The Chedi in Oman, everyone will tell you, is a place you must see; a mainstay of an essential Middle East to-do list alongside tea at the Burj Khalifa and a desert safari. However the region’s booming hotel trade has seen luxury brand follow luxury brand with each new property more extravagant than the last. Staying alive, in that instance, comes down to quality which thankfully The Chedi has in spades.
There’s a real colonial feel when it comes to the architecture, from the pristine white buildings to the carefully manicured 21 acre lawns. The 158 villas and guestrooms are well appointed and with six dining options – The Beach restaurant is a must, and has won awards – you’re unlikely to leave the property; although with excellent diving in the area Muscat should really be explored while there.
Above all else, being nestled delicately between the Al Hajar Mountains and the Gulf of Oman, this is a place you should come to relax. Whether that’s lazy days by one of the three pools (you have to try a few lengths in the double Olympic-sized 103m pool) or taking part in the free yoga and Pilates classes. A weekend at The Chedi wipes out a hellish week in the city like no other place in the region.
The Chedi, Muscat, Oman, ghmhotels.com