We travel a lot and don’t really stress about traveling with our baby but since starting our blog I’ve discovered that a lot of people are apprehensive about travelling with babies especially when it comes to feeding. Well here are our experiences and top tips for weaning while travelling.
Friday brunch is a staple activity of expats in the Middle East. Whenever we have visitors we always take them so when my parents visited to meet Baby E we decided to take them to one of our favourites, Vine at the St. Regis. We love the range of foods, the live cooking stations and variety of drinks both Non and Alcoholic. The sushi and seafood area for us is the best at any Doha brunch and I love getting a taste of home with their roast dinners. But is brunch a good activity to do with a baby?
I am one of those people who will use any excuse to travel, so I hopped on the idea of Babymoons with great enthusiasm (we had a few as you will see in the posts to come). The first of these was in Muscat, the lovely capital of Oman. Oman is only a short hop from our base in Doha and has a noticeably cooler climate making it a perfect retreat from the searing Doha sun.
We stayed at The Chedi Hotel, a luxury hotel only a short drive from Muscat international airport. From the moment we arrived the service was impeccable and the hotel oozed the luxury it promised.
Breakfast is served buffet style but this is no ordinary breakfast but the best breakfast buffet I have ever seen with live cooking stations and plenty of choice of outstanding quality. More akin to a Middle East Friday Brunch than your average breakfast buffet. To top it all, we got to have breakfast with this view.
The other meals were no disappointment either – we particularly enjoyed the beachfront seafood restaurant where you could eat your freshly caught fish by the sound of the ocean with sand between your toes.
One of the things that I loved about being pregnant in the Middle East, the heat certainly wasn’t it! – was the fact that everywhere you go there is a vast array of interesting and delicious mocktails. I never felt like I wasn’t having a special evening, as the mocktails were so delicious. The Chedi was no exception to this.
The facilities at this hotel are beyond fault so much so we never actually left the hotel grounds. Something that we never do! We are all for exploring the local area, using hotels just to sleep but with amenities and service like that experienced at the Chedi it is hard to tear yourself away. The hotel boasts three pools, including the long pool, the longest pool in the Middle East. Impressive to say the least. Our personal favourite was the beach pool, where you could sit on your lounger with your feet in the sand, and take a dip with an amazing view. It was also located next to the beach bar, which meant you were never short of fresh cold water – a must for any pregnant traveller. The third pool, is the most child-friendly with shading over pool and large shaded beds around the edges. I can’t wait to take Baby E back, to give this one a try!
So would I recommend The Chedi in Muscat for a babymoon? Absolutely! The cooler Middle Eastern climate, beautiful views, fabulous food and mocktails make it the perfect choice for a Middle Eastern Babymoon!