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Trip List by Brettymoo

Muscat with a 4 year old

16 Sep 2006  Returning to Muscat for a holiday having lived there for several years
3.5 of 5 stars based on 1 vote

10 days staying at the Shangri La in Muscat, September 2006

  • Category: Recent trip
  • Traveler type: Culture, Sightseeing, Shopping, Active/Outdoors, Beachgoers
  • Appeals to: Singles, Families with small children, Families with teenagers, Active/adventure
  • Seasons: Summer
  • 1. Shangri La, Muscat

    The hotel is in a fabulous location just outside Muscat, in a secluded piece of coast with its own private beach. We were there in September and virtually had the run of the hotel to ourselves.

    The remote location of the hotel is great for relaxing but could drive you stir-crazy if you don't get out and about. The simplest way to do this is to get the free bus from Hotel into town; either Mutrah (for the Souq) or Sabco Centre for shopping and restaurants. Just getting the bus into Mutrah, have dinner at one of the outdoor restaurants (cheap - OR6 for three!) and you get a slice of Omani life and fantastic views of the seafront and Corniche. Then hop back on the bus which reappears an hour after drop-off. Alternatively rent a car (Europcar, Mazda 3, OR17 /day). They dropped-off and picked-up the car from the hotel saving all the faff of finding their offices.
    Just around the bay from the hotel, Gulf Leisure (www.gulfleisure.com) for OR20 pp take you on a bespoke boat trip to wherever you want to go - dolphin sighting; snorkalling; etc. Our son went free so the full afternoon cost only OR40 for the three of us. They specialise in deep-sea game fishing, although we weren't interested in that. Their service was incredibly friendly, informative and great fun.
    Oman is trying to develop tourism but hasn't quite got its act together yet. For example: in the bay around the corner from the Shangri La there is a beautiful new aquarium with turtles and tropical fish, but noone knows about it, no signs, advertising or visitors.

  • 2. Short trips around Muscat

    Renting a car for short trips around Muscat for when you get bored of your hotel. There are plenty of interesting places to go a short trip by regular (non-four wheel drive) car. For example: a trip to Bousher, close to the airport, just outside Qurum. Here there are a couple of old (Portuguese?) style forts that are worth a visit. Close by are some huge sand dunes that locals and expats use to practice their off-roading skills on.
    Another short trip, drive to Fanja, a small town about half-hour from Muscat. Beautiful scenary, and a real taste of the Omani countryside.

  • 3. Restaurants in Muscat

    Here are some restaurants we found to be extremely good value.
    *Golden Spoon, Khuwair: Indian/Chinese food - OR9 for three! We came across this restaurant after searching out the Ofair restaurant (Omani food) which was recommended and probably good, but we found too run-down and without air conditioning to consider.
    *Automatic, Sabco Centre: Lebanese. Great food, friendly service.
    *Al Tarboosh, Sabco Centre: Lebanese. Great food, friendly service.
    *D'Arcy's, Shatti Qurum: Western. Nice relaxing place to hang out near Qurum beach. Seating is outside and in. They provide good quality comfort food and excellent shakes and juices at a good price. Sitting outside is fun to watch the world go by and get a feel for life in this posh suburb.