The Chedi Muscat, Muscat, Oman
Vibrant, sophisticated and charming to within an inch of its white-washed loveliness, The Chedi, located in Oman’s capital city, Muscat, is elegance incarnate, a resort that simply oozes character.
There's a restrained opulence to this 158-roomed hotel, where every effort has been put in to create a stylish resort that remains at ease with its magnificent backdrop, namely deserts, mountains and the stunning Boushar beachfront, dipping into the pure waters of the Gulf of Oman.
Magnificent architecture, three azure pools peppered with dreamy cabanas, a water garden and a private length of beach are all yours for the taking, with the architect’s emphasis on clean lines and rich furnishings providing the perfect accompaniment to the trademark Arabian blue skies.
It goes without saying that The Chedi's facilities are world-class too: an extensive spa specialises in Asian therapies, there's the obligatory state-of-the-art fitness centre, a library, two floodlit tennis courts, and a luxury boutique where you'll find everything from exclusive art and jewellery to original Omani and Asian artefacts.
And all this is before we even begin to mention the seven stylish options for dining, including the ravishingly-located Beach Restaurant, The Arabian Courtyard and Shisha Lounge; and The Restaurant featuring Western, Asian, Middle Eastern and Indian cuisine.