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“Average Hotel, Noisy Eco-Tents... But Excellent Turtle Discovery !”

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Ras al-Jinz Turtle Reserve
Ranked #1 of 6 Sur B&B and Inns
Reviewed October 23, 2013

We stayed 1 night in the Eco-Tent at 220 Euros per night, breakfast included.

Eco-tent with AC, electricity, water heater, etc. so a lot of CO2 emissions... Not really Eco in the end.

The problem with those Eco-tent is that there are built in a wind corridor. Therefore, when the wind blows a bit, like when we stayed, you can't sleep at all as the Eco-tent shake noisily. Not a good souvenir. And very tired the following day.

The buffet-dinner was average and cost 36 Euros for a couple.

Breakfast is not good: powder coffee, chemical orange juice, low quality marmalade, not a large choice of food, the milk was sour... and when you have breakfast at 8.30am it seems this is already the end of service: food is not completed anymore, etc.

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The Turtles on the beach at night is a wonderful experience ! Also, the museum is really interesting and well presented.

So go there for the turtles and their preservation, and forget the hotel.

Room Tip: Avoid the Eco tents.
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  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 24, 2013

This hotel is located very close to the beach, where the green turtles lay eggs. As the turtles are around all year around, you are guaranteed to witness them laying their eggs and see little hatchlings. Saud, our guide was quite knowledgeable and gave us interesting insights into the turtle preservation program.
The hotel itself is comfortable, staff helpful and multi-lingual. A la carte dinner was good, but breakfast was not enough and simply not good.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 18, 2013

The new tents just added are really magic.
The location on the hill sea view and bright stars in the night makes the stay unforgettable.
Tents have all comfort and are tents only as walls are not in concrete. All the rest furniture decorations amenities TV fridge are as per hotel room, and very spacious.

You can even use a barbecue to cook your own fish just bought from fisherman on the way to Ras Al Jinz!

Rooms of the resort are also very good, windows are very small but rooms are ok .

Restaurant is also very good with fine food, good taste good look.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed September 14, 2013

This was undoubtedly one of our best nature experiences ever - I am amazed that there is a place where you can actually go and watch one of the most intimate moments in a turtle's life - when it lays eggs in the cover of darkness.
The tour guides were fantastic - we got to know that only female turtles comes to the beach to lay eggs, while the male spends their life in water. At the Ras al-Jinz reserve, about 30,000 turtles come every year to lay their eggs, from far away places like the seas near Australia and Somalia.
We had 2 guided night excursions to see the turtles - first at around 9 pm and then at 4 am. In the night one, we saw two turtles covering up their eggs with their flippers, and another one who was still laying her eggs. I was an awesome moment, almost surreal, as if we were watching it on TV... we also saw quite a few little ones just hatched, who were making their way to the sea. Some of them got distracted by the torch light and were running in the opposite direction (for their size, they were really agile), but our tour guide gently guided them towards the sea. In the early morning one, we saw one making its way to the sea. It was lovely, till the so called educated tourists started taking photos with their flashes on, even though explicitly told not to do so by the guide earlier. The turtle got a bit distracted and tried to go in the opposite way, till it found its way back again.
The experience was indeed fantastic. We stayed in 2 family tents which we thought were really great - it was comfortable, well equipped with comfortable beds, attached shower and bathroom, table with 2 chairs, fridge, AC, phone, TV (well, do you really want to watch TV here?) and really close to the beach. For those who want to spend their holiday in the swimming pool, gardens and lobby of 5 star hotels, this is not the recommended place. But if you want to see real nature, up close and personal, then you cannot have it better than this !

Room Tip: Choose a tent - if you have come here all the way, get the most out of this experience !
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  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 7, 2013

A must do when you visit Oman. The rooms are sparse but fine. One note, make sure you turn on the hot water heater before you take a shower (there is a little button by the bathroom door) as the shower is not too hot without it. We had dinner at the Reserve and it was fine. We did both the night and the morning turtle beach visit and I would recommend skipping the night as you can see the same things in the morning with the added benefits of being able to take pictures and not being a little sleep deprived (the night walk ended at around 1030 pm and the morning one starts at 4 am). But seeing the turtles do their thing is really neat and worth it. The guides were excellents and you do get a lot of time on the beach with the turtles. High season is Jun-Sep for turtles laying eggs.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 3, 2013

I travelled there with my wife and stayed in a camp site close by with guests arriving all through the night and early morning.

Up at 3am to get to the turtle centre with the other people and not sure what to expect nor whether we would see any turtles. Quite a walk to the beach in the dark following the guides and then the sun came up and we saw turtles, with people rushing to and from the turtle holes on the beach.

This was an experience i will never forget and we also had the local fishermen going up and down going about there business. We walked back to the centre in the light and the landscape is quite magical, just adding to the fantastic experience.

Miss this experience at your peril, even the old world war tents and mozzies added to the alure and the memories I have.

Room Tip: Not sure why I have to fill in the sleep and rooms as we stayed in a remote camp site just up the ro...
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 22, 2013

We had a long drive from Dubai to reach the turtle reserve (took us 10 hours since we were travelling in breaks to allow refresh time for our toddler). Road directions are not great for first timers, we relied on Off Road Oman book and Google Maps app. Check in process was quick, elevator was not working for transferring our stuff to the first floor rooms but it was not a huge issue since we were travelling light.

Although I had booked about a month in advance, no credit card details/bank transfer or cash deposit was taken and the booking was honoured with just an email and phone call confirmation - which is great during peak time (June to Sept') and the center being fully booked! The 'turtle watch' visit at night was more rewarding than morning although the cameras are allowed only in the morning sessions - so it makes more sense to go for both the viewings - after all you've been to such a place to be in the lapse of nature.

Omanis guides were proactive, humble and knowledgeable. Some of the fellow visitors still indulged in 'un’smart acts - they carried cameras and flashed lights from their phones to 'scare' the turtles in the 'act'.
It is a bit challenge to keep the toddlers amused in such nature trails esp. on an uneven surface that arrests the free walk esp. in low light and silence but we somehow managed by carrying the baby and making her sleep.

Food was reasonable, breakfast is included in the escalated room prices but it is the location that drives it and they use the funds to protect turtles in their habitat hence a good cause. I received a pleasant 50% off on my dinner. Since there were not many options for vegetarians in the buffet, the manager happily reduced the bill by half. Restaurant staff was also helpful to sterilize the baby bottles and water for the feed.

It is good for a day stay or maximum two days if you also like induldging in beach activities. There is nothing much to indulge during the day.

Room Tip: book in advance, ask for corner room, it is just closer to way out.
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  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Ras al-Jinz Turtle Reserve

Address: PO Box 296, Sur 411, Oman
Location: Oman > Ash-Sharqiyah Governorate > Sur
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 6 B&Bs / Inns in Sur
Price Range: $185 - $310 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Ras al-Jinz Turtle Reserve 3*
Number of rooms: 31
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