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Oman/Muscat - know anything?

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MABS Fri 01-Apr-05 17:15:10

for various reasons out trip to Thailand on Sunday looks likely to be off. We are thinking of going to Oman as it looks fab - anyone actually been?

orangina Fri 01-Apr-05 17:22:29

Hi mabs... yes, we went there for a GREAT holiday in January.... what do you want to know?

orangina Fri 01-Apr-05 17:39:37

We went for a final pre baby holiday just the two of us, stayed in the Chedi (LOVELY hotel), hired a car for a few days to get around and see something of the country.... gorgeous place, lovely people, not developed like Dubai, some great scenery.....

MABS Fri 01-Apr-05 18:16:23

Oh thanks so much. The Chedi is full dammit,but we are on waitlist but v unlikely i reckon. What did you 'see' when you hired the car? Have been to Dubai and Abu Dhabi a lot, so know what you mean about being commercialised. Are there any good shopping malls there? Are alcohol costs as bad as in the rest of UAE ?

orangina Fri 01-Apr-05 19:28:29

We drove up into the mountains to see some of the local forts, we also drove ourselves into Muttrah to go to the souks (real souks, not dubai style heritage souks...!), and we drove down the coast a bit to beyond where the Al Bustan is, where the scenery is amazing and they have lovely beaches.... great diving and snorkelling there. Also nice to have a bit of freedom, just driving around. They do have some of the same shopping centres as Dubai and AD (smaller scale City Centre, and a Lulu Centre, which I love, all those fab Indian silks etc....). We also investigated some of the other hotels for future reference, definitely were happy to be in the Chedi. The Al Bustan has a beautiful beach, but is much bigger than the Chedi, full of brits and their children, which is fine, but we were happy in the slightly smaller, more cosmopolitan, less children (but good for v. young children and babies) Chedi. I live in London, so although everyone says that the Chedi is £££, it all seemed pretty reasonable to me (!), and certainly having eaten a few meals in the other hotels (Al Bustan, Hyatt (don't go there whatever, it's like a bad hotel in Vegas, not even kitschy-cool!) and the Inter Con), all the prices are much the same. I was pg when I was there, had the odd glass of prosecco in the evening, so not boozing much... I would guess the prices are much the same as Dubai, though I haven't been there for about 5 years.....
How long would you be going for? We stayed for 12 days, so definitely enjoyed being out of the hotel zone for 5 days with the car in the middle of it all, but if you are going for a 5-7 day trip, you might decide to do your moving around by taxi.... car hire wasn't expensive though, and we arranged it through the hotel....
Hope that helps!

MABS Fri 01-Apr-05 20:02:43

thanks soooo much, really appreciate the info. There for 12 nts too.

orangina Fri 01-Apr-05 20:46:36

mabs, if the Chedi can't have you for all the time you want to be there, could you do some time at the Chedi and some at the Al Bustan?

Willow2 Wed 04-May-05 19:30:09

There's a possibility we might be heading out there at the end of this month - that's dh, ds (5) and I. The Chedi looks fantastic - but is it very anti-kids? Don't want to spend the whole time nagging ds to keep his voice down etc.

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