The May 2017 Hideaway Report follows our editor’s travels to Oman and Dubai, where he finds three new luxury hotels to recommend. All three properties were added to the Africa and Middle East Harper Collection guidebooks.
The Chedi Muscat is a tranquil and stylish 158-room property set on 21 acres of landscaped gardens fronting the Gulf of Oman. Accommodations feature a minimalist décor, Gulf or mountain views and open-plan baths with rainfall showers.
Al Hajar Mountains, Oman
Alila Jabal Akhdar is a contemporary hilltop retreat located at 6,500 feet in the Al Hajar Mountains, where fields of damask roses bloom from March to May. Eighty-six suites and villas, furnished with handmade pottery from Bahla, rich fabrics and copper ornaments, feature private balconies, working desks and baths with freestanding tubs and separate rainfall showers.
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
The One&Only The Palm is a glamorous seaside resort on an artificial island, opposite the dramatic Marina district. The 34 rooms in the central Manor House offer balconies or garden patios, while most of the 56 accommodations within the six Low-Rise Mansions feature sea views and private pools.