The Chedi: Where Zen and Luxury Meet in Muscat

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Photo: Courtesy of The Chedi Muscat

There’s no shortage of things to experience and places to visit when you take a trip to Oman. Think: breathtaking wadis and sinkholes, soul-shaking opera performances, hideaway souks, pristine beaches, mesmerizing mosques, and mountains to climb – just to mention a few.

The list, however, wouldn’t be complete without the addition of The Chedi Muscat, Oman’s first contemporary hotel. This is one spot that is not to be missed – seriously. In fact, I’m so serious about this that I’ll go so far as to suggest that you might not even be able to tick off everything on your Oman bucket list if you find yourself staying at this prime address. It certainly was the case with me. All those activities I had planned were immediately forgotten as soon as I walked into the hotel and quickly realized that The Chedi alone made a trip to Oman worthwhile.

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Photo: Courtesy of The Chedi Muscat

Part of the Leading Hotels of the World group, this unique property offers one of the most luxurious zen experiences imaginable. Don’t expect glamorous, over-the-top luxury, however, because what The Chedi excels at is pared-down minimalism with a contemporary twist.

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Photo: Courtesy of The Chedi Muscat

Omani influences and Asian trends have been seamlessly fused together to result in an architectural style that is both contemporary and breathtaking. The first things you’ll notice are the low-rise buildings, symmetrical gardens, water ponds at every turn, and a color palette of dark browns and greens alongside lots and lots of white. From creamy-white pathways and walls to loungers and even flowers, the pale shades offset the blues of the sky and sea in the most beautiful way.

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Photo: Courtesy of The Chedi Muscat

Unsurprisingly, the rooms feel just as tranquil as the outdoor setting, with comfy beds, wooden fixtures alongside a soothing palette of cream and brown, and Acqua di Parma toiletries.

Guests can choose between three pools – and the sea – for swimming, or just relax poolside on one of the many daybeds while being served complimentary infused waters to stay hydrated. My personal favorite was the 103-meter-long pool, which happens to be the longest in the region. Floodlit tennis courts, a 1,500-square-meter spa and wellness center, and yoga sessions are also available to help you feel more refreshed.

Foodies will find everything from Arabic and Pan-Asian to Indian and Mediterranean cuisines served at the eight venues located across the property. My advice? Kick off your stay with a dinner at the Beach Restaurant, where fresh seafood, the sea breeze, and the sound of lapping waves make for an intoxicating combination.

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Photo: Courtesy of The Chedi Muscat

With a stay so perfect and enjoyable, the only challenge was finding the will to leave.

Muscat
(+968) 24 524 400
www.ghmhotels.com

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