Muscat has welcomed an edgy new Kempinski hotel – Kempinski Hotel Muscat, located in the Al Mouj community. The 310-room resort includes state-of-the-art meeting facilities, 10 restaurants, a fully equipped health club and a spa.

In stark contrast to the classical architecture of the Emerald Palace Kempinski Hotel, set to open on Palm Jumeirah later this year, the Kempinski Muscat is a blend of European and Omani elements – the hotel buildings have a façade inspired by the landscape of Old Muscat and the lobby has been structured to resemble lilies in a pond, and is inspired by the Al Alam Palace, the ceremonial palace of Sultan Qaboos. The architectural ingenuity also extends to the hotel’s pillar-free, diamond-shaped ballroom inspired by the design of Arabic lanterns.

Architecture aside, what puts the Kempinski Muscat on the map are its 10 F&B outlets that turn it into a dining destination. They include The Kitchen Restaurant that specialises in interactive cooking, North Indian restaurant Bukhara, the pool bar, Thai street food eatery Soi Soi, Boulevard Tea House and Café One, the hotel’s deli. Amwaj Lounge, the lobby lounge, serves French pastries and afternoon tea. There’s also Zale, the hotel’s beach club. Its location at the Al Mouj waterfront means guests have access to a 400-dock marina as well as an 18-hole links-style course at Al Mouj Golf.