Opened for public in March 2018, Kempinski Hotel Muscat has already won several accolades, both for its architecture and hospitality. Located in the modern community of Al Mouj, Muscat, and encompassing over six kilometers of stunning coastline, the hotel is a luxury beach resort. Do you know what inspired this hotel’s design?
The hotel features 310 comfortable rooms and suites, 77 beachfront apartments and villas, state-of-the-art meetings and events facilities, a business centre and an executive lounge. Eleven world-class restaurants and bars, consisting of two internationally award winning outlets, provide a remarkable dining experience. Two swimming pools and a kids pool, a kids club and a tennis court, along with various outdoor and water sport activities will ensure to spend an exciting and adventurous time. The hotel leisure facilities also feature a luxurious spa and a fully equipped health club.
Designed by Woods Bagot, Kempinski Hotel Muscat is a modern interpretation of Muscat and the Sultanate of Oman, with stand-out elements that are truly Omani in nature. The hotel’s buildings, with a façade inspired by the landscape of Old Muscat – such as the Muttrah Corniche – are a matrix of building structures, outlining what was once a commercial centre.
The lobby itself is very simple on the outside, but once guests walk in and look up, they find a series of columns that splay out into a circular form at the top to give a sense of a lily pond that is inspired by His Majesty Sultan Qaboos’ Al Alam Palace.
The prominent location of the ballroom – wherein the Muscat Ballroom is situated – establishes a strong first impression, with an architectural design inspired by Arabic lanterns, illuminated in the evening to reinforce the hotel as a landmark in the Al Mouj Muscat community.
The 1,100 sq m pillar-free ballroom can accommodate up to 700 guests and can be divided into three sections. The striking diamond-shaped building also hosts 11 separate function rooms, featuring natural daylight and conveniently equipped with state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment.
Layout is arranged in an accessible hierarchy starting with fully public, then semi-public, semiprivate, and finally private spaces, in that order.