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Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara

For a winter sun holiday look no further than Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara, edged by a wide the gentle shores of the Indian Ocean, which tastefully blends traditional Omani design with striking modern touches.

The impressive infinity pool, overlooking the sparkling Arabian sea, is perfectly positioned amidst the lush garden walkways which offer a serene backdrop for guest experiences that give a fascinating insight into Omani culture. Whilst relaxation might be the order of the day, we recommend a visit to the adjacent World Heritage-listed Al Baleed archaeological park – that is if you can pull yourself away from the immaculate 250m private white-sand beach for which the Salalah is rightly famed. Round things off with a sumptuous meal at one of their incredible restaurants and you really do have all the ingredients for a perfect out of season break in the Omani sunshine.

Facilities & Activities

The star attraction is undoubtedly the vast infinity pool which vies with the expansive white-sand beach for your attention. With watersports, beach volleyball, tennis, sunset yoga, camel rides and cooking classes on offer there’s plenty to keep everyone entertained. The incredible Spa (miss it at your peril!) offers traditional and Ayurveda treatments with an Omani twist, whilst also featuring a Hammam and nail salon. Or, if you’d rather take advantage of the nearby ocean, teeming with life, there’s dolphin watching, fishing, snorkelling and scuba diving (additional cost).

For those keen to explore further afield, local guides lead day-trips, taking in sights such as archaeological ruins, forts and fishing villages, wildlife viewing at the nearby lake or you can venture further afield into the enigmatic Empty Quarter desert.

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Dining

Al Baleed offers a wide array of culinary delights with 3 restaurants each focused on a contrasting dining experience. Smart ‘Sakalan’ delivers signature, all-day dining and is the perfect breakfast base and offers an incredible buffet with an enticing array of pastries, cheeses, dim sum and hot dishes, along with made-to-order juices and shakes.

Mekong specialises in exotic Asian cuisine; order a selection of dishes to share or forr a romantic dinner à deux, staff will create a tailor-made menu served in a cosy beach dugout surrounded by lanterns.

Al Mina, with its relaxed beach bar vibe, offers exotic Mediterranean dishes, which can be savoured at a shoreline table or even lounging poolside. Classy cocktails and shisha are the order of the day at sundown.

Rooms

The resort offers 136 luxurious rooms, each incporporating elegant Omani design touches. Families will apprecite the plethora of room types available and we especially like the Deluxe Garden View Rooms facing onto lush greenery whilst Premier Sea View / Deluxe Beach View Rooms are perfect for guests whose priority is a wonderful sea view

If more space is key the expansive villas are available with Garden, Lagoon or Beach views with one or two bedrooms, whilst also offering the privacy of a courtyard garden and indoor lounges. You can even upgrade to a villa with private pool for the ultimate luxury. Did we mention the Three Bedroom Royal Beach Villa for the ultimate slurge?

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Family

The resort is great for families, with ample space for children to explore, whether it’s splashing in the stunning main pool or running along the vast soft sand beach which also hosts ‘Cinema Under the Stars’.

One child under 12 can share all room types on a day bed, whilst the one bedroom villas can accommodate up to 2 children on a sofa bed / extra beds in the lounge areas. If you are travelling as a party of 5 or 6, opt for a Two Bedroom Garden View Pool Villa, or for extended families of up to 9, the Three Bedroom Royal Beach Villa is the perfect home-from-home.

The Albahhara Kinds’ Club keeps young children entertained whilst teenagers can socialise at the Alshirae Teens Club.

Sustainability

Leading the way in sustainability across luxury resorts in Dhofar, Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara is driven by a commitment to social, cultural and environmental conservation. The resort has been designed in consideration of nature and the team strive to reduce waste and manage resources carefully.  This includes installing energy-efficient lighting and resort items being made from environmentally friendly materials.  Guests are invited to make a donation to ‘Dollars for Deeds’ which is then matched by the resort and funds raised for long-term conservation initiatives of the Environment Society of Oman such as protecting marine life.

Location

The Resort is nestled between a beautiful palm-fringed private peach and freshwater lagoon in Salalah on the southern tip of Oman. It’s just a 20-minute drive from Salalah Airport, accessed via a 1.5 hour flight from Muscat from where there are frequent direct flights to London Heathrow or via another hub such as Dubai, if you are not planning to include a few days in the Omani capital.

 

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