Now celebrating it’s one yr Anniversary, the Kempinski Resort in Muscat is without doubt one of 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 seashore, close by marina and majestic views over the Al Hajar mountain vary.
The lodge, designed by Woods Bagot, the identical architectural group that work carefully with Qantas, is a panoramic fashionable interpretation of conventional Omani structure. The expansive, sprawling complicated options 310 rooms and suites, 77 beachfront flats and villas, state-of-the-art assembly amenities, 10 various eating places and lounges, a totally outfitted well being membership (additionally frequented by residents of Al Mouj) and a luxurious spa expertise.
The lodge additionally provides a formidable infinity pool, however probably the most instagram-worthy component 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 group.
The lodge provides a myriad of eating choices. In addition to the primary Kitchen Restaurant, which has live-cooking islands snaking via the area providing a variety of worldwide delicacies that varies day-to-day.
The lodge additionally provides 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 concerning the meals on supply. Our prime tip is to observe their suggestions. Meals is contemporary, and fantastically offered.
However most friends will wish to spend their day by the pool. For gentle snacks and meals throughout whereas having fun with Muscat’s sensible climate, the Pool Bar is the place to be, with an ever current group taking good care of each requirement. Visitors 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 might 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 house to Zale, the lodge’s seashore membership and lounge, can be the one one among 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 seashore 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, good for a enjoyable sport of bowling whereas having fun with glad hour cocktails.
As for the rooms, they’re opulent with out being ostentatious, and our “Deluxe Sea View” room class was effectively appointed with Nespresso espresso machines, massive mattress, lovely roll prime toilet and expansive terrace with an incredible view of the mountain vary, new Muscat Worldwide Airport within the distance, and past that, Muscat itself.
The newest addition to the lodge nevertheless is the lately opened govt residence wing. That includes a variety of flats, a few of which overlook the ocean, these serviced areas are the right bolt-holes for friends staying as much as a yr. Visitors not solely profit from more room and luxury, however all of the creature comforts and companies the lodge offers too.
All in all, this new lodge balances itself completely between a enterprise lodge and a seashore resort, which suggests you may even see friends in tub robes strolling previous these in fits on the breakfast and all the things in-between. Excellent for a protracted weekend, Muscat’s Kempinski lodge is actually someplace we’ll be trying ahead to returning to.
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