From its rich history to diverse cultures, Dhofar has a lot to offer tourists, including checking in to the new Anantara Salalah – Al Baleed.
When we think of a resort holiday, a few destinations come to mind: Maldives, Mexico, Samui… But if you’re looking for something different, Dhofar, known for its serenity and rich culture, will soon be able to add another luxury resort to its list of attractions. Thanks to its ancient tribes and seasonal weather, Dhofar has also been known to be home of diverse cultures as well as lush greenery and hills. The Salalah city is famous for its fresh local produce, handicrafts and collectables including frankincense and dates. Of course, there are the gorgeous white-sand beaches with stunning night skies that are perfect for a romantic night out for two.
The Anantara Salalah – Al Baleed Resort is a partnership between one of Oman’s leading property developers, Omran Hotels & Resorts and Musstir. “Salalah is a very popular destination, known for having some of the best beaches, as well as a rich cultural heritage,” says His Excellency Dr Ali bin Masoud Al Sunaidy, minister of commerce and industry and chairman of Omran. “And the opening of Al Baleed Resort by Anantara puts Dhofar firmly on the map for international travellers.”
To reflect Dhofar’s rich heritage, the property has drawn inspiration from its surrounding coastal fortresses, tropical gardens and lush water features. Within the resort, there are 136 rooms, including one-, two- and three-bedroom pool villas — they are also the first of its kind in Salalah and Oman — that are suitable for those who prefer more privacy. You’ll be able to unwind at the Anantara Spa which features a hammam and a variety of treatments that use local ingredients and techniques to provide you with a Dhofari healing touch.
While it’ll be tempting to stay within the resort, plan to get out and explore Anantara Salalah’s neighbours — Museum of Frankincense, Botanical Garden and Al Baleed Unesco archaeological sites that include early Bronze Age settlement ruins.