Luxury Family Fun at the Shangri La Muscat in Oman

The half-hour drive from the airport to Shangri La Hotel on the outskirts of Muscat takes you through a dusty sandy-coloured landscape of mountains and valleys.  Although the Middle East that I pictured had sand, this land looked completely different with its winding...

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Luxe Minimalism at the Chedi Muscat Hotel

We waffled back and forth on booking the Chedi Muscat Hotel.  It was a choice between The Shangri La Hotel in Muscat and the Chedi Muscat Hotel.  I know, I know - #firstworldproblems.  We booked The Chedi, then changed over to the Shangri La because everyone said it...

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The Elaborate World of Arabic Jalabiya Dresses

Walking into the Piano Bar at the Shangri La Muscat, I was a little bemused when a man walked over to the lady at the piano and started snapping his fingers at her.  She was playing a rocking rendition of Purple Rain, and it took her a minute to turn her face to him....

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A Visual Feast at Muttrah Souq in Muscat

Looking around Muttrah Souq in Muscat, my eyes were drawn to the sparkle of colourful sequinned clothes, the dull sheen of old silver daggers and the brash brightness of tourist tat.  The smell of spices and incense wafted through the air and the low murmur of Arabic...

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