7. The Chedi, Oman
The Chedi is a modern contemporary hotel, which is clearly designed to be part Philippe Starck and part Lawrence of Arabia, and the club suites are amazing! Spacious bungalows or villas are separated by fountains and palm trees, and have awesome views. Inside there are black marble sunken baths, four-poster beds, a modern hi-fi system and satellite TV. Arabian pastries and fresh fruits are delivered daily, and there is an extensive room-service menu. The Balinese spa is perfect and not expensive, and an award winning restaurant offers a fantastic merge of design and food. The French pastry chef is a real genius; his cakes and bread must not be missed! It’s very chic, and really different!