Spending the night in the Wahiba Sands desert is one of the highlights of anyone visiting Oman. You might dream of visiting a desert once in a lifetime: seeing the camels, looking over the golden sand and even venturing sand boarding among the dunes, but fear what you will find when you get there. Do they have a bathroom? What about wi-fi? And air conditioning? With that in mind, I?ve decided to write a FAQ about the Desert Nights Camp hotel: here you will find some answers to the most common questions about staying and spending a night sleeping in the Wahiba Sands desert, in Oman.
What do the accommodations look like in a desert hotel?
Many are skeptical when they think of spending a night in the Wahiba Sands desert, not only because Oman is not yet a widely visited country, but also because of the concern with the accommodations in this type of location. Despite being more or less in the middle of nowhere, the rooms at Desert Nights Camp are very comfortable – the 39 tents have hot water, air conditioning, a very comfortable living room, king size bed and a shower – better than what we sometimes find in big city hotels.
And what about the rates? Are they expensive?
The Desert Nights Camp daily rate starts at US$ 300 and includes breakfast and dinner. The value also includes camel rides and afternoon tea during sunset on the dunes near the hotel.
Do they have electricity and hot water? Is air conditioning available?
Yes, all rooms are equipped with a hot water shower and air conditioning. What the tents do not offer are televisions, but then again, who wants to watch tv when some of the best natural landscapes are available just a few steps away?
Is there cellphone and wi-fi signal?
There is no cellphone signal, but Desert Nights Camp offers wi-fi in common areas for all guests. Personally, I do not see this as a problem, as this disconnection brings a deeper and more intense connection with what is around us. And if you need to send an email or message to your family, you just need to go to the common area and send from there.
How do meals work?
If you are concerned about food, the hotel?s restaurant serves dishes from Oman and international cuisine in the main building. Breakfast and dinner – both included in the rate – are served buffet style (or were, before COVID-19). For lunch, you can order one of the à la carte dishes available on the menu, with options of Arabic dishes, salads, juices, etc. In addition, afternoon coffee is served on the dunes with typical Oman dates, coffee and teas.
It is worth mentioning that, although alcoholic beverages are available at Desert Nights Camp, consumption is only allowed inside the rooms.
Are there any tours?
There is not much to do at the hotel itself, and most guests arrive after exploring the nearby attractions, but the tours include: camel and quad rides, dune trekking, sand boarding and dune bashing. You can also just climb up the dunes from just outside the hotel – which is a great physical activity. Also, as the Wahiba Sands desert is a secluded place, it transforms into a perfect destination for stargazing at night.
What is the best time of the year to travel to Oman?
The best time to visit Oman is from October to April, when temperatures are milder. From May to September the thermometers can reach 50 ° C / 122 ° F. Regardless of the time of the year and the heat during the day, be prepared for a temperature drop at night in the Wahiba Sands desert, as well as throughout the country’s mountains regions.
How to get to the Wahiba Sands desert?
The Wahiba Sands desert is located about 3 hours away from Muscat, the capital of Oman, and is easily accessible by car – it is recommended to rent a four-wheel drive vehicle as soon as you arrive at the airport. It is also possible to book a tour to take you there, but renting a car is the best option for taking a road trip around the country.
What do I need to pack?
Considering the temperatures, it is advised to bring lightweight clothes to wear during the day; however, be sure to pack a jacket to wear at night, as temperatures drop a lot and it is very windy in desert. It is also worth bringing along a hat to protect yourself from the direct sun during the day and plenty of sunscreen. Just keep in mind that Oman is an Islamic country and therefore it is recommended that men and women dress discreetly.
Can I go to a hotel in the desert with children?
Yes. It is an unforgettable travel experience for everyone and a great time for the little ones to get in touch with what is most incredible in nature.
Do I need to get a vaccine before the trip?
No, there?s no vaccine requirement to visit Oman.
I hope I have answered all of your questions, but if there is anything else you would like to know, just drop your question bellow in the comments section and I’ll be sure to reply 🙂
To learn more about visas required to visit Oman, read my other post with practical information and tips for visiting Oman.