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 intrepid travellers an emerging destination of breathtaking natural beauty. Situated between a long, scenic beach and freshwater lagoon, Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara brings a new level of luxury and refinement to the region, allowing discerning guests to discover the unique charms of southern Oman.
Conveniently located just 15 km from the airport, the resort sits within easy reach of Salalah city centre and an abundance of cultural treasures. As the oldest independent state in the Arab world, the region is defined by a rich history, with a wealth of archaeological sites, imposing forts, frankincense trees and vibrant souqs for those looking to tune into the spirit of old Arabia. Guarded by indigo mountains and trimmed by the opal blue waters of the Arabian Sea, the resort has been designed with the simple grandeur of the region’s iconic coastal fortresses in mind. Whitewashed façades and clean lines provide the perfect accompaniment to the trademark blue skies, with shimmering Arabic lanterns transforming the atmosphere as night falls.
Striking and authentic architecture is framed by lush tropical gardens, walkways surrounded by 691 palm trees and eye-catching water features to create an air of tranquillity and serenity. Comprising 136 rooms and villas, the resort offers indulgent luxury with handcrafted furnishings and rich textures throughout to enhance the contemporary Middle Eastern ambience. 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.
Three exquisite dining venues showcase an array of vibrant cuisines. All-day dining restaurant Sakalan presents world flavours served by open kitchens, while South East Asian restaurant Mekong takes guests on a journey along the legendary river with vibrant
Thai, Chinese and Vietnamese cuisine, and Al Mina, a relaxed Mediterranean beach bar and restaurant serves well-crafted cocktails and shisha.
Rooted in Thai philosophy with influences from Arabia, the world-acclaimed Anantara Spa takes guests on a holistic journey, offering the only luxury hammam in Salalah alongside rejuvenating treatments using indigenous ingredients such as pomegranate, coconut and frankincense. Guests also benefit from a state-of-the-art fitness centre, tennis court, beach volleyball court and stunning infinity pool. A separate kids’ and teens’ club offers fun-filled activities, whilst the Safar Boardroom and Al Hosn Ballroom cater towards business meetings, conferences and intimate weddings for up to 120 guests. The resort’s outdoor spaces near the main infinity pool also allow for parties and celebrations for up to 400 guests.
During their stay, guests can enjoy an array of authentic experiences, whether it’s trekking through the mountains, catching fish for dinner, saluting the sunset during a yoga session or simply slipping out of their beachfront villa into the languid ocean. Situated in the heart of the 6,000 year-old frankincense trail, there is plenty for those with a passion for culture and history to discover such as visiting ancient ruins and heritage sites or sauntering around a souq. Meanwhile an array of thrilling experiences allow guests to explore the fort dotted mountains, rugged wadis and pristine beaches, with active travellers well served by diving, hiking, kite surfing and fishing.