The Chedi Muscat

Oman, Arabian Peninsula

Spa Escapes

Best For:

Winter sun & opulent luxury

  • Number of rooms

    158

  • Favourite Room

    Club Suites have balconies & sunken bathtubs

  • Facilities

    6 restaurants, 3 pools, balinese spa, health club & fitness classes

  • Family Friendly

    Yes – there’s a family pool but no club or play area

  • Dress Code

    Smart holiday attire

  • When to go

    November-March before the desert heat kicks in

  • Book Now

    Here

The Place

Even The Chedi’s lobby is larger than most apartments, which sets the tone for the rest of the hotel – space and luxury are paramount here. Rooms are vast, with suites taking up whole floors in separate outdoor villas and facilities like the palatial spa and gym sit alongside the longest pool in the Middle East (110m). Sunset yoga sessions, six restaurants serving award-winning cuisine and treatments using their own hand-blended treatment oils are just some of the things that make a stay here unique.

The Place

Even The Chedi’s lobby is larger than most apartments, which sets the tone for the rest of the hotel – space and luxury are paramount here. Rooms are vast, with suites taking up whole floors in separate outdoor villas and facilities like the palatial spa and gym sit alongside the longest pool in the Middle East (110m). Sunset yoga sessions, six restaurants serving award-winning cuisine and treatments using their own hand-blended treatment oils are just some of the things that make a stay here unique.

The Spa

Despite the undulating Omani heat, the spa’s calming mahogany interior instantly evokes a feeling of calm. Taking up the whole top floor of a building that spans the length of the Long Pool, the thirteen separate treatment rooms are the largest we’ve ever seen. Each is bisected by a huge walk-in shower that separates the sitting area (where every treatment begins with a rose water foot soak) from the sumptuous treatment beds. At the very end of the spa’s corridor is the jaw-dropping relaxation room with panoramic views across the Gulf of Oman – so definitely build in time pre or post treatment to unwind here.

The Must-Try

The ila Adreno-Restore Ritual, which is designed to calm overworked adrenal systems and help rid the body of stress. Cocooned on a heated spa bed, the therapist sets to work applying a mix of warmed Himalayan salt and Vetivert, pine, cedarwood, ashwagandha and pfaffia herbs and oils to gently smooth the skin. You’re then asked to showered, before hot poultices containing the same adaptogenic herbs are applied to key kinetic energy areas of the body while you are given a heavenly Tibetan-style massage. A big call: but this wins the award for the most relaxing treatment we’ve ever tried.

The Must-Try

The ila Adreno-Restore Ritual, which is designed to calm overworked adrenal systems and help rid the body of stress. Cocooned on a heated spa bed, the therapist sets to work applying a mix of warmed Himalayan salt and Vetivert, pine, cedarwood, ashwagandha and pfaffia herbs and oils to gently smooth the skin. You’re then asked to showered, before hot poultices containing the same adaptogenic herbs are applied to key kinetic energy areas of the body while you are given a heavenly Tibetan-style massage. A big call: but this wins the award for the most relaxing treatment we’ve ever tried.

The Health Club

The fitness options at The Chedi are plentiful: from their ridiculously well equipped gym, featuring the latest Visio Web Line Technogym equipment, plus Power Plates, a Kinesis wall, free weights and an entire Pilates corner; to their on-site personal trainers and full schedule of group exercise classes (definitely try one of their sunset yoga sessions if you can). There are also three outdoor pools plus a sauna and steam room to ward off aching muscles.

The Food

With six restaurants and two lounges, The Chedi Muscat has something for everyone. Their main restaurant features chic teak and glass food stations designed by renowned Japanese interior designer, Yasuhiro Koichi of Design Studio SPIN, where specialist chefs prep everything from fresh sushi to Omani classics and ridiculously good French pastries. Other Destino favourites are The Beach Restaurant for fresh seafood and sunset views or The Long Pool’s sushi and Asian offering.

The Food

With six restaurants and two lounges, The Chedi Muscat has something for everyone. Their main restaurant features chic teak and glass food stations designed by renowned Japanese interior designer, Yasuhiro Koichi of Design Studio SPIN, where specialist chefs prep everything from fresh sushi to Omani classics and ridiculously good French pastries. Other Destino favourites are The Beach Restaurant for fresh seafood and sunset views or The Long Pool’s sushi and Asian offering.

The Verdict

There’s something about the mix of Arabian heat, world-class facilities and having the wonders of Oman on your doorstep that’s hard to shake-off, even once you leave. The Chedi has an unusually high number of repeat bookings and it’s easy to see why.

The Kit

Le Labo Rose 31 – Oman’s Spring rose harvests are worth a visit, so get into the mood with this uplifting scent

Sisley Paris Suncare – protect skin from the desert heat with this deeply hydrating creamy formula

Bobbi Brown Highlighting Powder – by nightfall, play up cheek & collar bones

Tom Ford’s Ultra Shine Lip Color in Bare – our go-to summer nude

The Kit

Le Labo Rose 31 – Oman’s Spring rose harvests are worth a visit, so get into the mood with this uplifting scent

Sisley Paris Suncare – protect skin from the desert heat with this deeply hydrating creamy formula

Bobbi Brown Highlighting Powder – by nightfall, play up cheek & collar bones

Tom Ford’s Ultra Shine Lip Color in Bare – our go-to summer nude

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