Look up ‘chic, minimalist retreat’ in the dictionary and chances are there will be a reference to the Chedi Muscat. Ok, perhaps not, but the genius behind this creation has undeniably created something truly special in amongst the rugged mountain-scape that towers over the Omani Gulf. Clearly devoted to providing guests with the space to escape into their own Arabian dream, Chedi combines minimalism with traditional Omani decor and architectural contours. Black and white marble runs throughout and adjacent to the Serai pool is the Arabian Courtyard: home to shisha pipes and low hung, plush seating. Prepare to be won over.
Situated on the shores of the azure Gulf of Oman with the Jaajjar Mountains providing the incredible backdrop, Chedi Muscat inhabits real Oman (and it’s all only fifteen minutes’ drive from Muscat International Airport).
Reserve any one of the hotel’s 158 rooms and you’re in for a real treat. The beauty and enormity of the Gulf of Oman and the Jaajjar Mountains are heightened by the oversized windows, sky high ceilings and minimalist décor – here, the landscapes give as much to the hotel as the furnishings. Add to this enticing cocktail your BOSE sound system, Nespresso machine and Aqua di Parma products in the bathroom and you’ll quickly see how Chedi Muscat combines luxury with minimalism and cultural tradition excellently.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Chedi Muscat has totally mastered the art of taking stunning surroundings and adding in immaculate landscaping and architectural design with the highest level of service. Sleek without the bling factor – which itself is somewhat welcoming given some of Oman’s neighbours – and sat exclusively on the Boushar beach, this hideaway is certainly something special. Even the onsite shopping opportunities are a perfect example of this hotel’s successful fusing of tradition with contemporary luxuries: Omani arches lead into this hidden boutique, selling locally made jewellery, art, home trinkets and Oman’s gem; Amouage fragrances.