Marriott’s St. Regis brand is coming to Oman.
Marriott International signed an agreement with Alfardan Group yesterday to introduce the iconic brand to the Sultanate, which is located on the southeastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula.
Expected to open in 2022, the 271-room St. Regis Al Mouj Muscat Resort will be built on a beachfront plot within Al Mouj Muscat, Oman’s lifestyle and leisure destination. One hundred and seventy branded residential units—a mix of apartments, penthouses and townhouses—are also included in the project’s plans.
In addition to offering the brand’s signature St. Regis Butler Service, the property will include:
- an 11,840-square-foot ballroom;
- St. Regis Butler Service;
- outdoor pool;
- health and leisure club;
- five specialty restaurants including the iconic St. Regis bar, which is inspired by the original King Cole Bar at The St. Regis New York;
- and access to Al Mouj Golf, an 18-hole championship golf course designed by Greg Norman
“The signing of St. Regis in Oman is a natural progression for the brand’s portfolio, as the brand continues to become one of the most recognized and sought-after luxury hotel brands in the region,” said Alex Kyriakidis, president and managing director, Middle East & Africa, for Marriott International. “We are thrilled to be working with Alfardan Group to bring this significant project to Oman, especially to this strategic location in one of the most desired waterfront masterplans in the city of Muscat.”
Omar Hussain Alfardan, president and CEO, Alfardan Group, said: “Alfardan Group launched the first St. Regis hotel in the Middle East out of Doha nearly a decade ago. Our portfolio has since considerably grown to include some of the largest high-profile hospitality and property developments in Qatar, Turkey and Oman. This year marks a milestone for our regional collaboration with this iconic global brand, with the deal for The St. Regis Al Mouj Muscat Resort in Oman, and the near completion of The St. Regis Marsa Arabia Island exclusive luxury destination in Qatar. The announcement of this project in Muscat comes at a time when Oman’s tourism and hospitality sectors are growing at a record pace, in line with the Sultanate’s national and international ambitions.”
The property is located close to the business district of Muscat, the capital city of Oman, and is a 10-minute drive from the Muscat Convention Centre. It is also situated near the country’s rich cultural sites, including the Fort of Muscat (dates from 1580s), the iconic Mutrah Souq (one of the oldest marketplaces in the world), the Royal Opera House Muscat (the country’s premier arts and culture venue), and the Grand Mosque of Muscat (the country’s largest mosque).