30 Aug 2019

Long-awaited W Muscat makes its grand debut in Oman

W Hotels Worldwide has introduced its playful luxury hospitality concept to its second destination in the Middle East, with the inauguration of highly anticipated W Muscat in Oman. 

Offering breath-taking views of the picturesque Al Hajar Mountains, W Muscat graces the intersection of the bustling Shatti Al Qurum area.

The architectural narrative of W Muscat immerses guests in the concept of exploration and the illustrious storytelling tradition of the nomadic Bedouin traveller. Its striking design is inspired by the diverse and vibrant natural locale – from the rugged mountain range to the vast Omani desert, the sparkling bay to the azure waters of the Arabian Sea.

An intrepid mix of traditional charm, natural beauty and the ever-intriguing W DNA, W Muscat is home to 279 guestrooms and suites, all complemented by uninterrupted views of the glistening blue water, with their design drawing inspiration from the ocean as well as the asymmetrical lines of the nearby mountains, caves and desert. The brand’s iconic EWOW suite, an edgier take on the classic Presidential Suite, is surely to stun even the most discerning clientele. 

The hotel’s facilities follow the same vein, with a 1,800m2 pool, which forms part of W’s WET experience; the signature AWAY Spa, offering 10 lavish treatment rooms, a steam room, a hammam and a couples’ treatment room under a bejeweled night sky setting with the intimacy of cave-like comfort; and the FIT wellness centre. 

As for the culinary offering, the renowned Siddharta Lounge By Buddha-Bar marked its Oman debut at W Muscat, bringing its signature flair for culinary prowess and inventive mixology to the rooftop restaurant and lounge. The venue transforms from a daytime respite for lounging and relaxing amongst gorgeous views to a scene-setting hotspot when the sun goes down and the music turns up.

Meanwhile, HARVEST offers guests greener, lighter, fresher and brighter 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. 

Finally, CHAR, as the name suggests, dares to defy the traditional grill house, where everything and anything meets the flame. The menu transforms dishes from the kitchens of China, capturing the spirit of Shanghai from pre-revolution to modern times. From a Peking Duck to dim-sum bar to egg tarts, this sophisticated restaurant reflects memories of ‘life around the Bund’, drawing inspiration from the back alleys of Shanghai.

Thrilled with the opening, Anthony Ingham, global brand leader, W Hotels Worldwide said: “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. 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.”