The soft opening of Dunes by Al Nahda, a luxury resort at Wadi Abyad sand dunes, brings the beauty and wildness of the Omani desert closer to your doorstep. Muhammed Nafie reports.
Ramlat Tawq is the beautiful sand dunes tucked away at Oman’s picture-perfect Wadi Al Abayad. Located between Barka and Nakhil, it is frequented by dune bashers from Muscat because of its proximity to the capital city. But now the shifting sands of Ramlat has a new attraction beyond the adrenaline-pumping spot of dune bashing.
Dunes by Al Nahda, a luxury resort which had a soft opening recently, will bring the beauty and wildness of the Omani desert closer to your doorstep. Dotted with well-spaced villas and suites, Dunes by Al Nahda features 50 ultra-luxury tents each with full individual bathrooms, separate seating area and individually controlled air-conditioning, bringing together luxury and simplicity in a classy and true five-star way. The location atop the sand dune, offers an unrivalled view over the surrounding with undulating sand dunes, desert and mountains in the distance.
Hosting a variety of extreme sports like dune bashing, quad biking, sand surfing, camel riding, bicycle riding and kite flying, the resort makes sure to completely enthral the adrenalin seekers. For those wanting to simply flex those muscles in some outdoor sports, the venue has a nine-hole on-site bunker golf course, the sole of its kind in the Sultanate of Oman. The property also has a dedicated children’s play area. The Fleur Restaurant and Dune Bar serves a range of culinary delights from across the globe, with theme evenings and promotions that has their guests cheering for more. For meetings and special event needs, Dunes by Al Nahda also features a 160-square metre banquet hall for up to 250pax.
The special Hot Sand treatment, a spa experience carried forward from ancient Egypt, is well-worth a try. Guests can choose to be greeted with a wellness-consultant to assist them in picking from a range of invigorating spa therapies. Dunes, by Al Nahda also has a range of activities for the more adventurous souls.
“Our resort promises an exhilarating experience that our guests are bound to keep reminiscing about,” says Niti Ajit Karsandas Hamlai, managing director of Al Nahda Hotels and Resorts the parent company of Dunes by Al Nahda. “We have ensured that our restaurants, in-house facilities as well as guided outdoor activities are up to international LVX standards. The resort will definitely be a prime tourist destination, but it also serves as a great getaway for residents of the country too.”
Dunes by Al Nahda is also a member of Preferred LVX, a division of Preferred Hotels& Resort. With its exotic location and premium facilities, the resort offers an ideal setting for a luxurious short getaway from the bustle of Muscat city.