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.
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
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.Emma Mark
Enjoy a cup of tea whilst admiring the breath-taking view from your terrace.Scott Dunn team
After dinner enjoy a game of scrabble, uno or cards from the hotel's selectionScott Dunn team
Make sure you stop off at Jebel Shams to marvel over Oman's Grand CanyonAlice Moseley
This hotel does not have a licence so if you would like a sun downer pick some up en route!Scott Dunn team
If you are there on a Friday do not miss Nizwa's weekly market selling spices, goats and vegetables!Alice Moseley
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.
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.
Children are welcome to come and stay at The View. However, there are no specific facilities available for them.
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.
Many activities can be organized through the camp. These include trekking, donkey safaris, mountain biking and tours to local sites.
Location & Directions
The View is perched on a ridge high above the town of Hamra, a 45-minute drive from Nizwa and 2-hours from Muscat.
When to go
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.