Escape to Anantara’s resort in Salalah where adventure awaits and unlock an intriguing mixture of culture and heritage
Set on a wild, palm-fringed beach, Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara is an idyllic hideaway that’s fast becoming a favourite among intrepid travellers. For a moment, you may even be fooled into thinking you’re lazing on the tropical beaches of southern India as you unwind on the pristine stretch of shoreline.
The reality is even better, however, as the verdant southern province of Dhofar is famous for its lush natural attractions, including its fruit plantations, waterfalls and green rolling hills that burst into life during the summer monsoon season. Home to fascinating sites including Al Balid City, which dates to 2000 BCE, and the Museum of the Land of Frankincense, it’s also the perfect spot in which to soak up the rich Omani heritage. Indeed, the destination calls adventure-seekers in droves with its awesome landscape that blends the majestic mountains, great expanses of desert and the sparkling blue sea.
Adventure awaits at Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara where guests can enjoy a bespoke itinerary, which weaves in all those must-have experiences, from camel trekking with members of the local Mahrah tribe along the ancient frankincense routes, to special interest trips focusing on marine life, astrology, archaeology and more. Hiking in the mountains, which are dotted with cultural and historic sites and brimming with flora and fauna, is unmissable – make your way up for views that will take your breath away. Those who like to be on the water can take part in dolphin and sea-turtle watching, enjoy a day’s fishing, or discover the underwater delights with some snorkelling or diving in the area, which is teeming with sea life.
Back at the resort, you can stay in hot pursuit of adventure while on a glamorous camping experience. Operated by Oman Expeditions, you can sleep under the stars (albeit with all your creature comforts) in a luxury tent complete with comfortable mattress, cotton sheets, private bathroom, and open-air shower, with finishing touches including Arabesque rugs, candles and oil lamps creating a magical ambience. Your personal chefs will prepare an array of Middle Eastern, North African and Mediterranean dishes using local ingredients for a delectable dinner under the stars served by the camp fire. During your adventure, you’ll cross paths with local tribesmen and get an up close look at the rich wildlife the country has to offer, as you experience the way of the bedouin. Simply tailor the experience to suit you.
If all that adventure has burned through your energy reserves, take some time to rejuvenate at the main resort. Offering elegant rooms and villas (the largest of which sleeps up to six adults and three children), a pampering spa that draws upon age-old Ayurveda techniques and fine dining on tap, you’ll receive nothing short of the royal treatment. Feed your appreciation for the place by siting down to a five-star meal at Mekong, which brings together some of the best of Thai, Chinese and Vietnamese cuisine. Another favourite is beach bar and lounge Al Mina, offering dishes inspired by Middle Eastern, Spanish, Greek and Italian cuisine, as well as a sizzling beach barbecue that’s best enjoyed alfresco.
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