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“Balcony walk, Jebel Shams”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Jebel Shams

Jebel Shams
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USD 202.00*
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Full-Day Grand Canyon and Nizwa Tour by 4x4
Ranked #16 of 189 things to do in Oman
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Owner description: At just over 2000 meter. Jebel Shams Resort is ideally situated a few minutes walk from the famous "Grand Canyon of Oman" and a visit to us on Oman's highest Mountain at approximately 3000 Meter is great place from which to enjoy the mountain. A warm welcome is ready for all those weary adventurers who visit it. Enjoy a perfect starry night sky outside one of our Arabic Rents or Chalets and enjoy a warming campfire at night. During the day there are lots of lovely walks and treks to suit all levels of fitness. For those who want to just relax then there is a swimming pool and lovely views of the surrounding stunning mountain vista.
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“Balcony walk, Jebel Shams”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 March 2012

This is my 3rd visit, first on a 4WD. Easily acceable by a saloon car, although with long high gear climbs.
I found lodging there makes a big difference tham just a drive up and down. Take a tent at few available resorts. Built room are available, as many prefer for safety, but it is just a hotel room. Oman is the safest place in the Gulf.
Go for the tent, I stayed at Jabal Shems Heights. Excellent set up for a remote location.
good cook and calm place. Without taking a balcony walk, you do not get the feel of Jabal Shams. It looks dangerous, but safe all the way to Sap Bani Khamis. This walk is best to view the gorgeous cliff. Consider 2 hours one way if you are not an athlete. Following visitors advise i thought it would take 2 hours up and down, thats not true if you are a typical gulf expat. Keep 4 hours min before sunset. we struggled to get back as we walked back at night with mobile screen lighting. Take a torch or emergency lamp, you are safe any time at night, very friendly people. we were greeted back at the end by a good domestic dog barking and a helpful lady from village came up rushing to us to guide to our car. Ofcourse, we bought a few traditional woven key chains from her in return. Our joints were dead for a week. Thank my old RR had cruise control to drive me back to Sharjah.
Please visit my face book or gimme a call anytime.

Visited December 2011
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“Go there for the experience, the views and the walks.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2012

We stayed at the Jebel Shams resort. it is fine, depending on what you expect. Some people are disappointed with the facilities: well, it isn't a 5 start hotel. We had a "sunset room": these have en suite bathrooms and the best views. We were there on a B&B basis.
I would definitely go back for the experience, the views and the walks. They've got maps. Do at least some of the canyon walk. You will need at least good training shoes: the walk is spectacular but not too difficult and clearly signed.
Be warned: you'll need warm clothing at night, at least in December. It is not cheap but there isn't a lot of competition up there!

Visited December 2011
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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“Great mountain-top get-away in Oman”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2011

We stayed here one night and thought it was great. It was very exciting to arrive after climbing up the mountain in the dark. Very friendly staff and pretty good beds and food for the middle of nowhere. Also, it is chilly enough to wear jeans and a hooded sweatshirt, a welcome change from Dubai. It would be fun to come here with a group and with children. The goats could entertain for hours. We went on a hike to the abandoned village the next morning, which is a great hike near the resort.

Visited November 2011
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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“Great Views & a bit of adventure thrown in”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2011

Our trip to jebel shams and bahla was a spur of the moment decision but we were all glad we made it. we were a young couple with a 2 year old and another couple travelling ina mazda cx9 SUV. the road to jebel shams from the bottom of the moutain is great though the little one threw up once because it was winding road but we came prepared with plastic bags so that was ok. its an amazin drive up the mountain. its about 42 kms from the bottom but about 8-10 kms is unpaved. the view from the top is great but be prepared there is nothing else on top there. if you need water or food, better get everything from the bottom the mountain before you begin your climb.

Visited August 2011
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“Jebel Shams Resort”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2011

The Grand canyon at Jebel Shams is a must see for every visitor to Oman.

By far the best place to stay is the "Jebel Shams Resort", the sunset chalet I stayed in was very comfortable, with enclosed shower and even a flat screen TV in the room.

The room had a small terrace and fire pit at the back, and you get the most stunning sunsets. The flat screen TV soon became redundant when the staff lit our fire behind the room.

There is a restaurant that serves a buffet every night, but we opted to have a prvate BBQ behind our room, which was delicious ( will have to try and get the recipe for the chicken from them).

The staff could not be more friendly and helpful, and Lynn the manager is an absolute gem.

If you are adventurous there are several really good walks, one Lynn showed us has about 4 or 5 pools for swimming in a local wadi.

Well worth a visit, we will stay at least a couple of nights next time we go, highly recommended.

Visited August 2011
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