Sunday, November 30, 2014
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Christmas is coming, didn't you know?! Every year I do a whip round of the local hotels (and some further afield) to see what they've got planned for Christmas and NYE so you can have a one stop spot to see whats what for this coming festive season.

But before all of the listings, here's the best party this Christmas ;)


On December 12th at 7pm the Safari rooftop grill are hosting the MRFC Christmas dinner, anyone who went to the Halloween party last month will know the kind of crowd that attends the MRFC parties. The theme this time is rubbish Christmas jumpers - tickets are RO 32 for members or RO 35 for non-members. Includes all you can eat and drink and to get tickets email events@muscatrugby.net.

Now, on with the listings.........

Grand Hyatt Muscat

Christmas Eve


Mokha Cafe - RO 36 (Alcohol) RO 29 (Dry) (kids RO 16 between 6&12) Buffet dinner by Executive Chef Jason Brotherton from 7-11pm
Tuscany - RO 42 (Kids RO 21) for a 4 course set menu with an Italian theme with a glass of sparkling wine between 7-11pm.
Club Safari - RO 5 cover charge - business as normal till 3am!
Safari Rooftop Grill - RO 31 for Seafood or poultry (eg turkey), RO 39 for Mulwarra steaks, seafood platter or surf and turf or RO 43 for Canadian beef, angus beef, wagyu steaks or seafood.

Christmas Day

Mokha Cafe - RO 39 (Kids RO 19) for Christmas day brunch with a glass of sparking wine, DJ providing entertainment and a visit from Santa too. Open 12:30pm till 3:30pm.
Tuscany - A traditional Italian Christmas day lunch by Chef Mauro Ferrari is available ala carte, between 12:30 and 3:30pm.

New Years Eve

Grand Burlesque Gala ball - RO 85 (rises to RO 95 after December 15th) (Kids RO 40) for a burlesque show with live acrobatic fire, aerial show and s stilt walker flown in especially for this party. Runs from 8pm till 2am.
Tuscany - RO 80 (Kids RO 40) for a 6 course Italian black tie dinner from 8pm till 2am.
Safari Rooftop Grill - RO 60 (Kids RO 30) for a set menu with full open bar from 7:30pm till 1:00am.
Club Safari - RO 15 including a signature cocktail, from 6pm until 3am.
Copacabana - RO 10 including a signature cocktail, from 10pm til 3am.
Camp Hyatt - For the kids, a complimentary babysitting and snack service to allow you to enjoy your NYE party - open from 7pm till midnight.

For bookings and more information, you can email muscat.dining@hyatt.com

InterContinental Muscat

Christmas Eve


Musandam - RO 26++ (RO 13++ for kids 6-12) for Christmas buffet dinner from 7pm. There are special beverage packages available for RO 8++ which is unlimited selected beverages.
Trader Vic's - RO 28++ for a 4 course dinner, or you can go a la carte, open from 7pm.
Tomato - Their usual menu along with special Christmas dishes are available, a la carte, from 7pm.

Christmas Day



Musandam Cafe & Palm Lane Garden - RO 30++ (RO 15++ for kids 6-12) Special Christmas brunch from 12:30 till 4pm with a visit from Santa and kids activities. There are special beverage packages available for RO 8++ which is unlimited selected beverages.

Al Ghazal Pub - RO 5 entry with a complimentary drink, and you get an additional complimentary cocktail if you come dressed as Santa's helper - and Santa will be visiting at 10pm. Doors open at 7:30pm.

New Years Eve


Le Caprice - RO 85++ for a 6 course dinner paired with the perfect wine created by Chef Pascal, pre-dinner cocktails at 8pm, dinner at 8:30pm.
Musandam Cafe & Palm Lane Garden - RO 65++ (RO 28++ for kids under 12) Disco fever with 70's and 80's tunes all night long with a large buffet and free flow of selected drinks from 8pm.
Tiki Bar - From 9pm until 2am, welcome in the new year with a selection of bubbly and Oysters - a la carte.
Trader Vics - RO 75++ including selected beverages - 5 course dinner with a Latin DJ to keep you moving on the dance floor. There's a special private room for the kids with a nanny service too.
Al Ghazal - RO 35++ including selected beverages - Get your drink on at this party from 8pm - RO 35 plus the taxes for all your drinks and finger foods. If you have had dinner at any of the other outlets in the hotel that night, entry to this party is complimentary.

The Chedi


Christmas Eve - Full dinner at The Restaurant - RO 60++ per person.
Christmas Day - A superb brunch with dishes from their 4 open show-kitchens serving Middle Eastern, Western, Indian & Asian cuisine at The Restaurant - RO 45++ per person.

New Years Eve

The Restaurant - RO 98++ Lavish Gala buffet dinner with after party DJ.
The Beach Restaurant - RO 98++ 6 course countdown dinner menu with a sea food theme with soft instrumental music followed by the after party DJ.

For reservations and more information you can call 2452 4400 or email restaurant@chedimuscat.com




Shangri-La Muscat

Christmas Tree Lighting - 16 December 6pm
Boxing day fun run - run off that turkey around the resort, starts at 8am.

Christmas Eve

Al Tanoor - RO 25 for BBQ buffet (Add RO 10 for unlimited house wines, beers, soft drinks and juices)
Samba - RO 22 family friends Chirstmas buffet (Add RO 10 for unlimited house wines, beers, soft drinks and juices)
Capri Court - RO 35 5 course Italian themed Christmas Dinner (Kids are RO 11).
Bait al Bahr - RO 35 (Kids RO 11) for a sumptuous 5 course seafood meal.
Sultanah - RO 50 - 6 course menu with live music from house jazz band.
Shahrazad - RO 50 - 6 course Moroccan themed menu with live Moroccan entertainment

Christmas Day

Father Christmas will be visiting little guests in the Dhow area by the Marina between 3 and 4:30pm.
Al Tanoor - LUNCH RO 18 (Traditional buffet) DINNER RO 20 - also buffet dinner. Add RO 10 for unlimited house wines, beers, soft drinks and juices.
Samba - RO 18 for family Christmas buffet. Add RO 10 for unlimited house wines, beers, soft drinks and juices)
Bait al Bahr - RO 25 (RO 9 for kids) for 4 course Christmas dinner from seafood.
Capri Court - RO 25 (RO 9 for kids) for 4 course Italian themed Christmas dinner.
Sultanah - RO 59 - BBQ buffet with unlimited bubbly and selected beverages with live music from the jazz band.
Shahrazad - RO 35 - Moroccan themed 5 course feast with live Moroccan entertainment.

New Years Eve

NYE at the Shang is a bit different this year, for non-resident guests at the hotel, you can buy a voucher from the hotel which entitles you to the following, and it costs RO 119.560 per adult (or RO 59.780 per kid):

Dinner at any of these restaurants: Al Tanoor, Tapas & Sablah or Fairouz.

Followed by access to the Turtle beach countdown party (10pm-2am) and access to the after party in the Shangri-la ball room (1am-3am).

Room rates are available, and all of the above is complimentary to the room rate, which you can get by calling the hotel on 2477 6565 to enquire about.

Sifawy Boutique Hotel


Christmas Eve - RO 35++ per person, or RO 50++ inclusive of a Dhow cruise (Kids RO 12++ / RO 25++). Unlimited selected beverages, starting from 7pm and includes a visit from Santa and carol singing.

Christmas Day - RO 5++ to RO 16.5++ per person, depending on what you have. Set menu in Al Sabla restaurant overlooking the marina.

New Years Eve - RO 60 per person. White & Silver themed 7-course dinner served outside on the pool deck. Live entertainment and unlimited selected beverages.

Al Bustan Palace

Christmas Tree Lighting - 12 December 4pm
Christmas Carols - 12 December daily till 25th December from 4pm
Gingerbread house decorating class - Daily from 20 till 25 December at 4pm. RO 7 per house, complimentary for in-house guests

Christmas Eve

Beach Pavillion - RO 45 - From 7pm, 4 course set menu
China Mood - RO 45 - From 7pm, 5 course set menu
Al Khiran Terrace - RO 22 (RO 11 for kids) buffet dinner with kids corner and entertainment

Christmas Day

Al Khiran Terrace - RO 34 Dry, or RO 55 including bubbly, wine or beer. 12:30 till 3:30pm, traditional Christmas dinner and seafood too. Santa will be visiting the kids (RO 17 per head for kids).

New Years Eve

Beach Pavilion - RO 59 including a glass of bubbly. From 7pm - 5 course menu setting at the waters edge.
China Mood - RO 59 including a glass of bubbly. From 7pm - 5 course menu served with speciality teas prepared by their tea sommelier!
Al Khiran Terrace - RO 39 soft drinks, RO 59 with bubbly, wine or beer (kids for RO 17) - luxury buffet dinner.
Black & Gold party on the beach - The premier NYE event from the Bustan Palace this year, from 8pm. RO 99 for guests staying in the hotel, or RO 120 if not - open bar for selected drinks.

Radisson Blu


Christmas Day - RO 30 per person (kids 5-12 are 50% off) for a Classic Christmas buffet with all the trimmings and a visit from Santa for the kids. Includes unlimited house beverages and bubbly.

New Years Eve - RO 45 per person in the Lazy Lizard garden with an "extravagant dinner" and DJ to dance the night away. Unlimited bubbly, chilled juices & soft drinks (I think beer is extra).


Crowne Plaza Muscat

Christmas Eve

Tropicana - RO 38 (Kids RO 17.5) for a buffet dinner.
Come Prima - RO 35 Italian 5 course set menu dinner.
The Edge - RO 35 four course set menu dinner with perhaps the best view for a restaurant in Muscat.

Christmas Day - RO 38 (Kids RO 19) for a buffet dinner at Tropicana along with live music and a visit from Santa

New Years Eve

Tropicana & The Edge - RO 50 (kids RO 25) Gala buffet dinner with live music to dance the night away. Includes drinks.
Come Prima - RO 50 for a 5 course set menu Italian themed including drinks.
Shiraz - RO 50 for a Persian themed 5 course menu with drinks.
Dukes Bar - RO 10 cover charge for entry

Park Inn Muscat

Christmas Eve - RO 30 for dinner at the RBG before going upstairs to the Sama Terrazza to party the night away. One lucky guest might win tickets from Thai Airways.

New Years Eve
RBG - RO 40 for dinner at RBG including a half bottle of wine and complimentary access to the Sama Terrazza, and also name in the draw to win tickets from Thai Airways.
Sama Terrazza - RO 20 for entry to the rooftop bar which includes a complimentary drink. Goes from 7pm till 2am.


Oman Dive Centre

New Years Eve - Axis Events are throwing a NYE party at ODC this December 31st, there is a facebook event page here, and tickets are RO 15 including 1 complimentary drink. Runs 8pm till 3am.

Muscat Hills Golf & Country club

New Years Eve - RO 40 for buffet dinner and open bar, live band and DJ providing entertainment, club members get a 10% discount. 

Al Nahda Resort & Spa


New Years Eve - RO10 entry with 2 drinks, RO 40 entry with dinner and 2 drinks or RO 65 entry dinner and free-flow of drinks all night. Bollywood party from 8pm till 1:30am. Special room rate of RO 45 including breakfast for Dec 31st.

Millennium Hotel, Mussanah

Christmas tree lighting and carol singing - December 18th (time not available, call for details)

Christmas Eve - RO 35 (kids half price) for buffet dinner and a glass of mulled wine or fresh juice.
Christmas Day - RO 35 (kids half price) for buffet lunch and a glass of mulled wine or fresh juice.
New Years Eve - RO 35 or RO 45 (for alcohol included) outside dinner on the beach with live entertainment. If you come late, it's only RO 25 (alcohol included) after 10:30pm. If you want to book a room its RO 140 for the room, party (soft drinks only) and breakfast the next day, or RO 160 if you want booze, a sea-view is available for an additional tenner.

Crowne Plaza Sohar


Christmas tree lighting - Sunday 7th December at 17:30 with carols and "festive specialities" = mince pies.

Ginger bread house for the kids - Thursday 18th December from 16:00 onwards - RO 8 per house.

Christmas Eve

The Restaurant - RO 17 per adult (RO 8.5 for kids 4-12yrs) for a festive buffet. From 19:00 - 23:00.
The Steakhouse - a la carte menu with Turkey and Christmas log on offer. From 19:00 - 23:00.

Christmas Day

Sohar Ballroom - RO 20 per adult (RO 12 for kids 4012yrs) for Christmas buffet lunch with a visit from Santa with gifts for the kids.

NYE

In the garden - RO 45 per adult, RO 90 per couple. Gala dinner buffet with drinks inclusive and live entertainment. Special room rates for NYE available, call 2685 0850 or email cpsohar@ihg.com for more information.
The Sports Club - RO 12 per person, 2 complimentary drinks and pass-around snacks.












Crowne Plaza, Duqm

Christmas Day - Brunch for RO 15 at Souq restaurant
New Years Eve - RO 16 including a welcome drink to the dinner party at The Frontier restaurant and sports bar

Crowne Plaza, Salalah

Christmas Tree lighting ceremony on 24th December at 6pm

Christmas Eve - Pool lawn dinner, RO 25 traditional Christmas dinner.

New Years Eve

Al-Luban night club - RO 10 from 10pm
Dolphin Beach Restaurant - RO 30 from 7pm
Dhofar Ballroom - RO 40 from 8pm. Live band

Special room packages for NYE available - RO 85++ with breakfast included.

Salalah Rotana Resort

Christmas Tree lighting ceremony on 20 December at 7pm, the St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church Choir and The International Nursery school will lead the ceremony with carol singing.

Christmas Eve - RO 30++ 4 course set menu, kids under 5 are free, between 5 and 12 dine 50% off. Alcohol not included.

New Years Eve - RO 65++ 5 course set menu, kids under 5 are free, between 5 and 12 dine 50% off. Alcohol not included.


Juweira Boutique Hotel, Salalah



Live Christmas carols at 17:30 each day between 18th and 22nd of December

Christmas Eve - RO 20 / 30 ++ at the As Sammak restaurant from 7pm. Traditional Christmas dinner with a fishy twist - complemented by traditional Christmas beverages.

Christmas Day - RO 14++ Christmas brunch at Al Fanar restaurant from 12:30pm

New Years Eve - RO 44++ From 7pm - White themed NYE Gala buffet along the marina with selected beverages and live entertainment.





Now, for some people, cooking Christmas Dinner can be a bit of a hassle, but they don't want to go out to celebrate Christmas either, The Grand Hyatt, the InterContinental and Mackenzies Cafe recognize this and also offer the following Christmas Takeaway menus:

Grand Hyatt

Christmas takeaway menu is available from December 15th until January 3rd. Orders can be placed on 2464 1234 and need to be placed 48hrs in advance.

Foie Gras Terrine - RO 95 - French Soulard foie gras terrine 500g, brioche, fig chutney (suits 4-6 people)
Scottish honey glazed gammon ham - RO 175 - Gratin potatoes, glazed carrots, roast parsnips, sautéed Brussels sporuts, sauces, Christmas pudding and Brandy sauce (suits 8-10 people)
French Soulard confit duck leg - RO 120 - Gratin potatoes, glazed carrots, buttered asparagus, sour cherry sauce, Christmas pudding and brandy sauce (suits 8 people)
Roast Australian Mulwarra prime rib eye - RO 175 - Gratin potatoes, glazed carrots, buttered asparagus, morel mushroom sauce, Christmas pudding and brandy sauce (suits 8 people)
US traditional Christmas Turkey - RO 130 - Sage & chestnut stuffing, giblet gravy and home made cranberry sauce. roasted kipfler potatoes, buttered Brussels sprouts, glazed carrots and roast parsnips along with a Christmas pudding and brandy sauce (suits 8-10 people)
Christmas Pudding - RO 60 - comes with brandy butter, 6 mince pies assorted cookies and pralines. Suits 6-8 people.


InterContinental


Order from Majlis al Shams in the lobby, they need 24hrs notice and are open between 8am and 10pm.

Christmas Cake (includes alcohol) - RO 17/KG
Vanilla Yule log - RO 14/KG
Chocolate Yule log - RO 15/KG
Mocha Yule Log - RO15/KG
Gingerbread house - RO 30
Gingerbread tree - RO 6 for 2
Gingerbread boy or girl - RO 6 for 2
Christmas cookies - RO 3 for 500g
Christmas pudding - RO 16 for 1KG
Stollen - RO 15 for 1KG
Small traditional turkey with roasted vegetables, gratin Dauphinous & gravy - RO 80 (suits 8-10 people)
Large traditional turkey with roasted vegetables, gratin Dauphinous & gravy - RO 120 (suits 14-16 people)
Honey-mustard glazed pork ham with roasted vegetables, gratin Dauphinous & gravy - RO 63/KG
Australian beef rib-eye with roasted vegetables, gratin Dauphinous & green peppercorn sauce - RO 50/KG
Roasted US duck with roasted vegetables, gratin Dauphinous & cherry sauce - RO 40 (suits 4 people)

Mackenzies Cafe & Deli

{Still to be received}!!

If you have an event and want it to be included in this listing, its free! just drop me an email on mrsythe@gmail.com with your details and I'll update the listing!

le fin.

6 comments:

bladenomics said...

Wow, had no idea there's going to be so much happening in town!

egandhi said...

Great roundup Mr. Sythe! Looking forward to the festive season :)

Anonymous said...

...not worth it

Heather Duncan said...

Great write up, very informative. Thank you!

Heather
www.theduncanadventures.com

Anonymous said...

Hard to enjoy when there are those suffering just in our neighborhoods

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