Monday, 12 October 2020

Sun, sand and vitamin sea

This weekend I had planned an excursion with the kids that I had heard about so many times, to the resort at Al Maya Island. I was so excited to finally have convinced everyone to come out..! Nathan was going to fly all through Friday night, so he wasn't going to come; but we were going with another family so we were going to have company.
Al Maya Island is situated less than 15 minutes with boat from the little marina at Al Ras Al Akhdar, with the boat trip included in your Day Pass fee. It really feels like you are somewhere completely different, even if you can see the skyline of the Corniche from the beach, it's that holiday feeling!

Unfortunately, our friends ended up not joining us as they just found out that morning someone in one of their workplaces had tested positive for Covid. So instead they had to head to one of the test centers early morning and then quaratine at home awaiting their results. Booo!
BUT - as it turns out, Nathan didn't have to do his check flight scheduled for Friday night, so on the bright side he could actually join us! Family time on a weekend! What a rarity!

Arriving at the dock at Al Maya Island:

It felt very safe, with all sunbeds and tables sanitized placed at proper distance and markers everywhere (even IN the pool!). You didn't need to wear the face masks while at your sunbed or in the pool, only while walking around.

We opted to lie by the pool this time but next time I want to be down on the beach, just look at this!

You can walk around the small island if you wish, and I did go for a few walks purely because I was curious about the resort and the hotel part and wanted to check it out. It is a lovely atmosphere on the island, especially since these beautiful oryx roam free around the area. Obviously they must be rather used to being close to people, they were not afraid at all.

We had a lovely day, just relaxing and enjoying being out of the house, and actually doing something that felt quite normal. It wasn't too busy either, even though the temperature right now is absolutely perfect. It's actually a fine balance here with weather for beach days, between it being way, way too hot for months and months which leads into this short period of perfect weather before it all of a sudden will become too cold to swim. At least for us!

The afternoon was enjoyed in different ways, Lucas had a nap, Nathan had a few beers and our fish Linnea hardly came out of the pool at all.

I enjoyed some people watching, one of my favourite hobbies and something I haven't been able to do for what feels like forever! It was an interesting mix of families with mostly young children and a crowd of young party people, but none of those groups luckily were too rowdy; it was actually just the perfect buzz and mood.

So so pretty!

I was so glad we got to have a family day out! It was well needed!

On the boat on the way back - back on with the face masks!

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