December 2017: Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara has bid farewell to the region’s popular Kareef season and is welcoming the calmer waters of the Arabian winter. Thanks to its privileged location on a vast white sand beach, the resort offers guests a beachfront oasis and direct access to a world of aquatic adventures out at sea.
Boasting an expansive watersports programme, the resort offers a range of adrenaline-pumping activities, both above and under the water’s surface, with many activities and tours scheduled daily. Offshore adventures available at Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara include:
Snorkelling and Scuba Diving
The gentle waters of the winter months present the perfect conditions for scuba diving and snorkelling, allowing guests to explore the rich and colourful marine life that lies beneath the surface of the water. High visibility makes it easy to spot the myriad of sea life that exists here, including moray eels, rays, hard corals, cuttlefish, dolphins, octopus, snapper, trevally, turtles and the odd Humpback whale!
Under the supervision of professional instructors, certified guests can book a half-day course which includes two dives. For beginners, the resort offers a ‘PADI Open Water’ scuba diving course, perfect for those looking to dip their toes into the underwater world.
Pricing: Scuba Diving – 60 OMR** | PADI Open Water Scuba Diving Course – 180 OMR**
Stay active above the water
For those who prefer to get their adventure fix above the water’s surface, guests can take to the stand-up paddleboard, jump on a beach buggy or hop in a kayak to take full advantage of the calm sea and long stretch of beach, soaking up the beauty of Salalah’s coastline across the fringing reef.
Pricing: Rental fees vary
Wildlife fans can book one of the dolphin watching trips, which depart three times daily from the nearby Juweira Marina. An ideal outing for families, this magical tour offers guests a chance to spot one of the many dolphin species that inhabit the surrounding waters, as well as sea turtles, which often frequent the waters. For a once in a lifetime experience, guests are also able to swim with the dolphins on an exciting day trip.
Pricing: Starts from 20 OMR** (adults) and 10 OMR** (kids)
With a coastline that touches the Persian Gulf, the Arabic Gulf and the Indian Ocean, the geographical positioning of Oman makes it the ideal fishing destination. Salalah’s fertile waters boast an impressive variety of fish, including Yellowfin Tuna, Mahi Mahi, and King Mackerels; a dream scenario for any fishing enthusiasts. Fishing boats can be booked on a half and full day basis, with the option of an extreme fishing excursion which includes lunch and refreshments.
Pricing: Fishing excursions start from 150 OMR** (4 guests).
Special Fishing Discovery and Ocean Dinner: Book two nights in a room or villa and receive daily breakfast, a half-day fishing trip and have the resort’s chefs transform your prize catch into a gourmet ocean dinner. Rates start from AED 2,080.
Traditional Dhow boat excursions
For complete immersion into the historic culture and surrounding beauty, guests can book a day’s excursion on a traditional 77ft dhow boat. This unique boat trip takes guests on a tour of the beautiful coastline, stopping along the way for snorkelling and swimming. A delicious freshly prepared lunch is whipped up on board, before heading back towards the marina, to enjoy the incredible Omani sunset. Shorter Sunset cruises are also available by dhow boat, speedboat or wooden boat.
After an exhilarating day at sea, guests can relax in the comfort of their luxury rooms and suites, each one boasting indulgent luxury with a contemporary Middle Eastern ambiance. For the ultimate ocean–side escape, guests can stay in one of the resort’s beachfront villas, which feature private swimming pools and offer unbeatable beach views with direct access to the crystal clear ocean.
Elsewhere on resort, guests can enjoy an array of authentic experiences, from saluting the sunset during a yoga session, fine dining at one the resort’s three exquisite dining venues, enjoy a relaxing treatment at the world acclaimed Anantara Spa, or simply relaxing by the resort’s infinity pool to soak up the warm winter sun.
Save up to 25% on an Exclusive Local Resident Special offer
Prices start from AED 1,183 per night* staying in a Premier Sea View Room. This includes up to 25% off and daily breakfast for two in Sakalan Restaurant. Plus, book two nights or more and receive resort credit of AED 95 per stay per room and AED 238 per stay per villa. This credit can be redeemed at any of the hotel’s restaurants and bars, as well as the Anantara Spa.
*This credit can be redeemed at any of the hotel’s restaurants and bars (excluding in-room dining and tobacco) and Anantara Spa. Valid for stays until 20 December 2018. Blackout dates apply on 21 December 2017 – 10 January 2018.