The Chedi Muscat was our destination after staying at Al Bustan Palace. Unfortunately we had to fly home unexpectedly after just a day and a half. Still, we had time to explore the grounds and enjoy the resort…
The Chedi Muscat – The Arrival
We were welcomed by the guest relation manager and seated in what looks like a big bedouin tent. We were offered a cold towel and an orange/ginger juice. That’s really the kind of checkin we like. Isn’t it annoying when you have to stand at the reception for paperwork after traveling for hours? So that was a nice start… But it wouldn’t last for long…
We were taken to the room, which was already quite a walk. When I saw the view we had out of the window (no balcony in the Serai Wing) I nearly dropped dead! Seriously!!! Staying at a 5- stars to have a view like this? No way! So, off we wandered back to the lobby to ask for a new room!
After some back and forth they came up with a new room. The view was better:
My principle saying “never accept the first room” ( which exasperates my husband) was again verified!
The Chedi Muscat – The Serai Room
The Asian style minimalism room features high ceilings and oversized windows that welcome natural light. The open plan bathroom has a powerful rain shower and luxurious bathroom products. The room amenities include a complimentary minibar and Nespresso machine as well as Wifi. While we like cosy lightning, the room gets too dark when night falls.
The Chedi Muscat – The Grounds
The 21 acres are beautifully designed with lots of palm trees and calming ponds. There are two tennis courts and three swimming pools. If you’re into travel and hip hotels, I’m sure you’re familiar with the 103-metre Long Pool. I think that one fits on the “pools to swim in before you die” list.
The Chedi Muscat – The Restaurants
The Restaurant – Fine Dining
We choose to dine on the outdoor patio for the first night. The menu features Western, Asian, Middle Eastern and Indian cuisine which you can pair with a nice bottle of their extensive wine list.
The Beach Restaurant – Dining with a view
We dined on the waterfront patio with view on the Gulf of Oman but you can also sit in the high ceilinged contemporary dining room. This restaurant is specialized in Seafood and has a well furnished wine list as well.
The Chedi Muscat – The Health Club
This 400 square metre Health Club with personal trainers, state-of-the-art gym equipment and Pilates equipment is hands down the hippest, most awesome we’ve ever seen!
The Chedi Muscat – The Spa
Being the largest spa in Muscat, it offers Balinese therapies, Indian Ayurveda and indigenous rituals in one of the thirteen spa suites that combine Omani architecture with calming Asian interiors.
Would we bring our kids to The Chedi Muscat?
We think not. Not that they don’t behave well, but there are no facilities for them whatsoever. We have never seen that many Babymooners in a hotel and that is no coincidence. People take advantage of the babymoon to visit the Chedi as a couple, because this is not a hotel where you want to bring your kids.
Pros and Cons:
+ Professional arrival
+ Complimentary mini bar with beer
+ Pools and garden
+ Health Club and Spa
– Bed is too small
– No balcony
– No bath in Serai Rooms
– Bad in-room lightning at night
– Blinds don’t darken the room in the morning
– The Beach
* If you care about a room with a view, book a Serai Wing with Sea View or you might end up with the first room we had!
* Perfect for a quick getaway from Europe, as it’s only 15 minutes from the airport.
* If you plan on visiting Oman with your kids, the Ritz-Carlton Al Bustan Palace might be a wiser choice.
Where to find The Chedi Muscat:
North Ghubra 32
Way No. 3215
Street No. 46
Muscat, Sultanate of Oman
Phone: (968) 24 52 44 00