The drive up to this resort was great fun in my 4*4. Amazing views when you dared take your eyes off the road and the setting of the resort is spectacular as you are just a short walk away from the huge gorge.
I booked one of the Arabic Tents and first impressions were OK. It was off peak season and the resort seemed semi-closed with not many people around. The tent had a couple of single beds and a small heater. The shower room and toilet are in a small outbuilding outside each tent.
After some great tips from the friendly knowledgeable staff, I set out on a hike and returned a few hours later as the sun was starting to set and started the heater as the tent was getting cold.
I wandered up for dinner, which was OK. Nothing special by any means. It was now getting very cold and I went back to the tent and noticed that it was also getting very cold. The 'windows' would not shut fully as the cloth did not fit over the hole and so there was a constant wind blasting through the tent. The heater was totally inadequate and that night I have never been so cold in all my life, despite having 4 blankets. The tent had so many gaps in it, I would have been better pitching my own tent, or sleeping in the jeep. At least they would have been sealed from the elements.
I was due to stay 2 nights but checked out the next morning as I could not bare the thought of having another night like the previous. The staff were very understanding and offered an upgrade to cabin, but I decided to take a refund. I'm sure in the summer, these tents would be quite adequate tough.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- * Sunrise Resort is located in the province of South Batinah Rustaq in the north-western side of The Mountain of the Sun, Jabal Shams and can be reached thru the interior road going to Al Hamra and 39 kilometer graded road travel to Sunrise Resort Jabal Asar’h* The natural beauty of Sunrise Resort Jabal Asar’h its wonderful and its charming views which is overlooking ancient tree’s adorn the flanks and slopes deep valleys and natural terrain and high mountains and pristine land attracts local and international tourist and nature's lover. * The resort features moderate temperature of 25 degrees during summer and 3 to 5 degrees even zero degree during winter. ... more less
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