Jumeirah Muscat Bay
With an outstanding location on its own private beach, sweeping sea-and-mountain views and family-friendly touches, this stylish hotel has all the ingredients for an upscale Arabian break.
There are five great bars and restaurants to choose from (including one just for grown-ups), plus a children’s club, a superb spa and wellness activities ranging from paddleboard yoga to tennis.
Facilities & Activities
With such an impressive location, the outdoor activities are a highlight. Adventurous guests can hike up the Hajar mountain range, try rock climbing or explore nearby archaeological sites, such as Bat, Al-Khutm and Al-Ayn. Other outdoor activities include road cycling and water sports such as diving and kayaking in a glass-bottomed boat.
The wellness facilities are also a cut above. The resort’s state-of-the-art Talise Spa features a hammam and ten treatment rooms with sea views and a pedicure station. Medicinal products from ancient Arabia are used, including frankincense, which is said to “enhance beauty, health and wellness” and has a rejuvenating effect.
Yogis are well catered for, with everything from sunrise sessions to private classes available in either the dedicated studio or on the beachfront terrace. Other facilities include a high-tech gym, a tennis court and a sublime outdoor pool that is framed by palm trees.
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There’s a great choice of eating options, ranging from international fare by the pool to Mediterranean dishes served on the rooftop. Peridot serves Asian and Western cuisine throughout the day, with nine live cooking stations and views across the Gulf of Oman. Breakfast options are impressive, ranging from shakshuka eggs to saffron French toast. Lunch could be anything from a quinoa salad to spicy tuna maki rolls or a burger.
For laid-back grazing beside the beach, Zuka is just inches from the sand and specialises in fresh seafood and classic cocktails to go with its stunning sea views. Meanwhile, adults looking for a child-free experience could head to Anzo. This cosy fifth-floor evening lounge serves Asian-style small plates and signature cocktails, from cucumber martinis to a gin and lemongrass number. Brezza is set on a rooftop overlooking Muscat Bay and offers Italian fare, while Tarini lounge and bar has a tempting array of pastries to go with its wide range of tea and coffee.
The rooms, suites and villas are elegant, spacious and contemporary, with a neutral colour scheme and crisp white linen. Local artwork features throughout, from decorative brass plates hanging to handwoven rugs, and fresh orchids add a calming feel. Each room has a sea view (the premium rooms have balconies) and clever technology, from finger-tip sliding doors to air-con with eco settings. Bathrooms feature marble floors and rain showers.
There is a good range of options for families (see more in our Families tab), while honeymooners will enjoy the hideaway feel of the Sanctuary Villa, which is set on a private beach and comes with its own pool and a four-poster bed. The larger Suites have separate living rooms and kitchenettes.
There is a good choice of accommodation options for families staying at Jumeirah Muscat Bay. The Family One Bedroom Suite can sleep two adults in a master bedroom and two children aged 11 or younger in the living room (on a sofa bed and rollaway bed).
For extra space, try the Two Bedroom Summer House – this quad unit features two bedrooms and a sofa bed in the living room, plus a private pool. Larger families or groups could boom a Four-Bedroom Summerhouse – it can accommodate up to 12 adults or a combination of adults and children below 12 years of age in two king-sized beds and four twin beds. It also has a private garden with two plunge pools.
Another option is to book two Deluxe Ocean Rooms and request them to be outer connecting rooms (these are subject to availability). These rooms have balconies and could be made up of one king-size bedroom and one twin bedroom. For smaller families, an extra bed can be added to most rooms.
Children are welcome at the resort, which has a free children’s club and two kids’ pools. Most of the restaurants are family-friendly and have children’s menus, though the appetising range of Neapolitan pizzas and homemade pasta on the main menu would tickle the taste buds of younger guests.
The Dubai-based Jumeirah group has put in place a number of sustainable initiatives at its properties around the world. These include fermentation bins to reduce waste (with leftover food enriching the soil in the hotel chain’s vegetable gardens), and using solar energy and organic ingredients in the spa.
The hotel has a prime position – it’s situated on the secluded Bandar Jissah cove, yet is only a 20-minute drive from the lively souk of Muttrah. Muscat International Airport is a 40-minute drive west, while the capital itself is a half-hour journey by road, so it’s easy to explore the city’s old forts and opera house on a day trip.
Muscat Bay is a newly built gated community offering superb views of the beach, mountains and the Arabian Sea. The hotel is also perfectly placed to explore the rocky inlets of Bandar Khairan by boat, with possible dolphin and turtle sightings.
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