In this review we look at the new luxury Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara. Famed for the riches of its frankincense groves, coconut-fringed beaches and a profusion of tropical greenery during the summer monsoon season, Salalah, on the south coast of Dhofar, offers travellers an emerging destination of breathtaking natural beauty. Situated between a long, scenic beach and freshwater lagoon, Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara Hotels Resorts & Spas brings a new level of luxury and refinement to the region, allowing discerning guests to discover the unique charms of southern Oman.
Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara is located just a 15-minute drive from Salalah Airport right between the beach and a natural lagoon. The resort is reached by a 7-hour 30-minute direct international flight to Muscat from London, followed by a 1-hour 30-minute flight to Salalah with Oman Air.
This part of the Middle East does get hot in June July and August so for the perfect stay it is best to arrange your trip from September to May. However if you are in Oman during the summer months, Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara does offer an sea breezes and the perfect escape from the inland heat between June and September.
Review: Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara
The luxury resort offers indulgent luxury with handcrafted furnishings and rich textures throughout to enhance the contemporary Middle Eastern ambience. Striking and authentic architecture is framed by lush tropical gardens, walkways surrounded by 750 palm trees. Eye-catching water features to create an air of tranquillity and serenity.
Overlooking either the Arabian Sea, lagoon or picturesque gardens, each room is equipped with contemporary comforts including interactive LED TVs, spacious walk-in dressing rooms and luxurious Amouage bath products, evoking the region’s indigenous fragrances. The resort’s 40 Premier and Deluxe Rooms all feature a spacious bedroom, ensuite bathroom with rain shower and separate bathtub, walk-in dressing room and media hubs with portable Bluetooth speakers alongside a terrace or balcony.
Meanwhile, eight one-bedroom Villas and 88 one and two-bedroom Pool Villas entice guests with personalised villa host services and separate living areas, with Pool Villas benefiting from private temperature-controlled swimming pools, the first of their kind in Salalah. The exclusive three-bedroom Royal Beach Pool Villa is the epitome of luxury, boasting commanding views of the sandy bay and idyllic lagoon.
A gourmet delight, there are three main restaurants serving local Middle Eastern cuisine as well as international dishes. During the day enjoy Mediterranean classics by the pool. Later, expect a sophisticated Omani feel and choose from exciting Asian cuisine to gourmet feasts.
There are a huge range of activities at Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara. Enjoy water sports and diving on the beach, yoga, tennis, cookery and mixology cocktail classes.
For younger guests, there are separate kids and teens clubs, ensuring your children meet friends of similar ages and have plenty to do. For adults, the resort is also home to Salalah’s first hammam, a perfect haven where you can enjoy an array of spa treatments.
Nearby points of interest include the awe inspiring UNESCO World Heritage Site, Al Baleed Archaeological Park, a short walk away. Marvel at these grand mosque ruins and a trip here can be combined with the Museum of Frankincense which will arouse your senses.
Whether it’s trekking through the mountains, catching fish for dinner, saluting the sunset during a yoga session or simply slipping out of your beachfront villa into the languid ocean, this beautiful resort, surrounded by towering palms, tropical gardens and lush water features, is a stunning retreat under the Oman sun.
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