The View

Nizwa, Oman

At a Glance

  • Completely secluded location with a panoramic view from your room

  • Simple no frills accommodation with en-suite bathrooms and air-conditioning

  • Activities are available on site including mountain biking and trekking in the surrounding hills

  • A swimming pool with a view!

  • Well-located for trips to Nizwa and surrounding villages

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Best time to Visit

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Average time to visit

The best time to visit Oman is between November and mid-March, when the cooler air brings the mountain scenery sharply into focus and daytime temperatures average at 25°C. For the rest of the year, much of Oman is oppressively hot and hazy, particularly between May and August.

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Insider's View

Temperatures can be dramatically different to the sea level cities like Muscat. In the cooler months it is important to take a fleece for the chillier evenings.

Enjoy a cup of tea whilst admiring the breath-taking view from your terrace.

After dinner enjoy a game of scrabble, uno or cards from the hotel's selection

Make sure you stop off at Jebel Shams to marvel over Oman's Grand Canyon

This hotel does not have a licence so if you would like a sun downer pick some up en route!

If you are there on a Friday do not miss Nizwa's weekly market selling spices, goats and vegetables!

The road up to The View is fairly bumpy. This is quite exciting - but perhaps not for those who get car sick!

Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your vacation to The View or take a look at our itineraries to Nizwa

Description

The View was the first Eco Luxe retreat in Oman, complete with 30 rooms, most in individual cabins, located in the hills above the town of Al Hamra, a few hours drive from Muscat and 45 minutes from the ancient city of Nizwa.

The View's location on the side of a mountain is fantastic, and as the name suggests, the vistas are truly spectacular. The View is located at 1,400 meters above sea level, and is reached by driving through 8 kms of fairly bumpy winding road from Al Hamra to Hail Al Shas. Each room has its own terrace above the rocky valley landscape below.

There are two room categories; Superior and Premier Rooms, most of which are in individual cabins spaced throughout the resort. Premier Rooms are at the front of the resort and so enjoy uninterrupted views out over the valley.

The rooms are comfortably furnished with a wardrobe, desk, TV and an en-suite bathroom, fitted with a bath tub, shower and WC. There are also private decks with a table and chairs - perfect for watching the spectacular sunset over the mountains.

The food is un-complicated and wholesome, featuring a buffet with a range of salads and hot dishes. There is also a live cooking station for eggs at breakfast and pasta in the evening. The View does not have an alcohol license, and whilst guests can bring their own, this can only be consumed in their rooms.

The hotel has a beautiful infinity pool with views out over the mountains and down into the valley. Activities in the local area include trekking, donkey safaris, mountain biking and visits to cultural sites. Local attractions include Misfat Al Abreen, the old villages of Al Hamra, the famous Fort of Bahla and Jabreen Castle, the beautiful Wadi of Tanuf and Wadi Ghul, Jebel Shams and Jebel Akhdar.

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Accommodation

There are two categories of rooms to choose from; Superior and Premier Rooms, each measuring 39 sqm. Each room has a deluxe bed or beds, with high quality mattresses and pillows to give you a comfortable night's sleep. There are also tea and coffee amenities, a cooler/heater, a bathroom with WC, bath tub and shower, and a private deck with table and chairs.

Childcare

Children are welcome to come and stay at The View. However, there are no specific facilities available for them.

Facilities

The View has one restaurant which offers a buffet of salads and international dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The restaurant has views of the valley which you can enjoy whilst tucking into a delicious meal.

Wi-Fi is only available in the reception area, which has both an indoor and outdoor seating area.

Activities

Many activities can be organized through the camp. These include trekking, donkey safaris, mountain biking and tours to local sites.

Experiences

  • Abandoned Village Walk trail W6

    The Abandoned Village Walk is an easy-going trek along an ancient donkey path of approximately 2-hours 30-minutes to 3-hours passing through the curious abandoned village of As Sab.

  • Bee Keepers & Carpet Weavers

    Spend the day exploring the Jebel Shams area of the Hajar Mountains. Here you can visit local workshops and farms to learn about some of the traditional industries, including bee keeping and carpet weaving.

  • Day trip to Nizwa {with the Friday Market}

    Nizwa was the capital of Oman in the 6th and 7th Centuries and is one of the oldest cities in Oman. There is a lot to see here and in the surrounding area including a bustling Friday market, the restored Nizwa Fort and date farms.

  • Mountain Hike trail W10h

    The W10h trek is mostly along a goat’s path and it offers some of the most spectacular views into the wadis on the northern side of the Western Hajar mountains. The trek is an approximate 3 to 4-hour round trip.

  • Mountain Hike trail W9

    The W9 trek is 9 kilometers along a former donkey path in the Western Hajar mountains offering wonderful vistas of Wadi Bani Awf and the surrounding mountains.

  • Nizwa Fort and Souq with visit to Al Hamra

    A tour of Nizwa Market taking in this ancient city fort, souq markets and streets. Delve into the history of the once-capital of Oman as your guide brings to life existence in the old town. Travel to the village of Al Hamra to see traditional mud houses.

  • Nizwa Friday Market

    Visit the local Friday market in Nizwa.

  • Rim Hike trail W6a

    The Rim Hike follows the western side of the ‘Grand Canyon’ offering dramatic views as the hike is 6 kilometers along a stony former donkey path at a high altitude.

  • Swim in a Wadi

    Stop off at a wadi and enjoy the beautiful surroundings where you can enjoy a gentle walk, or even a swim in the water.

  • Trekking in the Mountains

    Today you will go on a trek in the mountains with a private guide.

  • Via Ferrata on Jebel Shams

    Not for the faint-hearted, today's adventure will involve climbing up 200-meter cliffs to the top of Jebel Shams, Oman's highest mountain, with the assistance of a steel Via Ferrata cable.

  • Village Walk trail 18b

    The Village Walk is a delightful easy going walk through traditional mountain villages and gardens taking approximately 2 hours to complete in total.

  • Visit a Rose Plantation

    The distillation of rosewater in the Hajar mountains is a centuries-old tradition. Visit one of the distilleries to learn about the labour-intensive process to produce the rosewater, unique to this area of the country.

Vacation Ideas

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    Muscat, Hajar Mountains & Wahiba Sands

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    • Impeccable and friendly service
    • Delicious breakfasts with a different flavour smoothie each morning
    • Iced water in cool boxes for every couple on the beach
  • Scott Dunn's Signature Oman

    Muscat, Wahiba Sands, Al Hamra & Jebal Akhdar

    from $3300 pp 10 nights

    • Impeccable and friendly service
    • Delicious breakfasts with a different flavour smoothie each morning
    • Iced water in cool boxes for every couple on the beach
  • Simply Oman

    Muscat, Wahiba Sands & Hajar Mountains

    from $2900 pp 7 nights

    • Impeccable and friendly service
    • Delicious breakfasts with a different flavour smoothie each morning
    • Iced water in cool boxes for every couple on the beach

Location & directions

Nizwa, Oman

The View is perched on a ridge high above the town of Hamra, a 45-minute drive from Nizwa and 2-hours from Muscat.

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Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your vacation to The View or take a look at our itineraries to Nizwa

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