Situated on the Bal Ghubra Beachfront on a private stretch of sandy shore, twenty minutes north of Muscat, and 15 minutes from Muscat International Airport, The Chedi was the first contemporary hotel to open in Muscat, raising the standard for design-led hotels the world over. The singular, sleek aesthetic - cool, clean and uncluttered - is reflected throughout the hotel in the lobby, restaurants, rooms and gardens. Designed in the style of traditional Omani architecture (fountain courtyards, white domed arches, water gardens) combined with Asian minimalism (black-stone floors, zen pools), the overall effect is stunning in its simplicity and symmetry.
A compact gym overlooking the beach offers the opportunity to work out facing the Gulf of Oman. Spa aficionados will love The Chedi's spa, voted the world's best in Africa, Middle East and the Indian Ocean in this year's Readers Travel Awards. This may be a destination hotel, but Oman has plenty to offer by way of sightseeing, and for those aquatically-inclined, there are dolphin and diving trips, weather permitting.
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