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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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.