See seperate review on the Shangri La - I id a split stay :
Cannot understand what the hotel tried to achieve architechtually. It appears to me to be a mix of Japanese and Middle Eastern. The standard room is tiny. Storage facilities are minimal. The bed is low ( Japanese style ) as is the television. The television has about 2/3's of the channels that the Shangri la have. The bathroom had only a shower. Ice is from room service.
Only 2 pools, which of course house a limited number of loungers. Go at a busy time and you'll be stuck.
Beach - again, not the white sand type. More coarse than the Shangri la and lots of stones, including the sea. The sea is very shallow, warm but gave up with the damn stones and swam in the pool. Waiters come around with plastic glass of iced water. Despite the hotel being perhap only 1/2 full or less, this was infrequent.
Breakfast was again, buffet style. I hated the restaurant layout. You order your eggs at your table, a lot of the food is served to you from various ports around the restaurant.
Lobby is pleasant, a mix between bedouin/Ottoman.
Pro's and Con's :
Chedi is not in the ' middle of it all ', Muscat is spread out, but closer to where you want to get to than the Shangri la.
You need to call a taxi from the Chedi to go anywhere the same as you would at the Shangri la.
Staff at the Shangri La were a mixture of Oman's, Phillipino's and Indian sub continent. Extremely friendly and helpful.
Chedi, by and large from the Indian sub continent and not as attentive.
Chedi is NOT a resort hotel. They have a large German clientele, in fact most that were staying whilst I was there were German.
I've read that the Chedi aims for a certain clientele - this may be the case but they still pile their plates as high as a ' average ' traveller at breakfast, so I don't buy any of that.
The photos of the pool appear to be an infinity pool - it's not in the true sense of the word. It does not run into the sea nor filled with sea water.
Muscat is not Dubai or Abu Dhabi. It does have a fairly rich history. However, it's a city that is spread out and ideally you should negotiate a taxi for the day, hire a car or take a tour.
Taxis are a pain. They do not have meters. I enjoy bartering, but not outside of a souq and several times a day.
Rule of thumb. 1 Riyal is approx £1.45, from town to the Shangri La a local would pay about 5 Riyals. Try for the same. 7 would be a true maximum. Whatever you negotiate for a taxi, you will rarely get to pay what a local does.
Gold is cheap in the U.A.E.
Massage : Both hotels offer Massages of varying degrees with prices to match.
Treat yourself if you want, but you can find cheaper outside of the 5 star resorts and remember that ' massage parlours ' in the Gulf are not sub descriptions for another trade as they are in the west, but use your common sense.
If you would like a 2 centre break, i.e. Shangri la and something closer to town, try the Intercontinental and Sheraton. Both are next to each other and the area is lively during the weekend.
A recommendation, more the ambience than food is Kargreen.
This forms my personal opinion and as an airline employee, have travelled extensively. I suspect that someone with an endless budget wouldn't be reading reviews at this site, at the same time, if you've spent £500+ getting here, there's no need to spend another £500 - without being tight and not taking away the ' i'm on holiday ' factor, you can spend wisely ... Hope this helps some folk !
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Occupying a prime beachfront location, this exclusive 21-acres 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
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- Chedi Hotel Muscat
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