Looking for an exotic and luxurious vacation? No destination is more serene than Muscat, Oman. On the shores of the Gulf of Oman, this treasure trove of ancient history lies on the Arabian Peninsula and boasts centuries-old ruins to explore. Once an important port, it has been ruled by indigenous tribes, the Persians, the Portuguese Empire, and the Ottoman Empire at different times, with each leaving its mark on the area. Since the 1970s, Sultan Qaboos bin Said has spurred rapid development and today Oman is a multi-ethnic and vibrant society.
Muscat is the cosmopolitan capital city of Oman with 1.5 million people and is known for its low-slung white buildings—a far cry from their modern neighbor, Dubai. Views of the Western Al Hajar Mountain, Arabian Sea, the Gulf of Oman and the Muttrah district, with its harbor and corniche, are bright and colorful. The Muttrah Souq is home to shops filled with fresh fish and vegetables, beads, incense and colorful clothing.
Before visiting, you should know:
- The climate is hot and arid all year. Winters are warm, and summers are hotter. Rainfall is scarce, but humidity is high during summer.
- People in Oman speak Arabic, but many people speak English well.
- Currency in Oman is the Omani Rial. Several currency exchange centers exist in Muscat.
- Muscat International Airport serves the city and is a hub for Oman Air.
The luxurious and relaxing Chedi Muscat Hotel features six Omani-style dining areas, encompassing cuisine from around the Mediterranean, Southeast Asia, India and the Middle East. The Restaurant offers fine dining, The Beach Restaurant offers waterside dining, The Arabian Courtyard is great for starry skies, The Serai Pool Cabana offers dining by the pool, The Chedi Pool Cabana gives you beautiful vistas and the Long Pool Cabana offers up Japanese and Middle Eastern flavors to delight your taste buds. Also, you’ll enjoy complimentary breakfast, cocktails, and canapés.
Rooms are modern, minimalist in style, and range from deluxe king and queen bedded rooms to larger suites with separate living areas and sofa beds. Pricing starts just under $450 per night and ranges up to about $1,300 for the largest suites offered.
Expect sparkling waters and dramatic mountain or gulf views upon your arrival by private air-conditioned car to the resort. Spend your days at the resort’s world-class, Balinese spa being pampered from tip to toe, or laze away your days at one of the resort’s three swimming pools—one of which is the Longest Pool in the Middle East (the Long Pool!). Stop by the boutique for elegant resort wear and sparkling jeweled treasures. And don’t forget to inquire with the concierge about a whole host of activities you can partake in during your stay such as market visits, visits to the Grand Mosque in town, overnight desert adventures, private boat charters and more.
Book your stay online.
Address: North Ghubra 32 Way No. 3215 Street No. 46, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman
Phone: +968 24 52 44 00