Need to know
158, including 38 suites
12 noon (though late check-out up to 6pm is available for half the room’s nightly rate). Earliest check-in, 2pm.
In the 13 suites of Muscat’s largest spa you can treat yourself to jet lag-busting restorers, romantic bathing rituals, Himalayan warm stone massages and all manner of rejuvenating facials.
At the hotel
Private beach, spa and health club, tennis courts, boutique, 21 acres of landscaped grounds and free WiFi. In rooms: TV, CD player, iPod dock, minibar with free drinks and snacks, Acqua di Parma bath products.
Our favourite rooms
In all rooms, neutral tones and dark fixtures are the order of the day, with the occasional carved wooden detail. Any room facing seawards offers cinematic views of the Gulf of Oman from the widescreen windows. The Chedi Club Suites have sunken terrazzo baths, private terraces and are close to the regal Club Lounge so you can be the first in the queue for the decadent champagne brunches it hosts.
There are three, including the region’s longest, a 103-metre-long moody marvel lined by palms and black double day beds. The Chedi pool overlooks the beach – perfect for wallowing with a view of the waves and, with a quick scamper across the narrow sands, you can splash among them. On the very hottest days, head for the Serai pool; it’s ample awnings provide welcome shade in and around the water.
Bikinis, swimming shorts and the usual beachy essentials are fine for the pool. For day trips and evening time, it’s the smarter side of smart casual: trousers and shirts for men; long skirts and dresses for women, and something to cover your shoulders. If you're planning any desert adventures, sturdy shoes are a must.
Pick up a little shiny something from the boutique to accessorise your evening wear – locally-crafted jewellery, ornaments, art and clothes are all available to buy.
Welcome. Extra beds (US$66 a night) and cots (free) can be added to all rooms. Staff will happily adapt the restaurant’s dishes for children. Babysitting is available for US$12 an hour during the week ($14 an hour at weekends); book two days in advance.