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Is the Chedi near any restaurants & life outside the hotel?

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Is the Chedi near any restaurants & life outside the hotel?

Hi all,

We have never been to Oman (or indeed to the Middle East). We are considering staying at the Chedi, but I'm concerned that we might be 'confined to base'. We like to be able to walk to local restaurants, etc, and see a bit of local life, rather than be confined to a resort. Is that feasible from the Chedi? And is it safe/hassle-free? We have 2 attractive blonde teenage daughters & don't want to be pestered' !

Thanks for any advice, and happy holidays, wherever you are heading :-)

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1. Re: Is the Chedi near any restaurants & life outside the hotel?

The life around the hotel is a bit like the sea on their private beach-lifeless.

The most exciting thing I found staying at the Chedi was the close up look of aircraft landing gear in the sky whilst having breakfast!

Seriously though-there are really good hotels down town that are much nearer local restaurants.

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2. Re: Is the Chedi near any restaurants & life outside the hotel?

Hi teh Chedi is a lovely hotel but you can't walk to anything except maybe a few very local places that might not be what you are looking for. Mind you the same goes for Al Bustan and Shangri La as you are limited to their restaurants.

You could try Intercon or Hyatt. Intercon is close walking distance to many coffee shops, opera house, a small center with a few coffee shops and restaurants. Hyatt is not really walking distance.

In regards to your daughters they won't get pestered however I strongly suggest following a modest dress code.

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3. Re: Is the Chedi near any restaurants & life outside the hotel?

the intercon is the only 5 star hotel that has "life" around it and you could possibly walk to plenty of good eateries from there.. the chedi is kinda secluded and the charm is in its privacy and serenity it has to offer.

shagarila & al bustan are way too secluded and Hyatt doesnt have anything decent close by except for few hookah/sheesha joints that serve arabic food.

you would have to rent a car or take taxis if u intend to stay at the chedi

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4. Re: Is the Chedi near any restaurants & life outside the hotel?

OK, many thanks, everyone. Hmm, not sure about the Chedi, then.

NB, does anyone have any other ideas (other than Oman) for someone still hot at the end of Oct/early Nov?? The timing rules out all of the Med, unfortunately, and the Caribbean/Indian Ocean etc are so expensive. Anyone got any bright ideas?!

Thanks!

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5. Re: Is the Chedi near any restaurants & life outside the hotel?

Oman is perfect. Why are you thinking about somewhere else? If you have a reason that you are doubting Oman, that could help us to suggest an alternative.

The Hyatt does not have as much right around it, but it is still in the main area. You can walk easily to the same areas as the Intercon (which is certainly in the most central location).

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6. Re: Is the Chedi near any restaurants & life outside the hotel?

Would agree with Silverswimmer re the Chedi. It is, however, a beautiful hotel, set in magnificent grounds yet that, for us, didn't make up for the dreadful beach and a room which simply didn't 'do it' for us, not to mention the low flying aircraft.

The InterCon certainly isn't the prettiest hotel in Muscat by any means but you're within walking distance of Jawaryat al Shatti (sorry if the spelling is wrong) which is a small plaza with many eateries (albeit non-alcohol) including The Address Cafe which is one of our favourites especially at this time of year. You can walk to Bareek Al Shatti (another small mall/plaza at the end of the road which is next to The Opera House and mall (high end) there.

While I'm mentioning whether or not eateries are dry or not, I should mention that I believe the legal age for drinking alcohol is 21 yrs.

Of course all this talk about walking very much depends upon when you're thinking of visiting. The end of October/beginning of November can still be warm (well, hot for those visiting from northern climates) and occasionally rather humid.

If this is to be your first visit to Middle East then I would say that Oman/Muscat is an excellent choice. There is so much to see and do (museums, Grand Mosque, mountains, desert and much more)and the Omanis are a truly hospitable people which we already knew before we moved here from Dubai in mid 2012 but which we have truly come to appreciate since then.

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7. Re: Is the Chedi near any restaurants & life outside the hotel?

We stayed at both the Chedi and the Shangri La back in November. We both prefered the Shangri La as it is more of a resort complex with far more facilities to choose from, also the beach and the sea is much better. The Chedi really caters for couples and does this very well, but it is a lot quieter, except for the aircraft, but living in London, they did not particually bother me.

The weather in early November was perfect, not too hot and certainly not cold at all, you could still swim in the sea.

If you were considering the Chedi but are not convinced about it, then as an alternative have a look at the Al Husn at the Shangi La.

We were both really impressed with Oman, it is a stunningly beautiful place and the Omanis are very friendly, polite and hospitable people who take a great pride in their country and are most welcoming.

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