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“March 2013” 3 of 5 stars
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2.0 of 5 Cabin/Campground   |   Oman   |  
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“March 2013”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2013

From Muscat, it takes about 2 hours to reach Bidiya and if you are not sure about ur car or driving skills to the 1001 nights camp , the camp provides pick and drop services of a driver n car for about 40 omani Rials to n fro. the drive to the camp from bidiya takes an hour and its not much of a diffcult drive if you have a 4 wd .. not many big dunes to climb. the path is well marked and you wont be lost.
best time to arrive is around 1 pm at bidiya so that you are at camp at 2 pm .. and rested before you go for a sand dune bashing drive around 5 or 5:30 .. in winter months you might have to leave earlier for the sand dune bashing trip

the good thing is that they have a nice lil swimming pool where u can lounge for a while ..a nice scenic place ..
the place is full of tents made of cloth and very basic ..each has 2 beds and an extra bed(small sized) can be put in .. the sheikh tents have an attached open roofed bathroom with no hot water ..you can take an optional dune bashing trip by paying about 25 ORs to the guides .. but the drive is more of a cruise than bashing .. they take u up the hill and you cud stop for a few photography moments .. not a great thrill ride but kinda basic ..but a must for tourists who have never done it in the desert
if you dont wish for a dune bashing trip the driver will take you up the hill for sunset viewing for free .. or u can chose to walk up
the sunset point is not one of the greatest but its worth taking a view .

the food is a good spread .. but not much can be said about taste and quality ..its just a lot of bland food and i wonder to whose taste it caters to .. coz no1 i met was satisfied with the food.. sad part is too much of food gets wasted ...i wish they serve a few dishes but prepare em well ..

the BBQ chicken or meat they offer is never really well cooked or well marinated. a thing they need to work on .. and there is very limited vegetarian option..

at night you can hang around the lounge/dining area .on thursdays they claim to have some local arab musicians playing ..
at night you could also chose to walk up the dunes and gaze at the stars

the staff is good and take care of your needs ..and are polite
even the drivers/guides are nice and simple. tho i wish they could do some real dune bashing and not just cruising ...i went for three trips and found their dune bashing trips pretty lame. i woudnt do it again

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013 via mobile

We stayed here for one night as part of our tour of Oman! This campsite is what you make it, we had great fun with the staff and our Oman guide that also stayed at the camp, and fellow campers! Dune bashing is a must do, exhilarating, adrenaline busting, scary but safe! Our driver was excellent and I've never laughed and screamed so much in my life! The desert was beautiful and you must make the most of the sunset at the top of the dunes! Just magical! I loved the fact that the bathrooms have no roof, I wanted to sit on the toilet just to look at the amazing stars and constellations at night!!!! We also went to the top of the dunes with fellow campers and guides at night to enjoy the amazing starlight views and saw loads of shooting stars.We absolutely loved this camp, if your looking for 5* accommodation then this is not for you, but it's comfortable in the tents and the foods ok! We visited real Bedouin family on the way into the camp and that was interesting, all round a great experience of camping in the desert!

Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2013

We loved staying here, our four year old child especially loved it. It is a very relaxed and beautiful "camping" experience. We stayed in a Sheik tent with private bath. It is basic and comfortable and about as good as one might expect from a wool tent in the middle of a desert. We did appreciate having our own toilet and shower. The dunes are incredible, my daughter loved climbing up them and sledding down! It is weird to have a pool in the desert, but the kids do love it. The food was pretty good. The night we were there a local bedu family came and made traditional song and dance for us, that was great fun!

My 4 y/o child was thrilled about the 10 minute camel ride around camp, I wasn't too thrilled with the price!!! Boy they know how to drive up the price!! But who can say no to a four year old asking for a camel ride in the desert? Right, not me.

We rented a small sedan and had a camp driver meet us at the Shell station and take us in his 4WD. In retrospect, my husband said he would have had fun driving himself and following one of the guide's vehicles - getting to the camp is an adventure itself - we would not have felt comfortable doing it on our own the first time. But there is a kind of "path" in the sand so if you have a GPS and experience with sand driving I'd say go for it.

On our way out you drive past Desert Nights camp, one of the competitors. I have to say that I'm glad we stayed at 100 nights, it seems more remote and has a more authentic feel to it.

Room Tip: The Sheik wool tent was perfect for our small family. The fancified Sand House seems a bit "out...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

We stayed at the camp for two nights and I can honestly say that this is possibly the worst place I've ever stayed at in my whole life. To be fair, we'll start with the few positive things: the location is great, beautifully tucked in between huge sand dunes in the middle of the desert. One day we went for a camel safari which was wonderful, exotic and with beautiful views. Our camel guide, Mohammed, was very friendly and nice and the camels seemed to be well taken care of.

I've seen from the review that many people here claim that this is a very authentic Beduin camp, I can assure you that it is not! I've lived in the Middle East for quite some time, speak Arabic and seen lots of real Beduin camps and this is not one of them! All the staff at the camp (except for the Camel guide and drivers) are Indian or Pakistani. The decor of the place was also a bit of a mish-mash from all places of the world. The food was not only not Arabic (a part from the canned hummous), but it was also really disappointing. Our Sheikh Tent was pretty basic which was fine, but the bed that had been brought in (plastic/leather) was so hard that it was impossible to get a proper night's sleep. Why not just use simple but softer mattresses and sleep on the floor? Also, there was no warm water, even though this place has sun basically all the time which could easily be used for heating up the water.

However, the worst part was the service, or rather the lack of it. We should have seen the warning signs when we made the booking through email. It took about two weeks of back and forward communication and finally after we had paid, we didn't even get a confirmation! We had also booked transfer to and from Muscat (which we paid 160 OMR for). First, the driver didn't show up, we had to call the camp and finally when he came, it turned out that the camp had lied to him about how many days we were staying there. He was really upset that he had to stay there an extra day without pay. Additionally, they only paid him 120 OMR (and we of course paid him the extra 40 since we felt bad). We had also ordered vegetarian food AND reminded them about that as we checked in, however, this was completely ignored and we were advised to just "remove the chicken from the plate". As we were checking out, the guy at the reception, Pradeep, tried to charge us an extra 400 USD for "exchange costs", even though we had paid the bill in full in advance and already calculated and extra 40 USD for any currency changes. As we were checking out, he was trying to find our payment and pulled out all the papers with confirmed payment, containing confidential bank information of all guests that had paid online, completely openly (see attached picture).

I would have been upset about this type of behavior in any case, but the fact that we had paid almost 500 OMR for two days just made it so much worse! I would have expected so much more! Our disappointment was also confirmed as I overhead the Omani drivers talking about the staff at the camp in Arabic and calling them "rotten" and saying how bad and unprofessional they were.

there are not so many camps in the desert, but I would recommend that you rather go for a days tour from Muscat, using one of the established tour operators. There is no added value in spending a night here!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2013

I would have given this place a one star but the location is great. This place has a lot of potential but it is not being managed right. Here are the gaps:

1. The pictures of the sand houses are misleading on their website. It tricks the reader into thinking that you have the whole house to yourself. It is not apparent on the website that there are two floors in each sand-house and that they are separate units. Also, the units in the sand-house do not have a separate bedroom...not even a partition of some sort. It's just one big room! Good for couples but a no-no for families.

2. The bathroom window in the sand-house provides no privacy. This is because they have installed blinds that have gaps in them. So anybody walking outside can easily see your business.

3. The food pretty much sucked! It was the blandest food I have had in a resort.

4. Get your own BBQ gear if you want to BBQ yourself in the sand-house. They do not provide the equipment to you although the website says that they do.

5. We asked to have the dinner delivered to the house..which they did. Tipped the guy 20 Rials for this. During checkout we were charged an additional 30 Rials for this one-time service. Felt completely ripped off!

Not going here again.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Muscat
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2013

Had experience of a lifetime reaching to the hotel, which is in the middle of the desert. Broght a 4WD but was not good enough to reach up the dunes. Needed an experience driver with stronger horse power vehicle. Good location, variety of food, amazing cultural experience, and think its a bargain price. Few free activities things to do there, missed the sunset and sunrise. Enjoyed worthful camel riding. Most importantly the staff is very friendly and helpful and the hotel stay is upto standard.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2013

Just returned from a trip to 1000 nights. Stayed two nights as a family with two other families. Arrived after dark and unless you are very experienced off road and know the area it is wise to have a guide into the camp. The Sheikh tents were all together and are basic but perfectly good enough for a short stay. Showers are cold but it is worth paying extra for the Sheikh tent to have your own bathroom. Breakfast and dinner are included in the price as are all soft drinks during the day and overall it is very good value. Food is good and plentiful. The dune bashing with a guide was excellent - getting stuck in the sand is half the fun. A trip to the desert is a must if you are visiting Oman.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Oman
Location: Oman > Ash-Sharqiyah Governorate > Wahiba Sands
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 7 Specialty Lodging in Wahiba Sands
Hotel Class:2 star — 1000 Nights camp 2*
Number of rooms: 15
Also Known As:
1000 Nights Camp Hotel Wahiba Sands
1000 Nights Camp Oman/Wahiba Sands

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