Apr 03, 2018 Dunes by Al Nahda Oman Resort
I am Kenzie a full time travel mom who sold my house to travel the world with my husband and 3 kids; ages 6, 4, and 1 . Our goal is to discover the hidden corners of the world that have yet to be over crowded with tourism. Oman is a refreshing undiscovered gem in the middle east. With its cream colored homes against a red sand backdrop, makes it visibly stunning. The locals are extremely friendly and as I soon found out the country is so much more than it’s capital city Muskat. It is only an hour flight from Dubai and well worth a visit. You can watch our Vlog of our time in Oman HERE
We stayed in Oman for 5 days at the Luxury Family Resort Dunes by Al Nahda. Dunes by Al Nahda puts you in the Desert. You are 1 hour and 10 minutes from the airport and 45 minutes-to an hour from the capital city Muskat. You take a very spacious 4 lane freeway out of the city. The resort can be seen from the free way up on the dunes. When you exit the freeway you will drive along a dirt road to make your way up to the resort.
At the dunes it is glamping at its finest. The luxury tents blend in beautifully with the surroundings. We lived among the giant sand dunes in their Suite Tent, which gave us plenty of space for our crew of 6! Complete with luxury bathrooms, beds, dining, and air conditioning! The staff is a great example of Omani hospitality which is known through out the country.They took time to learn our children by names and made our stay that much more welcoming.
The Dunes Resort is a perfect luxury family resort or couples retreat. Our family had a great time utilizing all the activities offered on site. Such as:
- Infinity Pool
- Dune Bashing
- Dune Sledding
- Bike Riding
- kite flying
- Night Lanterns
- Camel Rides
- Only open air Spa in Oman
There are several day trips you can take from the resort. That range from beaches, towns, and mountains making it a perfect family adventure.
Places to See in the Area
What to do in Muskat
Muskat is the Capital city of Oman lying right on the coast. From the city center to the coast this is a beautiful city to spend a day exploring. Parking stalls can be in short supply so do as the locals do and make up parking spots. Anywhere your car can fit becomes a parking stall.
If you enjoy visiting public markets, you must see Mutrah Souq (Souq is a bazaar or marketplace). Mutrah Souq is one of the oldest indoor markets in Oman with narrow winding alleys containing spices, antiques, jewelry, and more. Plus it is visually stunning with it’s wooden roof lines and stain glass windows. Make sure you bargain as you shop! After shopping walk the promenade out front and enjoy the harbor views.
Sultan Qaboos Mosque
This is the largest and most beautiful mosque in Oman. From the architecture, marble floors, and Persian rugs it is breathtakingly rich. It took 6 years to build and was done so celebration of the Sultan’s 30th year of reign. Opening hours for tourists are from 8 am-11am daily.
What to do in Nizwa
Nizwa is one of the oldest cities in Oman. It is now after Muscat the second city most visited by foreigners. Mountains surround Nizwa from every side giving you a taste of some of it’s grand mountainous terrain.
This souq is separated in sections for vegetables, meats, and goods. A top purchasing item are their silver daggers. Like all markets here, it is a fun cultural experience complete with shopping!
The fort is very well preserved and was a formidable stronghold against raiding forces from past centuries. It is surrounded by the market and the souk. The most impressive part is the views at the top! If you love a good vista this one won’t dissapoint.
Wadi Shab in Arabic means the ‘Gorge Between Cliffs, located in the Al Sharqiyah Region. People come here to swim in the fresh water pools full of clear blue water. The main attraction of the wadi is the water fall in the cave, which you can reach after a roughly 40 minute hike and swimming in 2-3 pools.
To start you take a boat across the river to the other side from the car park, where you start the hike. There are villagers right at the car park who will take you across the pond, and the price is 1 OMR per person. This includes the ride back from the other side after you finish. Of course you can also decide to just walk through the water pond – but I like to support the locals and it is only 1 OMR. From the canyon walk to the blue water everything about this experience is amazing!