The Chedi, Muscat, Oman

Forget the bling and glitz of Dubai life, Oman moves at a distinctly less showy pace than that of its Emirati neighbour. And who needs glamour when you have centuries of legend right on your doorstep?

Oman is the country of Sinbad the Sailor, it received the Queen of Sheba, and the ruins of Shir are possibly the mythical city of the One Thousand And One Nights. What is definitely not fiction is that Oman possesses an astonishingly rich and very well-preserved heritage.

Flanked by the al-Hajar mountains on one side and the cobalt waters of the Arabian Sea on the other, the Chedi Muscat is a sanctuary of minimalism, inspired by its history-rich surroundings.


Honeymooning here is all about quiet affluence: by day, you bask in the 103-metre-long pool; by night, sip cocktails under starlit skies, living out your very own Arabian Nightsfantasy.

If you need to reach a higher level of relaxation, the newest addition to the hotel, The Spa provides the ultimate restful retreat, with a thorough Asian-inspired menu of Oriental rituals where you will be pampered into a state of pure ecstasy.

If fly-and-flop guilt does set in, retreat into the remote dunes of the desert with Hud Hud Travels before retiring to your spectacular camp to sleep like Arabian royalty.

WOW FACTOR: Dining barefoot in the sand on the freshest grilled seafood at the picturesque Beach Restaurant, which overlooks the Gulf of Oman. Gorgeous.

GO: Cox & Kings ( offers four nights from £1,040 per person, B&B. Includes flights and transfers. Hud Hud Travels ( offers two nights in the Wahiba Sands from £1,695 per person. Includes transfers.

FLIGHT TIME: 7 hours and 30 minutes


LAST UPDATED: 11th November 2011 4:22pm

The opposite of flashy Dubai, Oman has a traditional Arabic charm (the country didn't have electricity until the 1970s). Muscat is far from hectic and The Chedi exudes peace from the moment you step into its Bedouin-style lobby. Guests are greeted with a cold towel and minty lime juice, while honeymooners are spoiled with champagne and Omani dates. There's minimal, Asian-inspired rooms in the main building or book your own villa. Relax on a double daybed by the black-tiled pool, stroll along the white-sand beach, unwind in the spa, and try the menu at one of the five restaurants, which are also popular with stylish locals. Wow factor: Head to the Beach Restaurant at night where candles flicker and waves break in front of you. Go: Book with Turquoise Holidays; call 01494 678400 or visit for more details or email