Kempinski Hotel Muscat
The cool architecture impresses as soon as you walk into the palatial lobby – all gleaming columns and acres of white marble. The Kempinski Hotel Muscat squares up to the Gulf of Oman in all its modern Arabic glory: large expanses of glass frame sea views and glorious arches soar high overhead.
Found in the leafy district of Al Mouj, you’re perfectly placed for an Omani getaway: the marble-clad Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque and stunning Royal Opera House are around 20 minutes away by car, while the international airport is half that drive.
There are two outdoor pools flanked by a bar and sun loungers, with more loungers dotted along the 6km-long beach. Here, you can kick back with a good book or sign up for watersports galore – wakeboarding, waterskiing, paddleboarding, kayaking and scuba diving. Rooms and suites are sleek and stylish; opt for a Grand Deluxe Sea View Room for unobstructed vistas – best captured from the private balcony.
This hotel is definitely one for foodies: it even has its own culinary concierge. The Kitchen is an all-day affair, from baked breakfast goods and punchy Arabian coffee, to platters of Middle Eastern delicacies and seafood heaped over ice. Wash down French pastries with freshly brewed tea at Amwaj Lounge, try Thai street food at Soi Soi or feast on North Indian curry at Bukhara. Zale Beach Club is a cool hangout with a buzzy after-hours vibe – the perfect spot for a sundowner.