W Muscat has opened last week, designed by P49Deesign, in collaboration with Rockwell Group and LMS Dubai, making it the second W property to open in the Middle East this year (W Dubai opened earlier this year).
Set against the backdrop of the Hajjar mountains, the hotel sits at the intersection of the bustling Shatti Al Qurum area and the city's waterfront with a design narrative that explores the journey of a nomadic Bedouin traveler.
Inspired by the nature that surrounds the city such as the mountains, the vast Omani desert and the Arabian Gulf, the design also takes cues from Muscat's vibrant culture and heritage.
The arrival features a nine-ton frankincense tree sculpture designed by artist Pongsatat Uaiklang that is an homage to Omani culture. The sculpture stands at 10 metres tall and is made from olid stainless steel which has been welded from 28 winding pieces. In traditional Omani culture, frankincense was used to bless and welcome weary travelers after their long journeys.
In that same tradition, guests are then ushered into the inviting Living Room (W’s signature take on the lobby) where they can relax and unwind in an Arabic Majlis, beneath an oversized installation of the Omani Kummas, chic headgears that are unmistakable marks of the Omani attire.
All of the 279 guestrooms and suites at W Muscat offer sea views, inspired by ocean as well as the asymmetrical lines of the nearby mountains, caves and desert. These are contrasted with art deco detailing, reminiscent of traditional Omani households.
An enormous 1800 sqm beachfront pool offers views of the Gulf of Oman and forms part of the W brand’s WET experience.