Its been almost five years since my last visit to The Chedi Muscat and the Sultinate of Oman.
Firstly, my flight with the new national carrier, Oman Air aboard the Airbus A330. The airline is proud of its new aircraft, boasting 6 mini suites in First Class, the multi award winning flat bed in Business Class (every passenger has aisle access) and the unrivalled entertainment system, the AVOD , games and inflight wifi – yes , you read it correctly, you can check your email, chat on facebook, or tweet live from 30,000 feet in the sky.
I was lucky enough to experience Business Class and Economy Class. I can certainly see, why Oman Air has won so many awards. With excellent flight times from London Heathrow, departing in the evening and arriving at breakfast time in Muscat and departing early afternoon , so that you arrive into London Heathrow in the early evening.
Award Winning Business Class
Oman can be described as “the land of the Arabian nights”. It is one of the oldest civilisations on the Arabian Peninsula, an exciting and vibrant destination with a great climate and beautiful beaches lined with swaying date palms. Exoticism, mysticism and beauty surrounds you, from the colourful citrus groves and the traditional reed houses to the grand, whitewashed desert forts.
The Chedi Muscat, a member of Leading Hotels of the world and Oman’s first contemporary hotel. The resort offers understated elegance , attention to detail and a perfect mix of Omani architecture.
The minimalist lines of the low-rise buildings, manicured hedges, pools of water and tranquil Zen calm. All 158 rooms, have breathtaking views across the gardens and ponds, mountains or the Gulf of Oman.
Chedi Club Suite Balcony
The Chedi offers guests a choice of three pools, the adult only infinity Chedi Pool, surrounded by cabanas, the recently opened 103m Long Pool (the longest in the Middle East) and the family friendly Serai Pool.
The Long Pool
For the spa lover, you will not be disappointed. The recently opened 800 sam spa is a true sanctuary , with 13 fully self contained spa suites, it is an epitome of understated elegance. The spa specialises in Balinese therapies, but also offers an extremely extensive variety of beauty rituals based on the holistic principles of aromatherapy.
For the more energetic , the 400 sqm health club stocked with 30 pieces of top-of-the-range Technogym equipment, pilates equipment, power plates, free weights and a kinesis wall.
The Health Club
Food lovers will embark on a voyage of dining pleasure. With a choice of six restaurants, featuring arabic, asian, indian , Japanese/Malay and mediterranean cuisine, as well as sea food at the amazing Beach Restaurant.
The Beach Restaurant
Muscat is an attractive mix of ancient and modern, from the narrow, age-old souk streets of Muttrah and the twin, sentinel-like Portuguese forts of Jalali and Mirani, to the boutique shops of the commercial district, the fabulously opulent Sultan Qaboos Mosque and the super-deluxe resorts that fringe the city’s golden sands and stunning coastline.
To do in Muscat
• Wander through the city’s walled town to the Royal Palace, then later enjoy a stroll along the peaceful corniche.
• Cruise along Muscat’s spectacular coastline by boat at sunset.
• Take a historical full day tour of the imposing forts of Nizwa, Bahlia and Jabrin in the country’s north.
• Visit the breathtaking Wahiba Sands on an overnight excursion – an unmissable opportunity to experience the exhilaration of dune driving, desert hospitality and camping out under a million stars.
For something completely unique, I headed out for a night underneath the desert sky, – in the Wahiba Sands. The camp only use authentic handmade Bedouin tents, carefully selected for the environment and sited to ensure privacy and fantastic views. The exclusive camps evoke a traditional, luxurious Arabian ‘encampment’ and is designed in Hud Hud’s inimitable style, in keeping with the ambience of the environment and the region. Tents have large beds with real mattresses, crisp cotton bedding, Arabian rugs and throws, vivid colours and carefully thought through furnishings. They are amply sized for two people (either as twin or double) and there is scope for one child on a camp bed. They use no electric light, other than solar, and the emphasis is on preserving the atmosphere of the environment through natural lighting… only candles, oil lamps and fires. A totally amazing day and something very special – a truly Omani experience.
Hud Hud Camp
One of the highlights of my visit was an exclusive catamaran cruise aboard Azzura. Usually guests will board directly from the coastline at The Chedi. Available as a private charter, or join an organised sunset cruise or dolphin watching experience, you will not be disappointed with your time on board.
Attention to detail, excellent food and above all an amazing experience await. Guests just need to contact the concierge desk at the hotel to arrange their cruise.
The Exclusive Azzura
I fell in love with Oman, during my first visit in the early 2000′s and my recent visit has re-enforced my feelings for this amazing country.
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One of our many tour operator partners, Kuoni, have recently released this video of The Chedi Muscat