Self-catering rental with large garden close by Eastern Hajar Mountains
Mrs Al Busaidi
- english, arabic, Swahili
About Mrs Al Busaidi
We are an Omani / English family and have always enjoyed the ability to move around the world staying in homes rather than hotels. Our house here is the first of its type in Oman. It will probably remain the only one too because building regulations do not permit building in this old style any longer. You will be staying in part of the history of Oman. Originally goats would have lived on the property, but now you will see them wander past the house looking in enviously as they go to graze!
Mrs Al Busaidi purchased this House in 2005
Why Mrs Al Busaidi chose Fins
Houses do not come up for sale in Oman often. Normally famillies live in them for many generations passing them down to their children. We wanted a house with space where we could entertain our family and yet have privacy with our own children, hence the beach house outside the old village. This is what we wanted to pass on to our guests from all around the world. Hopefully we will be able to find more properties like this in the future to share. This is an old house we renovated whilst trying to keep the blend between old and new.
What makes this House unique
You are staying in history! There is probably no other old style house for rent in the Middle East. See the picture of the sitting room with no glass in the windows to appreciate this!
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Very enjoyable stay in Fins
Just back from a long trip away with Fins in Oman being our first stop in January for 2 weeks. We know Oman quite well as tourists having visited the country 8 or 9 times since the early 90's and we have previously camped on the beach at Fins. We thought it would be nice to have a more permanent base in that area for a couple of weeks and we were not mistaken.
The house was everything we hoped and expected it would be - clean, spacious, cool and well equipped. We made several excursions out for the whole day in our 4WD and we also enjoyed cooking on the beach in the evening by the sea.
The only downside (not the fault of the house) was that we hadn't quite appreciated that to go to a good supermarket one really needs to go back to Muscat outskirts. The fruit and veg shopping and availability of fresh fish is good in Tiwi and Sur but for meat and other fresh food we were happier making the effort to journey back to Muscat.
Apart from that we had a really great time and fully intend visiting Oman again next February.
Excellent, well equipped arabian experience
We are just back from a fantastic 10 days in Oman. We used Fins Beach House as our main base after 2 nights in Muscat and our only regret is that we didn't stay longer. The location is excellent for exploring much of the east coast, Wadis, Desert (2 hours drive), Sink hole or just relaxing on one of the beaches nearby. We were there with two youngish (4 & 6yrs) children and so it was much more relaxing to be in a house than a hotel. We ate mainly in the house or had picnics or evening BBQ on the beach.
The house is very clean, well equipped (kitchen, washing machine, BBQ/parasols/chairs etc for the beach, toys/board games, DVD), spacious (garden, dining areas inside and out, charming omani sitting room, 3 beds rooms with en suite), air conditioned.
Tips for future visitors: make sure you do a big grocery shop in Muscat or one of the nearby bigger towns before arriving as the local shops are very limited. I would also recommend getting beach shoes as some of beaches have rocky bits and the shoes also good for Wadi Shab. Bring snorkel and masks - lots of few fishes to see.
Thanks again to Fawatim & Anthony for wonderful experience - we will definitely be recommendeing to friends and family and hope, one day, to return.
We are so pleased that you enjoyed your holiday in our home at Fins. Please come again! ! We will try to provide snorkels and flipper selection to make your holiday easier to manage. There is so much to see and do in this area or just to chill on the beach.....an ideal family holiday.
Fantastic home in great location!!
The house and the location far exceeded our expectations. As previous reviewers had mentioned the house was well equipped. We had breakfast, prepared packed lunches and had dinner in the kitchen. The room was large and the bed was comfortable. We used the living room (majlis) to read and played (own) guitar. There were many board games to play if you wish to do so. The house was walking distance to the beach and there were many attrations nearby. Initially we thought that 4 days was too long but there were many more places we wished we had time to visit. In hindsight we should have come straight from muscat airport to the house and stayed longer at the Beach House. The guide book available in the house helped us planned our trips and the information from the owners were very good.
Review from our 14 year old son - The night sky was beautiful, especially from the roof terrace. I like the privacy of the house, its like we were the only ones in oman. I enjoyed going to the wadi where the water was crystal clear. My fav spot was Bimmah sinkhole.
Thanks so much, we really do try to help guests enjoy this lovely country and to make your stay special. Come soon before the Bimmah Sinkhole area is closed for hotel development!
What a fantastic destination
The Fins beach house is an absolutely beautiful, tastefully renovated place at a unique spot in a beautiful country. The description on internet totally lives up to everything it has to offer. The owner, Mrs Fawatim, welcomed us and even left us a sweet candy X-Mas tree.
The only less positive thing I can think of is the lack of a supermarkt in the vicinity. The closest one is in Sur which is half an hours drive away. When Mrs Fawatim came to say goodbye when we were leaving she told us that we could have ordered groceries with our reservation. She would than have taken care of those. How is that regarding customer service..........
A very nice place to stay
We were 5 persons staying at The Beach House for 8 days. The owner met us in Muscat with keys and drivingdirections to the house and before and during our stay they were vey helpfull if any problems turned up. The house were comfortable and the surrounding area was fantastic with "your own beach" only 5-10 minutes walk away. At Fins we found a small bakery and foodstuff-shop, but in Sur and Quriyat we could buy almost everything in the supermarkeds. We have trips to Wahiba Sands, Wadi Shab and the Sinkhole at Bimmah. We also visited the turtlebeach at Ras Al Junaiz, which was an extraordinary experience.
Breakfast in the morning and dinner in the evening on the Beach House varanda were also memorable things from Oman.
We surely will recommend this Beach House to anybody who want something different and more than an ordinary vaccations, and we all hope to return to Fins Beach House some day.
The comforts of home in a remote seaside setting
I had visited The Beach House to look around, and was impressed with it, but actually staying there far exceeded my expectations. This traditional house has been superbly rennovated without losing any of its original Omani character. The furnishings and fittings are stylish, tasteful and well-maintained with Omani culture well in evidence in the maglis (sitting room) cushions and mattresses, the bedroom curtains, tablecloths and the pots around the garden. The plants are native to Oman and suit the pebbled courtyard perfectly. The Beach House is spacious and two or three families or groups of friends can stay without feeling on top of one another. With the beach only 400m. away, and Wadi Shab and Hawiyat Al Najm close at hand, it will make the decision to go camping more difficult in future! I would recommend it to anyone: visitors from overseas or the hardened of us who usually campl
Superb geographic location for natural features such as the Bimmah sink-hole, freshwater swimming in the cave of Wadi Shab, the 'Devil's Hall', the world's second largest cave if you can abseil 187m! Coastal towns of Quriyat and Sur with their souks and ancient castles. The ship building yards of Sur. See Vultures, Eagles, Camels and the rare Arabian Gazelle nearby the house. Visit Ras Al Hadd, the breeding ground of turtles. Stunning beaches and opportunities for off road driving walking and exploration. Muscat, with shopping centres and gift shops is under a two hour drive.
Other Activities: Bird watching from house, Kayakking (2)