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Immerse In the Beauty of Khareef with Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara

This summer will see the launch of the highly anticipated Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara, due to open its doors in the lush seaside jewel of Oman’s southern shores during the infamous Khareef season. A colloquial Arabic term used to describe a unique weather pattern in Oman, each year between June and September, the coastal fringe of Dhofar experiences a run-in with the Indian Ocean’s monsoon season. During this time, rain blankets the region, turning the dun-coloured coastal plains and mountains emerald green, transforming Salalah into a tropical paradise.

A period that is hugely celebrated in the region, residents throughout the Gulf make their way from the sweltering desert heat to take refuge and witness the misty pastures, waterfalls and dripping green forests swathed in swirling mists and dense fogs. Throughout these months, nature enthusiasts can venture into the verdant mountains accompanied by the resort’s Salalah Guru, to spot the region come alive with wildlife, including ibex, gazelles, hyena and Arabian leopards, whilst birdwatchers can spot vast flocks of flamingos, herons and egrets. Even camels, which are normally found near the sea, can be spotted in the mountains making the most of the greenery and cool climes. Having grown up in the nearby village, the Salalah Guru has an unsurpassed knowledge of the area, giving guests an authentic taste of local life and putting travellers in touch with the surrounding culture, history and landscape.

During this auspicious time, those wishing to make the most of the cooler climate can take part in activities organised by the resort such as wadi bashing, hiking and 4×4 expeditions to discover ancient villages and encounter nomadic tribes people. Guests can pay a visit to Wadi Darbat, an enchanting experience where they can row across a beautiful lake surrounded by waterfalls and mountains obscured with mist. Nearby, the winding roads take them to Taqah, a striking coastal town with historic forts situated next to a natural park that is completely covered with lush green vegetation, showing off the true beauty of Khareef.

A region known for its Frankincense groves, the city also becomes a fragrant paradise just in time for the city’s annual Khareef Festival, six weeks of concerts, traditional performances and cultural displays. This is the only time guests get the chance to witness rare cultural performances such as the Zanooj dance, which involves a cast of thousands.

Once off the mountain, guests can marvel at the nature, culture and history at the Botanical Garden and Museum of Frankincense, as well as visit Al Baleed Archaeological Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, all of which are located next to the resort.

Back on the resort, guests can make the most of the fully equipped gym, tennis court, beach volleyball court and an array of team sports. Those who are looking to escape the rain can pay a visit to the spa and indulge in an array of treatments that incorporate indigenous ingredients or enjoy a hammam experience, the first in Salalah.  The resort’s three exquisite dining venues will also cater to a variety of palates, allowing guests to tuck into a lavish feast after an exhilarating day of exploring. Sakalan, an all-day restaurant showcases world flavours; speciality South East Asian restaurant Mekong, features cuisine from countries bordering the Mekong River; and Al Mina, a relaxed Mediterranean beach bar and restaurant that serves dishes using the finest seasonal ingredients and seafood plucked straight from the nearby ocean.

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