Category Archives: Hotel

MC MO @ O’Malley’s at the Radisson Tonight!

McMo at OMalleysI went to O’Malley’s at the Radisson last week with a few buddies for the first time. It was a lot of fun and Mc Mo really rocked the house!in action  There is no cover charge and O’Malley’s has a lot of great pub food like Shepherd’s Pie, Irish Stew, fries (chips for you Brits!) and a whole lot more.rocking the house  If you’ve never been to O’Malley’s at the Radisson, it’s really worth a visit. Great spot! And there’s no better timet to go than on a Thursday night as you get R&B night thrown in for free!

The Always Inviting Bandar Hotel, Shangri-La’s Barr al Jissah Resort & Spa

Image Nothing quite says “Welcome!” in Oman like a dish of Omani dates and a free serving of qawha (Arabic coffee). :-)pearl like ceilingThe “golden pearl ceiling” at Al Bandar Hotel is a real eye-catcher!one of many lounge areasgorgeous Arabian lightsThe Arabian lanterns near the elevators are so picturesque.entrance to Bandar HotelBandar Hotel is a gorgeous place to walk around and take in the sights.  There’s no better reason to go check it out than to attend the upcoming 2nd Full Moon Beach Buffet (on April 15th). “Happening once every month, we invite you to a spectacular dining experience at al Bandar’s sandy beach.  Savour the signature buffet spread including barbeque grills and freshest seafood coupled with free-flowing beers, wines and soft drinks.  The live band will elevate your evening experience.” (Dress Code: Resort Casual) For pics from our incredible evening at their 1st Full Moon Beach buffet, click here.


Win a 1-Night Weekend Stay for 2 at Grand Hyatt Muscat!!!

ImageGrand Hyatt Muscat is putting on a Thai Food Festival from April 8-12th.  This time around to celebrate the Truly Thai food festival, they’re going to spice things up a little and and want to make sure that some of the local bloggers are also getting involved in something fun. They are organising a social media competition.truly thai social media competitionIf any of you are interested in winning a one-night stay for two on a weekend (breakfast included!), just comment on this post and give your answer and an email address where you can be reached!  Here is the question you must answer:

How many days will the Truly Thai food festival run for at Marjan restaurant?

a. 4 days 

b. 5 days

c. 6 days

You should be able to answer that one with ease! ;-)  Just leave a comment and contact info and YOU could be the lucky winner! By the way, they are giving away this prize to THREE LUCKY WINNERS!!! To increase your chance of winning why not head over to other local blogs and answer their specific blog questions:

Full Moon Beach Buffet at the Shangri-La

ImageIt was real honor to be invited by Rasha Al Mandari and the gang at Shangri-La’s Barr al Jissah Resort & Spa for their very 1st “Full Moon Beach Buffet” which was a smashing success! Image moon and sign let the eating begin appetizersThe appetizers were so good! I wasn’t able to get all the food choices in these pics as otherwise it would have been a 40 pic blogpost!   shangrila chefsThe chefs are ready to cook you up whatever you desire. whatever you like ingrid and chef shresthaIngrid Hotanijaya (Communications Executive) and Chef Lila Shrestha king fishKing Fish. I couldn’t believe the size of these fish! eihab and rasha2 more of our favorite folks at the Shangri-La: Eihab Attia (Communications Manager) and Rasha al Madani (Restaurants Marketing Manager). shangrila bandThe live band was fantastic! Here is a clip of them playing, “Have I Told You Lately that I Love You?“:lots of drinks availableAlmost every guest who attended the full moon buffet opted for the full course deal which included unlimited beverages including: house red&white wines, Mojito cocktails (awesome!) and a couple of choices of beer as well. one of my platesJust a quick pic of one of my plates! The food was phenomenal!dessertsAlways leave space for dessert! :-)great social eventIngrid and Eihab pictured with Khalid Orabi, the editor of Al Isbou’a, Oman’s free Arabic weekly.  It’s the Arabic version of the popular “The week” English publication. It was an amazing evening socializing with such fascinating people!Whatshappening blogger and husbandWe had a table right next to Dahlia Al Riyami and her husband, Mohammed.  Dahlia runs the wonderful blog “Aish Elaqtta” (one of my favorites!) which is Arabic for “What’s Happening?“.  Here’s another clip of the live band. In this clip, you can hear them performing, “Red Red Wine“, “I Saw Her Standing There“, “I Feel Good“, a Spanish tune called “Besame Mucho” and “Moondance” (so appropriate for “Full Moon buffet”!). I was not surprised to learn that the talented singer is in fact a Filipina! ;-)susan and maurizioIt’s always nice to meet up with this super social couple! Susan is the owner of Totem clothing. I just blogged about their new shop opening at MGM.  She has also started a new food blog, called “HeyFatsu“.  Her husband, Maurizio, runs the ever popular Muscat-Collective-Intelligence blog and is a social media expert and organizer.     down by the shoreThese guys had the right idea; they selected the Arabic style seating on cushions near the beach! Scott Armstrong is on the far left. He is the new Chief Executive Editor of the Times of Oman and we wish him all the best with his new post.      European touristsGot a pic of this friendly European couple enjoying a romantic evening on the beach. They were staying at the Bander Hotel. (Just in case you get the wrong idea that it was only bloggers and members of the media at this buffet! :-) ) There were plenty of guests who enjoyed the full buffet + all you can drink.  If you plan on attending the next Full Moon Beach Buffet, I would highly recommend making a reservation at (+968)2477-6666.lantern at shore bandar beach and moon I think Shangri-La plans on having another Full Moon Beach Buffet in April.  I’m guessing that the evenings will be too hot and humid from May to September.  Details: 35OR++ including wine,beers, soft drinks, signature cocktails and non alcoholic beverage. Food only: 20++, Beverage 15++

R&B Night with McMo Every Thursday at Radisson Blu

McMo at Radisson BluEvery Thursday from 9pm t0 3am. Just got off the phone with one of the organizers. Doors open at 6pm and they start playing sometime between 8:30 and 9pm.  This will be Mc Mo’s 2nd Thursday playing in O’Malley’s Irish Bar at the Radisson. Should be a lot of fun!