On heading to the Sultanate of Oman knowing that you will be staying at one of the pre-eminent luxury boutique GHM properties and the only member of The Leading Hotels of The World in Oman that is known for conceptualizing, developing and operating an exclusive group of hotels and resorts, it is indeed a style to remember and luxe factor expectations are running pretty high especially with such an exotic location in the Middle East.
We were met on arrival at the airport by the hotel’s chauffeur and had no idea what to expect as we were transported through the wide boulevards of Muscat on a short transfer to this luxury resort with its own private beach near al Ghubra and approximately 20 minutes from Muscat's old city.
Alighting from the limousine, all the team greeted us by name and we instantly felt excited about our stay as we were introduced to the enchanting white stucco building of arches and domes resembling a grand Omani palace.
There is a symmetry to everything that is appealing and, most importantly, creates a serenity that seduces one into a state of nirvana.
The 158 rooms and suites, designed by Jean-Michel Gathy of Denniston Architects, offer views of the Gulf of Oman, Al Hajar mountains and the hotel’s symmetrical Zen gardens.
We were swiftly escorted to our Chedi Club Suite and were instantly taken by the understated chic design of dark timber, white walls and strategically placed windows to open up vistas of the sea and gardens; without having direct sunlight flood the suite from the 46c outside temperature, so the suite is your haven to escape the heat, particularly when there is a high humidity.
Our Chedi Club Suite's private balcony overlooking the Gulf of Oman
Due to the resort layout, you hardly notice other guests until you are in the resort’s lobby or swimming pools, as everyone seems to have a different timing for their needs and wants, which creates the perfect ambience and privacy for everyone.
In such a hot climate one does not tend to lean on the side of extraneous activities, so lazing by the pool seems to be number one on everyone’s agenda.
The good news is you will never feel crowded out, as there are three temperature-controlled swimming pools, including the 103 metres long swimming pool by the sea, that are restful and sophisticated.
So space is more than just a simple luxury in this resort. Plus two are adults-only swimming pools and one family pool – this is what so many luxury resorts fail to match and ideal for couples that can’t deal with screaming kids.
The Sleek architecture of The Chedi Muscat 103 metres long swimming pool
The semi-shaded pavilion overlooking the sea
The long pool in perspective view looking at the Al Hajar mountains.
Plenty of sun large lounges are offered and distance is well spaced from other to provide more intimacy.
The best way to embrace the water is still heading back to the resort’s swimming pools. Another alternative is to head to the resort’s boutique – a cozy enclave offering fine art, hand crafted ornaments, artisanal jewelery and bespoke leisure wear and swim wear.
Cabana setting at The Chedi Pool
The infinity Chedi Pool
Beach front sun lounges are scattered around the lawn ans shaded with tall palm trees
The airy Cabanas by The Serai Pool
The Serai Pool
The Serai Pool's lawn
The outdoor dining of The Restaurant
The outdoor garden by night
The Chedi Muscat water garden by night
Full moon shines bright at The Chedi Muscat by night
Uniting the modernity with traditional elements, The Chedi Muscat merges two styles as different as modern and traditional redefined luxury to a higher level. Luxe is ensured here and be aware of not getting enough of it while you are staying in one of the GHM properties that is permeated with an unrivalled exquisite lifestyle experience. Sometimes, luxury is simply priceless.