SOoo, I’m finally writing my first proper blog post and i’m super excited to share this with you guys. As some of you may have seen through my Instagram (@lauraacastelli) I recently (mid-April) went to Muscat and Dubai with my family and some family friends. Muscat is the capital of Oman, and a place that I had previously never been to so I was really looking forward to the trip, especially because I had just finished my second semester of my second year of university and was looking forward for a relaxing holiday under the sun.
We were in Oman for 5 days and stayed at the Shangri-La resort as well as spending one night sleeping in a resort in the desert, which was so much fun! We didn’t have enough time to visit Muscat, so I don’t actually know what it is like, but I did pass through by car and I do have a nice image of it in my memory – I recall a white and pastel palate, very elegantly laid out in its natural landscape of sand. However, the desert and the oasis we did experience was an amazing adventure and is definitely worth doing – it was honestly breathtaking. Also, the weather… I thought I would NEVER actually say this but it did get unbearably hot.. I couldn’t even lie down to tan for more than 5 minutes! I would wake up in the morning around 8am to 32 degrees already and by 12pm it would be up to 37-42 degrees celsius.
We arrived to the Shangri-La early in the morning and we were all so tired that we slept most of the first day. On the second day, after an arduous car journey (with multiple pit stops), we finally made it to the desert just before sunset. We were in Jeeps and our driver had no restraint on going full speed, so that was one hell of a bumpy (and scary) ride. Nevertheless, it was so worth the view after.
It was really hot but at the same time soooo windy so my hair went a little crazy, (as you can see from the photos) and sand went EVERYWHERE. In the morning we got up for sunrise and went sand boarding on the dunes and then for a quick ride on camels.. which was an interesting and uncomfortable experience.
The second oasis we went to was insanely beautiful. Unfortunately we were so unprepared as most of us were wearing flip flops and we ended up walking on rocks for 2 hours just to get to the area we could swim in.
I also went to Muscat hills, a beach club, which was a 2 minute taxi ride from the resort. The vibe was really fun and relaxed, with some really great music playing in the background. I went to have drinks with a friend who happened to be in Muscat at the same time which was such a weird coincidence.
Eating in Muscat, overall was really good. We ate a lot at the restaurants within the Shangri-La so I had a variety of different foods from different countries, however, the best and definitely a MUST (if of course it fits within your budget) is having dinner at ‘The CHEDI Muscat’, which is a 5* hotel with a contemporary twist on the traditional Omani style with spectacular views of the Golf of Oman as well as Al Hajar Mountains. However, my friends dad was wearing long (ish) shorts and they didn’t want to let him in, so I would say that if you do go, make sure you are wearing long clothing! They only finally allowed him in after he was given a pair of long trousers to wear.
Here’s my outfit details from what I wore in the photos:
Striped shirt – H&M
Loose high waisted pants – Zara
White tee with holes – Stradivarius
Swimsuit – Zara
Sunglasses – Valentino
(Excuse the quality of some of the photos from this trip as I couldn’t bring my camera with me everywhere so some photos were taken on my iPhone 7)
I will be posting about the second part of my holiday very soon but for now I hope you enjoyed reading this and had a lovely weekend!