Name: Ras Al Jinz Turtle Reserve
For totally memorable, once in a lifetime chance to get up close and personal with turtles, visit the Ras Al Jinz Turtle Reserve in Oman and immerse yourself in their world while staying in a beautiful hotel with luxury eco-tents.
The reserve, which is managed by Oman Tourism Development Company (Omran), lies on The Ras Al Jinz beach in Ras Al Jinz, a fishing village in Ras Al Hadd, on the eastern shores of the Arabian Peninsula. You can fly direct from London to Muscat International Airport in Oman with British Airways and Oman Air in 7 and a half hours and the reserve is then a 2-and-a-half-hour drive along the coast from the airport.
Style & Character
The character of the reserve is all about what happens outside; a unique natural landscape with unspoiled shorelines, golden deserts, beautiful green oasis and rugged mountains surrounds the reserve. The tent area itself is stunning, they are beautifully laid out with gently lit walkways (so as not to disturb the turtles) and verandas out the front and inside look more like a luxury hotel than a tent!
Service & Facilities
The resort is world famous for being the nesting place of the endangered green turtle (Cheloniamydas). This is the only place where you can actually watch the nesting process of these amazing sea-giants. It is a true eco-tourism project that was established to help conserve the turtles and educate us about their nesting process. The centre conducts guided excursions every night to view the turtles and witness the nesting process first-hand. The facilities here all help you to gain an insight into these beautiful creatures; there is the Turtle Visitor Centre – a state of the art museum dedicated to understanding the turtle’s lifecycle, a meeting and library room, a gift shop which sells beautiful handmade local items and access to the beautiful beach. The guides here are very knowledgeable and are passionate about the turtles and about sharing their stories with you.
There are just 31 rooms at this intimate resort, 17 more traditional hotel rooms and 12 luxury eco-tents. The rooms are perhaps more suitable for families and offer air-conditioning, bunk beds and an ensuite bathroom as well as mini refrigerator, tea-coffee maker, LCD TV and complimentary internet access. But there’s no doubt where I’d choose to stay; the luxury eco-tents are beautiful and offer a much more authentic and unique travelling experience. They are located on a hillock close by and a golf cart will escort your luggage if required. They are all are en-suite and equipped with a dressing table, complimentary internet access, in room safe, mini refrigerator, tea-coffee makers and LCD TV. The tents are wind and rain proof and have been tested in cyclone-hit areas to ensure durability and safety.
Food & Drink
The Sea Giants Restaurant, with its friendly coffee shop ambiance, offers all day dining so it’s the place to go here for both lunch and dinner.
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