Halal Hotels Muscat
Oman is a Muslim country, but around 13% of the population is Hindu. Three-quarters of Muslims are Ibadi – a school of Islam that prevails in Oman, often seen as a tolerant sect of Islam. The remaining quarter is Sunni – the largest denomination of Islam and the traditionalist branch.
By Crescent Rating, Oman is 7th rated among most Muslim-friendly countries.
How many mosques are there in Oman?
Like other tourists, Muslim travelers coming from Islamic countries have particular requirements when they choose the destination for their vacation. Among these requirements, Muslims are concerned about the availability of halal compliant foods (no pork or alcohol in food) and a clean place to pray.
Many international hotels in Oman do serve halal food that is slaughtered in accordance with the teachings of Islamic Sharia and is free of any substances forbidden by Islam such as pork and alcohol.
Other Islamic countries such as Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Oman and Brunei continue to be popular with Muslim tourists. Among non-OIC countries, Singapore, Thailand, the UK, Japan and Taiwan remain the top five respectively, but show improved scores on the index.
Where to Find Halal Food in Muscat?
Best Day Tours in Muscat for Muslim Travelers
Muscat, Oman’s port capital, sits on the Gulf of Oman surrounded by mountains and desert. With history dating back to antiquity, it mixes high-rises and upscale shopping malls with clifftop landmarks such as the 16th-century Portuguese forts, Al Jalali and Mirani, looming over Muscat Harbor. Its modern, marble-clad Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, with 50m dome and prodigious Persian carpet, can accommodate 20,000 people
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- Wadi Shab full day tour (Muscat tours) : Cultural & Themes tours
- Salalah East and West Tour
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- Wahiba Sands&Wadi Bani Khalid desert Safari(Muscat tours) :Wedding & Honeymoon
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1. The Chedi Muscat 5* – Halal Hotels Muscat
This 5-star halal hotels Muscat & beachfront resort in Muscat is a 15-minute drive from Muscat International Airport. It has a spa with massage services, swimming pools. Free WiFi is available throughout the entire property.
The air-conditioned rooms at The Chedi Muscat have a flat-screen TV, a private espresso machine and a spacious work desk. Some rooms have a seating area.
The Chedi Muscat also features 6 restaurants where guests can enjoy Arabic, Asian, International and fusion cuisine. The restaurants have indoor and outdoor dining areas.
Set 14 km from the Royal Opera House Muscat, this luxe beachfront hotel is also 4 km from the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque.
The airy rooms offer free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and iPod docks, as well as entertainment systems, minibars, and tea and coffeemaking facilities. Upgraded rooms add sea views and/or access to a private club lounge. Suites have terraces, separate living rooms and access to private gardens.
A breakfast buffet and parking are complimentary. There are 8 restaurants and bars (some open seasonally), including an open-air courtyard restaurant and a shisha lounge. Other amenities include a gym, 3 outdoor pools and 2 tennis courts.
A luxury resort with its own private beach near al Ghubra, The Chedi Muscat is located on an expansive 21 acres of land located approximately 20 minutes from Muscat’s old city. The resort features 158 rooms and suites with magnificent views of beautifully landscaped gardens, the surrounding Hajar mountains and the picturesque Gulf of Oman. Dining venues include six restaurants offering Arabic, Asian, Indian and Mediterranean cuisine.
Our room was large, with king size bed and two separate wash basin areas, with shower. The shower is a walk in shower with seating. The rooms are serviced twice daily – once in the morning, and again in the evening for the turndown service. At that point all wet towels are replaced, together with water and cold drinks which are free from the fridge. The staff are charming – no matter where they work, either as waiting staff in the many restaurants or as room attendants, they are friendly and always eager to help.
The gardens are Zen-like, with tinkling fountains and waterways; pagodas and arches; perfectly trimmed grass and hedging (some of it flowering).
The gardeners are unobtrusive and rarely seen – we think they must mow the lawns at night! Bird life is abundant – we see all types whilst lying on our bed chairs by the pool.
There are five restaurants, all serving different types of food, and all of it uniformly of a fantastically high standard. Having been here 10 days already, we have yet to have an indifferent meal. Yes, it is expensive – but you get what you pay for and we were never under any illusion that this was going to be a cheap hotel.
We particularly liked the restaurant at the long pool, which serves an interesting and informal mix of Japanese and Malay food.
The hotel is some way away from the main centre of old Muscat. This means a taxi driver whenever you leave the hotel. However, taxis are reasonably priced, and we quite liked being away from the hustle of the town. We are here during the hotter part of the year and this has affected the trips which we had planned for tourism purposes. It is just too hot to comfortably explore outside. However, trips can be arranged very satisfactorily through the concierge. We just need to return between November and February to explore further, in cooler weather.
We liked the layout of the hotel – it sits in 22 acres of grounds. Most of it is beautifully landscaped and with something interesting to see around every corner. After 10 days here we still reach for a camera on occasion when wandering around and finding something new.
The spa is spectacular, and one of the most exotic and luxurious I have experienced. Everything is perfect and nothing is too much trouble.
How much does a room costs at The Chedi Muscat?
Prices start 345$/night for Serai Room. The Chedi Club Suite is 811$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for couples.
Featuring views of the the Hajar Mountains or of Muscat city. It is decorated in Asian style minimalism with Omani details. The open-plan bathroom features a open wardrobe, a washbasin, a separate toilet, and a walk-in rain shower. Complimentary room amenities include an in room Nespresso machine, a 32-inch flat screen IPTV.
Where to book online – The Chedi Muscat- Halal Hotels Muscat – you can find the best halal hotels deals in Muscat during Salalah Festival which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Oman on Booking.com or Trip.com or Hotelscombined.com and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.
2. Ibis Muscat 3* – Muslim Friendly Hotels Muscat
This halal hotels Muscat is conveniently located in the heart of Muscat’s business and leisure district. It is located within 2 km of the Sultan Qaboos Mosque, the Royal Opera House, Qurum National Park, and Grand Mall and Oman Avenues Mall. It offers air-conditioned rooms along with free Wi-Fi, a restaurant and a gym on site.
Furnished with carpeted floors, the modern and cosy rooms at Ibis Muscat come with a flat-screen satellite TV, mini fridge and tea/coffee making facilities. Each unit has an en suite bathroom with a shower and hairdryer.
You can enjoy a buffet breakfast in the hotel’s main restaurant, which serves pasta and grilled food for lunch and provides dinner and snacks.
This relaxed hotel is 6 km from Shatti Beach, 9 km from the National Museum of Oman and 8 km from Seeb International Airport.
Straightforward rooms feature low-key furnishings and come with flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi. They also include tea and coffeemakers.
A breakfast buffet (charge) is offered in the bright restaurant, which also serves pasta and grilled dishes, and has a terrace. Other amenities include a fitness center, a business center and free parking.
The Hotel is at prime location, it is only 5-minute walk to the Muscat Grand Shopping Mall and restaurants. It is clean, and staff are friendly excellent service.
The quality of breakfast is average, but offers a good choice of fruits. The dal soup is wonderful.
Ibis never disappoints! Go with limited expectations for a clean and tidy room and bathroom with basic amenities. The Ibis Muscat is located within walking distance to 2 malls i.e.The Muscat Grand Mall and Oman Avenues Mall. Sultan Qaboos Masjid is a short taxi ride away. There are many restaurants within walking distance. Location is excellent.
Rooms are nice. There is a safe and a tea/coffee maker with 2 water bottles. Bathroom has soap dispensers and towels with a health faucet and a shower cubicle. Tv has many channels. Wifi is good. Charging sockets are multi which is a nice touch.
Reception area is nicely done. There is Starbucks vending machine which is first at Ibis.
Restaurant is spacious though I did not have any food. Basement Parking is free. Room rates are very reasonable. Overall an excellent hotel to stay in Muscat at a bargain price.
I would like to make a special mention for the front desk staff Ms Ross. She was very nice and helpful at check in and provided a bit of an info on places to visit as it was my first time in Muscat.
How much does a room costs at Ibis Muscat?
Prices start 47$/night for Superior Double Room.
Air-conditioned room featuring a double bed, a flat-screen satellite TV, a fridge, and a safety deposit box.
Where to book online – Ibis Muscat- Muslim Friendly Hotels Muscat – you can find the best halal hotels deals in Muscat during Salalah Festival which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Oman on Booking.com or Agoda.com or Hotelscombined.com and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.
3. W Muscat 5* – Halal Hotels Muscat
Set in Shatti Al Qurum Beach Area in Muscat, W Muscat features an outdoor swimming pool.
All the rooms come with air conditioning and a flat screen TV with satellite channels. While some rooms boast sea views and others garden views, all rooms come with an electric kettle and coffee machine. The rooms are complete with a private bathroom with free toiletries, a bathrobe, two outdoor swimming pools and hair dryer.
W Muscat boasts five dining facilities, including CHAR that specializes in grilling and Harvest, a health driven seasonal restaurant.
Set along Qurum Beach on the Gulf of Oman, this upscale hotel is a 9-minute walk from the Islamic-Italianate-style Royal Opera House and 23 km from Muscat International Airport.
The chic, modern rooms come with free Wi-Fi, flat-screens and iPod docks, as well as minifridges, sitting areas, and tea and coffeemakers. Suites add living space, some have dining tables. All feature balconies with gulf views. Room service is provided 24/7.
Parking is complimentary. The multiple dining options include an airy restaurant, a casual open-air eatery and a swim-up bar. There’s also a spa, an outdoor pool and a hip lobby lounge, plus a gym, and event space.
W Muscat is a resort situated in the upbeat Shatti Al Qurum beachfront, offering an insider access to what’s up and coming in the city. Step inside one of our luxury hotel rooms and suites where Omani heritage meets contemporary design. All rooms offer breathtaking views of azure waters of the Gulf of Oman.
LOCATION: W Muscat is located in the premier Shatti Al Qurum area, right next to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Royal Opera House. It sits on a prime beachfront plot to the neighboring east of the hulking monstrosity that is the InterContinental Muscat, and offers beachfront access directly from the property.
Muscat is spread out in little ‘beads’ of neighborhoods along the coast, but a great road system and plenty of signage makes moving about very easy.
ENTRANCE/LOBBY: A paved driveway and massive, nine-ton steel Boswellia sacra [frankincense tree native to Oman] sculpture dramatically greet arriving guests to the W. Once inside the lobby, one is met by acres of brown marble with black-and-white inlays and an undulating ceiling installation [a topographical inversion of the mountains just beyond the hotel], and by staff who usher you to the three .
Welcome desks to the right. The lobby space is illuminated by a wall of floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the pool, flooding the space with natural light and lovely views over the grounds.
ROOMS: I was upgraded to a Marvelous Suite on the fourth floor. Featuring 87 square meters/936 square feet of space, one enters a marbled landing with the Mix bar [minibar in W parlance] and half-bathroom to the left, while the spacious living room was furnished with a desk and chair, L-shaped couch, rhinoceros-shaped armchair, coffee table, two side tables and 42-inch television. Floor-to-ceiling windows also serve as sliding doors to a balcony extending the length of the living room and attached bedroom, and furnished with two chairs and a table.
The color scheme is black and white for the carpeting and furnishings, while wood paneling and the tables and pillows provide pops of color. Thanks to the design of the hotel, all rooms offer sea views or in the case of the ground floor rooms, direct access to the pool deck or gardens.
The bedroom, separated from the living room by large sliding doors, is furnished with a plush, signature W king-sized bed, a chaise longue, leather bench at the foot of the bed and two large bench-like side tables.
The headboard features a patterned design reflecting the desert, adding color to the space. Another wall-mounted television is offered in the bedroom, with a leather trunk-like luggage rack below it.
The open-plan bathroom forms part of the bedroom, with a large circular bathtub, shower stall and separate water closet each located behind floor-to-ceiling opaque black glass panels, and a marble vanity with sink and counter space. A scale is provided beneath the sink.
A large walk-in closet is separated from the bedroom/bathroom by another sliding door, and features generous hanging rails, several large drawers, safe, power outlet and full-length mirror. The space was clearly designed for guests who travel large – or in our case, staying a while.
FOOD/BEVERAGE: We got to Muscat a few days before the country ordered all restaurants and shops to close, so we got a few days of breakfast in as well as some visits to the rooftop bar.
Breakfast is offered at Harvest, located on the ground floor of the hotel. Offering plenty of seating in its light-filled interior or outside in shaded pavilions or under umbrellas closer to the pool, it features a buffet over several stations with copious options. I was unimpressed by the variety and quality of food during my first stay in November 2019, but there have been massive improvements made since then.
Options were more plentiful and imaginative: while the standard offerings of cold cuts, cheeses, hot staples like sautéed mushrooms and baked beans and egg station were all there, an antipasti station with lovely salads and grilled veggies made vegetarians like me super happy, while Arabic mezze and sweet options were also available.
The hotel has a spa on the second floor with gender-segregated areas including changing rooms, hammam, showers and treatment rooms, but we didn’t use them during this stay. FIT, the hotel’s gym adjacent to the spa, offers the usual accoutrements of free weights, treadmills, bike machines and mats, as well as a punching bag for getting all that suppressed frustration out.
How much does a room costs at W Muscat?
Prices start 212$/night for Wonderful Room, Guest room, 2 Double, Sea view, Balcony. The Marvelous Suite, 1 Bedroom Executive Suite, 1 King, Sea view is 451$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for couples.
Featuring views of the sea, this air-conditioned suite has a balcony, a sofa, a mini-bar, a desk as well as safe, round bathtub, and a walk-in closet.
Where to book online – W Muscat- Muslim Friendly Hotels Muscat – you can find the best halal hotels deals in Muscat during Salalah Festival which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Oman on Booking.com or Agoda.com or Hotels.com and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.
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