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Holidays to Salalah, Oman

The Garden city of Arabia isn't all about sand. A holiday to Salalah will see you through green creeks, valleys and hills, not to mention the overwheling culture and history Salalah has to offer. Kenwood Travel are happy to take you on a trip of a lifetime to a desert unlike any other.

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Anantara Al Baleed Resort Salalah

Anantara Al Baleed Resort Salalah

This luxurious escape on Oman's coast offers guests a host of outdoor excursions, luxurious in-house amenities as well as the indulgent Anantara Spa.

  • Large Private Beach
  • Anantara Spa
  • Dolphin Watching
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Known as the second city of the Sultanate and the capital of the southern region of Dhofar, Salalah is a place steeped in ancient history and tradition. Archeological discoveries of human settlement date as far back as 3000BC and even the Queen of Sheba was a regular here. Her treasure – Frankincense - Salalah’s most famous and valuable commodity.

Luxury Holidays in Salalah

Lined with immaculate sandy beaches, palm trees, bananas and papayas, Salalah presents a fine example of paradise. Add to this the spectacular sand dunes and awesome sunsets of the Empty Quarter, and your breath will literally escape you. Luxury holidays in Salalah bring you the desert in the purest and most picturesque sense of the word.

Despite the huge expanses of dry sand, Salalah – known throughout Arabia as ‘The Garden City’ – also boasts sweeping hills, valleys and creeks laden with rich vegetation, and home to over 186 species of bird. This unlikely green backdrop relies on one enormous, annual gift from the heavens – the Khareef monsoon. This period of light rain, white fog and refreshing cooler temperatures lasts from June until September, and is celebrated each year with the popular Khareef Festival between 15 July and 31 August.

Great Reasons to Holiday in Salalah

  • The Frakincense Trail - an ancient trade route with remains of the caravan oasis and trading ports.
  • Sumahram Old City – archeological site
  • Marneef Cave (Mughsayl) – views of cliffs/sea, blowholes
  • Salalah Gardens Mall – first modern shopping      centre
  • Wadi Dawkah – 1000 frakincense trees protected
  • Wadi Darbat – oasis of vegetation and wildlife
  • Wadi Shuwaymiya
  • Fishing
  • Diving
  • Bird watching - flamingo, storks, stilts, sandpipers, herons, egrets, sunbirds, green pigeons, eagles and kites
  • Al Haffa Beach good nature tours
  • Combined Muscat and Salalah tours
  • Desert and mountain experience
  • Camping holidays

Things to do in Salalah

Salalah is a place of outstanding beauty and historical interest. You will be spoilt for choice of jaw-dropping views and fascinating windows into the past, whichever way you turn. Whether it be the lush oasis of Wadi Darbat - the protected home of 1000 Frankincense trees, or the old city of Sumahram – a wonderfully preserved example of life many years ago, you won’t cease to be amazed. Birdwatchers, divers and fishermen will also be delighted here. It is truly a land of adventure.

Ramadan in Salalah

During the Holy Month Muslims fast between dawn and sunset, restricting drinking and eating. The dates of Ramadan vary each year, so please check with our Middle East team before you travel, but usually falls around June time. 

Visitors to Salalah are advised not to eat and drink water in public places during this month as a sign of respect towards people who are fasting. Your hotel, however, will offer dining as usual. It may have the doorway screened off to outside view.

Attractions such as the souk are open during some hours, although the best time to visit them is the evening. Regular restaurants outside of the hotels may not be open during day hours. Many will open after sundown, when the sultanate comes to life.

The dates for Ramadan 2018 are 16 May - 14 June. Visitors to the Middle East during this time should be aware that opening times may vary and some restrictions may apply. Please speak to your Middle East specialist at Kenwood Travel for more information.

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