In search of a truly relaxing getaway, Angela Beitz checks into The Chedi Muscat to find a beautiful haven inspired by serene minimalism and style…
If you are looking for the most relaxing place in the GCC, then I think I’ve found it for you. Set with the majestic Al Hajar mountains in the background, The Chedi is a breathtaking property with the most perfectly landscaped garden oasis we have ever set eyes on. The Chedi offers 158 guestrooms and villas, all of which draw their influence from Omani culture and heritage.
Upon entering the hotel after having been picked up in a slick Mercedes at Muscat’s airport, a peaceful and calm feeling washes over me and suddenly it feels like I am miles away from busy deadlines and daily stress. The gorgeous lobby is vast and is designed as an Arabian tent with a Majilis feel. Huge, comfy couches and vibrant cushions in orange and red tones compliment the low hanging lights and already the hotel has impressed us. I’m greeted by the front of house manager who is super pleasant and I’m given a cold, refreshing towel and ginger tea as we go over the formalities.
We are ushered through the water gardens and shown to our suite that is a sleek and spacious haven. The suite also boasts a large terrace and mine just happens to be overlooking The Chedi pool and the beach. I can already see myself spending most of my time on the terrace reading. The property is designed with a symmetrical feel (all palm trees and large garden pots are in straight rows) and everywhere you look you can also see four colours. White (the buildings and paths), brown (décor) green (grass and trees) and blue (sky and water). It’s quite amazing how this clever design makes you feel relaxed.
The king size bed is one of the most comfortable hotel beds I’ve ever slept in and I’m certain the calming ambiance of the room provides me with the best quality of sleep I’ve had in a long time. The huge bathroom has his-and-her sinks, an indulgent terrazzo bath tub, a large rain shower and delicious products from Acqua Di Parma. If you are looking for added extras then you’ll be happy to know that if you stay in one of The Chedi Suites, it enables you to enjoy a whole heap of decadent extras. Since we aren’t ones to shy away from decadence here at Ohlala we’re happy to find out that that our mini-bar is complimentary and topped up daily, fresh fruit is offered in our room and perhaps the cherry on top is being able to use the Chedi Club Lounge which enables guests to have afternoon tea and cocktails daily in the lounge. Other extras are return airport transfers, laundry, breakfast at The Restaurant and free Wi-Fi. This is totally worth it and it really makes you feel like a VIP guest.
After I’ve settled into the room, I head back to the lobby to try The Restaurant which boasts breakfast, lunch and dinner. Inside it’s very formal with dark interiors and glittering chandeliers and outside it continues with the relaxing and serene vibe of the rest of the hotel with a beautiful courtyard overlooking the grounds. I order a beetroot and goat cheese salad to start which comes stacked in a jenga-like formation and it’s utterly delicious. I then order a tuna loin with edamame beans and it’s perfectly cooked an equally delicious. It’s then back to the room for quick night-cap before bed.
The next day its back to The Restaurant for a sumptuous breakfast. The incredible spread consists of everything from fresh fruit and yoghurt to a full English breakfast to meats and cheeses and eggs made to order. It’s incredibly relaxing enjoying this lovely meal in the outdoor courtyard and you can easily while away a few hours here. I then head to the long pool with a good book and some magazines in tow.
The long pool is the longest of its kind in Muscat at 103 metres. The pool is surrounded by huge lounge beds and the attentive staff bring cold towels and constantly top you up with chilled lemon and mint water. Amazing. There are two other pools at the property (The Chedi Pool and the The Serai Pool). Both The Long pool and The Chedi pool are adult only while The Serai Pool is kid friendly and has The Serai Pool Cabana where you can order yummy snacks and drinks. I spend most of the day lounging by the The Long Pool before I have to tear myself away to head to my spa treatment. Life at The Chedi is tough, what can we say.
The Chedi Spa is large and again continues the theme of pure relaxation. The menu focuses on Balinese Therapies, Indian Ayurveda and indigenous rituals which are available in all 13 treatment rooms. I opt for the Balinese Massage after it being recommended to me to relieve my back and neck from kinks and tension. The treatment room is one of the largest I’ve seen and blends Omani architecture with calming Asian interiors. After a lovely foot scrub and massage which is done expertly while I sip Hibiscus tea with cinnamon my therapist gets to work on our sore and aching body and we leave feeling recharged and relaxed. The property also has a large Health Club and an impressive tennis court shall you want to keep active on your stay.
After our very chilled day I feel it’s best to book a table for dinner. The Beach Restaurant has recently won two awards in Muscat (Best Restaurant and Best Ambiance) so I’m excited to check it out. The décor and ambiance doesn’t disappoint and the restaurant is set along the 370 metre private beach.
The menu is mainly made up of tempting seafood options and the staff are excellent. The Beach Restaurant boasts a seriously impressive wine list that can be explained to you by their sommelier. We order the seafood linguine which arrives perfectly cooked with large pieces of delicious lobster, prawns and squid mixed with lots of buttery garlic and punchy chilli. It’s the perfect venue to soak up the breeze and enjoy your meal overlooking the beach.
A trip to The Chedi is sure to impress you and with easy access from other GCC countries it’s well worth a visit. We are sure that your stress will melt away and you’ll be well looked after.