It has been a practice of the Pinoy Community in Muladdah to cap the school year with a gathering or thanksgiving party. But this year is something unusual and different. It is a new experience for all of us. Instead of just plainly having a luscious dinner and chitchat with each other, we all head off to the Millennium Hotel in Al Musannah to plunge and swim at the beautiful infinity pools.
We are grateful to the event organizers Ms. Catherine, Ms. Jocelyn,Ms. Cris, Ms. Jane, and Mr. Enrico who come up with this idea and really make a lot of effort for our escapade to be fun and exciting as possible. They have carefully plan and make arrangement with the hotel management. Fortunately, because we are a large group the swimming pool fee is reduced from 5 OMR to 2 OMR for adults and the kids from 3OMR to free access. However, we are only allowed until 5:00 o’clock in the afternoon and bringing of outside (not from the hotel) food is also forbidden.
Although we wanted to maximize the use of the swimming pools but the scorching heat of the hot weather can barely possible for us stay under the sun the whole day. We all agree to end our pool party at noontime. Then bring our food “potcluck” and simply share a wonderful dinner at Ms. Cris’ home.
On June 7, we assemble at the hotel lobby while others head straight to the pool side at 8:00 o’clock in the morning. It is a perfect day where the cloudless blue skies and sunshine are in marked and welcome greeting for the summer season. The crystal blue water and beautifully designed swimming pools are temptations I cannot resist. There are two different pools in the hotel, the outdoor pool is for boys and the indoor or tent-covered pool is for girls.
This is how the sexes are always separated and are very common in Oman. But we altogether stay in the bigger outdoor pool because it is ideal for a very large group. It has an artistically crafted downpouring water fount while the adjacent infinity pools are facing the beach front that present a spectacular sight particularly in the late afternoon.
All the girls change on their best swimwear because it is strictly prohibited by the management to enter the pool in an improper outfit. But because we are “little conservative” and have “little confidence” we manage to cover our two piece suit with some light and sexy alter tops paired with mini-stretchable shorts. Meanwhile, the boys are bold and revealing. They take off their tops and showing their skinny structure or chubby sizes. This is really funny among Filipinos.
Until now even in Philippines you can see women wearing alter tops and minishorts as their ideal swimwear. Unlike other Asians who are confident and daring enough to wear bikinis regardless whether they have the sexy curves or voluptuous figures. I guess it will take time among Filipino women to embrace the ideology of wearing swimsuits whenever bathing in the beach or swimming pools.
However, I encourage few of my few girl friends to take snapshost with our sexy tops while half of our body is submerged in the water. And we did! Individually and as a group! Afterwards we are all laughing and teasing each other. I wish we can do this swimming escapade over and over again.
Our friends and my family especially my kids – Andrei and Anyah – are really enjoying our day amidst the heat of the sun not until 12 noon.
As for me this once in a year activity is all worth doing and a wonderful escape from “boredom and homesickness”. Most specially that we get access to infinity pools of Oman’s four star luxury Hotel at a discounted price.
P.S. Thank you to Mr. Rico, Ms. Jane, and Ms. Mae for the pictures because we forget to bring our own camera so we only borrowed from them.
So if you want to try having a whole day swimming at one of the finest outdooor pool in Oman, head off to the Millenium Hotel. You will be experiencing a delightfully sunny land of Mussanah along with its fabulous views and traditional warm hospitality at this superb resort hotel by the sea.
The Millenium Hotel and Resorts
Wudam Al Sahil
PO Box 82
Mussanah, Sultanate of Oman visit their website: