Daily Archives: December 19, 2012

Golden Tulip Seeb

bathroom amenities

Sometimes our family likes to check into local hotels for a “weekend getaway” or on National holidays to relax and unwind.  Mommy deserves any pampering she can get as looking after 2 little ones at home is no easy task! 😉  Golden Tulip Seeb was one of our latest weekend getaways.  The only other time we had been here was during a buffet dinner 2 years ago which was satisfactory, but nothing extraordinary.our room

Our deluxe room was quite comfortable. Overall, a very pleasant weekend was spent here!our balcony

Our simple but nice patiowelcome sign

Our room was right behind the “EMOCLEW” sign.  Must mean something in Arabic. 😉room service

The patio served as a pleasant spot to enjoy room service. The Browns sure do appreciate good room service! 🙂coffee and tea

Of course it’s always nice to have coffee and tea making facilities.  You would expect this from any 4 or 5 star hotel, right?  In all our hotel and resort stays, Duqm “Floating Hotel” Veronica was the only hotel that didn’t have anything whatsoever (and yet the most expensive of them all!).

thai massage at Golden Tulip

My wife was so looking forward to a Thai massage…but when she called for an appointment, they informed her that the only masseuse was on a 2-month vacation in Thailand.  They didn’t feel it was necessary to get a replacement during her vacation?! Bizarre!one of many hallway lounges

looking down from 3rd floor

in the main lobby

family fun in lounge

The whole family had a great time, especially at the pool…the main pool

better view of main pool

Daddy was the only one who enjoyed the main pool.  The rest of the family splashed around the kiddies pool:kids pool

poolside order

All that swimming around sure can work up an appetite! Good thing they got poolside service! 😉Jardin dinner buffet

The dinner buffet at Le Jardin has changed very little in 2 years. Not bad, but nothing to write home to Mom about either.  Some of the hotel packages they offer (occasionally) may include dinner which was included with our room rate.  I’m pretty sure the room rate always includes breakfast buffet which we really enjoyed both mornings.Um Ali

This dish, Um Ali, is something I distinctly remember from our dinner 2 years ago and also our recent visit.  Um Ali is a Middle-Eastern Arabic dish (many websites say that it’s Egyptian) that is a delicious bread pudding.  It may not look like much, but this is one fine dish, folks! Mm! Getting hungry just thinking about it!airport construction

The Muscat Airport (formerly known as Seeb International Airport) has a lot of construction going on.  The new airport being constructed is supposed to be completed by April of 2014 but I’m not sure if that’s realistic with quite a few delays in the past year including striking workers.  When completed, it’s supposed to be able to handle 12 million passengers a year!tower and plane

I wonder if that is the tower that is set to be the tallest building in Oman once the airport is complete.  An air-traffic tower is set to be almost 100 meters high which would make it the tallest occupied building in the Sultanate.sky over Muscat airport

Sunset over Muscat International Airport from our room while at the Golden Tulip.  Why all this talk about the airport?  For anyone who might not be familiar with Muscat and Oman, it’s common knowledge for most living here that Golden Tulip Seeb is the closest hotel to the airport.  I believe that is why they never have to worry too much about guests filling their rooms!  Well after experiencing the Golden Tulip for ourselves, we’ve learned that it may not be the only reason.  The staff were great (especially with our kids) and the service was quite good. For expats in Oman, you may want to keep your eye open for special promos at Golden Tulip Seeb every now and then…like the one currently on through the Bank Muscat Shopping Festival until Dec. 31st where rooms are only 55 OR/night including tax and buffet breakfast (+20% off food at Le Jardin restaurant).  www.goldentulipseeb.com  (Tel:+968-2451-4444)

Omanis are CRAZY about Drifting!

getting ready to roll

While I was at Oman Motorshow 2012, I decided to check out the Drifting that was going on next to the FMX shows in the Adventure Zone.ROP on hand

The ROP were out in full force.anything for a good view

People were standing on cars and anything they could find/reach for a good view.comfortable seating

Geoffrey in the pit

My friend, Geoffrey, who manages the awesome blog “The Rogue and Peasant Slave” managed to get “in the pit” for some decent pics.flag at the ready

pic of crowds

car crew

helmet and car

always time for a smile

action shot

Panorama 1

banner for all to see

This pic is actually 2 pics combined using Panorama Maker 4 from ArcSoft.burning rubber

wazzup dawgs

Red Bull will be holding another Drifting Competition in February of 2013.  Here is a video from Redbull from the 2012 Car Park Drift Oman Competition:

Here is a video I put together by combining about 10 short clips from Drifting at Oman Motorshow 2012: