Charm Thai, Muscat, Oman

This project is located in a hotel within Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre, Muscat. Mojo won a tender from OMRAN, the Sultanate’s development body. Utilising a brief from the operators, Intercontinental Hotel Group, we created a concept for a Thai restaurant and bar. A full service was provided and the project is due for completion mid 2017. The Silk Road is a famous land route used by Merchants between Turkey and China, more pertinently there is a sea route which connects Asia with Muscat. We have created a unique story which links Muscat and Thailand. The Golden Princess is a mysterious Thai royal warrior called Suphankanlaya rumoured to be over 600 years old. During her younger years, disguised as a man, she stowed away upon a pirate ship and became a well-travelled and experienced sailor. During the 16th century Siam – Burmese war, the King’s army was corralled into a valley.

A warrior dressed in golden armour riding an elephant charged down the Burmese from the rear. During the battle the warrior’s helmet fell off to reveal her true identity and the legend of The Golden Princess was born.   King Thammaracha was deeply ashamed at being saved by his daughter and banished her from the Kingdom. He ordered all portraits, pictures and history of her erased from the Kingdom. Setting sail from Melaka she travelled along the Sea Silk Route to Muscat and after falling in love with the country and the people, established a tavern which specialized in her native cuisine. Longing but unable to visit her home she decided to make a pact with a Djinni who gave her everlasting life in return for treasure. This enabled her to come and go from Muscat to Thailand and all around the world, collecting treasures and bringing them to her home.  

The interior design and artistic direction reflects the story above and the imaginary discovery of her magical home in Muscat once hidden by palm trees and dunes. Imagine an old house with period detailing such as old timber beams and mud or concrete floors. Add pieces of high quality furniture both old and up to mid-20th century. Decorate the space with a modern artistic approach utilising subtle Thai, travel, mystical and nautical influences. This will create a truly unique and memorable environment which appears to be evolved and therefore timeless.