Kempinski Muscat, Oman
Now celebrating it’s one 12 months Anniversary, the Kempinski Lodge in Muscat is among the hottest opening’s in Oman’s capital metropolis, Muscat. Located within the prestigious Al Mouj district, only a brief drive from the airport, it’s barely away from the central Muscat space however advantages from a quiet seaside, close by marina and majestic views over the Al Hajar mountain vary.
The lodge, designed by Woods Bagot, the identical architectural staff that work carefully with Qantas, is a panoramic fashionable interpretation of conventional Omani structure. The expansive, sprawling advanced options 310 rooms and suites, 77 beachfront flats and villas, state-of-the-art assembly amenities, 10 various eating places and lounges, a completely geared up well being membership (additionally frequented by residents of Al Mouj) and a luxurious spa expertise.
The lodge additionally affords a formidable infinity pool, however essentially the most instagram-worthy factor is the grand ballroom and the spectacular column clad foyer. The design of the foyer originates from the character of lilies in a pond, and is impressed by the Al Alam Palace, the ceremonial palace of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos. The outstanding location of the ballroom – whereby the Muscat Ballroom is located – establishes a powerful first impression, with an architectural design impressed by Arabic lanterns, illuminated within the night to bolster the lodge as a landmark within the Al Mouj Muscat neighborhood.
The lodge affords a myriad of eating choices. In addition to the principle Kitchen Restaurant, which has live-cooking islands snaking by way of the area providing a variety of worldwide delicacies that varies daily.
The lodge additionally affords a variety of vacation spot eating choices too, together with extremely genuine Indian delicacies at Bukhara and delightfully flavoursome meals at Soi Soi, a Thai street-food speciality restaurant.
Each of those meals shops are staffed by Thai and Indian workers, who’re knowledgable in regards to the meals on supply. Our prime tip is to comply with their suggestions. Meals is recent, and superbly introduced.
However most visitors will prefer to spend their day by the pool. For gentle snacks and meals throughout whereas having fun with Muscat’s good climate, the Pool Bar is the place to be, with an ever current staff taking good care of each requirement. Friends ought to discover that the lodge has a licence to promote alcohol, however solely throughout particular occasions of the day.
There’s additionally a Boulevard Tea Home that gives freshly ready Indian delicacy teas. Recent espresso, dainty desserts and pastries could be discovered at Café One, the lodge’s deli and the Amwaj Lounge, the lodge’s luxurious front room, units the scene with a choice of French pastries and afternoon tea.
In addition to a Cigar Lounge, the lodge additionally performs dwelling to Zale, the lodge’s seaside membership and lounge, can be the one one in every of its variety in Al Mouj Muscat, one of many trendiest spots within the space (and the one with a licence) which specialises in globally impressed delicacies, nice cocktails, and stay music, all set towards a seaside backdrop
Nevertheless, the place we spent most of our time, was the lodge’s Cosmic Bowling alley. It’s the one bowling and leisure centre in Al Mouj Muscat, and the one one in Muscat that has a licence, excellent for a enjoyable sport of bowling whereas having fun with joyful hour cocktails.
As for the rooms, they’re opulent with out being ostentatious, and our “Deluxe Sea View” room class was nicely appointed with Nespresso espresso machines, massive mattress, stunning roll prime lavatory and expansive terrace with a terrific view of the mountain vary, new Muscat Worldwide Airport within the distance, and past that, Muscat itself.
The most recent addition to the lodge nonetheless is the lately opened government condominium wing. That includes a variety of flats, a few of which overlook the ocean, these serviced areas are the right bolt-holes for visitors staying as much as a 12 months. Friends not solely profit from more room and luxury, however all of the creature comforts and providers the lodge gives too.
All in all, this new lodge balances itself completely between a enterprise lodge and a seaside resort, which suggests you might even see visitors in tub robes strolling previous these in fits on the breakfast and all the things in-between. Good for an extended weekend, Muscat’s Kempinski lodge is definitely someplace we’ll be wanting ahead to returning to.