When Jean-Michel Gathy, Belgian architect working in Kuala Lumpur embarked upon the Chedi Muscat project, he journeyed across Oman, exploring local styles and traditions. He then incorporated Omani influences into a contemporary architecture, inspired by Asian trends.
The results of his work are quite spectacular. Throughout, striking contrasts are employed to a great effect: white pathways cut through lawns and the dark, reflective surfaces of water—and delicate woodwork casts sharp shadows on the vast, minimalistic walls. The snow-white buildings rise from amongst the geometrical hedges and tall dune grass. Canvas canopies over the main infinity pool underscore the architectural symmetry of the hotel.
Whilst the outside basks in an almost unbearable sun, stepping into the lobby makes for a sharply different experience, with its interior dark and moody. The centerpiece here is a massive round sofa with red and yellow Murano laps hanging from the ceiling. The air is filled with the smell of burning frankincense.
Rooms in the main building are bright though and are all designed on an open plan. Our favourite were the Chedi Club Suites however, located in freestanding villas by the beach. These deliver top luxury and are excellently equipped, e.g. with a sunken bath for two, Bulgari cosmetics, gadgets (including ipod) and free minibar, including carafes of daily re-filled whisky.
The hotel has three restaurants, serving Middle East cuisine (Arabian Courtyard), seafood (Beach Restaurant) or variety of Arabian, Mediterranean, Indian or Asian in the simply named The Restaurant.
Chedi is the first luxury hotel of this class in Muscat and it belongs to the portfolio of GHM.
Beach, City, Cutting-Edge, Editor's Pick, Families, Luxury, Modern Design, Private Villa, Quiet, Relaxing, Sightseeing, Spa,
Number of rooms & suites: 156, including the Chedi Club Suite villas
Rate per night: From USD $562
*The rate is only approximate and is based on our own independent research, at the time of writing. We cannot guarantee the rate in any way.
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