Marriott International has announced plans to debut its world-renowned St. Regis brand in Oman, following the signing of an agreement with Qatar-based Alfardan Group.
Slated to open in 2022, the 271-room The St. Regis Al Mouj Muscat Resort will rise on a prime beachfront plot within Oman’s lifestyle and leisure destination – Al Mouj Muscat. The project also includes plans for 170 branded residential units.
On the news, president managing director – Middle East and Africa, Marriott International, Alex Kyriakidis said: “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 recognised and sought-after luxury hotel brands in the region. 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.”
President and CEO, Alfardan Group, Omar Hussain Alfardan further elucidated: “Alfardan Group launched the first St. Regis hotel in the Middle East in 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 agreement for The St. Regis Al Mouj Muscat Resort in Oman, as well as the near completion of The St. Regis Marsa Arabia Island in Qatar.
“The announcement of this project in Muscat comes at a time when Oman’s tourism and hospitality sectors are growing at record pace, in line with the Sultanate’s national and international ambitions,” he added.
Plans for The St. Regis Al Mouj Muscat Resort envision a retreat for leisure travellers, with panoramic views over the Gulf of Oman to the front, and lush green landscapes of the Al Mouj Muscat golf course to the rear. Guests are expected to have access to an accomplished portfolio of leisure amenities in the Al Mouj Muscat community, including a planned 360-berth marina with attractive retail and dining options, as well as a clubhouse with watersport activities.
The St. Regis Al Mouj Muscat Resort is expected to encompass the hallmarks of the St. Regis brand, such as its rich traditions and rituals, and signature St. Regis Butler Service. The amenities will include an outdoor pool, spa, health facilities and leisure club, along with five specialty restaurants.
The beachfront location will allow access to Al Mouj Golf – an 18-hole championship golf course, designed by Greg Norman. Plans for the resort also include a 1,100-square-meter ballroom for corporate gatherings, special events or weddings.
Moreover, the project comprises 170 branded residences, which are expected to include a mix of apartments, penthouses and townhouses. The residences are also anticipated to be completed by 2022.
The property’s location offers easy access to both business and leisure travellers, with Muscat’s central business district nearby and the Muscat Convention Centre found within a 10-minute drive away. The location is also within close proximity to Oman’s rich cultural sites, such as the vibrant fort of Muscat, the iconic Mutrah Souq, the Royal Opera House Muscat and the Grand Mosque of Muscat.