold towel, hot Arabic coffee and dates before being taken to your room. This whitewashed, minimal retreat oozes understated glamour, from the sleek rooms to the sublime spa.
Bed and Bath
The 158 guestrooms and suites all have high ceilings, dark wood walls, a natural palette, minimal styling and such Arabic touches as lanterns, plus Nespresso machines, fresh fruit every day and iPod docks. Depending on the level of room, you’ll have a view of the water, the Hajar Mountains or Muscat itself.
The dark tiled pool is flanked by palm trees and torches. Don’t expect lazy rivers and inflatables; this place is all about grown-up watery relaxation. If you’re more of a saltwater fan, cross the lush lawns to the beach, where water sports can be arranged and you can snorkel. There’s a pick of luxe restaurants, including the Beach for local seafood (the open lasagna with Omani lobster is a highlight); the Restaurant for alfresco dishes that span Arabic, Asian and European cuisines; and the Arabian Courtyard, where you can dine under the stars on giant cushions and sample Arabic mezze, grills and shisha while listening to live Omani music.
In the Area
While the neighboring UAE has built a tourism industry, it has taken global travelers a little longer to catch on to Oman’s charming but decidedly lo-fi feel. From smiles at the airport to Omani nationals driving the taxis, this country is a far cry from Dubai’s glitz and bling. For many Omanis the souks are a way of life, and you can still pick up local silver, beads, shawls and antiques at good prices. Explore the desert in a 4X4; the sands outside Muscat beg to be conquered and the Chedi can arrange trips. Get some culture at the Royal Opera House; this beautiful building has seen such names as Placido Domingo grace the stage. Dolphins are commonly seen off Oman, and the hotel can organize boat trips from nearby marinas.
How to Get There
This was the perfect spot for peace and beauty. I had a few days off work, and decided to book a quick trip to Oman. I was looking to experience Omani culture while also having time to rest, and the Chedi Muscat provided the most serene environment for some quality alone time. The staff were perfectly friendly and the service was spot on. I thoroughly enjoyed the restaurant; with a delicious glass of wine and live piano, I could not have been happier. The full buffet breakfast was also something to write home about - it had every breakfast staple. I hope to return soon!
My wife and I stayed here for my birthday - not cheap - but worth every penny! Beautiful hotel with the more chill vibe of Oman as compared to the glitziness of Dubai. Great food. Well-appointed rooms. Top-notch service! Lots of swimming pools, so you never have to crowd in to cool off. Like most modern hotels in the Arabic world, they do sell alcohol. Love this place and can't wait to go again!
We wanted to celebrate the milestone of career for my wife, we (Me and my daughter) decided to give a surprise to her by hosting a dinner in The Chedi - THE BEACH RESTAURANT.
The ambience was the best and the settings were simply good, the staff were the best. We being spicy lovers we asked them to suggest the food to our taste, the selection they suggested were simply the best.
We enjoyed the food they were cooked to perfection the taste was great.
Special occasions to be celebrated this is the place to be.
We enjoyed the evening.
Had a lovely relaxing stay at the Chedi, spend most of the time by the beachside infinity pool. Service was fantastic, ice water with mint and lemon topped up every 20 minutes, never had to ask once for a top up. Sambhu and Mizen were fantastic at looking after us. Udit in the restaurant was also brilliant.
Rooms were fine, had everything we required, perhaps getting on the dated side but very clean and comfy.
Food was good, but overpriced. Great that selected drinks in the mini bar were free.
All in all a great stay 😊
Stayed at the Chedi for four days and had an excellent experience. It's not located near anything and you won't be walking anywhere, so for those who like to be within walking distance of shops, restaurants, etc this is not for you. It's only 15 mins from the airport and maybe 20 mins from the old city. But if you're looking for a hotel/resort where you don't need to leave and everything is taken care of, stay here. Checkin by Veronika was easy and I was served a drink and cool hand towel. My room was not that far a walk from the main building, which I liked so I could stay in AC.
The room: I had a Deluxe King and it was plenty big, with high ceilings, two dressing areas/sinks and a large sitting area with sofa and chairs. The room design is minimal, which I like, but the one minimal thing I found annoying was the lack of electrical sockets. There was one by the desk and one hidden underneath the minibar (on the opposite side of the room from the bed) but no outlet by the bed on either side. So if you like to plug in your phone near you while sleeping, make sure you have an extra long power cord. I talked to someone staying in a suite and they apparently had one outlet by the bed, so maybe it's a room specific design? I also had a room where the fountains and gardens were in front, which I liked, so I kept my blinds and curtains open all the time. I saw other rooms where there were walkways right by the windows which I would find bothersome. The complimentary beer (four heinekens were standard and I never actually touched them) and soft drinks (coke, coke light, sprite, OJ, apple juice, lipton tea, seltzer, tonic) in your minibar was great and restocked daily and my room attendant asked if I had any preferences. I had bought a bottle of vodka at duty free before I arrived, which I highly recommend as alcohol is extremely expensive at the hotel (and almost impossible to get outside the hotel). The daily fruit is four pieces of fruit - day one was apples (meh I didn't touch them) and day two was plums (which I ate all of) and from then on it was always plums in my fruit bowl. I saw people complained about the rain shower, but I didn't have that problem and found it nice. One nice touch was the free movies via the TV guide, and I mean recent movies that had just left the theater and that were on my flight system. They had a limited selection you could choose from, but I thought it was great they didn't charge for them.
The grounds: Overall, the hotel is stunning and meticulously kept up. There were a bit of renovations going on throughout the hotel, but they didn't bother me. I spent most of my time between the long pool and the beach/beachside pool area. The private beach along the Gulf of Oman was a stunning picture with the beach infinity pool. Attendants would come by with complimentary refreshing mint water, fruit sticks and orange ices all day. The weekend had a lot of people competing for lounge chairs, so try and stake out a spot early if you can. Once the weekday hit, it was completely deserted and I could have a chair wherever I wanted. It is a bit of a maze to get around with no straight pathways, but I didn't mind it, but I can see how some people can get lost or get annoyed. I will say that if you have heels or slippery shoes, be careful since the rock tiles are slick and meticulously cleaned. The gym was amazing and huge, with lots of very high end equipment and free cold water and towels. I enjoyed the pilates studio area, which was freely open to guests, which I have only seen done at one other property - usually you have to use a trainer for this equipment.
The food: I really only ate at The Restaurant. The hostesses were lovely and knew my name by day two and were always welcoming. Complimentary breakfast buffet is served here and I thought it was a decent variety of fruit and pastry, but agree it could have been a bit better on the protein selection. You could order a few things off a menu (ie eggs benedict, waffles, pancakes, bacon, sausage etc) and they would cook it to your specifics. The food selection also didn't seem to change and was the same everyday, but I was always satisfied when I left. Dinner was a more subdued affair with guests and business meetings filling most of the tables. They have a good selection of asian, local, contemporary cuisine so everyone should be able to find something. I had the same server in the morning (Orm) and at dinner sometimes, so the staff works hard, but they are great. They had a lovely pianist, Rossitza, playing throughout dinner as well - I would even recommend just doing drinks and listening to her play. Service was always very attentive and managers would come by to check on your experience. I ate out one night at Kargeen which I would recommend to everyone just to experience something outside the hotel. It was a 10-15 min ride away and even with the taxi much cheaper than the hotel restaurant.
Services/Tours: The staff here was attentive and responded to my every request. I wanted an iron and ironing board (they are not standard in room) and they brought one within an hour or my arrival and left it in my room the entire time. The concierge had responded to my excursion email pre-arrival within 24 hours, but after looking at the tour selections, I ended up going with a private guide and driver I found on tripadvisor, who I would highly recommend. Basim is a local Omani and was able to tailor the day and times to my specifications and gave suggestions after he got to know me a bit better. As a solo female traveler, I felt completely safe and he guided me through the souk or took me through the mountains outside of Nizwa. He had a very clean and maintained Toyota 4WD and would pick me up at the hotel and drop me off. I was also able to book him quite late notice, so if you're looking for someone I would suggest booking a guide directly vs the hotel operators, since he was super responsive to email and whatsapp messaging and would even check in and make sure I was having a good experience in his country. I know there were quite a few guides on the tripadvisor forums if you search, but mine was Basim Al-Habsi firstname.lastname@example.org, +968 9121 6916 or check out his IG @basim.alhabsi. The hotel always had taxis available, so if you wanted to leave or explore a bit, I would suggest it.
The Chedi was one of the best hotels I've stayed at from the room, service, pool/beach/grounds and food. I honestly didn't need to leave the hotel and met others who flew to Muscat just to holiday at the Chedi, so to each their own. There were minor things I think could be improved, but overall I don't think there is a better place to stay in Oman (I saw the Anantara in Jebel Al Akhdar...meh small pool but great views). The hotel is expensive compared to the Shang or Hyatt, and just be prepared for F&B to be in line (or more!) with NYC/London pricing, but I thought it was well worth it.