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BIDIYA, AL SHARQIYAH, 421 Al Wāşil, Oman – Show map
Excellent location – rated 9.1/10! (score from 172 reviews)
Rated by guests after their stay at Desert Retreat Camp.
The desert retreat is an authentic Bedouin camp. It is special for its breathtaking location, it was designed carefully so we do not affect the beauty of the sands while offering a high service. Our clients reviews were helpful to keep the standard always high. The camp is ecofriendly managed by a knowledgeable host from the Wahiba sands. We aim to give the real Omani experience for our guests. I graduated from UK university and hope that we make a big difference for our hospitality industry in Oman
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Hiking, Horseback Riding
Food & Drink
Restaurant, Buffet-Style Restaurant
No internet access available.
Free public parking is available on site (reservation is not needed).
Car Rental, Shuttle Service (surcharge), Airport Shuttle (surcharge), 24-Hour Front Desk, Express Check-in/Check-out, Currency Exchange, Tour Desk, Souvenir/Gift Shop
3:00 PM - 8:00 PM
7:00 AM - 10:00 AM
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Children and Extra Beds
All children are welcome.
Up to two children under 6 years stay free of charge when using existing beds.
Up to two children under 2 years are charged OMR 15 per person per night in a crib.
Up to two older children or adults are charged OMR 15 per person per night for extra beds.
The maximum number of extra beds/cribs in a room is 2.
Additional fees are not calculated automatically in the total cost and will have to be paid for separately during your stay.
Pets are not allowed.
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Excellent location of the camp and facilities!
We have been to Desert Retreat 4 times and have never been disappointed!
Good camp, nice staff, good experience. It is very campy, so expect sand and a cold shower, but isn't that why you want to go here? The food was good.
The resorts boss is a gem of a person.He knows how to keep us comfortable .He is well travelled which reflects in his etiquette .The hotel staff were excellent .
Everything I liked except the Mosquitos
Take the dune ride, a must
The location is just great, perfect to climb up on the dunes behind the camp for the sunset or the sunrise. It was the perfect camp for me, tranquillity & magic were there. The owner is a great man, really caring for his customers. Food was nice. We loved our experience in the Desert Retreat Camp.
I recommend that the staff should inform the customers upon arrival that they can charge up their camera and other electrical appliances only from 6:30pm to 8:30 or so (when the electrical group is on) so they know they shouldn't do it after dinner....
Dune bashing was awesome as was the chance to meet Bedouin.
The location high up on Jebel Shams away from other camps is stunning. Unlike other similar places the camp is attractively set out in the landscape amongst trees and bushes. Very attractive and spacious. Our chalet was very warm despite the cold outside! The staff were wonderful and really made our stay. So friendly and helpful. I really recommend following the white marks on the hillside above the camp. After a stiff but managable scramble you will be rewarded with amazing views over the whole of Jebel Shams and beyond as far as the coast.
Forget the fancy desert resorts with cold beer and pool tables. That's not what you'll find here. This camp is 20 km out into the sand dunes. The generators are turned off at night and there's very little light pollution. You'll get the real experience of living in tents in the desert. The lamb kabob and garlic hummus was delicious. One luxury is the 1st class toilets, open to the sky. The owner in a well-traveled, educated guy from whom I learned a lot.
Vehicles without 4x4 vehicles are charged 25 rials for transport to the camp. This information is not on the website or on the booking.com page, and it should be. (Luckily, I shared a ride with other guests in their 4x4.)
The location was gorgeous and the tents were comfortable.
Everything was over-priced..from the cost of the accommodation to the activities.
Location, location, location. At the bottom of one of the highest dunes of the Wahiba. Driving in a little konvoi from petrol station in a nearby village (be strictly on time at the meeting point!), no problem with a 4x4. In the morning, I joined a dune bashing ride that the camp leader offered for a little surcharge. It was even more awesome than expected - we stopped a few times and I made great pictures. Keep in mind that you're really in the desert. There is, of course, no WiFi and I didn't even have cell phone connection. Watching the sunset over the dunes - memorable. Dinner and breakfast were good. Bed in the tent was comfortable.
Nothing. It is not cheap but I understand how much effort it costs to provide some facilities in the middle of all that sand. Keep in mind that it gets quite cold in the desert at night in the winter.
- location. it is truly far from the main road, at night was pitch silence with beautiful natural light from the full moon. Located besides high dunes, which perfect for morning photography. Stunning view. - comfortable bedouin tent. I slept like a baby! - delicious meals (welcome drinks, dinner and breakfast!) - toilet and bathroom is decent with enough amenities. - overall great stay for 1 night, amazing desert experience.
- generator were shut down too early. - activities for camel ride is joined with the other camp, maybe it is not economically viable for the owner to run it indepedently
Location and the tents
Long drive to reach
As we did not have 4x4, we paid extra R10 per person to be transported to the camp. The ride was interesting, the camp was surrounded by sand dune where one could climb up. As the camp was full, the dinner had to be arranged in 3 rounds, each round 1 hour. And if one lingered on, he would be asked to leave. To leave the camp, the owner told the guests that they could leave anytime. But all 6 guests were waiting, not for the car but for the boss to decide which guests should go first. The boss just went for a tour with another group!
The owner and personal are very friendly and helpful. The camp is located relatively far into the desert which enhances the experience. Beatiful giant sanddunes around and the food was also very good.
I would have liked the camp to be even further into the Wahiba Sands, like in the middle of it.
very friendly staff, good value for money, timely information sharing, excellent food, excellent place to stay, both for young kids as well as for elderly people
- Hameed met us mid distance to help us reach the camp (late evening), so we could be there on time for dinner ... - post-dinner round-open-fire was magic ... traditional mats and pillows on the floor, tea, cofee, sweets and even individual candle-lit arabic lamps for us to take back to our tents ... ! - During dinner, Hameed was on the phone to arrange Camel hike for us for next day 7.30 am (as we were on a tight schedule ...) ! - Hameed tooks us free of charge on his 4x4 to the other side of the massive dunes for the camel ride, and then fetched-us back to the camp (very skilled driver) - Hammed is so friendly and always happy - made you feel like home ... - the tents are real bedouin tents (not military canvas tents or huts as many other near-by camps ...) - toilets were perfect, open sky, super clean and perfect working order ... - would recommend to anyone
- we could not stay longer !
Beautiful location. Ahmed is a very nice host and put extreme effort to make his guest happy. This is the ultimate dessert experience!
excellent food confortable tend with all the needed facilities great location in the middle of the sand desert
Hamid was a wonderful host. It was lovely to sit out by the fire after dinner and talk with him about the Omani culture and way of life.
Everything was excellent during our stay. Quietness of the place. No quads and no large groups. Very helpful staff.
We slept next to a family which was very noisy from 5 a.m. onwards.
This was a well organised desert retreat, with the owner being very hands -on and overseeing the operations. The food was good, bearing in mind the situation, and the staff were welcoming and helpful.
The tents were adequate, although some looked a little dilapidated. The toilet facilities were shared, but again this did not cause us problems. The evening meal was served in shifts, and you had to provide your own evening entertainment.So for many it was early to bed!
We have enjoyed the calmness and beauty of nature. The overall set up was simple, neat and much attention seems to have given to the details, to maintain tradition in the welcome area, tents and dining location.The location is great and the idea to switch off the lights after dinner was awesome, to enjoy the starlit sky. Food was nice and enjoyable. Toilet was neat and clean, open to sky except for some improvements in the tap pressure.Staff were very cordial and the owner took much attention to overall customer satisfaction. Arrangements for dune bashing and Camel ride was real fun and unforgettable. It was a very memorable trip for us and children.
The host and owner Hamad was a friendly and fun host, took us on a thrilling dune bashing side trip en route to the camp. The office literally doesn't open until 3pm and depending on numbers you could leave for the camp very soon after so make sure you ar. there on time. As we had a sedan we had to pay for the 4wd transport and the cost is shared between 4 passengers. Upon arrival we were offered tea and fruits then soon after trekked up the dunes for the sunset. Hamad didn't stay long at all, left before dinner and returned next morning to pick us up at 8am. The staff were friendly and predominantly Bangladeshis, which reflected in the food, which was ok though we were hoping to get the full Omani/Bedouin culinary experience. The tent was comfortable, came with a detached open rooftop toilet /shower and was clean. The night topped it off with a camp fire with other guests and star gazing. Despite the camp being well into the desert, the night sky wasn't completely dark, distant town lights were visible.
It's a little expensive for what it is and wished for a more local food experience.
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