luxury tents in the middle of the desert. complete with private bathroom/showers
To awaken quite alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world.” - Freya Stark
We head back for a morning nap, after exploring the beach and the limestone headlands. The next drive takes us into the desert to the 1000 Nights Camp in the Wahiba Sands desert near Sur.
Along the way, we are met by dozens of roaming camels on the sides of the road as well as goats, and donkeys. We see goats on top of a taxi, eating off the tree that the taxi had parked under for shade. These are not unusual sights in this rural area. We arrive at the edge of the desert, and deflate the tires. A truck pulls over, and a Bedouin man, invites us to his house for coffee. This is the hospitality of the Omanis. We decline and drive on into the desert. After Joel successfully navigates a large sand dune to the top, we arrive in what seems like a mirage of sorts. Large canvas tents, with electricity, and individual bathrooms/showers attached to them. A pool, yes, a swimming pool, with a small pool deck, billiards table and fooseball table in the center of the camp. The pool deck is connected to a dhow...a wooden boat, that has been converted into a sitting area. We sit by the pool, and have some pop, since drinking alcohol is extremely restricted in this Muslim country.
Not that we really wanted any, it is just too hot outside. We wait until an hour before sunset, and then trek up the sand dune, to watch the sun go down. The sand is thick, and smooth, our feet sink with every step. From this vantage point, we can see for miles around, endless sand dunes and the camp below. After throughly being silly taking photos in the sand, we hike back down, a much easier task then the climb up, and head to the dining area for dinner. The dining “room” is a covered area, with ground seating and low tables with cushions, in typical Omani style. The area is lit with candles and lanterns, and it is hard to believe that we are in the middle of the desert. A buffet of tandori meats, roti, and rice served up with desserts of dates and fruit, and coffee and tea round out our meal. After a long days drive, we are all exhausted and head back to our tent for an early night's rest.
fun in the sun and sand