The Chedi Muscat – Oman
Hotel Type: 5* uber luxury beach resort.
Location: At the foot of the Al Hajar Mountains on the beach, in 21 acres of manicured gardens, on the beach in Muscat. Just 20 minutes from the airport.
Style: Omani opulence.
Rooms: Sleek and superior rooms and suites, all with views.
Our Favourite Room: Philippa stayed in the Chedi Club Suite and loved it for the quiet, private terrace. The suites are generous in space, sleeping up to two adults and two children.
Ideal For: Indulgent breaks and a base for exploring the city and beyond.
Swimming: There are three swimming pools on the resort including an infinity pool.
Dining: Exceptional Middle Eastern and international cuisine.
Children: Family friendly with an Arab welcome.
Activities: Get the true Omani experience with a visit to a souq, the spectacular Grand Mosque, and head to Oman’s highest peak, Jebel Shams, in a 4×4. Take a trip to the waterfalls of Wadi Alshab, and spend the day on a boat excursion on the Gulf to catch a glimpse of dolphins. Prefer to take things slow? The Chedi has three pools and a spa to take advantage of.
Spa: The spa draws on eastern philosophy and Asian oriental rituals to offer personalised treatments tailored to your requirements and preferences. Choose from a wide range of treatments, from body polishes, restorative baths and facials.
Low Season Price From: £288 for a double room, including breakfast.
High Season Price From: £647 for a double room including breakfast.
Open From: All year round.
The Chedi has been the pinnacle of Arabian sophistication and style for three decades, sitting prominently on a long stretch of pristine private beach on the Gulf of Oman. A mix of contemporary and Islamic architecture, within 21 acres of immaculate gardens, symmetrical palms and water features, it exudes calm and promises true luxury. We love the elegant interiors with eastern detail and the high domed atria with views out over the water. From the doormen in typical Omani dress, to the staff throughout the hotel, guests are welcomed with charm and warm Middle Eastern hospitality, and you’re in for a culinary treat too. The Chedi is an indulgent retreat, whether for a week or just a few days before discovering all that Oman has to offer.
Omani and Asian design detail run throughout, with teak and marble finishes and cool, neutral colours. Our favourite little touch is the daily supply of fresh fruit. The spacious Serai Rooms are elegant and supremely comfortable with a queen size bed, looking out over the mountains. For a view of the Gulf, book a Serai Sea View Room. Both these rooms can sleep two adults and a child up to the age of six. The larger Deluxe Rooms have a living area and feature a king size bed, and a luxurious bathroom. Surrounded by the calming water gardens, the Deluxe Club Rooms feel like a serene haven. If you’re after a private sanctuary, the Deluxe Club Terrace Rooms are spacious both inside and out. The views from the terrace over the water gardens to the Gulf beyond are particularly lovely. The truly luxurious Chedi Club Suites resemble private villas. Large enough for two adults and two children (in a separate living area), the bathrooms come with a sunken bath. Expansive terraces have views over the water gardens, the mountains, or, our favourite, over the Gulf. Guests in the Club rooms and suites have access to VIP Club Lounge, with all its additional benefits of an in-room breakfast, and canapés and cocktails in the private lounge each evening.
Open kitchens, private dining on the beach and an exotic array of local and international cuisine make the Chedi an epicurean delight. Watch the chefs at work at The Restaurant, as they skillfully prepare contemporary Asian, Arabic and Indian dishes. Sumptuous breakfast buffets are also served here, where traditional Omani treats are laid out, together with anything you could possibly think of. Fresh seafood fills the menu at the Beach Restaurant, most of which is locally caught, whilst delicious mezze and Middle Eastern dishes are served at the Arabian Courtyard, to the gentle sounds of Omani musicians. There are three poolside cabanas, serving Mediterranean, Japanese and Asian specialties – so you never have to move far from your lounger.
Many of the rooms can accommodate a cot or an extra child – the villas sleep two children under the age of 16.
The Chedi is one of those places where you’d be quite content to never leave the grounds. Three pools – including the 103m infinity Long Pool – and a spectacular beach front, immediately lure you into a relaxed frame of mind, whilst the enormous Arabian Spa has a very tempting list of Eastern influenced treatments and therapies. Exploring Muscat however, is a must. With over 5,000 years of history – Oman was an ancient trading route, and the capital is an atmospheric treasure trove to wander. From the Grand Mosque to the traditional Mutrah Souq, with its labyrinthine alleys, brimming with stalls selling Bedouin trinkets, spices and silverware – your senses are overwhelmed. 4×4 trips can be arranged to Jebel Shams – Oman’s highest peak, or a visit to the historic market town of Niswa and the verdant Wadi Alshab with its natural pool and waterfalls. There are three 18 hole golf courses within a 15 minute drive from the Chedi, each one having quite spectacular views of either the Gulf or the Hajar mountains. There are boat excursions out into the Gulf, where dolphins are regularly spotted, whilst nature lovers can visit the Ras-al-Jinz reserve to see nesting turtles. Whether you’re here for a few days or longer, you will fill your time.