Blue skies, wide open lawns, a beautiful inviting ocean, the region’s longest infinity pool at a length of 103 metres, relaxing spa treatments, impeccable service and one of the top restaurants in the city. What is there not to like about The Chedi, Muscat? Absolutely nothing! I have never needed a reason to come to this haven of tranquility and yet I’ve found another to entice me here.
So we’ve already been there a couple of times, and have been thoroughly impressed both by the à la carte meals and our treatments at the spa (I reckon, the best spa experience I’ve ever had!). Having been to other hotels for their Friday Brunch, we decided it was time to give it a go at The Chedi.
I love the Chedi because of its simplicity and elegance. The drive up to the hotel grounds is a long quiet road. Low buildings with a clean, white facade signal the end of your approach. Upon entering The Chedi, one is greeted by the friendly staff, the intoxicating smell of incense from a burner, and stylish hanging lights in the tented lobby. While the rest of the hotel remains rather modern, the lobby’s moroccan-inspired tented ceiling and arches emphasise the beauty of our Middle Eastern surroundings.
To the right of this impressive lobby lies The Restaurant, one of the six dining options at the hotel. As you are ushered to your table, one immediately notices the modern decor. It is well laid out, and furnished in dark woods and clean lines. There are various sections within the restaurants, each with its own open concept kitchen so you can see the chefs at work and observe their food preparations. Light flows in from the large windows at one end of the restaurant that faces the green lawn and beach, and chandeliers continue to illuminate the room. The use of glass and wood in the kitchens and wine displays creates a sense of openness, and keeps up with the modern furnishing. In addition to this, soft lighting in the food displays and under the counters heightens the sophistication of the restaurant as well as your dining experience.
I’m not usually inclined towards buffets. In most of my experiences with buffets, the selection may be vast but the quality seems to suffer. And I never manage to eat much, which makes buffets seem like such a waste on me. But if every buffet was like the one we had at the Chedi, I’d be an immediate convert. The Restaurant has got to be one of the best restos in Muscat. On the previous occasions that we’ve been there and ordered from the à la carte menu, the food, presentation and service were all exemplary. This time was no exception.
Already drawn to the food that was beautifully presented in an array of colours , I was so surprised that the quality of the food did not differ from their usual standard. The food was displayed with such attention to detail! In various glass, earthenware and porcelain dishes, the food was arranged in differing heights in diverse colours and textures. The results were amazing and so aesthetically-appealing! There was a large selection of international cuisine, and as per normal, I had my fair share of oysters, sashimi and desserts. I also noted a counter with food that seemed to cater to the taste buds of kids. And this certainly wasn’t the usual pedestrian fare for the young ones; the dishes were presented appealingly in mini-portions and they tasted good too. TT particularly enjoyed the chicken lollipops and devoured three of them along with creamy mashed potatoes and pasta. The burgers and lasagna looked like sure hits for the kids too. I spotted a prawn hors d’oeuvre dressed up as a little chick which definitely got my vote for being the cutest thing there!
This might have been the first time that I enjoyed a buffet so much. I didn’t try everything but the selection that I had was amazing, especially the raw seafood and desserts. I also decided to treat myself to some prosecco and the attentive wait-staff were extremely prompt in keeping my glass filled. It was such a delightful and relaxing afternoon, and The Restaurant is currently at the top of my Friday Brunch venues.
Has anyone been to the other Chedi properties around the world? If they are anything like the one in Muscat, they’ve got to be equally impressive! Well, if you’re ever in Muscat, do yourself a favour – have a meal AND a spa treatment at The Chedi. You will leave feeling pampered, and will continue to pine for that serenity long after you get home!
I hope you’ve enjoyed the glimpse into Muscat
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