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BIDIYA, AL SHARQIYAH, 421 Al Wāşil, Oman – Show map
Excellent location – rated 9/10! (score from 196 reviews)
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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 196 reviews
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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 70 reviews Very good
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.
Score from 6 reviews Excellent
In the middle of Sharqiya Sands of Oman’s Empty Quarter, Arabian Oryx Camp provides a Bedouin experience in the desert.
Score from 67 reviews Good
Desert Wonders Camp is situated on Wahiba Sands that stretches from Eastern Hajars to the Arabian Sea. Lit by lanterns, the campoffers Bedouin-style accommodation with tents.
Score from 16 reviews Very good
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.
nice Staff- very nice location-good food. Camel riding near by. Dune bashing too.
camp beside the highest dunes of the desert, warm welcome with dates and coffee, exciting 4x4 excursion on the dunes, camel riding! good half board
please note that it's a camp not a resort, in order to try to reproduce a night in the desert. So there's nothing but the desert and omani hospitality
Excellent, very quiet location! The owner was extremely helpful and forthcoming. The dinner and breakfast were - considering the place - good. Camp fire after dinner. Book the camel ride for 7 Rial (whitch is at another camp nearby) and you get a great ride over the dunes included. Office and Meeting point is right beside the Restaurant at the Al Waha Petrol Station. Would definately recommend it. One night is sufficient.
This was a great place to stay! We stayed for 1 night and enjoyed every minute of it.
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
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