In honor of Jordon’s 30th Birthday this year, we decided to celebrate with a travel adventure to Muscat, Oman. This quiet city was a welcomed refuge from the stresses of school and work… not to mention the big city sounds of Dubai. The short hour-long flight also made it an ideal weekend getaway to help avoid travel fatigue.
We spent our first day traversing through the city of Muscat, discovering some of the most well known architectural features of the area. Below you can see the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, followed by the ceremonial palace of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos of Oman, the Al Alam Palace.
The Omani Rial is [yet another] example of the lovely currency found throughout the MENA region and features the face of Sultan Kabusa, architecture monuments, and local landscapes.
Admittedly, we spent the majority of our visit on the grounds of the Shangri-La’s Barr Al Jissah, a resort nestled within a cove on the Sea of Oman.
The resort has three connecting hotels that range from family-friendly to high-end luxury, with restaurants sprinkled amongst the connecting pathways.
The hotels share a series of expansive blue pools, winding lazy rivers, and views of the Sea.
A man-made tunnel through one of the mountains lead directly to the Al Waha, our chosen hotel for the duration of the visit.
This was our view from our hotel room during the day…
…and another view at night. Spectacular, right?
The traditional Dhofari architecture and date palms were a beautiful reminder that we were in Arabia.
At every restaurant throughout the resort, we enjoyed delicious meals – from Moroccan cuisine to fresh seafood.
Each morning we indulged in a breakfast buffet presented in contemporary Middle Eastern style.
For lunch, we were spoiled by this chicken shawarma pizza smothered in garlic sauce.
During our first dinner of the trip, we enjoyed the traditional flavors of the Shahrazad Moroccan restaurant in a stunning and traditionally styled environment.
The next evening, we enjoyed Omani seafood at the Bait Al Bahr, against the backdrop of an evening sky filled with storm clouds. As we walked back to our room, the rain clouds opened up to shower warm rain upon us – a real treat considering it rains only a handful of times throughout the year in the UAE.
The evening was completed with a surprise birthday cake delivered directly to our hotel room for Jordon!
And one last cupcake to celebrate Jordon’s Birthday! All in all, it was a wonderful weekend that I hope made Jordon’s entry into his thirties a little less painful.
Perhaps we can share the next birthday with our friends and family? We hope so – we love and miss you all so much!