So, two options if you want to go to a REALLY nice beach in Oman:
1) Stay at the Shangri La Barr al-Jissah Resort, with a sea-cave arch in its front yard and a private cove among three different ‘tiers’ of resort complexes (all visible in the picture on the main page of the resort’s website, link provided here at no additional cost).
. . . or . . .
2) Pay one of the local fishermen who wait on shore, after finishing their morning trawl, to take expats out to the equally private and much less expensive cove immediately opposite the sea arch.
Cocktails are, unfortunately, best kept within the confines of the resort, in deference to local predilections.
Going rate to hire a boat from Qantab Village to take a group out to the hidden cove? Negotiable, but usually somewhere around 10 Omani Rial (about 26 USD). Going rate to spend the day at Barr al-Jissah? I wouldn’t know. And that’s the NQR of this post . . . all of us expats creating a cottage industry of taxi-boats through nothing more elaborate than our own penny-pinching!