The Chedi Muscat
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What a lovely place Oman is! Of course we are spoilt as we are staying in an incredible resort hotel. Unusual for us, who usually camp or exchange, but its lovely! Today we left the hotel about 8 and drove straight to Nizwa, a rural centre. What a drive! It was freeway all the way -120 Kms per hour. It was about 140 Kms so it took about an hour and …
... a conversation with the passenger behind him, make a phone call and take a drink all whilst steering with his knee. Although this was quite impressive I chose not to look as it was also downright dangerous and instead tried to take my mind off my upcoming death by focusing on the awesome scenery outside.
Between the border and the capital Muscat is a whole lot of sand but around this sand are huge jaggered rocky formations that rise up around you. There is ...
... city, the eight of us in the van were oohing and ahhing the squeaky clean, and crystal white sandstone structures everywhere. Some were dating back to the Middle Ages, while others were only a few years old, yet they all blended together into a super white motif not more than two stories high. Two Portuguese forts, built in the 16th century, provide a contrast in color to this very white arabian city of 500,000 residents. Fully employed and having to import 1 Million ...
... front of the local supermarket and headed to Muttrah. I had studied my host's Lonely Planet book on Oman, and realized that it was Muttrah and not Muscat that I wanted to go to, at least at first. He let me out on the corniche wrapping around the bay which was vacant other than a few old men sitting around talking and few tourists taking pictures. After I became one of those tourists, I crossed into the souq and wandered the narrow streets that I had become so familiar ...
... Indy E, net worth unknown, still has the largest one). This mega yacht is built to accommodate 70 pampered guests along with 154 qualified crew members to give them the VIP service. Given that we seemed to be the only tourists in town we hung around the dock area hoping for an invitation but I guess the Sultan didn't see us.
We really enjoyed our short visit and if we're in the neighbourhood again I'd like to see some of the more far-flung areas of the ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Chedi Muscat
We visited over New Year. I complained to the manager in writing about a number of issues and have still not received a reply, so perhaps they have been reading their own press a la Conde Nast etc and believe they are the latest and greatest thing.
Could not be better
Having been to the Oman in November 2004 we stayed in the Chedi-Hotel in Muscat.
The place where you want to stay!
Quiet, private beach, excellent hospitality.
Forget about the AL Bustan Palace, which is supposed to be one of the leading beach-hotels of the world.
A bit overrated
Chedi was like a postcard: Beautiful pictures but blank on the other side...Although the food was very good, you need to reserve your place in advance in the restaurant. The spa is mostly booked as well. Apart from those two, there is nothing much to do in the hotel, so make sure you have enough books to read by the poolside. The noise from the airport was not a big deal, since it is not a very busy one. The staff was not as flexible and as helpful as I expected them to be (given the room rates). Do not go at high season as the facilities and staff are not enough to handle full capacity.
Five star luxury, 3 metres Gulf of Oman. Adult only pool is a plus, but kids are catered for in 2nd pool both have food drinks at the wave of a hand. Beautiful water gardens, restaurant xxxxx, Arabian tents for Arabic food----mint tea and sheisha in the moonlight excellent! Trips to the Wadis and desert 4 wheel drive a must , booked ours at the hotel. Dolphin trip is worth doing. The boat captain let us catch a 27kg tuna!!!!!MUSCAT and muttrah worth a day! Otherwise chill out winter months ideal. 33oc with gentle breeze---GO!
Good things - visually stunning, staff very helpfull and friendly, food quality good. Not so good things The Hotel is in the flight path of the airport mostly landings, starting at 7am up to 15 in the 4 hours to 11am they start again at 2pm for about 2 hours. We stayed for 2 weeks the menu did not change at all and was quite limited, also you have to book your table in advance,so on our first day we cound not get a table. After five days we managed to get a table outside, this is not what I expected; Sunbeds were in short supply, this is perhaps the only 5 star hotel happy to see guests lying on towels on the beach. During our stay the hotel was fully booked, however the facilitys and staffing level seemed more suited to half that number.
Just got back - loved it
Fabulous place. Just got back ourselves, and we are very refreshed! Stylish, good service, chic... Would agree with all the previous reviews.
Beach is a slight disappointment, and there are little in the way of watersports, but you come to the Chedi to chill out. The hotel was 100% full during our stay, and although sun loungers were a little difficult to come by, otherwise, it was still a serene place, which is a tribute to its design and staff. There are few hotels in the world where we'd go back to, but The Chedi is definitely one of them.
Excellent hotel, where all the staff try to please. Beautiful architecture, modern design and chic with it. Brilliantly lit walkways through stunning water fountains and pools. Traditional arabic design themes all executed at high quality.
Best by miles...
I agree with the previous reviews and would even add that the dining was the best I have ever eaten in a resort hotel and easily suprpasses most top-end London restaurants for variety and finesse. Good cocktails and wine list as well. Not as good a location as the Datai in Langkawi (same group of hotels) but equal in rooms, service & food.
Quite simply, The Chedi is a top notch hotel. It's far from the largest, or the grandest when compared with some of the glass and steel palaces in Dubai but this hotel simply oozes style and character from the moment you step inside. The hotel has a very modern minimalist style, but at the same time manages to be very opulent and not at all impersonal as some ultra-modern hotels can be. Even the most inexpensive rooms are large and luxurious, with immensely high ceilings and huge picture windows with views of the the calming little pools that are dotted everywhere around the hotel grounds. The shower is a screened off walk in area, and the shower heads are the size of a dinner plate. The furnishings and fittings are brand new and clearly very expensive.
Chedi Muscat, the ultimate destination in Oman
I have traveled often through this region, and find the Chedi Muscat to be the superior hotel in creating an atmosphere of sophistication and style, allowing the guest to relax and reflect amongst a perfectly designed site. Swimming at the infinity pool as the sun sets over the sea, and enjoying the restaurant with its four kitchens and French bakery, are highlights each time I have stayed at this property.