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Centara Ho­tels & Re­sorts, Thai­land’s largest ho­tel op­er­a­tor, opened its first ho­tel in the Mid­dle East in May. The Centara Mus­cat Ho­tel is a four-star, 152 room prop­erty lo­cated in the Ghala Heights busi­ness district, close to the con­ven­tion cen­tre, Royal Opera House Mus­cat and the Sul­tan Qa­boos Grand Mosque – about mid­way be­tween the air­port and Mus­cat’s his­tor­i­cal district. It is a mod­ern build­ing fea­tur­ing three restau­rants, a spa, and a rooftop pool and ter­race with views out over the Gulf. Its ban­quet rooms, meet­ing fa­cil­i­ties and cen­tral lo­ca­tion are de­signed to at­tract busi­ness and leisure trav­ellers, as well as lo­cal events.

Centara Mus­cat Ho­tel is the group’s fifth prop­erty out­side Thai­land and the first of three planned in the Mid­dle East. The ex­pan­sion has been wel­comed by guests who ap­pre­ci­ate the qual­i­ties of tra­di­tional Thai hos­pi­tal­ity such as grace­ful ser­vice, good food, classy Asian de­sign mo­tifs, and Thai spa treat­ments. By fol­low­ing this for­mula, Centara Mus­cat is much more than “just an­other ho­tel”.

Food, ac­com­mo­da­tion op­tions and a fa­mous Thai spa

The ho­tel’s three restau­rants cater to a range of tastes. Tip­tara is an all-day din­ing des­ti­na­tion where guests can en­joy ex­pert­lypre­pared Thai dishes as well as an ar­ray of in­ter­na­tional choices. Ak­d­eniz Turk­ish restau­rant serves light meals, snacks and mezzes. Crispy grilled ke­babs and ten­der fresh fish are seared on its tra­di­tional Ocak­basi grill and a choice of fine Ara­bic and in­ter­na­tional cof­fees are also avail­able. The Roof of­fers a re­laxed venue for bar­be­ques and pri­vate events.

The ho­tel’s gen­er­ously ap­pointed rooms and suites fea­ture large win­dows that frame the streets of Ghala. The 33sq m Deluxe rooms of­fer an op­tion of king-sized or twin beds. Premium Club rooms come with Premium Class ben­e­fits, in­clud­ing ac­cess to the top-floor Premium Lounge where three meals are served daily. Busi­ness Club Suites of­fer com­fort­able liv­ing rooms and pre- mium ben­e­fits – ideal for cou­ples, small fam­i­lies or busi­ness trav­ellers who want more space to re­lax af­ter a busy day.

Centara’s SPA Cen­va­ree has earned an ex­cel­lent rep­u­ta­tion in Thai­land and the Mus­cat ho­tel’s branch shows why. The sooth­ing en­vi­ron­ment is im­bued with Thai cul­ture and fra­grances. The spa of­fers a va­ri­ety of ther­a­pies and treat­ments from skilled ther­a­pists, plus unique herbal and tra­di­tional spa prod­ucts.

The rooftop swim­ming pool is a per­fect place to re­lax or take a dip. A chil­dren’s pool is next to it. The ho­tel’s fit­ness cen­tre is ful­lye­quipped for guests who wish to stay in shape.

Flex­i­ble venues for busi­ness con­fer­ences and events

The ho­tel’s 237sq m Ban­quet Hall is large enough to ac­com­mo­date cock­tail re­cep­tions of 280 peo­ple, or 220 seated the­atre-style. It is com­ple­mented by a pre-func­tion area. The ho­tel also of­fers three smaller venues. They in­clude a board­room which can be ad­justed from 33 to 39sq m to fit a range of uses from busi­ness meet­ings to pre­sen­ta­tions and sem­i­nars. Each meet­ing room comes with mod­ern au­dio­vi­sual equip­ment and com­pli­men­tary wire­less in­ter­net ac­cess. An­other con­fer­ence room, along with the pleas­ant rooftop ter­race, can ac­com­mo­date up to 80 peo­ple – per­fect for an evening event, with the Gulf of Oman as a glit­ter­ing back­drop.

Am­bi­tious fu­ture plans

Based on its suc­cess with Arab visi­tors to Thai­land, Centara is se­ri­ous about its ex­pan­sion into the Gulf and op­ti­mistic about its fu­ture. The Mus­cat staff is well­trained and mul­ti­lin­gual. They are su­per­vised by ex­pe­ri­enced in­ter­na­tional ho­tel man­agers.

“In­tro­duc­ing Thai hos­pi­tal­ity cul­ture to Oman is an ex­cit­ing op­por­tu­nity,” said Thi­rayuth Chi­rathi­vat, CEO, Centara Ho­tels & Re­sorts. “We be­lieve a thought­fully-de­signed, mod­ern fa­cil­ity in this ideal lo­ca­tion will be a wel­come ad­di­tion to Mus­cat, and help spread aware­ness of Centara into the Gulf.” Centara is plan­ning ad­di­tional open­ings in Doha and Dubai in the next few years. For more in­for­ma­tion, go to www.cen­tara­ho­tel­sre­

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