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review 15 Mar 2018

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

The five day trip to the mountains. The scenery was wonderful and the guide and driver that we had made it even more memorable because they were such lovely people. They treated us as friends and really added to the trip.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Take your time! There is so much to absorb. Two weeks was only just enough and we're really glad that we built in a couple of days with nothing planned.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Our guides were fantastic Omani people and we did come across a few other Omanis working at Nizwa Fort and Jabrin Castle. Unfortunately there don't seem to be many small locally run hotels and as we stayed in mainly big resorts we felt that they didn't benefit local people, being staffed by "ex pats", had huge environmental impact in both their construction and day to day running - all that water being used for endless washing of towels and watering of grass! All the hotels we stayed in said they were concerned to employ local people and to care for the environment and some did it better than others. Tourism in Oman does seem to focus on big international hotel resorts. Very comfortable and in some cases exquisitely luxurious but we did feel that the environmental impact was great.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Fantastic. Amazing varied scenery, friendly hospitable people. Excellent hosts.

Read the operator's response here:

Hi Frank, I am really pleased you enjoyed your holiday and thank you for your comments. Regarding hotels in Oman at present there are very few small boutique properties however the hotels are of very high standards both in terms of facilities and service. The staff in the hotels are normally expats as Omani people tend to work in management or more senior roles in and around Muscat; jobs are not being taken away from locals as a result of tourism. Culturally in the past Omani women have had a more domestic role although that is slowly changing and they are being educated to a higher level and entering many industries that have traditionally been male dominated. The tourism industry remains slow to attract locals especially women due to cultural factors. There is a strong traditional emphasis on farming and fishing roles which are still Omani dominated although many of the younger people are being attracted to cities and want a more modern way of life. I guess this is the same the world over?

review 14 Nov 2017

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Meeting with our Omani guides and getting so much information from them. Staying in the most amazing hotel- alila hotel, jebel akhdar with stunning architecture. Scenery, views and walking were amazing.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Good cover for women at the mosques but otherwise fairly relaxed for westerners.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Some local people, not sure who owned hotels. Mass tourism does not reduce environmental impact, nor does it support conservation however hard we try. The country is building hotels at a huge rate to cope with tourism. It may bring in funds but at an environmental cost e.g. Providing unlimited water to hotels when locals have rationing.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

An excellent trip, well organised and supported by the local tour operator and everything worked to plan

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