Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara

A luxury escape in southern Oman...
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Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara offers a spectacular, luxury beach escape in southern Oman with perfect weather and sunny skies throughout much of the year. From late June through September, it also welcomes the splendour of the blissfully cool and gorgeously green Khareef monsoon season…

Famed for the riches of its frankincense groves, coconut-fringed beaches, sunny skies through much of the year, and a profusion of tropical greenery during the summer Khareef monsoon season, Salalah and the surrounding region offer the traveller breathtaking natural beauty and cultural treasures.

At the heart of it all, situated between a pristine stretch of sandy beach and freshwater lagoon, is Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara, which brings a new level of luxury and refinement to the region – and a place where guests can discover and experience these unique travel treasures of southern Oman.

Inspired by the traditional villages of Dhofar, the resort is a reflection of timeless Omani design. Whitewashed façades and clean, symmetrical lines feature prominently around the exterior. In the interior, locally handcrafted furnishings and rich textures enhance the resort’s magnificent, contemporary Middle Eastern ambience.

Black-stone water features mimic Oman’s ancient aflaj irrigation channels; recessed walls, once used to store supplies, are adorned with local antiques and artwork; the main entrance archways embrace the beauty of Islamic architecture; and shimmering Arabic lanterns transform the resort into dream-like Arabian landscape at night.

This is all framed by lush tropical gardens, water features and groves of Salalah’s iconic date palms, while a 44 metre-long outdoor infinity pool overlooking the beach adds a spectacular touch as a focal point of the resort.

Each of resort’s 136 rooms and villas are equipped with all the contemporary comforts and amenities you’d need for a luxury stay. There are 30 premier sea view rooms, 10 deluxe rooms, and 96 villas – 88 of which are complemented with a private swimming pool and personalised butler service, and which continue to be especially popular with guests from Oman and the GCC during the summer Khareef season.

The resort prides itself on being a year-round luxury destination, due to the sunny skies present throughout much of the year – and the refreshingly cool weather and gorgeous green landscapes during Oman’s summer Khareef season months. It’s a blissful place to be.

Indeed, during this Khareef season, from late June through September, the Dhofar Province in Oman undergoes an amazing transformation known locally as Khareef – a colloquial term meaning “autumn” in Arabic – when soft rain along with mist and fog change the landscape into a world of rich green foliage, overflowing streams and waterfalls, and cooler climes. It's something one would never expect to witness in the Middle East.

Out and about…

Guests looking to get out and about can get stuck into a bunch of activities at the resort itself. There’s a beautiful 250 metre-long private beach to explore, a fitness centre, kids’ and teens’ clubs, and the forever-popular beach yoga sessions. You can also watch movies under a blanket of stars complete with gourmet popcorn, or take part in one of the resort’s Spice Spoons Thai and Arabian cooking classes.

Also, while the seasonal rain caresses the resort exterior, guests can retreat indoors to the acclaimed Anantara Spa – another favourite with guests from Oman and the GCC – which offers the only luxury hammam in Salalah alongside rejuvenating treatments using indigenous ingredients such as pomegranate, coconut and frankincense.

Throughout most of the year, you can go scuba diving, kayaking or paddle boarding; head offshore for some deep-sea fishing or to watch pods of dolphins playing in the early morning sunshine; or take a traditional-style dhow cruise.

Guided by the resort’s staff, you can also book one of several excursions to explore the region’s cultural treasures and breathtaking natural beauty, where the mountains, the desert, and the sea meet.

Inspired Dining…

Oman’s history as a trading nation inspires the resort’s eclectic approach to food. Their signature restaurant, Mekong, presents flavours from China, Thailand and Vietnam. Open for dinner, couples can dine on the terrace overlooking the lagoon, with shimmering lanterns setting the mood for a memorable evening of exquisite food.

Also, Sakalan offers all-day dining, with themed buffets and open kitchens serving cuisine from near and far; and the relaxed beachside dining restaurant Al Mina serves Mediterranean classics using the finest seasonal ingredients and fresh seafood caught daily.

Couples can also indulge in a signature Dining by Design service where, surrounded by flickering candles, you can both enjoy a choice of connoisseur menus served by a personal chef and villa host in a secluded beach or garden setting.

Travel Info!

• You can find out more about what’s on offer at Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara at www.salalah.anantara.com or at www.instagram.com/anantarasalalah

• One of the resort’s most recent accolades was a prestigious “Oman’s Leading Villa Resort” award at the World Travel Awards 2019

• To celebrate the season, Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara has introduced its “Let it Rain Khareef Special” offering 25% savings on a stay in the resort’s private pool villas, 25% savings on spa treatments, and complimentary daily breakfast and dinner

• Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara is 15 minutes’ drive away from Salalah International Airport

Fly Oman Air! Oman Air flies up to eleven flights per day between Muscat and Salalah International Airport. This is in addition to Oman Air’s direct flights from Dubai to Salalah. www.omanair.com

Images: ©  All images courtesy of Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara