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Desert Retreat Camp

Al Wasil 196, Ghuwayfat al Habb 421 Oman
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English, Arabic, Hindi
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Free parking
Free breakfast
Horseback riding
Car hire
BBQ facilities
Currency exchange
Express check-in / check-out
Secured parking
Coffee shop
Ski rentals
Board games / puzzles
Gift shop
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor fireplace
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Bottled water
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Al Wasil 196, Ghuwayfat al Habb 421 Oman
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Sahara150 wrote a review Nov 2019
9 contributions
Charming quiet camp tucked away in the dunes surrounded by gorgeous scenery, lovely hosts, and delicious food. 4WD needed to get to the camp. Climbing to the top of a dune for sunset is a must. The owner is exceptionally helpful and a fountain of local knowledge.
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Travelled solo
hopesprings12345 wrote a review Nov 2019
London, United Kingdom169 contributions64 helpful votes
The main thing to say about this place is that if you want a night in the desert, this is an amazing location. You’re at the bottom of a dune which you can climb with some effort (!) to see the sunset and it’s so quiet and remote that the stars are really clear. It is probably a little on the pricey side for what you get, which is essentially a bed in a tent. However if that’s what you’re prepared for, you will have a great stay. There’s a lamp in the tent, a seat outside and your own private bathroom with great water pressure and flushing toilet. I’ve seen comments about no hot water but it’s the desert and the water isn’t freezing - more lukewarm and pretty refreshing! The food is fine - a decent vegetarian selection for dinner (Houmous, daal, veggie biriyani) with meat on sticks and rice available. Breakfast was quite disappointing in comparison - some bread, hard boiled eggs, daal and cereal. My main issue came with getting to the camp itself. If you have your own 4x4, you can follow the host from the meeting point at Al Wasil’s Al Maha petrol station (meet at 3pm) - however the host sets off at breakneck speed (70mph) and if you’re not used to driving on sand like us, this was a needlessly frightening and stressful experience - we nearly got left behind several times. In terms of activities, they offer dune bashing in the evening and camel riding in the morning. We did camel riding - 20 mins for 10 rials per person. It was good fun and done at 0830 so not too hot - you have to drive over the dunes to get there, so get a bit of dune bashing thrown in! Overall this was a good fun night in the desert and a great experience - it’s definitely not luxurious, but if you come with managed expectations, you’ll enjoy yourself.
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Date of stay: November 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
C R wrote a review May 2019
Washington DC, District of Columbia152 contributions61 helpful votes
This place was extremely crowded when we were there and there were not enough spaces for people to sit. They had you drive out in a "caravan", but as we stopped to go into 4wd at the sand, the driver left us behind and we had to figure out how to get to the camp on our own. When we got there, we were shown our tent and then they left. No one told us what we could do, where we could go, when dinner was, etc. It was very unorganized. The location is great, surrounded by dunes, but still easy to drive to, but the service was very bad and ultimately overpriced
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Date of stay: December 2018
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
jimmy1231 wrote a review Jan 2019
London146 contributions101 helpful votes
We really enjoyed our stay here. We followed the owner into the desert to the camp and appreciated fruit and coffee on arrival after an easy enough drive in our 4x4. The tents were impressively clean and had comfy beds and a few bits of furniture (low table, mirror) along with a few bottles of water. They were really nice, and genuinely better than the photos we'd seen on the website suggested. The bathroom was also super clean, the shower was cold and not very strong but was enough - and you're in the desert! We were especially keen on this camp as it was right by a large sand dune, and watching the sun set from there was a real highlight. Dinner was excellent, lots of tasty main choices along with soup and dessert and ice cold drinks. They then set up a camp fire for the rest of the evening along with tea and coffee available, which was all a really nice and unexpected touch. After a dark night of beautiful stars there was a great breakfast. The whole place was quiet and well run - highly recommended. When you're arriving at the meeting point to flag that the desert retreat camp office faces onto the al-maha petrol station forecourt, which is pretty unmissable on the main road through Al Wasil.
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Date of stay: January 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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brianna017 wrote a review Dec 2018
25 contributions11 helpful votes
The camp only had two other couples staying the night, but it was perfect to talk about traveling around the campfire and converse with others from around the world. The owner was really nice, speaks great English, and drove us around in the dunes with two others so we could all split the cost for dune bashing. I felt welcomed at the camp and like it was a personalized experience. The short camel ride is plenty, and the camp is located right at the base of the tallest dunes, so you can have fun climbing up in the sand. It did get cold at night, but I had no trouble staying warm because the tent was well insulated and the blankets were warm. The water in the showers isn't heated and there is no power (not complaining - it is a camping experience), but the tents have a lamp. Also, you can follow him out to the camp in an AWD vehicle, like an SUV - it doesn't have to be a true 4x4.
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Date of stay: December 2018
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Frequently Asked Questions about Desert Retreat Camp
What are some of the property amenities at Desert Retreat Camp?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at Desert Retreat Camp?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Desert Retreat Camp?
Yes, free parking, secured parking, and street parking are available to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Desert Retreat Camp?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Hindi, and Arabic.