Marriott has opened the latest property under its W Hotels brand, located in the Omani capital of Muscat.

The 279-room beachfront property is located “at the intersection of the bustling Shatti Al Qurum area” of the city, and features a ten metre-high “frankincense tree sculpture” at the entrance to the hotel, made from stainless steel and designed by Thai artist Pongsatat Uaiklang.

All rooms have sea views, and have been designed taking inspiration from the ocean “as well as the asymmetrical lines of the nearby mountains, caves and desert”.

Facilities include a 1,800 sqm beachfront pool, and Away Spa with ten treatment rooms, steam room, hammam and fitness centre.

Food and beverage options include rooftop restaurant and lounge bar Siddharta Lounge By Buddha-Bar, where there is also a second infinity pool, as well as all day-dining restaurant Harvest, Char grillhouse, and Ba Ban, which “fuses Chinese aesthetics and modern eastern style” in a setting “evocative of 1930s Shanghai”.

Commenting on the opening Anthony Ingham, global brand leader, W Hotels Worldwide, said:

“Muscat is a fascinating and exciting city. Its cultural DNA honours millennia of tradition while looking to what’s new and next – an ideal match for the W brand.

“The arrival of W in Muscat marks a new chapter for both the brand and this buzzing metropolis. The hotel reinterprets Omani design and cultural traditions to create a modern, energetic and stylish Escape unlike anything the sultanate has seen before.”

W Muscat is the second property to open under the brand’s W Escape subcollection in the Middle East this year, following the unveiling of W Dubai The Palm in February.

W Escape hotels are described as a collection of properties “located in ski, sand and entertainment destinations around the world, that make the traditional ‘resort’ a last resort”.