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"We understand why you are such a fan of Oman"

Dear Andrew,

Thank you for your message.We had a memorable time in Oman and enjoyed it immensely. The flights were on time and the timings of the Oman Air service from Heathrow are preferable to the BA alternative via Abu Dahbi, so thank you for that.

Pick-up in Muscat airport and return there on Sunday were efficient. We very much enjoyed the half-day tour of Muscat - the guide was really knowledgeable and helpful and it was our first experience of a stretch-limo! The car-hire was fine. I had a bit of trouble with the gearbox changing out of desert-mode 4WD coming out of the desert but some locals sorted it (for 5 Rials!)....

We loved the Sahab Hotel - very friendly staff and a nice atmosphere and plenty to do in the area. We also loved the Shangi-La Resort for its location, again friendly staff and wonderful facilities. My wife sent them a review, which is currently also on Trip Advisor. The hotel organised a taxi for us one day to visit the Natural History Museum in Muscat. The driver not only took us there, but on the way back he took us to a small boatyard in Qantab where they restore traditional dhows, then to visit his sister's house and to meet his mother, so we met some "real" Omanis, who were amazingly hospitable and were able to visit 2 Omani houses. It was a very positive memory.

I hope that you find these comments useful. We understand why you are such a fan of Oman. It is a very interesting country and we liked it a lot.

Regards,

PO

 

"Thank You Very Much"

Dear Andrew

I got back from Oman yesterday evening and I want to thank you very much for arranging my holiday. It was really great, and I’m so glad that my recollection from 1992 that this was a country I wanted to re-visit proved so very sound.

One expects arrangements to be correctly made on an expensive holiday like this...and they were. The unexpected bonus was the quality of the guides; both for the City tour, and the four day trip into the interior. They were two Indians; highly educated and articulate; interesting people anyway, who were not only expert on Oman but other subjects (we discussed the British Raj in India at some length !) . Please pass on to Sheryl at Zahara how much I appreciated their efforts. The driver into the interior was also exceptional. His driving on sand dunes was particularly skilled (and somewhat hair-raising)....

 

Thanks again, Andrew

KRT

 

"A Magical Holiday For Us"

Just to let you know that we are safely returned to the UK after our visit to Oman and to say many thanks for all your efforts in putting together the elements of what turned out to be a wonderful 70th birthday celebration for my wife and a magical holiday for us.

 

Zighy Bay - It really is the most unique experience and unlike any other hotel/resort I have ever stayed in. I would thoroughly recommend it to anybody. The drive over the mountains and down into Zighy Bay is spectacular, if a bit daunting and I have to say that if we ever go again (which could very well be a possibility) then I think that for the sake of my wife's nerves we would probably opt for the sea transfer from Dibba - the drive is not for the faint hearted or for those of a nervous disposition.

 

Once there, however, everything is just about perfect.  The villas are amazing and they have thought of just about everything - and what they haven't thought of can seemingly be accommodated without any trouble.  The "butler" system works extremely well and in our particular case, our butler organised a birthday cake for my wife.  We also did the hotel arranged dhow cruise - with gourmet picnic lunch - which ended up with us being the only two on board.  I can now claim that I managed to charter an "exclusive" dhow cruise for my wife's birthday!!

 
Once again many thanks for organising a superb visit to Oman - hopefully I will be in a position to be able to do it again soon!

 

David Ralph

 

"We Would Certainly Recommend You"

We had a great time, the scenery was amazing and we particularly enjoyed the mountains, the desert and the friendliness of the people. Oman is more developed than most of our recent destinations so it made for relatively easy travelling. The staff at all four hotels were excellent. Overall it was great and we would certainly recommend you to our friends.

 

Dave & Janey

 
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