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BIDIYA, AL SHARQIYAH, 421 Al Wāşil – Show map
Excellent location – rated 9/10! (score from 171 reviews)
Rated by guests after their stay at Desert Retreat Camp.
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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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Based on 171 reviews
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This Bedouin-themed camp lies in the middle of the eastern desert, 200 km from Muscat. It offers an open air buffet restaurant along with activities such as sand surfing, volleyball and table tennis.
Score from 30 reviews Review score
|Sama Al Wasil Desert Camp is located in Shāhiq and offers a restaurant buffet. It includes table tennis and darts. The accommodation will provide you with a seating area.||
Located in the middle of Sharqiya Sands of Oman’s Empty Quarter, Arabian Oryx Camp offers a Bedouin experience in the desert.
Score from 55 reviews Good
Sand Delight Camp is friendly environmental site in Wahiba Sands in Sultanate of Oman. It is surrounded by sand dunes. The Camp provides traditional Bedouin tents with shared bathrooms.
Score from 46 reviews Very good
The staff was very friendly and welcoming, dinner was very nice, chatting around the fire with the other guests when there was no light on, and the sky full of stars, had a real magic taste.
It's great to reach the Camp with the own 4WD car. The camp owner is a very friendly and kind man and he seems to treat his employees with respect. The tents are simple but traditional and absolutely okay. The price is top, the meals also and the place at all very beautiful. If you like a traditional and not an artificial touristic one you have to choose this one. Keep in mind that it is nature and spiders, scorpions and mosquitos could be there. Going into a Desert Camp is going into nature!!!
Genuine Omani welcome, authentic Omani coffee and hospitality. Very pleasant food and surroundings, authentic but comfortable with no plastic or touristy gimmicks- the next best thing to going it alone under the stars. Dune bashing highly recommended, and there are camel rides for those who wish to try. Thank you Humaid and good luck after your summer break.
Nothing- all comforts are taken care of.
we enjoied the experience of the desert, the dune-race was Amazing. We tried a good dinner cooked by the staff, also the after dinner was interesting
We didn't appreciate the camel ride: too short and very basic.
The whole experience was great. The drive through the desert, dune bashing, evening dinner, camp fire, the walk the next day to see the rising sun etc. The guy who runs the place is a real nice person, very interesting to talk to. The whole thing was simply great. We were there at the end of the season, so it was rather quiet. That was great as we had loads of time to talk to the owner about omani culture, politics etc. Really enjoyable. Everything really well organised. definitely worth doing. I believe this camp is really authentic.
Perfect place to stay:very clean,friendly and very helpful owner,nice food-just great. You meet the owner at the local gas station and you can follow him with your own car (4WD).no extra costs for that-if you drive by yourself,really great
Nice place And nice people. Everything is basic ( but it's a camp in the desert) but more than correct. I would certainly recommend it.
Warm, genuine welcome Authentic desert experience Great location next to large dune
Outstanding people, very personable. Nice camp. Good food.
No road directions to get to. Missed the meeting time and had to find it on our own.
The silence, beauty and remoteness of the area. Facilities are rather basic but it should be that way in the desert
very nasty, hardly discernable sandflies particularly active at night. bring on multiple itchy stings! mosquito nets not available. Bring them yourself !!
Good location. Enjoyed climbing the sand dunes to watch the sun set. Owner is very friendly. Very quite place to stay.
No lights for my tent. Tent is not properly erected. A mouse gave me a tough time in the night. Need to improve the quality of the dinner and the breakfast.
It was a nice place meant for peaceful and quite holiday. Owner/manager/Care taker Humid is truly accommodating and cooperative. Food is average but come on its a desert we can not expect a five course menu. We enjoyed the sand bashing/sight seeing. Wonderful stay.
It should have been better if they are more informative on arriving, timings and what to and what not to bring etc
Location, location, location! Rustic tent, dinner and breakfast ok, staff was pleasant and helpful but looked unhappy
Kids running around the camp with loud voices The whole desert shtick that is too organised, I'd rather do things when I want to or not
- very friendly staff - very good atmosphere - good meals
- no hot water - (led) lights were not functioning - too (unnecessarily) basic
The bed was simple but reasonably comfortable. Food was quite good. Great location near the sand dunes. We enjoyed our stay.
As with most of Oman, prices are ridiculously high for what is provided. Relative to the rest of Oman however, this place was reasonable value.
I had such a wonderful time at the camp, it was probably my favorite part of my trip in Oman. Humaid, the owner, was not only very accommodating to me but also put a lot of effort to make sure that everyone was having an enjoyable time. My first night there was a group of 24 high school students and he still made sure that his other guests were able to have a peaceful and quiet experience. The staff was wonderful and made themselves available for any questions I had or just to have lovely chats by the campfire. It is a bit pricey but still much more reasonable than the other campsites that I had researched. People have to remember that it may just be a camp tent that we're paying for but it is in a highly remote place so all things considered I think I more than got my money's worth. The location was fantastic and I had such a lovely peaceful time climbing up the dunes to watch the sunset or taking long walks with the local camels in the area. Truly wonderful experience. The food was delicious (such a nice break from the food in commercial food in Muscat) and I really enjoyed lounging around sipping Omani coffee with dates. This was about as Omani of an experience as it gets. Truly a delight.
There's only hot water available in the afternoon after the tanks are warmed by the sun. But it shouldn't really be that big of a concern for you, it's camping! :)
We all thoroughly enjoyed the experience because it was a true reflection of Omani desert traditions. The attention to detail was noticeable, the location was excellent at the base of a fantastic dune. The food was above expectations and enjoyed by all. Both the toilets and tents were clean and tidy, a credit to the owner. Nice, relaxed and friendly atmosphere. We will definitely be visiting again. If what you are looking for is a true desert experience this is for you.
Secluded location with some nice dunes. Quiet. Got there just in time to see sunset - manager gave us good directions on where to go see it. Traditional tents were interesting and beds were pretty comfortable.
Generator not powerful enough to provide hot water.
Like it very much ! it is still a natural preserved site, only a few (16) bedouin style tents. Absolutely calm it is located next to high dunes. Humaid, the owner is really nice, waits for you at the office at the fuel station and precede you for the 20 kilo easy drivig in the desert. Humaid is an interesting person, very open and willing to make his best to receive his hosts (fruit, tea and coffee etc.) A central covered and carpeted common space allows excahange of experience with other customers and Humaid. 1h dune-bashing in Humaid 4x4 is great. Do not expect the cofort of a four star hotel ... you are in the desert and no electricity apart during the few hours of the generator. But this is exhactly what we liked .. silence, stars in the sky and talk with humaid around the camp fire.
Bring something against the mosquitoes !
Quiet, secluded, authentic, traditional, beautiful views of the dunes and night sky.
Mosquitos! The site is only accessible if you have a 4x4, otherwise you will need to contact the owner who will arrange to pick you up but at an extra cost - build this in to your budgeting!
The peacefulness and quiet of the camp; the cozy, comfortable tent; the easy, unforced conviviality around the fire and the unparalleled views of sand and dunes. One of the top travel experiences - out of many - that I've had.
- its in the desert - dinner was not bad and kitchen staff was polite
- pictures and description of the camp at time of booking were inaccurate. There were 40 tents when we were there and only 10 bathrooms so bathrooms and tents were not 1:1 - we arrived at petrol station at meeting time but no one was there - we were dropped off at our tent with no instructions about eating time, departure time the next day, etcetera - we paid for camel ride and dune "bashing". Both were pathetic and a waste of money. The camel ride was just a 20 minute circle in front of the camp and there were no dunes bashed on our drive through the desert - camp ran out of water by morning time. We couldn't even flush toilets -no towels provided -bedding was inadequate. We slept in our down jackets, hat, gloves but were still left shivering throughout the night -staff was difficult to find -transport back in the morning was unorganized so even though we paid for it, we ended up just hitching a ride with a couple that drove themselves
The location is beautiful.
It is very expensive, and all extra activities are paid (and also expensive for what they are). The main problem, though, is that the man in charge (Hameed, or possibly Homeed) is completely inept. He was only concerned with collecting money, was completely unable to deal with even minor problems, and would not take responsibility for anything (instead, he blamed customers). He ruined the experience. And several other guests confirmed this impression of him. Even someone who has been using his facility for groups for several years acknowledged that he has no idea how to manage it. Finally, it is a very wasteful business. They use paper/plastic cups, and give out tiny bottles of water, which are thrown away after.
The excellent service of The owner.
The sand dune The stars at night
The price was exorbitant for a cot in a tent where we slept in our clothes to stay warm and had light/electricity only for 2 hours 15 minutes a night. Food was simple with no possibility of purchasing wine/beer or any snacks/dessert.
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