Go Back  British Expats > Living & Moving Abroad > Middle East > The Sand Pit
Reload this Page >

Suggestions please for a long weekend away...

Suggestions please for a long weekend away...

Old Aug 23rd 2011, 8:22 am
  #1  
banned
Thread Starter
 
Joined: Oct 2008
Posts: 7,609
commander has a reputation beyond reputecommander has a reputation beyond reputecommander has a reputation beyond reputecommander has a reputation beyond reputecommander has a reputation beyond reputecommander has a reputation beyond reputecommander has a reputation beyond reputecommander has a reputation beyond reputecommander has a reputation beyond reputecommander has a reputation beyond reputecommander has a reputation beyond repute
Default Suggestions please for a long weekend away...

Hello beautiful people of the middle east.

Im going to take my family away for a long weekend on the 8-12 September. (week after Eid as its cheaper!!)

Now my little one is 3, so part of the citeria is that travel will be by road.

Departing from Dubai, anyone got any recommends. We are looking for a nice relaxing hotel...

Im thinking of the Shangri-La in Muscat, we have been to Fujairah many many times, so not too bothered about that...

Anyone got any gems they would like to share..

cheers
commander is offline  
Old Aug 23rd 2011, 8:39 am
  #2  
BE Forum Addict
 
Joined: Aug 2011
Posts: 2,541
mentalist has a reputation beyond reputementalist has a reputation beyond reputementalist has a reputation beyond reputementalist has a reputation beyond reputementalist has a reputation beyond reputementalist has a reputation beyond reputementalist has a reputation beyond reputementalist has a reputation beyond reputementalist has a reputation beyond reputementalist has a reputation beyond reputementalist has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Suggestions please for a long weekend away...

Tripoli is usually nice this time of the year.
mentalist is offline  
Old Aug 23rd 2011, 8:41 am
  #3  
banned
Thread Starter
 
Joined: Oct 2008
Posts: 7,609
commander has a reputation beyond reputecommander has a reputation beyond reputecommander has a reputation beyond reputecommander has a reputation beyond reputecommander has a reputation beyond reputecommander has a reputation beyond reputecommander has a reputation beyond reputecommander has a reputation beyond reputecommander has a reputation beyond reputecommander has a reputation beyond reputecommander has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Suggestions please for a long weekend away...

Originally Posted by mentalist View Post
Tripoli is usually nice this time of the year.
Hotel rooms rates are pretty low also. cheers ill get the kevlar looked out and head on over.
commander is offline  
Old Aug 23rd 2011, 9:02 am
  #4  
Lost in BE Cyberspace
 
Joined: Jul 2007
Posts: 13,553
The Dean has a reputation beyond reputeThe Dean has a reputation beyond reputeThe Dean has a reputation beyond reputeThe Dean has a reputation beyond reputeThe Dean has a reputation beyond reputeThe Dean has a reputation beyond reputeThe Dean has a reputation beyond reputeThe Dean has a reputation beyond reputeThe Dean has a reputation beyond reputeThe Dean has a reputation beyond reputeThe Dean has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Suggestions please for a long weekend away...

Originally Posted by commander View Post
Hello beautiful people of the middle east.

Im going to take my family away for a long weekend on the 8-12 September. (week after Eid as its cheaper!!)

Now my little one is 3, so part of the citeria is that travel will be by road.

Departing from Dubai, anyone got any recommends. We are looking for a nice relaxing hotel...

Im thinking of the Shangri-La in Muscat, we have been to Fujairah many many times, so not too bothered about that...

Anyone got any gems they would like to share..

cheers
That is the opening weekend of the Rugby World Cup, so go somewhere with all the sports channels...........
The Dean is offline  
Old Aug 23rd 2011, 9:14 am
  #5  
why ayeeeee man!
 
Spugsy's Avatar
 
Joined: Jan 2008
Location: Disco Gardens...
Posts: 11,370
Spugsy has a reputation beyond reputeSpugsy has a reputation beyond reputeSpugsy has a reputation beyond reputeSpugsy has a reputation beyond reputeSpugsy has a reputation beyond reputeSpugsy has a reputation beyond reputeSpugsy has a reputation beyond reputeSpugsy has a reputation beyond reputeSpugsy has a reputation beyond reputeSpugsy has a reputation beyond reputeSpugsy has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Suggestions please for a long weekend away...

Originally Posted by commander View Post
Hello beautiful people of the middle east.

Im going to take my family away for a long weekend on the 8-12 September. (week after Eid as its cheaper!!)

Now my little one is 3, so part of the citeria is that travel will be by road.

Departing from Dubai, anyone got any recommends. We are looking for a nice relaxing hotel...

Im thinking of the Shangri-La in Muscat, we have been to Fujairah many many times, so not too bothered about that...

Anyone got any gems they would like to share..

cheers
We went to Banyan Tree in RAK, it was amazing.
Spugsy is offline  
Old Aug 23rd 2011, 9:24 am
  #6  
Bored liberal
 
Meow's Avatar
 
Joined: Feb 2007
Location: Over there ----->
Posts: 13,704
Meow has a reputation beyond reputeMeow has a reputation beyond reputeMeow has a reputation beyond reputeMeow has a reputation beyond reputeMeow has a reputation beyond reputeMeow has a reputation beyond reputeMeow has a reputation beyond reputeMeow has a reputation beyond reputeMeow has a reputation beyond reputeMeow has a reputation beyond reputeMeow has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Suggestions please for a long weekend away...

I stayed at the Shangri-la (Bar al Jissah) outside of Muscat a few years ago. It's a nice set of hotels with quite a few restaurants. Note there are three hotels in total. A very high end one, a 'business' one which is standard 5 star and one deemed a family hotel, which is cheapest. (I kept well away from that as it appeared to be full of screaming children.)

I'd go back, so that's a recommendation.
Meow is offline  
Old Aug 23rd 2011, 10:22 am
  #7  
Hit 16's
 
Bahtatboy's Avatar
 
Joined: Mar 2010
Location: Of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world, she walks into mine
Posts: 13,112
Bahtatboy has a reputation beyond reputeBahtatboy has a reputation beyond reputeBahtatboy has a reputation beyond reputeBahtatboy has a reputation beyond reputeBahtatboy has a reputation beyond reputeBahtatboy has a reputation beyond reputeBahtatboy has a reputation beyond reputeBahtatboy has a reputation beyond reputeBahtatboy has a reputation beyond reputeBahtatboy has a reputation beyond reputeBahtatboy has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Suggestions please for a long weekend away...

Hilton Resort at RAK, get a villa right on the beach. Been three times with my teenage kids, they love it. Not a huge amount of choice of eating, but enough for 4 days or so. The (one and only) inside bar is decidedly so-so.
Bahtatboy is offline  
Old Aug 23rd 2011, 10:31 am
  #8  
 
rowell's Avatar
 
Joined: Jun 2008
Posts: 1,271
rowell has a reputation beyond reputerowell has a reputation beyond reputerowell has a reputation beyond reputerowell has a reputation beyond reputerowell has a reputation beyond reputerowell has a reputation beyond reputerowell has a reputation beyond reputerowell has a reputation beyond reputerowell has a reputation beyond reputerowell has a reputation beyond reputerowell has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Suggestions please for a long weekend away...

Originally Posted by Bahtatboy View Post
Hilton Resort at RAK, get a villa right on the beach. Been three times with my teenage kids, they love it. Not a huge amount of choice of eating, but enough for 4 days or so. The (one and only) inside bar is decidedly so-so.
And they have a duty free in the hotel! Beer delivered straight to your beach villa (chalet)
rowell is offline  
Old Aug 23rd 2011, 10:34 am
  #9  
Concierge
 
Blue Cat's Avatar
 
Joined: Feb 2007
Posts: 29,625
Blue Cat has a reputation beyond reputeBlue Cat has a reputation beyond reputeBlue Cat has a reputation beyond reputeBlue Cat has a reputation beyond reputeBlue Cat has a reputation beyond reputeBlue Cat has a reputation beyond reputeBlue Cat has a reputation beyond reputeBlue Cat has a reputation beyond reputeBlue Cat has a reputation beyond reputeBlue Cat has a reputation beyond reputeBlue Cat has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Suggestions please for a long weekend away...

I would probably head to Muscat but I would never drive it again, did that when R was younger and it was a pain the backside.
Blue Cat is offline  
Old Aug 23rd 2011, 10:55 am
  #10  
banned
Thread Starter
 
Joined: Oct 2008
Posts: 7,609
commander has a reputation beyond reputecommander has a reputation beyond reputecommander has a reputation beyond reputecommander has a reputation beyond reputecommander has a reputation beyond reputecommander has a reputation beyond reputecommander has a reputation beyond reputecommander has a reputation beyond reputecommander has a reputation beyond reputecommander has a reputation beyond reputecommander has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Suggestions please for a long weekend away...

Originally Posted by rowell View Post
And they have a duty free in the hotel! Beer delivered straight to your beach villa (chalet)
That hotel is already booked for the RAK half marathon...

There is a nice swim from one side of the bay to another..

Great hotel..
commander is offline  
Old Aug 23rd 2011, 10:56 am
  #11  
banned
Thread Starter
 
Joined: Oct 2008
Posts: 7,609
commander has a reputation beyond reputecommander has a reputation beyond reputecommander has a reputation beyond reputecommander has a reputation beyond reputecommander has a reputation beyond reputecommander has a reputation beyond reputecommander has a reputation beyond reputecommander has a reputation beyond reputecommander has a reputation beyond reputecommander has a reputation beyond reputecommander has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Suggestions please for a long weekend away...

Originally Posted by Blue Cat View Post
I would probably head to Muscat but I would never drive it again, did that when R was younger and it was a pain the backside.
4h drive from Ranches?
commander is offline  
Old Aug 23rd 2011, 11:12 am
  #12  
Forum Regular
 
Joined: Dec 2009
Posts: 51
alitrist is an unknown quantity at this point
Default Re: Suggestions please for a long weekend away...

Originally Posted by Spugsy View Post
We went to Banyan Tree in RAK, it was amazing.
Not so lovely if you have little ones our 2 and 3 year old sons were bored out of their brains so we never enjoyed the peaceful experience. We may have to go back in 20 years time lol.
alitrist is offline  
Old Aug 23rd 2011, 11:37 am
  #13  
banned
Thread Starter
 
Joined: Oct 2008
Posts: 7,609
commander has a reputation beyond reputecommander has a reputation beyond reputecommander has a reputation beyond reputecommander has a reputation beyond reputecommander has a reputation beyond reputecommander has a reputation beyond reputecommander has a reputation beyond reputecommander has a reputation beyond reputecommander has a reputation beyond reputecommander has a reputation beyond reputecommander has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Suggestions please for a long weekend away...

Originally Posted by alitrist View Post
Not so lovely if you have little ones our 2 and 3 year old sons were bored out of their brains so we never enjoyed the peaceful experience. We may have to go back in 20 years time lol.
ahh thanks, i was just about to ask Spugsy about that..
commander is offline  
Old Aug 23rd 2011, 12:03 pm
  #14  
Hit 16's
 
Bahtatboy's Avatar
 
Joined: Mar 2010
Location: Of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world, she walks into mine
Posts: 13,112
Bahtatboy has a reputation beyond reputeBahtatboy has a reputation beyond reputeBahtatboy has a reputation beyond reputeBahtatboy has a reputation beyond reputeBahtatboy has a reputation beyond reputeBahtatboy has a reputation beyond reputeBahtatboy has a reputation beyond reputeBahtatboy has a reputation beyond reputeBahtatboy has a reputation beyond reputeBahtatboy has a reputation beyond reputeBahtatboy has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Suggestions please for a long weekend away...

Originally Posted by commander View Post
ahh thanks, i was just about to ask Spugsy about that..
Yeah, several colleagues have done it from AD, and said they certainly wouldn't want to do it with sprogs. Last colleagues who did it went when the unrest in Oman was just kicking off; when they got to the first town over the border they saw a large gathering and thought, "Ooh, a festival of some sort, let's stop and have a look". Large gathering turned out to be a mob burning down a police station...
Bahtatboy is offline  
Old Aug 23rd 2011, 12:07 pm
  #15  
banned
Thread Starter
 
Joined: Oct 2008
Posts: 7,609
commander has a reputation beyond reputecommander has a reputation beyond reputecommander has a reputation beyond reputecommander has a reputation beyond reputecommander has a reputation beyond reputecommander has a reputation beyond reputecommander has a reputation beyond reputecommander has a reputation beyond reputecommander has a reputation beyond reputecommander has a reputation beyond reputecommander has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Suggestions please for a long weekend away...

okay, we may take a short flight somewhere...
commander is offline  

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information

Copyright © 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.