Buro loves: The Chedi, Muscat
The most relaxing place in the Middle East? We think so...
A short 58-minute plane ride from Dubai International Airport, The Chedi in Muscat is definitely one to add to your visit list. Perfectly placed exactly where the majestic Al Hajar Mountains meet their luminous reflection in the serene waters of the Gulf of Oman, The Chedi offers 158 guestrooms and villas all drawing their influence from Omani culture and heritage.
On arrival one is instantly overcome with the feeling of peacefulness, the beautiful majlis-esque reception sets the initial tone – a welcoming central wrap-around couch takes focus beneath a mesmirising, never-ending tented ceiling. To the right one will find the restaurant, which provides guests with the opportunity to indulge in fine dining at its very best for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The crystal chandelier lit dining space features cooling dark grey terrazzo floors, with romantic live piano music playing when the sun sets. During the cooler months, guests can make use of the restaurant's expansive outdoor patio, and for extra privacy – book one of the 8 chic private dining rooms.
To the left, the club lounge awaits guests who have booked one of the resorts stunning deluxe club room or opulent Chedi club suites. The lounge provides complimentary breakfast (although Buro 24/7 recommends skipping this and availing the 'normal' Henry VII-worthy spread at the restaurant), early evening cocktails and canapés, an extensive library, and fully equipped business centre with internet access.
The Chedi's infinity pool
After touring the vast, yet private, resort Buro 24/7 wholeheartedly recommends booking the Chedi club suite. The aforementioned club access is included, as well as sixty-seven metres of pure luxury. Expansive terraces (pictured below) provide panoramic views of the Gulf of Oman, Hajar Mountains, and hotel grounds, whilst the bedroom offers one of the comfiest beds we have ever slept in. The en-suite houses his-and-her sink stations, a humongous rain shower and oversized sunken terrazzo bath tub. Being a Chedi club suite guest enables you to enjoy a plethora of added-extras, along with the club lounge access – including a complimentary mini bar, daily fresh fruit selection, return airport transfers in a limousine, laundry, breakfast at the restaurant, club lounge or the privacy of your suite, and Wi-Fi. Suffice to say it is utterly worth it.
A Chedi club suite terrace overlooking the resorts perfect lawns and beach
The Chedi is peppered with various water features and ponds further adding a sense of serenity
When you can tear yourself away from your heavenly suite, the Chedi offers three outdoor temperature-controlled swimming pools – including an adults-only sanctuary, an infinity pool and the region's longest swimming pool at a whopping 103-metres. Pool side first-class services await you, such as cold towels every hour or so, refreshing fruit sticks and iced water. Don't mind if we do...
Athletic guests will be over the moon the discover that the hotel has its own duo of floodlit tennis courts and expert instructor, as well as one of the best hotel gyms we have ever seen. To call it a 'gym' would actually do it a disservice, and The Chedi rightly refer to it as a 'Health Club'. Spread over 400 square metres, the health club offers private running rooms – featuring the very latest Techno gym treadmill as well as a small lounge area, perhaps for your guest to sit and admire your lung capacity? Gym equipment from the top level Visio Web Line, plus Power Plates, a Kinesis wall, free weights and a Pilates corner are also on offer. The club has several in-house personal trainers and provides a variety of high and low impact group exercise classes, including yoga, on a daily basis. After your 'haute' workout, a spotless sauna and steam room awaits, and is the ideal places to relax those aching muscles.
Balinese therapies, Indian Ayurveda and indigenous rituals all feature on the spa’s comprehensive menu, and are provided across 13 meditative spa suites that combine dramatic Omani architecture with calming Asian interiors. Buro 24/7 were so taken on the spa that a seperate feature dedicated to our experience will be published in the coming weeks. Let's just say its a must-book.
So whether you are visiting Dubai for a vacation and want a 2 or 3 day escape from the bright lights of the city, or you are a UAE resident on the prowl for your next staycation, The Chedi Muscat has it all. We say fly, don't drive, and enjoy the limo journey from airport to haven, and prepare to have your mind – and stress – blown.
The Chedi Muscat is located at North Ghubra 32, Way No. 3215, Street No. 46 in the Sultanate of Oman. Rates start at OMR 185 per night, for more information visit the website here.