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First Look: The St. Regis Al Mouj Muscat Resort

First Look: The St. Regis Al Mouj Muscat Resort

Anne Kurian
  • The acclaimed St. Regis brand makes its debut in Oman bringing with it the rich heritage of tradition, innovation, and luxury that the name is recognised for

The wait is finally over for Oman. The much-anticipated The St. Regis Al Mouj Muscat Resort has opened its doors in Oman’s capital. The picturesque beachfront property, located on the pristine premises of Al Mouj, is a vision to behold with its sweeping architecture and design. Add to that the celebrated St. Regis legacy of 120 years of immaculate service, experiences, and luxury which guests of The St. Regis Al Mouj Muscat Resort will be privy to. 

Inspired by the landscape St. Regis Al Mouj Muscat Resort is situated on, the resort’s design elements incorporate the opulence of a superyacht, the fluidity of the ocean as well as the colours of the mountains while showcasing a nautical theme throughout the property. 

The St. Regis Al Mouj Muscat Resort includes 250 rooms and suites with floor-to-ceiling windows that offer impressive views of the beachfront and golf course. The living spaces are artfully designed with sizes ranging from a generous 60 sqm for king rooms to 243 sqm for the Presidential and Royal Suites. 

“The St. Regis brand is all about luxury. The House of Astor is known as the House of Celebration. We are thrilled to be in such an incredible country surrounded by natural beauty and wonderful people,” said Tarek Mourad, General Manager, The St. Regis Al Mouj Muscat Resort.

Tarek Mourad, General Manager, The St. Regis Al Mouj Muscat Resort

The resort boasts exquisite features and facilities that are testimony to the St. Regis brand. These include an expansive gym, Oman’s first Guerlain Spa, two large swimming pools, a golf course, a padel court, and a 360-metre private beach. Captivating and beautiful art pieces adorn the hotel – from the foyer to the interiors, each of which has been thoughtfully chosen for this fascinating property. 

Nine international and home-grown dining establishments have made The St. Regis Al Mouj Muscat Resort their home in Oman. Popular brands like COYA, Roberto’s, Hakkasan, Novikov Café, Em Sherif as well as the resort’s novel dining concepts like Karibu and Zorba make their debut at The St. Regis Al Mouj Muscat Resort. 

The opulent property also includes 170 branded residences that echo the St. Regis ‘Live Exquisite’ way of life philosophy. The residential apartments are one, two, and three apartments as well as four-bedroom duplexes. Residents of the St. Regis apartments have the opportunity to indulge in several facilities offered at the resort.

Several factors add to the brand’s appeal among connoisseurs and aficionados of St. Regis. The brand is renowned for its impeccable service, which is synonymous with its properties around the world, something that Mourad is quite zealous about.

“The brand is only as good as its people. I strongly believe in this. I am very selective when it comes to choosing the people to be part of the team. St. Regis is about bespoke services and experiences. Improvisation is crucial in the world of luxury, and we need people who know how to improvise while keeping the standards of the brand,” said Mourad. 

The St. Regis appeal also includes the brand’s acclaimed Rituals that guests experience in every property. These Rituals were introduced by the Astor family, mainly the founder John Jacob Astor IV and his wife Caroline, and are now part of the St. Regis DNA. The distinctive rituals that have made St. Regis famous worldwide include the Bloody Mary creation, Sabrage Evening Ritual, Afternoon Tea, and Midnight Supper. 

Every St. Regis property has a unique version of Blood Mary and in Muscat, it’s no different. The team has created a fine infusion called Wadi Tiwi as part of its Blood Mary tradition. Come afternoon, and the lobby lounge becomes the space to enjoy the famous St. Regis Afternoon Tea. Caroline Astor started the custom of Afternoon Tea at The St. Regis New York when she gathered close friends. The Sabrage Evening Ritual marks the transition from day to evening when bottles of bubbly are opened with a sabre, traditionally. At The St. Regis Al Mouj Muscat, a khanjar will be used. The Midnight Supper, which was initiated by Caroline Astor for her intimate friends will be introduced at the Muscat property as well.

“We will have a Midnight Supper every month where we will bring together luminaries and individuals with substance from the society for a gathering and celebration of luxury,” shares Mourad. 

The St. Regis Al Mouj Muscat Resort is a wonderful new addition to Oman’s hospitality landscape bringing with it the rich heritage of tradition, innovation, and luxury that the brand is recognised for. 

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