My first visit to The Oman but with extensive travelling throughout the Gulf. What a wonderful new experience. Such lovely friendly people , smiles everywhere .
The Sifawy is quite a long drive from the airport , just over an hour, but on arrival the drive is worth every minute.
Spectacularly clean and most welcoming of staff, quickly taken to my room without any quibble of arriving a couple of hours early.
A very large room overlooking the pool but with every comfort, everything one would expect and more, even down to an expresso machine.
The word boutique , is absolutely spot on . small but lots of space around a pool with interesting contours.
The hotel fronts onto a private marina to pick up various boat trips either as a taxi to Muscat or dolphin watching.
400 meters away is a private sandy beach, for those not wanting to walk off the breakfast calories , there is a ready golf cart to transport you.
The restaurant is very eclectic but the breakfast is all anyone could wish for, a buffet of fresh fruits , yoghurts, pastries, wide range of hot dishes including a chef to cook eggs in any fashion.
As I said everyone smiles, the staff are treasures are constantly attentive. The restaurant manager, Ram, deserves a special mention , appears to be ever present and runs a very happy and attentive team.
Just along the beach , 15 minute walk or free ride , is a special fish restaurant part of the hotel, very relaxed open onto the sandy beach serving locally caught fish and lobsters . Very simple but relaxed and with the sea washing up a stone throw away.
I would recommend this hotel highly, probably better to hire a car unless you want to relax and enjoy being very well looked after and gently strolling around the marina and down to the private beach.
The hotel manager was ever present and she was always to be seen walking around the public areas talking to the guests. The clientele were very mixed, from Italy , France , Germany , Holland and local Omanis. A very balanced cohort which made the opportunity of meeting differing nationalities an added bonus in this very friendly location.
i would certainly go back without hesitation.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in Jebel Sifah, a new resort development 45 minutes from Muscat downtown. This boutique hotel designed by renowned Italian architect features large swimming pool, outdoor Jacuzzi, fitness centre, treatment room, in addition to a wide range of activities and excursions. Suite guests are provided with a personalized butler who can handle every detail of your stay. ... more less
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