Desert Nights Camp

Wahiba Sands, Oman

At a Glance

  • Desert Nights Camp is the nicest permanent camp in Wahiba Sands offering the most comfortable stay in the desert

  • Tents are fixed and air-conditioned with 'proper' en-suite bathrooms

  • This is not as authentic as the other Bedouin-run camps and is not as far into the desert

  • There are two-bedroom options for families

  • The restaurant provides a large range of tasty dishes

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Best time to Visit

Good time to visit

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 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

You won't have to sacrifice your creature comforts and luxuries staying here, there is even has a licensed bar

Before you leave the desert enjoy a quick camel ride, it doesn't cost a penny!

Cool off in the turquoise waters of Wadi Bani Khaled - a short drive from the camp.

This is definitely the most polished of the desert camps in terms of food, accommodation and service

It is worth being aware that Desert Nights in not that far into the desert, and there is another camp nearby, so there is a bit more traffic and noise in the vicinity

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Description

The Desert Nights Camp offers fixed Bedouin style air-conditioned tents in the wondrous Wahiba Sands, only a 3-hour drive from the hustle and bustle of Muscat. This is a good option for those who prefer more luxurious surroundings.

Nestled in the dunes of the Wahiba Sands, Desert Nights Camp is a perfect retreat away from the main tourist centre of Muscat.

The camp offers beautifully furnished en-suite tents that each have a bedroom with queen size or twin beds as well as a living area. Luxurious bathrooms are fully equipped with bathrobes, bathroom slippers, towels and toiletries. All tents are air-conditioned.

The camp has a dining and recreation area where nights can be spent relaxing after a sumptuous barbecued feast with a glass of mint tea. The restaurant serves International, Indian, Chinese, Arabic and Continental cuisine and there is a bar with an exotic range of cocktails and satellite TV.

By day, there are a range of activities including dune bashing, quad biking and camel rides through the desert. You can also explore the moonlit skies with the camp's telescope.

As the camp is only 15km into the desert, it doesn't perhaps feel as secluded as alternative options, but this is definitely the best choice for families with younger children, and for couples looking for an adventure without having to compromise on comfort.

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Accommodation

Desert Nights Camp offers 30 Bedouin style en-suite air-conditioned tents. Bedrooms feature queen size or twin beds and the en-suite bathrooms are fully equipped with hot water showers.

There are a few two-bedroom options, which makes this a great choice for families.

Childcare

Children are welcome to come and stay at Desert Nights Camp. However, there are no specific facilities available for them at the camp.

Facilities

Facilities at the camp include a dining area, bar, a lounge with DVD library, and a telescope for stargazing.

Two Dunes Restaurant serves authentic Arabic cuisine in a relaxed atmosphere. The restaurant has been elegantly furnished with traditional Omani wooden furniture and you can choose to eat inside or outside. Children's taste requirements can be catered for upon request. A private A la Carte Menu or a BBQ can be organised at a location of your choice for a memorable dinner. The Oasis Bar serves a wide selection of fine wines, cocktails, spirits and fresh juices to help you unwind at the end of the day.

Activities

There are a range of activities of which you can partake in during your stay at Desert Nights Camp. They include dune bashing, quad biking and camel rides to explore the desert. You can also explore the moonlit skies with the hotel's telescope.

Reviews

4

Daniel Smith (Staff)

A smart well designed camp with lots of home comforts located around 20 minutes drive into the desert. Whilst still being a very comfortable place to stay, the camp still retains the adventurous feel of being in the desert. I liked the tasteful interiors and in the evening the BBQ and bar area is idea for meeting fellow travellers and enjoying a glass of wine under the stars.

Well worth the two hour trip from Muscat - the desert is at the very heart of Omans historical makeup and a stay here will make your trip all the more memorable.

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Daniel Smith (Staff)

Desert night's camp is only located 15km into the Wahiba Sands, this is an ideal desert retreat for those looking for a relaxed and very comfortable stay. Its a great way to see the Wahiba Sands and watch the sun setting on a sand dune. This is not somewhere to experience the true Bedouin life. Many activities can be organised from Desert Nights Camp if you can tear yourself away from the comforts of your desert villa.

Experiences

  • Al Hayer Falls

    Get off the beaten track to explore the Al Hayer area of the popular Wadi Bani Khalid. This stretch of the canyon is away from the more frequently visited pools, offering hours of fun-filled adventure.

  • 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.

  • Lunch with a Bedouin Family

    Whilst life in the desert may seem like a harsh environment, many people still choose this as their home. Visit the house of a Bedouin family, where you can enjoy a traditional lunch and learn more about their day to day life and culture.

  • 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.

  • Wadi Shab Swimming Adventure

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

Holiday Ideas

  • Active Oman

    Muscat, Hajar Mountains & Wahiba Sands

    from £3800 pp inc flights & transfers for 8 nights

    • Climb Jebel Shams, Oman's highest mountain.
    • Combine a range of day treks in the Hajar Mountains to truly get off the beaten track
    • Combine five nights in the mountains with a night in Wahiba Sands and time to relax on the Arabian Sea.
  • Epic Oman and the Maldives

    Muscat, Wahiba Sands, Nizwa & the Maldives

    from £6300 pp inc flights & transfers for 13 nights

    • Be the envy of all your friends with this exclusive and unique itinerary combining light adventure with desert island luxury
    • Experience an exciting alternative to the traditional bog-standard beach holiday
    • Hurtle at speed through sand dunes whilst exploring the vastness of the desert…just look out for camels on the way!
  • Family Fun in Oman

    Muscat, Ras al Jinz, Wahiba Sands & Al Hajar Mountains

    from £2100 pp inc flights & transfers for 8 nights

    • A super itinerary for families with children of all ages - particularly adventurous types. Ideal for October Half Term, Christmas, February Half Term, Easter and May Half Term
    • Spend time in Wahiba Sands desert climbing dunes and riding camels
    • Swim in the crystal clear water of a remote wadi (valley)
  • Imagine Oman

    Muscat, Wahiba Sands, Nizwa & Hajar Mountains

    from £2800 pp inc flights & transfers for 7 nights

    • You can immerse yourself in Omani history and culture as you go on a tailor made trip through this country visiting Muscat, the desert and the Hajar mountains
    • You have the opportunity to spend a night in the desert, a unique experience whether you wake at dawn to see sunset over the dunes or stay up late in the night star gazing
    • Whether you want action packed hiking and  trekking in the mountains and wadis or just want to enjoy peaceful walks through ancient villages and date palm groves the mountains are truly stunning
  • Ultimate Oman

    Nizwa,Wahiba Sands, Muscat & Salalah

    from £4200 pp inc flights & transfers for 11 nights

    • Take in both breathtaking mountains and pristine beaches in one trip- this itinerary makes the most of Oman's understated and hidden beauty.
    • End relaxing on the beach in Salalah, home to some of Oman's finest beaches, with soft white sand
    • Enjoy some of the finest views in the Middle East, visiting The Green Mountains in Oman's dramatic interior

Location & directions

Wahiba Sands, Oman

The camp is only a 3-hour drive away from Muscat, the capital of the Sultanate of Oman. It is sprawled across 10-acres of sand dunes, secluded 11km within the vast isolation of the Omani desert.

How to get there

It is a 7-hour 30-minute direct international flight to Muscat International Airport. The camp is approximately 3-hours by road from the airport.

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