Across the beauty of Southern Oman, Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara embraces their guests by providing authentic Asian hospitality married with local charm and culture. As an Omani, I felt right-at-home from the moment I entered the exquisite lobby; “Marhaba” he said, as the gracious concierge escorted me to my private villa.
There is no denying the beauty of the properties design and structure, marvelously complimenting the outstanding view of Salalah’s shores that lie ahead. Yet despite the natural instinct to lay-low and absorb the tranquility and splendor of the surroundings, the resort offers a vast array of activities to enjoy. Salalah needn’t only be known for its ‘sleepy’ alter-ego; there is far more to the destination than meets the eye. Guests may ride bikes around the property, enjoy surf boarding at sea, or scale the mountains during excursions. The setting is designed to be explored; plenty of wandering and photo opportunities at every corner.
Whether looking to explore the green mountains during ‘Khareef’ (that’s the famous rainy season for those that don’t know, where the vast planes and mountains bloom with green beauty) or those craving a delicious catered picnic with family; the team at Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara are on-hand to ensure every experience is met with true attention to detail.
The property itself boasts standard rooms within the main building, for convenience and group bookings, as well as delightful private villas with several overlooking the seafront or open views across the lagoon; it’s simply breathtaking.
Having arrived from Muscat, and a hectic few weeks of fashion and magazine life, I was in need of some relaxation, and where better than within the home of Thai hospitality. The resort holds a deep philosophy in welcoming guests for memorable and timeless spa experiences. Drawing inspiration from tradition Arabic culture with both the Moroccan hammam and delicate oils to add a local nod to the senses.
The spa offers a wide array of relaxing and therapeutic spa massages which are designed to promote well-being and self-discovery, taking you on a journey of ones’ self. The Anantara signature massage uses classic oils with balanced acupressure techniques to restore the flow of energy and refresh your body completely. After my personal treatment, I felt a sense of lightness, as if all of the weight of daily efforts had been lifted; I can assure the evening’s sleep was beautifully deep, and the mornings sun seeped across the breakfast table with renewed vigor. Life at Al Baleed is truly beautiful.
Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara presents the perfect getaway to enjoy fresh weather, magnificent views and a warm, passionate hospitality that embraces you, as if you never left home in the first place.
By Ahmed Al Balushi