W Hotels Worldwide, part of Marriott International Inc., announced the opening of W Muscat, the brand’s newest beachfront W Escape and the second to open in the Middle East this year.
Set against the backdrop of Al Hajar Mountains, W Muscat sits at the intersection of the Shatti Al Qurum area. “Muscat is a fascinating and exciting city. Its cultural DNA honors millennia of tradition while looking to what’s new and next – an ideal match for the W brand,” says Anthony Ingham, global brand leader, W Hotels Worldwide.
“The arrival of W in Muscat marks a new chapter for both the brand and this buzzing metropolis. The hotel reinterprets Omani design and cultural traditions to create a modern, energetic and stylish Escape unlike anything the sultanate has seen before,” he adds.
Welcoming guests upon arrival is a nine-tonne frankincense tree sculpture designed by renowned artist Pongsatat Uaiklang that pays tribute to Omani culture. In that same tradition, guests are then ushered into the Living Room (W’s take on the lobby), where they unwind in an Arabic Majlis.
All of the 279 guestrooms and suites at W Muscat provide uninterrupted views of water. A 1,800 square metre beachfront pool offers views of the Gulf of Oman and forms part of the W brand’s iconic WET experience.
The AWAY Spa comprises 10 treatment rooms, a steam room, hammam and couples’ treatment room. The gym, namely FIT, boasts sea views as well.
Siddharta Lounge By Buddha-Bar makes an Oman debut at W Muscat, while HARVEST offers guests greener, lighter, fresher options for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The menu is designed using locally sourced produce and rotating specialties including an exclusive coffee roasted locally in Oman.
CHAR, as the name suggests, is a grill house, where everything and anything meets the flame. As for Ba Ban, the menu transforms dishes from the kitchens of China, capturing the spirit of Shanghai from pre-revolution to modern times.