Inspired by the traditional villages of Dhofar, Al Baleed Resort Salalah is situated on the south coast and surrounded by indigo mountains and the opal blue waters of the Arabian Sea. The resort reflects traditional Omani design and embraces the beauty of Islamic architecture, whilst incorporating modern and contemporary elements. Enveloped by natural landscape and framed by the riches of frankincense groves, coconut-fringed beaches and tropical greenery, it is the ideal place to unwind and relax.
In earlier times, the villages surrounding Salalah featured a majestic main building or fort, which housed the Sheikh (ruler) of the local community, built on higher ground to govern his municipality from above. The village houses – smaller than the main house and scattered amongst palm trees below – formed a myriad of fascinating path and alley ways. Today, the resort has adopted this concept to recreate a village-like atmosphere. Behind the striking Omani carved wooden doors of the resort is a white-washed main building featuring 30 guest rooms boasting incredible sea views. Dotted amongst some 750 coconut palms lie the 88 one and two bedroom pool villas with traditional flat roofs, private entrances, and intimate courtyards, widely spread out for privacy and comfort. There is also a three bedroom Royal Beach Villa offering sweeping ocean views.
The brand new hotel, which only opened at the end of 2016, is situated between a long, scenic beach and freshwater lagoon. The spa is inspired by Moroccan design and it incorporates Thai philosophy and Arabian influences. The world-acclaimed Anantara spa takes guests on a holistic journey using rejuvenating indigenous ingredients such as pomegranate, coconut and frankincense.