There are few hotels in the world which occupy such a fortuitous situation as Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara. Nestling in between a long stretch of pristine white beach and a pretty freshwater lagoon in the cultural heartland of Salalah on Oman’s south coast, the resort takes Middle Eastern opulence and luxury hospitality to another level.
It’s a resort that really has to be experienced to be believed, but to give you a little taster of what you can expect, here are 85 beautiful photos that prove the luxury travel destination of Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara is a great choice of five star hotel when planning your next holiday in the Middle East.
You can opt for a room with a panoramic beach, garden or sea view, but for us as a family, the freedom and luxury of one of the hotel’s private villas was the only option.
The beach-front villas have steps down right onto the sand, some have stunning private pools for an early morning dip, and all villas have their own private terrace for al fresco dining.
The palm tree fringed pool at Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara is not only the finest infinity pool in Oman, but it regularly makes it onto lists of the most stunning pools in the world.
It looks out over the sparkling Arabian Sea, and was Baby Sunshine’s favourite spot for an afternoon dip and splash around, and my favourite place to grab a lounger or cabana and spend an hour or two with my book and the view.
One of the most impressive natural beaches that I’ve seen so far in the Middle East, this 250-metre long stretch of sparkling white sand is one of my favourite features of the hotel.
Baby Sunshine could have spent hours digging holes and building sandcastles with daddy here, and Mr Sunshine relished his role as beach entertainer by showing off his skills with a football and a beach trampoline!
There are several different dining options at Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara. Breakfast is taken on the beautiful terrace at Sakalan, which looks out over the impressive infinity pool.
We usually had lunch at Al Mina, the hotel’s signature Mediterranean restaurant, which serves up excellent pizzas (albeit at a very slow pace).
Dinner was either in the form of a buffet back at Sakalan, or specialty Asian cuisine at Mekong, arguably the hotel’s best restaurant.
The elegant architecture of the hotel reflects the hotel’s Omani heritage, with little nods to Middle Eastern culture.
The garden walkways are brimming with desert-loving greenery, and towering palm trees create inviting tunnels which call out to be explored.
A few minutes walk down the beach, and you’ll arrive at the World Heritage Site of the Al Baleed Archaeological Park and Land of Frankincense Museum, which are fun to explore for a few hours.
Our stay at Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara was one of those stays which slipped away far too quickly, and I know that we’ll return one day soon. Race you there?