The school opened last June and the kids are now busy studying, doing homework and projects. I'm happy that I wouldn't have to think of things for my kids to do just like what I've said here. My kids love to go to beaches on their vacations from school. And because we didn't go to the Philippines this year, Fred and I thought of bringing them to a beach resort here to bust their boredom and change their environment even for just a day or two.
After searching online and asking some friends, we went to Baher Villas in Al-Khobar. It is located in Half Moon Bay area and several hundred kilometers away from Riyadh. Going there was a risk we had to take because first, it would only be the four of us. If anything happens to us or on our car while on the road, there's no one to help us. Not like two years ago when we went there on a convoy. Second, we didn't know the way. We just relied on the GPS of our Android phone.
And third, we didn't know what lies ahead. Just like this strong sandstorm in Dammam Road that greeted us after we exited Riyadh. It was dangerous to go beyond the speed limit of 120 km so it took us almost five hours to get to our destination and we're thankful we got there safely.
Had it not for the GPS that we used, we wouldn't have found Baher Villas. The signage was covered with palm leaves and its entrance was so plain looking you would think it's just another residential villa.
We didn't book online or pay in advance thru banks because they don't offer those services yet. I just called the day before and told them we would come at about 11 AM. The attending staff greeted us warmly, took our bags and escorted us to our room.
|The receiving area of the resort|
Fred and the kids had fun swimming in the sea and in the pool, building sand castles, playing with waves, and snorkeling. We stopped at about 4 pm to eat at Taco Bell in Corniche and lingered in the breakwater to enjoy the view. I wish Fred works there or in any other Saudi provinces with sea like Jeddah, Dammam or Jubail so we could go fishing and swimming and enjoy the water anytime we want to! Sigh.
We went back to the resort past 7 pm and as if they haven't had enough, Fred and the kids went back to swimming. The following day, we got up early to swim again until 1 PM.
|The beautiful flowers in the resort|
We decided to leave the resort at 12 PM but the staff advised against it because the sun is at its hottest then. We listened and left at 3 PM. There was still a sandstorm but God took care of us and we made it home tired yet happy.
We always miss the beach. And at Baher Villas, we had fun even for just a day.
Half Moon Bay, King Fahd Road, Al Khobar
Mobile Number: 050 073 2048 / Zakir
Location of Baher Villas on Google Map
(copy paste on your Google Navigator):
8493 King Fahd Ibn Abdul Aziz Rd, Al Sufun, Al Khubar 34771 4501