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
We stayed 6 nights at the Chedi but come back home disappointed.
We chose to stay at the Chedi Muscat after staying at Chedi Ubud 4 years ago. We thought that the chain would be just as amazing in Muscat but it did not no live up to our expectations.
The check in was quite impersonal. We were ushered into the hotel and told to sit. We got served some juice and then got taken to our room.
We booked a Serai Sea View Room but the view from the room was quite poor as you can see from the picture.
Secondly the room lacks character and was top small. We stayed in a basic room in Ubud and this room was so rubbish compared to that room.
We then checked out the facilities and the 103m pool is amazing. That is the best part of the hotel.
Food wise I felt that the hotel was overpriced. A simple pizza costs OMR 8. We ended up deciding to eat outside the hotel where food quality was just as good for 75% less price.
We were spending our 10th wedding anniversary there and the hotel did not make it feel special. Other places have given us champagne in the room or even an upgrade. Chedi offered us a private dining experience on the beach but wanted to charge us OMR 50 (£100) just to set it up. Then charge is extra for food which was just the basic menu options. After much discussion they ended up making us a special bespoke menu and we just ate our celebration meal in one of their restaurants.
There is also a feeling that they want to charge for everything. On our last day we had to leave the hotel at 7am and so missed breakfast which opens at 7am. We asked the hotel if we could eat at 6.45am a quick brekkie as most items on buffet would be setup. They refused and said we had to take room service and again wanted to charge us OMR 5 for the service. We argued and ended up having our brekkie in the restaurant at no charge.
As said above the 3 pool are good and the spa is top quality but they don't justify the room charge and excessive food prices.
Staff are great and do go out of their way but if you've been to another Chedi don't expect this to be the same.
I love this hotel. It’s beautiful and peaceful, and did I mention beautiful? The grounds are stunning - candles and fire pits everywhere. The food is delicious. The service is amazing. Everyone who works here goes above and beyond to make sure you enjoy your stay. As a small example, I asked the young man doing the turn down service if I could have some extra water, as I had had two long flights, and when I returned to the room, there were eight bottles of water, including one next to the bed, and he had tidied up my messy charging cords as well. At the restaurant, I was greeted by my name, such a nice touch. The spa is fabulous, and the gym is beautiful. And the pools, the beach, all just stunning and so lovely and quiet. Highly recommended.
Loved it at this hotel, we stayed at the Anantara first so was hard to bear but it has its own charm. I loved the restaurant here and the pools were amazing. So nice being right by the beach. We were upgraded to a suite, so lucky and we loved it.
Absolutely huge room with its own jacuzzi bath.
My only criticism of this place is that there was a dirty used cotton bud in the complimentary toiletries. Absolutely gross, told the hotel and they just said sorry. Not what you'd expect, I think they should check the cleaning staff.
It is no wonder that so many of the Chedi's guests are return customers. For those seeking peace and relaxation, this place is by far the best hotel in Muscat. Its beautifully kept gardens and understated architecture combine local styles with Japenese Zen simplicity.
Great pools, fabulous spa and top quality food, but above all the staff are brilliant.
After travelling around Oman for 10 days we ended our time in the country with three nights at the Chedi. It did not immediately impress as we drove down the drive to its entrance but, once inside, you step into a different world. The grounds are huge with numerous sitting areas including the private beach. There are three swimming pools including the long pool which is 103 metres in length. None of the pools are deep and those using them are able to stand. Shortly after taking a seat by a pool or by the sea you are approached by staff offering towels, drinking water and sometimes fruit to nibble. Alcohol is also served if required. Without exception the staff were always friendly and helpful. We were initially somewhat disappointed with our room - there is building work being carried out in a neighbouring property and we found we were looking out onto this. However, reception kindly offered us an alternative room which was very acceptable. The design of the room was a little odd with the hand basin being in the dressing area and the toilet and shower were in separate cubicles. We had dinner in two of the restaurants in the hotel and on both occasions the menu was excellent and the food was well-cooked and well-presented by very friendly staff. Alcohol is available. The choice of food for breakfast was fantastic. We would recommend the Chedi and, if we return to Muscat, we would certainly choose this hotel.