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The Chedi Muscat: Chedi Club Suite

The Chedi Muscat: Chedi Club Suite

The Chedi Muscat: Chedi Club Suite Shangri La Barr Al Jissah: Bait Al Bahr Restaurant Shangri La Barr Al Jissah: Adventure Zone Kids The Chedi Muscat: Serai Pool Al Bustan Palace, A Ritz-Carlton Hotel: Beach Al Bustan Palace, A Ritz-Carlton Hotel: Lagoon Room

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Stylish Stays in Oman

By Elegant Resorts Travel Experts

Posted: 11 December 2015

Venture into the less-explored desert areas of Oman to discover stunning Al Hajar mountain backdrops, hidden wadis and authentic local treasures, along with a fine selection of stylish hotels and resorts, all boasting authentic culture and a harmonious sense of place.

Shangri-La’s Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa Resort – Al Husn, Al Bandar & Al Waha

We had the pleasure of staying our first night at Shangri-La Resort Al Jissah Resort & Spa, a fantastic collection of three individual hotels in one large resort - Al Husn, Al Bandar and Al Waha. All are very different from each other, yet they share the same high standards of excellent cuisine and superb facilities. There is something for everyone, from the excellent choice of restaurants, including the decked seafood restaurant, Bait Al Bahar, with its amazing beach sunset views and backdrop of rocks, to the superb choice of pools (family friendly and adults-only), to its fantastic and relaxing lazy river which meanders through the grounds of Al Waha and Al Bandar. The unique Heritage Village boasts one of the best indoor children's play zones that I've seen, attractively colourful with funfair slides and ball pits! There were also enticing gift shops, many selling silver, for which Oman is renowned, along with spices and local crafts. Within the same Heritage village the resort has a dedicated amphitheatre where the resort hosts international musicians and groups, such as the Stereophonics, along with staging world-class performances from opera singers to theatrical shows – all of which take place under the magnificent stars! Another attractive area of the resort is the beautiful spa. A relaxing area, carefully designed to bring the outdoors to the guests. Treatment rooms are expertly dotted around the hotel gardens with private outdoor showers, and private relaxation areas. All treatments begin with a blissfully relaxing, foot-washing ritual!

The Chedi Muscat

Our next stay was at the stylish The Chedi Muscat — what an amazing experience! Offering a smaller boutique feel and only three floors high, the hotel exudes clean lines and plush modern furnishings with accents of local design and crafts, you certainly feel that you’re in Arabia. All I could say was “wow” when I was shown to my Chedi Club Suite....it had clean white walls, crisp white linen, dark and natural wood furnishings, plus state-of-the-art Bose technology, and the bathroom was enormous! I particularly liked the bath, it was a size which you could quite easily lose yourself in! A wonderful feature of being in a Club Room or Suite, is that you have access to the exclusive Club amenities, such as a complimentary mini bar in your room. Unlike most mini-bars, however, there were decanters filled with three popular tipples, whisky, gin and vodka, which is yours to enjoy on your suite terrace or balcony (if you’re lucky enough to be in a suite)! Suite guests, also have a Club Lounge where they can enjoy Afternoon Tea, plus canapés and cocktails at sunset. It is all very civilised!

For a smaller hotel of 158 rooms it is fortunate to have three pools. One of which is an amazing lap pool stretching 100 metres long! I did suggest that they should have oxygen waiting for you once you reached the other end! And all this whilst set directly on the beach overlooking the ocean of Oman – sheer bliss! The actual fitness and spa centre is huge, the gym is designed in a way where you feel you can work out privately or have indulgent, relaxing treatments in one of their thirteen spa treatment suites. Due to its popularity, I’d advise clients to book in advance, so as not to be disappointed. Before dinner, we enjoyed an aperitif on the outside lounge terrace, which was beautifully candlelit. We listened to the soothing sound of the water features and were warmed by the fire pits, elegantly dotted around. Dinner at The Chedi Muscat is a fabulous leisurely experience, with no need to rush! Guests can just sit back and enjoy the immaculate service and outstanding cuisine at whichever venue they choose.

Al Bustan Palace, A Ritz-Carlton Hotel

Al Bustan Palace truly is the original ‘Grand Dame’ of Muscat! We arrived within an impressive reception area, with its 38-metre high domed atrium housing a grand chandelier above a central lounge area, where hotel guests were enjoying a decadent-looking Afternoon Tea. Set on its own private one-kilometre long sandy beach, the longest in Oman, Al Bustan Palace is a great blend of traditional and modern style, and it is attractive for all ages. It has an imposing and impressive, newly-built, Six Senses Spa - with no fewer than seventeen treatment rooms, five outdoor swimming pools, set amongst the finely manicured gardens, a state of the art gym, plus fantastic watersports including snorkelling, kayaking and sailing to name a few!

To take full advantage of the Oman weather and the fabulous beach setting, I recommend a few drinks at the bar before dinner. Located outside, alongside the huge 50-metre-long lap- pool, the bar is the perfect place to admire the melting sunsets and listen to the ever-flowing water features, before indulging in a choice of superb dining options. Guests can choose from an Asian menu, a buffet, or the fabulous setting of the Beach Pavilion restaurant with tables set elegantly on the beach. These tables are perfect for couples looking to enjoy the romantic ambience and relaxed feel of the resort, whilst enjoying the delicious 'catch of the day'

This hotel has an attractive choice of room categories and, essentially, the Deluxe Rooms are all the same in design, it's simply the view which is different. Whether you choose a mountain view, garden view or ocean view, all the rooms are of a good size. Some are in a more traditional décor, some more modern — the decision is yours! There is one category that does however, stand out, and these are the Lagoon Rooms as they have the added benefit of a decked terrace, with a gate leading into one of the lagoon pools — a really lovely feature!

This hotel has an attractive choice of room categories and, essentially, the Deluxe Rooms are all the same in design, it's simply the view which is different. Whether you choose a mountain view, garden view or ocean view, all the rooms are of a good size. Some are in a more traditional décor, some more modern — the decision is yours! There is one category that does however, stand out, and these are the Lagoon Rooms as they have the added benefit of a decked terrace, with a gate leading into one of the lagoon pools — a really lovely feature!

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