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The Chedi Muscat – a GHM hotel
Ranked #4 of 61 Hotels in Muscat
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 10 March 2007

Having read some of the postings I was a bit apprehensive about actually staying at the Chedi but we still had to as we had booked it months in advance.

Firstly, the beach is not wonderful. However, it is a perfectly great beach to walk on and collect shells or to swim in the sea. The Chedi does not boast Caribbean sand, but what is has is more than adequate. Previous postings mention the chemical works, but you have to go out of your way to see these and it is extremely churlish to say that they could affect your break as you will not see these unless you look for them.

True there are a number of flights that go directly over the hotel each day, but this is neither bothersome nor intrusive.

Secondly, the staff were without exception wonderful throughout our whole stay. I can only commend their attitude as it was first class throughout.

Thirdly, the pools are amazing and the adults only pool is correctly policed, so there are no children. Some German tourists conform to stereotype and do save sunloungers at 8am, whilst they then return to have breakfast, however there was always either a sofa or bed to lie on when we wanted to.

Otherwise, it is a wonderful hotel, in wonderful grounds which are manicured to perfection. The tennis court is in great condition, there is a good gym.

The food is wonderful. Breakfast is amazing with massive variety. There are four kitchens to choose from for evening meal and a wonderful wine list as well.

If you want winter sun, the chedi is a must. If you want an amazing beach look elsewhere.

I would recommend the day trip into Muscat, but if you do wish to go to Nizwa, hire your own car. Beware, there is not much to do in Nizwa when you finally arrive there.

  • Stayed: March 2007, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank samuel75
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Reviewed 6 March 2007

As with others we were concerned by less than complimentary reviews on this site.

My family and I vary in age from 60+ to 4 months. We stayed six nights.

We found the Chedi fantastic, with delicious and varied food, excellent service and quite simply the most stunning design and facilities. One of the most relaxing hotels we have ever stayed at.

Comments on a few of the regular grumbles:

1. The staff - we found all the staff, without exception, excellent. They were always efficient polite and attentive. Sure they do not forn to your every whim as you might find in some chain resort hotels - but then lots of people prefer unobtrusive efficiency.

2. The location - if one was to pick a location along the Muscat coast, the Chedi's would probably not be it - if you want stunning coast and beaches with diving, then head for the Al Bustan or Shangri La. However, that rather misses our intepretation of the ethos of The Chedi - ie total relaxation. It is quite possible to go diving or snorkelling - it just involves a road journey. But really the highlight of the Chedi was lazing by the pool, relaxing in our room etc. Totally chilled.

3. Aircraft - yes there are planes overhead and they are noisy and low. But only really at certain times of the day. We did not find them overly obtrusive at all.

Also, I was concerned how the hotel might cope with our 4 month old -but he was catered for fantastically well.

Our passing thoughts are that we would definitely go back - and are planning it already. A truly great hotel.

  • Stayed: March 2007, travelled with family
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3  Thank Fridger
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Reviewed 14 February 2007

My husband and I and our thirty-year old son and daughter-in-law all enjoyed our 'Feb 9 - 12 stay at the Chedi. As we drove there from Dubai and arrived mid-afternoon, we checked in immediately. This boutique hotel has a sophisticated zen-like atmosphere which would definately not appeal to the "party" crowd but certainly suited us. The amazing gardens and pools are so aesthetically pleasing during the day and take on new dimensions at night as the lighting is superb. It's so lovely to have a pre-dinner drink sitting outdoors on the patio next to a brazier fire. As for the food, breakfast is totally delightful, having your lunch served to you at your poolside chaise is great fun and the selections at dinner are too numerous. While on the pricey side, the quantities are very generous. We all found our rooms quite comfortable and quiet. While there were some planes going overhead, we all felt that this presented no problems.
Prior to leaving, I had read many reviews which condemned this property and I must disagree. I feel these people had not researched this hotel and had just expected it would meet their criteria automatically. For example, re: the price - since it is a member hotel of the Leading Hotels of the World, it obviously is not a bargain property. It never made claims to have a Caribbean beach, which it doesn't. As for the architecture - taking a drive around the beautiful city of Muscat would reveal that the Chedi reflects the Omani style which we all found to be quite lovely. As my son and daughter-in-law live in Dubai, they especially enjoyed the tranquility of the Chedi and also Muscat.
And I would add that we did not find the guests snobbish, but rather that they were enjoying the chill-out experience.

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7  Thank CanadaSnowbird
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Reviewed 11 February 2007

The design of the builings and the grounds is simply stunning - low rise simple white comtemporary buildings sorrounded by relecting pools, fountains.....but that's where the good news ends. Reservations and check-in was a fiasco. The rooms are nicely contemporary but they have opted for form over function - you enter the room via the bathroom and the only place to put your clothes is a hanging rail near the wash basins. It looks good when there is no luggage in the room, once you have unpacked it looks a total mess. For the price the room was very small and there are no no-smoking rooms - if you complain about the smoky smell they just send someone up to spray some air freshener. Service is extremely patchy and inconsistent. Couldn't get a spa appointment for the first 48 hours of my stay. It really needs some good management and staff training to shake this place up!

  • Stayed: January 2007, travelled as a couple
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9  Thank KL_Sue
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Reviewed 10 February 2007

Before we arrived at the chedi, I like you had read some of the reviews left by previous travellers, as a result I must say I was more than a little apprehensive upon arrival. But from the moment the doorman opened the doors on our complementary s class mercedes, we were made to feel more than welcome by the pleasant and courteous staff. We were checked in and bags delivered to our suite within 15mins, the club suite are quite large, huge bathroom, with 300gall bath and a rain shower, if I had to be ultra critical, there wasn't a dining table and chairs. The decor as with the rest of the hotel, was not dubai extravagance, (burj) but just plain, simple quality. Food at the hotel's main restaurant was always of a high standard, as were even the pool bars, and not expensive (unless your used to pub, or fast food) .
Now let me address this contencious point regarding the flight path, your 15 mins from the airport, I would have been suprised not to have heard any planes, this point is in the travel brochure, (latitude's anyway) the noise however was never intrusive, but couldn't tell you how many planes there were because I couldn't be bothered to count ( but not many ) Oh and how some people can tell which are military, and which are commercial I'm not sure they must have had binoculars and been a plane spotter, probably the same way as some saw the desalination plant because I nor my wife ever saw it, must take telescope next time. Yes the beach is a liitle pebbly and the water isn't crystal like the indian ocean, if that's want you want then go to the maldives. Both pools are large and very well maintained, albeit a lack of lifeguards or perhaps I was spoilt by the 206 around the pools in our dubai hotel (no not all at the same time ). Bar service was good, always waitered with a decent variety. All in all this is a very good relaxing hotel, perhaps a bit quiet for some, but good. Oh almost forgot ,the old town trips and mountain trips are well worth a visit.

  • Stayed: January 2007, travelled as a couple
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7  Thank newtonheath
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Reviewed 3 February 2007

Having visited the Al Bustan Palace on previous visits we decided to try The Chedi.
What a disappointment. A great hotel should have Position,Positionand Position.
This fails everywhere - it is next to the Power Station , under the flightpath (you can't hear yourself at breakfast) and the beach is stony with no sealife.
Rooms ,grounds and food OK but if you want to stay in luxury on the beach in Oman then go for the Al Husn,Shangri-La or wait for the multi million refurb to finish at the Al Bustan and book there for 2008.

  • Stayed: October 2006, travelled as a couple
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10  Thank Silverswimmer
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Reviewed 23 January 2007

Not sure what all the negative comments are about. My girlfriend and I had a fab time at the Chedi as a weekend gateway from the dustbowl that is Dubai.

Very minimalist architecture and neutral tone that attracts the design set. A far cry from the gold and OTT glam of Dubai.

The hotel is under a flight path, but we had only 3 planes in the whole morning and didn't really bother by them as we lounging around the gorgeous pool.

The breakfast buffet is memorable with a wide selection of cold and hot dishes. The dinner is expensive but with generous serving! The entree of green salad with whole lobster tail were particular unforgettable as I laid wasted like a beached whale with an overwhelming sense of contentment afterward!

The hotel has the sort of ambience that attracts swanky and occasionally pretentious people but I rather mingle with other elegantly dressed hotel guests than those with gold dripping from them!

If Giorgio Armani opens a hotel, The Chedi will be it! Understated, Elegant and not too over the top! While, others prefer Palazzo Versace!

The rate is expensive as it is targeting a different demographics beyond the normal five stars experience of Grand Hyatts or Shangri-Las but lack the sense of exclusivity of the likes of Aman Resorts, such as Amansara, due to the size of the hotel with 115 rooms.

  • Stayed: January 2007, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank funky_sydney
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Address: North Ghubra 32, Way no 3215, Street no 46, Muscat 113, Oman
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Region: Oman > Muscat Governorate > Muscat
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Muscat
#3 Spa Hotel in Muscat
#4 Romantic Hotel in Muscat
#4 Luxury Hotel in Muscat
Price Range: £353 - £946 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — The Chedi Muscat – a GHM hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 158
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Occupying a prime beachfront location, this exclusive 21-acre 5 star beach resort is located 20 minutes north of old Muscat, the capital of The Sultanate of Oman, at Al Ghubra. The Chedi Muscat is ideally located for business and leisure travelers alike as the main tourist attractions, the financial centre and Muscat International Airport are only a 15 minutes drive away. The Chedi Muscat, a member of “The Leading Hotels of The World” and Oman’s first contemporary hotel, opened its doors in 2003. The resort offers understated elegance and a perfect mix of Omani architecture and a profound Asian Zen-style. The minimalist lines of the low-rise buildings are accentuated by gardens of symmetrical simplicity, with lines of manicured hedges and ordered pools of water, creating an implacable Zen calm. All 158 rooms have breathtaking views across the gardens and ponds, mountains and the Gulf of Oman. As well as a 370m private beach, The Chedi Muscat offers guests a choice of three pools: the adults-only infinity Chedi Pool, surrounded by cabanas and with a superb seafront location and the recently opened 103-metre outdoor pool The Long Pool, and the family friendly Serai Pool, with its black mosaics and elegant canopy plus 2 flood lit tennis courts. ... more   less 
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