Set on its own private beach in the Gulf of Oman, The Chedi Muscat is a luxuriously understated mix of low-rise Arabic architecture, symmetrical courtyards and 21 acres of manicured gardens, the spectacular Hajar Mountain range in the background. The capital Muscat is just a few minutes’ drive away and Muscat International Airport about 15 minutes.
Three swimming pools, including the 103-metre Long Pool and a huge state-of-the-art health club and gym means there’s no time to get bored at the Chedi Muscat, while the hotel’s 13-suite Balinese spa offers every conceivable treatment – with therapists who actually come from Bali – in elegant, minimalist surroundings.
The 158 one-storey whitewashed rooms and suites are spread out around the jasmine-scented gardens. Each has its own terrace, high ceilings, heavy ornate ceiling fans, seemingly mile-wide Omani divans and rain showers, which add to the exotic ambience. There’s also complimentary fresh fruit and minibar and a sunken marble bath in the Club Suites.
The private beach at The Chedi is reserved for adults and provides the perfect scene to relax and unwind. There are also two swimming pools with poolside cabanas, tennis courts, a boutique and an art gallery, so there's no shortage of things to do. And when it's time for some serious pampering, guests can visit the spa, with its exclusive suites and extensive menu of treatments.
Six gourmet restaurants cater for just about every palate, serving cuisine from the Mediterranean, Middle East, South East Asia and India. The Restaurant, with its dazzling crystal chandeliers and four open kitchens, was ranked ninth in Esquire’s top 50 restaurants in the Middle East in 2012. To top it all, every Friday there’s a buffet with free champagne.
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