Having experienced the extraordinary Al Jabal Adkdar in the north of Oman, it was time to head to the tropical south, the Land of Frankincense, Salalah. A 90 minute flight to the south of Muscat, Salalah is the lesser known and more recently discovered, palm tree lined, white sand beach, coastal resort of Oman. This is where my perception of Oman truly changed. Having been collected from the very shiny new airport, we stopped on the road side en route to the hotel to indulge in frozen coconut water, freshly cut papaya and tiny milk bananas… What a tropically sensual way to begin the second part of our Omani journey.
Arriving at the Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara resort as the sun set, the group all gasped.. We had been transported to a tropical paradise. Perfectly manicured lawns, palm trees as far as the eye could see and last but not least, we were each shown to our villas, complete with private plunge pools. Does it get more decadent and luxurious? I think not.
Our few days in Salalah were a true sensory overload. Setting out to explore the local area, we visited the seemingly Australian Al Mughsail Beach, we drove past herds of camels through winding roads and on to the sand to discover aloe vera plants and century old frankincense trees.
Salalah proved again that Oman offers more than meets the eye. If you are seeking an Arabian nights meets Endless Summer sensory overload, an experiential yet luxurious adventure off the grid, this is the place for you. I can’t wait to return. xHermione.
Whilst at Antara Salalah…
+ Explore the local area – seeing camels, cut Frankincense from ancient local trees to burn it in the home to ward off evil spirits and walk along Al Mughsail beach to then famous blow holes
+ Get active with beach activities including quad biking, horse riding, volleyball, body boarding
+ Swim with the dolphins
+ Eat at Me Kong restaurant
+ Indulge in a massage at the spa (the best of my life!)
So, what am I wearing in Salalah?