Mandarin Oriental Muscat: Exceptional Hospitality Arrives in Oman

ByTravelling For Business

June 4, 2024
Mandarin Oriental has announced the opening of Mandarin Oriental, Muscat, marking the Group's debut in the Sultanate of Oman.

Mandarin Oriental has announced the opening of Mandarin Oriental, Muscat, marking the Group’s debut in the Sultanate of Oman.

This new urban resort, featuring both hotel accommodations and branded residences, boasts a distinctive architectural design that takes full advantage of stunning views over the Arabian Sea. Located in the prestigious Shatti Al-Qurum neighbourhood, it offers easy access to Muscat’s ancient architectural treasures and vibrant culture, all set against the majestic backdrop of the Hajar Mountains.

Designed by renowned French interior designer Xavier Cartron, the hotel’s architecture draws deeply from Oman’s rich cultural heritage. Guests enter through grand Omani wooden doors into a lobby that seamlessly blends influences from various regions and civilizations, celebrating Oman’s cultural and artisanal legacy. Three central fountains honour the diverse cultural tapestry of the Middle East, Africa, and Asia, while a stunning chandelier with colourful crystal lanterns illuminates the lobby. The captivating sea views framed by coconut and palm trees invite guests to explore Muscat’s allure and mystique.

The 103 guestrooms and 47 suites are inspired by the natural beauty of Oman, featuring locally sourced materials such as Desert Rose marble and Ashwood. Each handcrafted piece is designed to evoke the country’s treasures, with details like bed backboards inspired by the traditional Omani “Kuma” hat and brass lanterns reminiscent of the iconic “Khanjar” daggers. The 156 private homes at The Residences at Mandarin Oriental offer an unmatched waterfront lifestyle with exceptional comfort and service.

Under the culinary leadership of Executive Chef Raymond Rjaily, the hotel’s five distinct restaurants and lounge promise a range of international cuisines. The signature restaurant, Essenza, takes diners on a journey through Italy’s coastal regions with traditional recipes passed down through generations. The Mandarin Cake Shop, led by Executive Pastry Chef Stephane Tranchet, offers indulgent pastries, cakes, and viennoiseries, along with specialty teas and coffees. Tranchet’s renowned “cloud cake” is a highlight, showcasing his pastry expertise.

The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Muscat provides a holistic wellness experience, combining Mandarin Oriental’s award-winning Asian treatments with local healing traditions. This serene urban oasis features natural daylight and stunning sea views. Tailored wellness journeys include exclusive body massage and skincare treatments, a traditional Hammam with Moroccan techniques, and a 30-metre outdoor pool. The spa’s interiors are adorned with exquisite mosaics and fragrant oils, enhancing the relaxation experience. Families can enjoy the kids’ pool, play area, and a kids’ club on the promenade.

For sophisticated events and weddings, the hotel offers 2,000 square metres of indoor venues and an additional 335 square metres of outdoor space, all bathed in natural daylight. Highlights include an 800-square-metre ballroom with spectacular sea views, an adjoining Bridal Room, and three dedicated banqueting and meeting spaces.

To celebrate the opening, the resort has introduced a Fans of Muscat package. This exclusive offer includes luxurious accommodation, a private guided tour of the Royal Opera House, and credit for culinary and wellness experiences, ensuring guests experience the very best of what Mandarin Oriental Muscat has to offer.