The Al Baleed is an outstanding resort on the shores of the Arabian Sea. Positioned on a long stretch of private sandy beach lapped by warm waters, it has been designed in a style that echoes the coastal fortresses of Oman's past. Relaxation can begin in earnest as you recline on a lounger by the infinity pool listening to the sound of the waves, or retreat to the sensational spa - the best in Salalah. Here you can indulge in healing treatments incorporating frankincense and pomegranate, and traditional bathing rituals in the hammam.
Those seeking more active pursuits can take advantage of the watersports centre, where paddle boarding, deep-sea fishing, snorkelling and PADI-certified diving can all be arranged. There are also opportunities to play tennis, badminton, beach volleyball or work out in the fitness centre. Dining at the resort is excellent and varied - again, amongst the best in Salalah. The sea-facing Sakalan restaurant is open throughout the day and serves a fine range of Arabic, Indian and international favourites. Al Mina is a relaxed beachfront venue offering a fresh Mediterranean menu, as well as barbecue grills and shisha pipes in the evenings. For a more formal dining experience, the refined Mekong restaurant opens for dinner only and offers gourmet Thai, Vietnamese and Chinese cuisine. Returning to the beach after dinner for Anantara’s ‘cinema under the stars’ could be quite possibly the perfect end to another memorable day on the Omani coast.
The resort’s 136 spacious rooms, villas and pool villas are divided between a series of low-rise white-washed houses, intersected by paths lined with tropical vegetation. The Deluxe room category are on the ground floor and offer either garden or beach views, plus private courtyards with comfortable majlis seating. Premier Sea View Rooms are on the first floor and offer elevated views from their private balconies with daybed. For enhanced levels of space and privacy, a selection of one and two-bedroom villas are dotted around the gardens, close to the lagoon or on the beach. They boast separate living areas, delightful courtyard gardens or terraces for outdoor living and dining, and many also feature private plunge pools and sun decks. The three-bedroom Royal Beach Villa has an even larger private pool as well as private section of pristine beach.
Those travelling with children will find all their needs catered for at the Anantara. The Albahhara Kids Club and Alshirae Teens Club keep young guests well occupied throughout the day, as will the watersports centre. Accommodation options are also supremely family friendly. Interconnecting rooms are widely available, but the villas are also a particularly good choice, with even the one-bedroom category offering space for up to two children. Families wishing to avoid squabbles for the bathroom and enjoy even more outdoor space to roam can of course take advantage of the two- or three-bedroom villas with their even more generous living spaces, terraces and pools.
Couples and families
Beach and watersports lovers
Spa and wellness enthusiasts
THINGS TO DO AT THE HOTEL:
Take in the uninterrupted Arabian sea views from the magnificent infinity pool
Enjoy indulgent massages, Ayurvedic treatments and hammam rituals at Salalah’s finest spa
Spend a balmy evening on the beach with Anantara’s cinema under the stars
Snorkel or scuba dive through the warm waters around Salalah, rich with marine life
Work up an appetite for lunch with tennis or beach volleyball
Hone your culinary skills at the resort’s cookery school
Set out by paddle board to admire the coastline from a different perspective
Dine on freshly barbecued seafood and enjoy shisha under the stars at Al Mina
THINGS TO DO NEARBY:
Marvel at the UNESCO-protected Al Baleed archaeological park, situated just across the lagoon
Venture into the mountains on a rewarding trek past dragon trees, the Taiq cave and the Tawi Attair sinkhole
Embark upon a dolphin watching cruise along the coast, or a sunset cruise in a traditional dhow (October to May)
Set out on a fascinating tour taking in the Sumharam ruins at Wadi Darbat, and the dramatic mountain scenery and sinkholes at Jabal Samhan
Go bird watching in search of flamingos, spoonbill and glossy ibis
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