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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- The Chedi Muscat Hotel Muscat Governorate
- The Chedi Hotel Muscat
- Chedi Oman
- Chedi Hotel Oman
- Chedi Hotel Muscat
- Chedi Muscat Oman