We have reviewed hotels in or near Muscat, Oman, with the best club or executive lounges. Whether you are traveling as a couple, a family, or as a single business traveler, by reviewing each of these club lounges, in turn, I conclude which hotel club lounge comes in at the top and which hotel I would select as having the best club lounge in Oman.
Oman’s most impressive two hotels are Six Senses Zighy Bay vs. Alila Jabal Akhdar, located far away from the Omani capital Muscat. Neither of these hotels has a club lounge. Still, most travelers will spend at least a few days in Muscat, and you can pick one of the best hotels with a club lounge in Muscat.
If you want to stay in luxury in Muscat, you should stay at one of Muscat’s luxury hotels; The Chedi Muscat, Al Bustan Palace A Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Kempinski Hotel Muscat, and Shangri-La Al Husn. There is also an InterContinental, Crowne Plaza, Hyatt, Sheraton, and the newest Marriott Bonvoy property will be the W Hotel next to the InterContinental.
The best time to visit Oman is between November and March, when the cooler air enables you to see the mountain scenery, and daytime temperatures average at 25°C. For the rest of the year, Oman is hot and hazy, particularly between May and August. Conversely, May to August is the time to visit if you want to pick up a bargain and don’t mind the heat.
Muscat feels like you are stepping back in time with no high-rise buildings, so you get a very authentic experience when visiting the city. It’s a world away from Dubai and yet only 4 and a half hours to drive. Visas for Oman and the UAE are very easy and cheap, and you get them when you arrive at Muscat airport without prior arrangements. The Oman (and the UAE) Consular websites will give you more details.
Wherever you decide to stay, Muscat Oman or elsewhere, book via our luxury travel concierge. We offer free upgrades, free breakfasts, and free perks at hotels including the Four Seasons, Park Hyatt, Marriott, Ritz-Carlton, InterContinental, and more at no extra cost.
Typically, our free benefits at luxury hotels include:
- Room upgrade to next category
- Complimentary breakfast for two per bedroom
- Complimentary Welcome Gift
- $100 USD equivalent Hotel experiential credit per room per stay
- Early check-in / late check-out (subject to availability)
- Complimentary Wi-Fi
I have compiled a list below containing the club lounges available across luxury hotels in Oman. I list the lounges in Oman that I consider to be the best of the best. I will be reviewing each of these hotel club lounges in detail in turn so that you know what you will get if you book a room with club lounge access or get upgraded to a club lounge for free because of your loyalty status.
1. The Chedi Muscat
The five-star Chedi Muscat is the most elegant and stylish resort in the greater Muscat area (with prices to match). It is located on 21 acres of tranquil gardens at the foot of the rugged Al Hajar mountain range. The neatly manicured gardens offer an elegant mix of Omani architecture and an Asian Zen style. The resort is edged by 370 meters of pristine (if not overly attractive) private beachfront, which slopes into the turquoise blue waters of the Gulf of Oman.
The Chedi Muscat is Oman’s only member of The Leading Hotels of the World and has to be one of the most stylish, minimalist resorts in the world. The lobby is particularly memorable as it is inspired by a Bedouin tent! The resort is convenient to get to with just a 15-minute transfer from the Muscat International Airport and a 20-minute transfer to Muscat’s business center. Still, there is not much directly around the hotel.
Sparkling waters, vibrant gardens, and dramatic mountains can be enjoyed through the grand windows in all 158 of its tasteful, well-appointed guestrooms and suites, offering panoramic views of the gardens or the Gulf. Unfortunately, none of the rooms have outside space or balconies, and none feature a sunken bathtub with the exception of the more expensive Club Suites. If you like a big bed, don’t book the smallest rooms (category ‘serai’) as they come with a queen-sized bed rather than a king-sized bed.
There is also a stunning signature spa, diverse cuisine, and attentive service at this luxury resort. Three outdoor temperature-controlled swimming pools, with 2 of them being adults only, will tempt you into the water, including the infinity Chedi Pool and the 103-meter long pool (pictured above), the region’s longest pool and a brilliant pool if you like to swim for exercise, as you can just keep on swimming!
To spark romance, or add something special to your honeymoon, surprise your loved one with a private dinner by the beach complete with flowers & candles, flaming tiki torches, a bottle of champagne, your own private butler as the sunsets.
All Deluxe Club Rooms, Deluxe Club Terrace Rooms, and Chedi Club Suites offer privileged access to The Club Lounge. Benefits here begin with airport transfers by private air-conditioned limousine or Mercedes.
The exclusive and private club lounge features an extensive double-height library in an awe-inspiring setting with complimentary business services and internet access. Snacks and tea are served here amongst the comfortable, elegantly upholstered European furnishings. It is a truly refined experience. Breakfast is taken in the main restaurant and is excellent. Drinks are served throughout the day, afternoon tea late afternoon, and cocktails & canapés from early evening.
The club lounge itself isn’t huge, but it is lovely. My favorite features are the outdoor seating in addition to the indoor seating area. The evening buffet is the opposite of an all-you-can-eat affair, in a good way. There are lots of high-end small dishes like sushi, Thai beef, Indian mains, and delicious cheeses, enough to fill you up. The value is offered in the evening if you drink alcohol, as the cocktails, spirits, wine, and beers are all complimentary, along with soft drinks. Disappointingly, the club lounge closes at around 8:00 pm, so you need to transfer to the bar or restaurant for the remainder of your evening.
The lounge upgrade is well worth paying for because of the outdoor space. I can’t think of a better place to start your evening off. Book the Chedi via our luxury travel concierge and you will get also great free benefits at no extra cost:
- Upgrade on arrival (subject to availability)
- Daily buffet breakfast for up to two in-room guests
- $100 USD equivalent Resort/Hotel credit to be utilized during stay (not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
- Complimentary welcome drink on arrival
- Early check-in / late check-out (subject to availability)
- Complimentary Wi-Fi
- For Chedi Club Suite guests: Two complimentary 60-minute ancient Balinese massages, once per stay
2. Kempinski Hotel Muscat
The five-star Kempinski Hotel Muscat is the other Muscat hotel with the best club lounge and only recently opened in 2018. When choosing between the Chdi and the Kempinski, the club lounges are equally luxurious, but I prefer the resort feel and the stylish verandah setting at the club lounge in the Chedi. Conversely, the beach is much nicer at the Kempinski. Both hotels are super choices.
Designed with a variety of local Omani influences, the hotel is one of the most impressive in Oman, with an incredible lobby with a triple-height ceiling, stalactite style pillars dropping down to the marble floor, and floor to ceiling glass windows that offer views out over the pool and out to sea.
The hotel is surrounded by over 6 km of stunning coastline within the Al Mouj community and is near Muscat International Airport. The Kempinski Muscat Hotel features 3 stunning swimming pools: A kids’ pool, a main pool (infinity pool), and the cascade pool (adults pool). It also has a fully equipped gym and spa, which guests can use during their stay. The beach is stunning, offering golden sands and loungers grouped under umbrellas.
Rooms are smart and stylish with stand-alone baths in the bathrooms, and guests in the Executive Rooms and Suites gain access to the club lounge throughout the day from 10:00 am – 10:00 pm. This exclusive Executive Lounge is located strategically on the lobby level of the business wing and delivers added privacy and special benefits. You get complimentary afternoon tea, snacks, and happy hour. There is a large array of beverages, snacks, and desserts during happy hours. The selection isn’t as wide as some other hotels in the region. Still, it is consistent with other Kempinski branded hotels in the region, such as The Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi.
It is worth noting that the lounge is closed during the Holy Month of Ramadan. Guests with access can enjoy similar benefits at Café One or The Kitchen Restaurant during this period.
3. Grand Hyatt Muscat
The Grand Hyatt Muscat is usually quite a lot more expensive than the InterContinental, Sheraton and the Crown Plaza reviewed below. You get a lot more bling for your bucks. This is a much more luxurious hotel and is located on the other side of the city from the Shangri La and Al Bustan, en route to the airport. There are lots to do within walking distance of the hotel, which is a nice feature of this hotel, particularly when compared to the remote Chedi, which is out of town. It will cost you OMR 7 for the taxi fare to get to and from the airport.
The lobby area is nicely designed with three huge glass windows facing towards the pool area, a statue of a falconer on a horse with steps leading down to the Moka Cafe, and the mezzanine level with shops. Zahara tours in the lobby offer a city tour and a tour to Nizwa and Oman’s ” Grand Canyon”. There is a dive shop right next to the hotel where you can book a great scuba dive at Fahal Island. It’s only a 15-minute boat ride from the hotel, and you can see loads of fish, etc.
The pool area is a bit small for such a large hotel, but it is nice with a lazy river going around from one side to the other. The pool is open until 9:00 pm. A footpath leads to the public beach, and there is a shower facility to wash off the sand when you return to the hotel grounds.
The Grand Club lounge is excellent. Very large, with a number of rooms and a large outdoor area. At night, there is soft lighting and music, and the atmosphere is like a nice bar. There are great spreads at breakfast and in the evening and lots and plenty of booze.
Breakfast comes with a good range of items and bread (no hot food) as well as a toaster. Coffee and soft drinks are available throughout the day. Afternoon tea consists of homemade cake and a selection of fruit and cookies but think of it as a light snack to go with your cup of tea rather than a proper meal. The Cocktail offers evening snacks, including some Indian dishes, more than enough to fill you up. Plus, there are desserts for something sweet at the end of your meal. The Regency Club outdoor terrace is particularly nice for taking breakfast and evening drinks/snacks, and children are allowed in this lounge but must be supervised.
Overall this hotel is a little dated and, although a good choice, probably not worth paying a high premium in price over the cheaper hotels below, although the club lounge IS worth paying the extra for if you have a room-only rate. On the bright side, World Of Hyatt elite members usually get a very large bowl of exotic fruits and chocolates here, which is a nice bonus.
Book almost any Hyatt hotel with our luxury travel concierge and you will get the following free Hyatt Prive benefits as well as your usual World Of Hyatt points and status benefits:
- Daily full breakfast for 2 per room
- Welcome amenity
- 100 USD property credit per stay
- Early check-in / late check-out (subject to availability)
- Room upgrade priority
4. InterContinental Muscat
This is not the finest InterContinental hotel in the world. It is not a patch on the London InterContinental Park Lane or the London O2 InterContinental, which we are such fans of, but it is a better choice than the Crowne Plaza Muscat. Both this InterContinental and it’s cheaper Crowne Plaza sister IHG hotel have club lounges.
The InterContinental Muscat have currently refurbished and renovated 82 rooms so make sure you choose one of these as the older rooms are dated. The bathrooms are particularly bad, and the water that comes out of the taps can be brown! In theory, tap water in Muscat is drinkable, but I would avoid it here.
As for the rest of the hotel, the lagoon-style feels more like a public pool rather than a luxury hotel pool, but it is large, and there’s another pool for serious lappers. The east side of the hotel borders a large construction site, which will be a W Hotel by Marriot Bonvoy and means that there is noise during the day and night. There are also a lot of birds in the hotel. Noisy parakeets frequent and roost on the balconies, resulting in a great deal of bird poop.
There are positives to this hotel. This InterContinental has been known to provide free club lounge access during June and July to Spire Ambassador IHG loyalty club members. Elite members also get a bottle of wine and two amenity plates of food to welcome them.
They also offer some nice restaurants and a Starbucks, and the hotel is conveniently located by the beach. While we cannot wholeheartedly currently recommend this hotel, the quality is taken into account in the price. This InterContinental is usually much cheaper than the surrounding hotels. It is better than the Crowne Plaza but worse than the Hyatt reviewed above. Another option is the Sheraton, which is a good property in a bad location. The best Marriott Bonvoy property in Muscat will soon be the W Hotel next door to this InterContinental when it has been completed.
Book the InterContinental Muscat via our luxury travel concierge and you will get also great free benefits (if you stay 2 or more nights) at no extra cost:
- Guaranteed late check-out
- Complimentary breakfast for two at the hotel restaurant daily
- Value-added amenity, specific to the hotel ($100 USD value per stay)
- Upgrade to next available room category (subject to availability on arrival)
- Free Wi-Fi on unlimited devices
- Turn down service as appropriate by brand
- Handwritten, personalized welcome card
- Bottled water, fresh fruit, and snacks in room upon arrival
5. Sheraton Oman Hotel Muscat
Sheraton Oman Hotel Muscat features 230 modern and spacious rooms, including 27 suites with panoramic views of the Al Hajar mountain range. Its location isn’t great, at the top of Ruwi, the financial and business hub of Muscat. It is half an hour away from Muscat International Airport and is within walking distance from the Ruwi bus station, where you can catch the #4 bus to the Souk, Fish Market, and Old Muscat.
Guest room interiors have distinctive touches of Omani culture. All rooms are spacious and outfitted with the Sheraton brand’s signature amenities and services, including the Sheraton Signature Sleep Experience.
38 Sheraton Club rooms offer exclusive access to the Sheraton® Club lounge with complimentary Wi-Fi, daily breakfast, and a premium selection of beverages and hors d’oeuvres. Sheraton Oman also features Al Deyafa, a lounge dedicated to guests with early check-ins and late check-outs, the only hotel in the country to offer this facility.
The executive lounge here is good, although the evening happy hour hot food can be repetitive if you stay for long. The afternoon tea is particularly good with snacks and drinks, and breakfast is served in the restaurant with a great spread and a make-to-order egg station. No kids are allowed in the lounge in the evening, which is pretty standard for Asia and the Middle East. The indoor pool is also adults-only, so this hotel may not be the best pick for families in Muscat, Oman.
The hotel also features a range of leisure facilities such as the state-of-the-art Sheraton Fitness & Spa with Technogym equipment, with a separate gym for ladies. Facilities include an outdoor and indoor pool with an option for resistance swimming, two jacuzzis, and exclusive access for ladies every morning from Monday to Thursday from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm. The outdoor pool has a canvas that overhangs the pool providing shade all day long. The expansive spa features four treatment rooms, with one room exclusively for men and one for women. Fitness aficionados can look forward to a Kinesis Studio for Zumba and other movement classes.
6. Crown Plaza Muscat
The Crowne Plaza Muscat is a big property with good amenities; a kids pool, a regular pool (next door to each other), a large grassy area for kids to play, a shuttle and a small, private beach protected by a small cove. The main beach is right next to the hotel, and at low tide, you can walk across to it. The breakfast buffet here is delivered outside in the mornings before it gets too hot.
The club lounge facilities are good but limited (nothing like you would get at the InterContinental above). There are all-day snacks, cappuccinos, and free drinks like free tea/coffee/water/soda and drinks available daily. There is enough food to avoid having to buy meals if you like, but this lounge is less luxurious than your other options in Muscat, Oman.
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