Starry Starry Night
Posted Jan 11, 2011
Recently opened, we were in fact the first guests and received a warm welcome from the owner, Homid (hope I've spelt your name right!). The desert tents were simply furnished but charming and authentic. The adjacent private toilet & shower was open to the sky giving a surreal experience of being in a room but with a real life starry ceiling. The whole experience is for those wanting to taste real desert life, not 5 star concrete fakery. Effort has gone into making the experience authentic, so no 5 second 'ride' con a bad tempered camel for quick photo (like we have had in Dubai). We has the pleasure of visting a bedouin family who are friends of the owner, in their palm leaf compound. The german guests, who stayed at the same time, had camel rides over the dunes. The owner grew up locally which gives him unsupassed connections with other local people and a concern for the local environment. It was a pleasure to sit in the main tent drink arabic coffee, eating fruit and dates looking out to the peaceful desert. A delightful place to read a book. The food at breakfast was simple and tasty. Served on a table in the open air. In the evenings there was a barbecue, with accompanying arabic salads, bread and stews. We sat round a campfire and chatted into the night, looking up at the stars.
Practical bits .... you can drive there in a 4WD but best phone ahead and meet a staff member and follow them to the camp. It can get cold at nght in the desert, so bring some warm clothes.