Times of Oman
Oman travel: Unforgettable family holidays at Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara
August 1, 2017 | 8:02 PM
by Times News Service
Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara offers intrepid travellers a unique destination of breath-taking natural beauty.
 
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The opening of Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara in Oman in late 2016 has introduced a pristine and luxurious new option for families looking to holiday in this stunning region. Situated on the Arabian Sea between a long, scenic beach and a freshwater lagoon, bordering the historic Al Baleed Unesco archaeological site, the hotel brings a new level of refinement to the region, and is the ideal choice for families looking to discover the unique charms of southern Oman. No matter what age the children are, families will find endless activities to keep their brood entertained from dawn till dusk. A huge infinity pool, private 250 metre sandy beach, water sports centre, kids clubs, spacious villas with private pools and a wide choice of local excursions set the scene for an incredible family getaway.

“Al Bahhara” Kids Club (for children under age 12) offers creative fun for younger ones in a safe environment with caring staff and superb facilities. Hours of entertainment await in the outdoor area complete with a play set, sandpit, a children’s splash pool and mini-loungers. Kids go crazy for playing scrabble or chess on our over-sized sets or breaking speed records with Mario Kart time trials. Other age-appropriate activities at the resort include cooking classes, karaoke, face and hand art, water safety pro, treasure hunts and sand castle making.

Teenagers looking for some time away from parents or younger siblings will enjoy the “Alshirae” Teens Club, a dedicated area for teens providing engaging activities and a space to hang out. The latest games consoles include Nintendo Wii and Xbox 360 and the internet café is the place to be for socialising and jumping online. Youngsters can become karaoke stars, play board games, table tennis, table football, billiard, and air hockey. The resort also goes out of its way to provide families with ample opportunity to spend quality time together, having fun, switching off and making those long-lasting holiday memories. Whether it’s joining one of the fun, organised family activities such as beach volleyball, dodgeball and body boarding, or having a private movie night on the beach, families will find there’s plenty of time to hang out and have a giggle.

Conveniently located just 15km from Salalah International Airport, Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara sits within easy reach of a variety of cultural treasures and thrilling escapades. Famed for the riches of its wadis dotted with frankincense trees, coconut palm-fringed beaches and a wealth of archaeological sites, Salalah offers intrepid travellers a unique destination of breath-taking natural beauty.



An abundance of local excursions is available for families, such as 4WD desert adventures, dolphin watching, fishing, hiking or dhow cruising. Within the resort, families bond through activities like paddle boarding, tennis and cycling (the hotel has classic-style Electra bicycles for guests’ use) as well as preparing a meal together through the Spice Spoons Arabic or Asian cooking classes. The resort even has its own camels who regularly make an appearance and are available for anyone wanting a ride along the beach. Accommodation options are well-suited for families with 136 spacious guest rooms and villas. The 88 one- and two-bedroom pool villas are particularly popular with families offering privacy, space and individual temperature-controlled pools.

A choice of three restaurants offering food from around the world will please even the fussiest eaters. Little ones will enjoy the spectacle of their food being freshly prepared in open kitchens at all-day dining restaurant Sakalan with a choice of dishes from around the world, while Asian restaurant Mekong will appeal to youngsters who enjoy experimenting with new flavours as they savour vibrant dishes from Thai, Chinese and Vietnamese cuisine. Al Mina is a relaxed Mediterranean beach bar and restaurant serving barbecue delights and cocktails for mum and dad. For more information visit salalah.anantara.com

—lifestyle@timesofoman.com

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