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Sama Al Wasil Desert Camp

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Sama Al Wasil Desert Camp
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Jeff W wrote a review 18 Feb
Marchwood, United Kingdom3 contributions
A fabulous location although I would recommend a large 4x4 rather than our Kia Sportage which gamely made it into the desert and back. We booked to stay on the 22nd January 2024 however during the day I ran out of mobile data and was not able to confirm. We arrived and were greeted by the wonderful reception staff who made sure we had a superior room to stay in at the original price. The food was great and there was plenty of variety for my wife who is vegetarian and my gluten free requirements. The staff were so professional and friendly with nothing too much bother. Our room had all the usual facilities and was first rate. The whole premises was in top condition with a very high standard of cleanliness everywhere. Very thoughtfully laid out for a relaxing magical stay.
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Date of stay: January 2024
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Room Tip: Use a big 4x4 to get there as it is very far into the desert but certainly worth the journey.
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Imran K wrote a review 8 Feb
Muscat, Oman181 contributions155 helpful votes
The location is very nice...around 13 kms inside the desert. The pickup from the meeting point was on time. The check in was smooth and the guys at rhe reception were cheerful and friendly. Our rooms were ready when we arrived. Mr. Khalid who took us for dune bashing was a very nice guy and made extra effort to make our trip an enjoyable one!! The surprise thing was the movie which they show on the projector accompnied by popcorn and tea!!! The dinner buffet was good and included chicken and camel meat grill apart from other itens! The breakfast was a bit dissapointing..but everything else made up for it. The bed in the room was comfortable and we had a sound sleep. Definitely a recommended place to stay if you are planning a trip to Wahiba Sands
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Date of stay: February 2024
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Room Tip: If you want peace and quiet opt for the Sultan Tent rooms
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Georgina wrote a review Jan 2024
London, United Kingdom233 contributions147 helpful votes
Booking was good and the team were happy to answer any questions. I booked a transfer but the team forgot to arrange it. I waited at the petrol station for an hour and couldn’t get through to the camp. In the end some friendly locals who seemed to know all of the transfer drivers helped by calling them. This meant I missed the cut off time to do the sunset dune bashing which I had wanted to do. The reception team didn’t seem overly bothered when I told them. The hut was ok but the bed was very hard. The bathroom was simple and clean but the towels were stained. The buffet for dinner and breakfast was ok. But take snacks and drinks if you want them for the evening. There is a fridge in the room although the electricity was a little hit and miss as to when it would work. Mainly due to the slightly dodgy socket. The rope to help you climb the big dune next to the camp is super helpful, but it’s a tough walk up in the heat. I managed to do sunrise dune bashing which was great, but it did mean a 5am start! All in all it was ok for the price but be prepared for some minor gripes.
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Date of stay: January 2024Trip type: Travelled solo
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Responded 16 Jan 2024
Dear Guest, Greetings from Sama Al Wasil Desert Camp !!! Thank you for taking the time to review us. We are extremely sorry for the inconvenience caused and shall definitely take it up with management and work toward improvement. We greatly appreciate your patronage and look forward to welcoming you again. Thanks & Regards General Manager Sama Al Wasil Desert Camp
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AucklandWiz wrote a review Nov 2023
Auckland, New Zealand1638 contributions295 helpful votes
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Sama Al Wasil Desert Camp I had read lots of reviews before booking this accommodation and it took me some some to work out how we were going to get there because there was such differences in the reviews as to whether you needed a 4 wheel drive and what sort etc. Now we have been there, I understand the different views/experiences etc. I contacted the camp sometime before we left for our trip and wanted to know if we could meet at the Al Maha petrol station on the main road if they had a transfer to do, and follow them in with our 4 wheel drive. We did not get a definitive answer, so went to the station anyway, paid a small amount of money to have them take some air out of our tyres and a representative turned up. The turnoff the main road is reasonably well sign posted and the road to the camp, is good, some spots the sand is a little thick and requires keeping the speed up, but generally it was pretty easy. I had enquired about doing some dune bashing and camel riding, but the info was a little slow in coming so decided to do all of that with the next place we were going, which was just a few kms away from the Desert Camp. The camp did not have many chalets rented out and discovered that the camp had been closed for renovations. Unfortunately the renovations were still in mid flight and during the day, there was a big digger operating right next to the chalets. All the other chalets not being used, were stripped of furniture and this was piled up in the central dining area. So this area could not be used. So they used the tables outside our cabins and this did the job. I did ask about the digger and noise and suggested hat they kept closed for business while renovating etc. and was told they had been closed but a tour operator asked them to open for them. In the area between the cabins being used, they had an endless supply of coffee, tea and dates which was nice. It was here also that we ate our meals- dinner and breakfast included. Dinner was OK. Indian influenced but breakfast was better. Our cabin was done in Omani style. It had a good sized bathroom and enough room to sleep 3 people. The problem was the beds were as hard as rocks and I spent the whole night waking up and turning as my hips were so sore. Air conditioning was great and effective. My husband was sick here. He had the flu so the next day we had until 4pm to fill in and did not want to be waiting in the heat so I asked if we could have a late check out. Initially they said no, so we organized to drive out of the desert and go to Wadi Bin Khalid again so as to keep cool. Then they changed their mind and said it was ok to stay. It was a kind gesture but we had already made the plans to go for a swim. It was reasonably peaceful- just ruined buy the digger. We were a bit lost to start with and then realized it was safe and ok to wander around the dunes and on the flat where the cars drive where we found camels to watch and enjoyed what the desert had to offer. It would have helped if the staff had advised us on what was safe to do when we were in an environment that was totally new and foreign for us. We went on to stay at Sultan Private Desert Camp and you really could not compare the 2 places. The Private Desert Camp was superior, peaceful and we were looked after impeccably so very grateful for this experience also
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Date of stay: August 2023
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Responded 16 Jan 2024
Dear Guest, Greetings from Sama Al Wasil Desert Camp !!! We truly value you taking the time to evaluate our hospitality. Thank you for appreciating the well-appointed rooms and services. We are glad to note that you had a comfortable stay at Sama Al Wasil Desert Camp. We appreciate your views and it is feedback such as yours that enables us to improve and monitor our quality and operations. We look forward to the pleasure of welcoming you back. Thanks & Regards Camp Manager Sama Al Wasil Desert Camp
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Klaus B wrote a review Sept 2023
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We stayed two nights in the Sama Al Wasil Desert camp which have been great. Staff was exceptional nice and helpful. Stargazing a bit limited because of the full moon and some light from the camps around. We tried camel riding and 4x4 car dune bashing. Great experience. The cabins were clean and comfortable, good beds to sleep in. Noor, the acting resort manager, was just perfect. We went for strolls at sunrise and sundown on the huge dunes just behind the camp, helped by a row which was nice. Open air cinema offered a nice entertainment in the evening.
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Date of stay: September 2023
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Dear Guest, Greetings from Sama Al Wasil Desert Camp !!! We truly value you taking the time to evaluate our hospitality. Thank you for appreciating the well-appointed rooms and services. We are glad to note that you had a comfortable stay at Sama Al Wasil Desert Camp. We appreciate your views and it is feedback such as yours that enables us to improve and monitor our quality and operations. We look forward to the pleasure of welcoming you back. Thanks & Regards Camp Manager Sama Al Wasil Desert Camp
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Johan wrote a review Apr 2023
Lund, Sweden161 contributions96 helpful votes
Nice clean huts with AC and real decent toilet/shower. Dinner (followed by watching the Lion King under the stars) was great, lots to choose from. Complimentary coffee and water in multiple places in the camp. Surprisingly good breakfast with more options than at least we had anticipated for a place out in the desert. Very friendly staff who worked diligently keeping the place clean (not the easiest of tasks when there's sand everywhere...) and in top shape. All in all a very well kept camp! Alas only had time to stay for one night - would have loved to spend another day/night here. Will for sure pick this place if (when) returning to the desert in Oman.
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Date of stay: April 2023
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Dear Guest, Greetings from Sama Al Wasil Desert Camp !!! We truly value you taking the time to evaluate our hospitality. Thank you for appreciating the well-appointed rooms and services. We are glad to note that you had a comfortable stay at Sama Al Wasil Desert Camp. We appreciate your views and it is feedback such as yours that enables us to improve and monitor our quality and operations. We look forward to the pleasure of welcoming you back. Thanks & Regards Camp Manager Sama Al Wasil Desert Camp
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Tina M wrote a review Dec 2022
Sohar, Oman170 contributions195 helpful votes
A cool little desert camp in the Wahiba sands. A sultan tent with a view of the dunes was lovely. The food was basic but good. Camel meat was unexpected after riding camels in the morning. Took some courage. The staff were friendly and helpful. Not 5 star - more like glamping.
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Date of stay: December 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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Dear Guest, Greetings from Sama Al Wasil Desert Camp !!! We truly value you taking the time to evaluate our hospitality. Thank you for appreciating the well-appointed rooms and services. We are glad to note that you had a comfortable stay at Sama Al Wasil Desert Camp. We appreciate your views and it is feedback such as yours that enables us to improve and monitor our quality and operations. We look forward to the pleasure of welcoming you back. Thanks & Regards Camp Manager Sama Al Wasil Desert Camp
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Richard wrote a review Nov 2022
Nottingham, United Kingdom356 contributions118 helpful votes
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The staff were excellent throughout our stay. That included frequent communications in the build up to our overnight stay. We didn't have a 4x4 but one was arranged for us from Al Maha petrol station as highlighted in their accommodation details. If you have a 4x4, it's pretty easy to find. Point the car down between the two sets of dunes for 20 minutes and you'll come to it no problem. We left our car next door to the petrol station where there was plenty of room. It was pretty hot when we returned but no surprises there. During our stay we took advantage of the complimentary coffee, water and fruit including dates and these were set out in the communal area. After that we settled into our tent which was number 7 Sultan tent and this was right on the very perimeter by the dune. That gave us an additional sense of isolation. The room was spacious and had a good shower and air con. The mosquitos were soon on us though so be prepared to be pestered. We did the one excursion that following afternoon and that was the Sunset including the dunes which involved us bashing some dunes in a 4x4 with a guide. He knew his way around and handled the car amazingly. He stopped along the way for us to take a few snaps Abs then it was the sun setting itself. An hour for all of this. Expensive but we shared the cost between the 2 of us. Climbed up the dune once back at the camp and there's a rope to help you but my god, was it hard and I consider myself quite strong. A good workout but good views. The evening consisted of a buffet dinner served between 7-9 but the food quickly depleted so probably should have gotten there before 8 in hindsight. We were there for dinner after 8 due to the outdoor cinema playing the remake of the Jungle Book....was kind of hoping for Raiders or the Lost Ark :) All in all a very good and memorable experience.
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Date of stay: November 2022Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: Get to dinner earlier rather than later
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Dear Guest, Greetings from Sama Al Wasil Desert Camp !!! We truly value you taking the time to evaluate our hospitality. Thank you for appreciating the well-appointed rooms and services. We are glad to note that you had a comfortable stay at Sama Al Wasil Desert Camp. We appreciate your views and it is feedback such as yours that enables us to improve and monitor our quality and operations. We look forward to the pleasure of welcoming you back. Thanks & Regards Camp Manager Sama Al Wasil Desert Camp
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DanO68 wrote a review Nov 2022
Alexandra, New Zealand658 contributions474 helpful votes
We had a great overnight stay at the Sama Al Wasil camp. Great setting for the camp, nestled right into the edge of the golden sand dunes. The drive out to the camp is really easy, about 15km from town on a good sand road. I don’t think you’d even need a 4WD or need to deflate your tires – easy drive, and fun roaring along the sand road and spotting the camels. We received a warm reception from the camp staff and were quickly shown to our room for the night, a sultan’s tent. While all of the stone units (20 or so) were built facing each other in a big circle, the tents are out back facing the dunes, so great dune views right from the front patio of the tent. It’s about a 5min climb to the top of the dune there and they’ve placed a rope there to help you out. Great place to watch sunrise and sunset. The room was pretty standard for a tent – almost no windows and natural light inside – but very clean and comfortable. The ensuite bathroom was a bit on the small side but still fully functional. The AC worked very well, thankfully. There was no outdoor furniture so we just moved our indoor chairs outside. They really should look at investing in some outdoor furniture for the tents as it’s such a grand view. The dinner was great – Omani/Arabic food (buffet) accompanied by some live Omani music. Unfortunately there were a couple of big groups staying in the camp while we were there which really detracted from the whole ambience, as one of the groups was particularly noisy. So we retreated back to our patio and enjoyed a quiet evening under the stars. The breakfast was decent as well. The camp offers activities like dune bashing and camel riding, but we didn’t partake, choosing rather to walk by ourselves through the dunes at sunset. Note: there is no Wifi and no phone reception in the camp, but if you climb to the top of the dune you will get a decent 4G connection. Overall we had a great stay and would recommend it to other travelers.
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Date of stay: October 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Dear Guest, Greetings from Sama Al Wasil Desert Camp !!! We truly value you taking the time to evaluate our hospitality. Thank you for appreciating the well-appointed rooms and services. We are glad to note that you had a comfortable stay at Sama Al Wasil Desert Camp. We appreciate your views and it is feedback such as yours that enables us to improve and monitor our quality and operations. We look forward to the pleasure of welcoming you back. Thanks & Regards Camp Manager Sama Al Wasil Desert Camp
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Dimitrios M wrote a review Oct 2022
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We stayed here for a night and we really enjoyed our stay! The staff was kind, the room was clean, spacey, and authentic Omani and in general, it was an oasis in the desert. The breakfast and the dinner were great and we had the opportunity to climb up the hill tp watch the sunset which was great. If you go by car, there’s someone before entering the desert to guide you for 20 OMR which we didn’t do after recommendation from orher traveller and indeed, it worked totally fine for us as the resort is not far away and the road was mostly ”normal”. However, a 4wd is required and make sure you take out air from your car, down to 1 bar. 2 things that we thought could be better is the variety of drinks (only water), and that it was too many lights to be able to watch the stars. Since the road is great around the resort, we took the car and drove 2-3km further away and it worked perfectly!
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Date of stay: October 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Dear Guest, Greetings from Sama Al Wasil Desert Camp !!! We truly value you taking the time to evaluate our hospitality. Thank you for appreciating the well-appointed rooms and services. We are glad to note that you had a comfortable stay at Sama Al Wasil Desert Camp. We appreciate your views and it is feedback such as yours that enables us to improve and monitor our quality and operations. We look forward to the pleasure of welcoming you back. Thanks & Regards Camp Manager Sama Al Wasil Desert Camp
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What are some of the property amenities at Sama Al Wasil Desert 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 Sama Al Wasil Desert Camp?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and an on-site restaurant during their stay.
Is parking available at Sama Al Wasil Desert Camp?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
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The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Arabic.