24 hours in Salalah – BookF27

24 hours in Salalah

Looking for a quick escape? Or a road trip that will take you somewhere magical? Look no more, we have found the perfect paradise spot within a 5-hour drive from Dubai, Ladies and Gentlemen let’s drive to Salalah in Oman. Salalah is the capital city of southern Oman’s Dhofar province. It’s known for its banana plantations, Arabian Sea beaches and waters teeming with sea life and with cool temperatures of 28 in July and August it is just ideal.Book a room at the Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara for a breathtaking experience; occupying a beachfront location with walkways surrounded by towering palm trees, tropical gardens and lush water fountains, you will definitely have a tranquil journey thanks to its private beach and the Instagram worthy infinity pool.If Anantara is fully booked try the luxurious Salalah Rotana Resort, a five-star resort that focuses on the traditional warm and friendly Omani hospitality. Located along the shores of the Indian Ocean with modern suites that have a waterfront view, we can promise that you would not want to leave and If you venture out it will be to lounge by the manmade lagoons for extra relaxation.

You could wander around the many features of the resorts, try their beaches and pools or you could go around town and discover Salalah and we highly recommend you do as the Salalah Festival starts from July to September every year. (the temperature drops to a cool 25 degrees, while the rest of the region is in the 40 degrees) the festival is held to welcome the rain that turns Salalah into a green heaven and the Omanis put on cultural and traditional shows to celebrate this monsoon season and to welcome tourists. Start the day by the beach at Al Mughsail Beach for a 6 kilometer stretch of golden sand and turquoise waters, you will be tanning surrounded by nature, seashells, camels, and a fresh breeze. After that discover the Al Mughsail blowholes or fountains at Marneef Cave; these natural holes in the stone spit out sea water 20 feet up in the air soaking everyone and everything around them, and with a splendid view of the surrounding mountain the site is just perfect.Have lunch at Souly Eco Lodge, a restaurant known for its delicious variety of seafood dishes cooked in different Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisines. Besides the breathtaking view of the sea and the golden sands, the restaurant offers outdoor seating in its unique beach huts that are a definite must try.Feel like exploring the city and walking off the lunch, then head to Al Hafah Souq located in the old city, Al Haffa features a traditional souk (marketplace) as well as the flat, sandy Al Haffa Beach.This small souk is the perfect spot to discover all the magical types and qualities of Frankincense, you will find it in the shape of incense, perfumed oils, perfumes, and in raw form by the bucket-load. People have harvested Frankincense in Dhofar for centuries and you’ll find locals sitting outside their shops sorting, and separating them by quality.Visit the Sultan Qaboos Mosque that stands proudly in the center of town. As any Salalah resident is likely to tell you, the city is the birthplace of Oman’s Sultan Qaboos Bin Said Al Said making the Sultan Qaboos Mosque that stands proudly in the center of town the perfect place to end the day. It has shady archways, beautiful surrounding gardens and, inside, it is a vision with its many chandeliers and ornate details on the dome.Head back to your hotel and get changed for dinner at the Sakalan, one of the most elegant restaurants in Salalah located in Al Baleed Resort. The name of the restaurant, Sakalan, means the Land of Frankincense, which represents the Omani style and flavour in the restaurant’s design and food.

That is the end of our 24 hours in Salalah; a city of beaches, Frankincense, green nature, good weather and warm hospitality. The trip is perfect for a short honeymoon to rekindle your romance so plan it now and discover the many sea caves, shipwrecks, and coral reefs, as well as green turtles, parrotfish, moray eels and whales of Salalah.

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