The ‘coolest’ place to visit in the Middle East

Escape to Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara during Khareef and enjoy a refreshing holiday come rain or shine, at the coolest place in the Middle East this summer…

With the temperature hitting a peak at home, Salalah’s Khareef couldn’t arrive at a more welcome time. The annual monsoon season treats Oman’s southern city (named the 2019 Capital of Arab Summer resorts by The Arab Tourism Organisation) to a lush makeover, transforming the desert landscape into a tropical green haven and bringing cascading waterfalls to life with splashes of rain and swirling mist. It’s a brilliant short cut to cooler climes – you can fly there direct from Dubai in just two hours and 1hr 45 mins from Riyadh. Plus, you can now hop on seasonal direct flights during Khareef from Bahrain, Kuwait and Abu Dhabi. And with the thermostat rarely rising above 27 degrees Celsius, you’ll not only feel a dramatic difference, but can embark on a refreshingly different style of holiday too.  

Monsoon season in Oman mean it really is the ‘coolest’ place to visit this summer

Situated just 15km from the airport, the resort is inspired by the region’s coastal fortresses – think whitewashed facades and shimmering Arabic lanterns – with rooms and villas overlooking the Arabian Sea, the lagoon, or the tranquil gardens. For the ultimate in privacy and luxury, check into a one- or two-bedroom Pool Villa for easy access to your own private temperature-controlled swimming pool. The three-bedroom Royal Beach Pool Villa is the most exclusive of the bunch, with commanding views of the sandy bay and calming lagoon. 

Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara two bedroom Garden View Pool Villa

There are three dining venues to discover, including all-day dining concept Sakalan, South East Asian restaurant Mekong and Mediterranean beach bar and eatery Al Mina, which is the perfect spot for drinks and shisha. 

Continue the big cool down at Anantara Spa and be pampered with rejuvenating treatments that draw upon indigenous ingredients, such as pomegranate, coconut and frankincense, or unwind in the region’s only luxury hammam. (There’s a kids’ and teens’ club offering fun-filled activities if you need to keep the youngsters occupied in the meantime).

Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara Mekong sharing platter

Another way to make the most of the temperate weather is by venturing outdoors to explore the local area. Ask the hotel’s very own Salalah Guru to show you the ancient ruins and heritage sites, such as Al Baleed Archaeological Park, a 60-hectare UNESCO World Heritage Site that contains the remnants of centuries-old mosques. Alternatively, ramp up the pace by trekking through mountains, rugged wadis and beaches, marvelling at the spectacular landscape. The resort will prepare a gourmet picnic for you to take with you. Lastly, for a fragrant reminder of your trip to the perfume capital of Arabia, head to the souk and local shops to haggle for some aromatic frankincense direct from Dhofar’s famous groves.

Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara’s Let It Rain Khareef package invites you to experience a cool summer break for less, with up to 25% off villa accommodation, staying on a half-board basis, and with 25% off spa treatments. Valid for stays between 26 July and 7 September 2019.

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