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I fell in love with Oman a few years back while visiting Muscat, but this time my flydubai flight got me from Dubai directly to Salalah, a town situated on the southern coast of the country, bordering the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. Known as the world capital of perfumes, Salalah is set to become a hub for luxury seeking travelers in the next years. Check-in at the beautiful Salalah Rotana Resort and let the adventure begin.
I have never been much of a beach lover since I don’t enjoy lying in the sun for more than a couple of hours per season, but I could easily become one after spending a short vacation at Salalah Rotana Resort in Oman.
“Our beach is more beautiful than the ones in the Carribean’s”, told us our host Jad Boulos, while picking us up from the airport. We have arrived in Salalah on one fine Saturday evening with a flydubai flight from Dubai. One hour and 45 minutes after take-off from the city of skyscrapers we were landing in the remote and authentic Arabic city known as “the world capital of perfumes”. Situated on the southern coast of Oman, Salalah is located just 150 km away from the border with Yemen.
Early Sunday morning I rushed to the beach, curious to see if what Jad had told me earlier was true. And, Gosh, he was right. I haven’t been to the Carribeans so far, but I have travelled to more than 35 countries and I have seen hundreds of beaches. But, truth be told, I have never seen a more beautiful beach than the one of Salalah Rotana Resort. It’s pristine, wide, with white sand and overlooks the beautiful and always warm Indian Ocean. I could not imagine a more perfect place for an exotic and romantic getaway so close to Europe.
During the days spent at Salalah Rotana Resort I would wake up in the morning for some quiet and “me moments” on the beach, thinking about a thousand things and in the same time not thinking about anything in particular. The sunsets here are utterly amazing, with the sky painted in shades of orange and dark red.
Salalah Rotana Resort offers 400 splendid rooms and suites that are beautifully built around the lagoons, water features and manmade canals for an unforgettable experience. The upscale hotel’s Omani-inspired architecture features a series of clusters surrounding the main building, housing major public facilities and amenities.
The resort has been carved from desert rock as the hotel rises out of the water, making it part of the landscape. In-room furnishings including beds, tables and sofas have been integrated into the main walls while Arabesque geometric designs and stone archways, constructed using traditional techniques, resemble a cathedral atrium and provide areas of contemplation. Natural light covers every corridor in the hotel as bright furniture provides the contrast against matt-finished walls, changing colour and texture as the shadows move and a new area of the hotel is bathed in sunlight throughout the day. High ceilings and a central, internally-lit handmade red clay dome complement the wooden finishing and decorative mashrabiya latticework windows.
For the adventurous type of travel there are also plenty of options. Book a boat trip to see the dolphins swimming each morning very close to the shore. “Sometimes you can see hundreds of dolphins swimming together. It’s amazing”, says Jad. We took a trip like this on one mornings and we were very lucky to see at least 10 dolphins swimming very close to our boat, enjoying all the attention they were getting from a bunch of enthusiastic people trying to film them or to catch a selfie with their smartphones.
You can hire a guide and find out more about their Sultan, Qaboos bin Said, who has turned Oman into a modern and luxurious travel destination, combining the traditional values of an ancient civilization with up-to-date luxury, complete with shining new, chic hotels.
Nevertheless, Salalah is famous for its perfumes, therefore one trip to the traditional souk is “a must do” while spending your vacation at Salalah Rotana Resort. There are hundreds of oil perfumes to choose from. At the souk you will find out more about the Frankincense, which in older times it was so valuable that it used to be traded for gold.
A short trip out of the city takes you to the mountains, where you can find the Frankincense trees. The guide will show you how to peel the bark of the tree in order to get the frankincense, which is afterwards used for producing perfumes or as air freshener in households.
Salalah Rotana Resort is the largest hotel in Oman and offers 400 rooms and suites that are beautifully built around lagoons, water features and manmade canals.
The rooms come with wireless high-speed internet connection, IDD telephone with voice mail, daily housekeeping service and complimentary tea and coffee making facilities.
Is the all day dining restaurant offering international buffet for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Enjoy breakfast on the terrace, overlooking the canals. Sip from your cup of coffee and be gratefull for the good life you're living.
On my recent trip to India I discovered the amazing Indian cuisine, so I was glad to discover here an Indian chef who does the butter chicken, the garlic naan, the ginger rice and the black lentils sauce in the same style I had it at Oberoi New Delhi. A feast like this comes with thousand calories, but -hey-we only live once.
The Beach Bar Restaurant
Located on the beach front, the Beach Bar & Restaurant is a trendy yet relaxed restaurant positioned on the beachside with a panoramic view of the majestic Indian Ocean. Fresh seafood from the ocean waters is the star of this extensive menu, featuring many dishes with an Arabic flair to the cooking. Unwind enjoying the variety of refreshing drinks, mocktails, cocktails and shisha.
Zen the Spa concept derives from Holistic Philosophies with an added contemporary twist. Zen is "uncomplicated" and "uncluttered".
The aim of the Spa Team is to provide each guest with "me time" to simply re-balance and rejuvenate, allowing them the opportunity to be transported away from their often complicated, busy lives to a retreat of tranquility and calm. This is reflected through the finishes and décor within the Spa.
The Spa comprises of 8 individually designed treatment rooms: 4 female and 4 male treatment rooms.
A dedicated Spa Team of therapists with high level of competencies and skills serve a wide treatment menu, using prime quality selected product line to suit all guests. This varied selection of treatments being available, includes relaxation, body, facial, hand, and foot massages. The team consults the guest, providing the most suitable treatments for each individual and gradually educating the guest on how to achieve a balance and well- being which will be reflected in both their inner and outer self.
Zen the spa at Salalah Rotana Resort leaves its visitors with a unique, breathtaking experience of well-being.
SEE... the dolphins swimming next to the shore early in the morning. Ask the Concierge for a boat trip and you can even swim with the dolphins.
TASTE... if you're a fan of Indian food then you have to dine at least once at the Silk Restaurant. Order the butter chicken with garlic naan and a lassi for dessert. Please, at least once time, don't worry about eating too much.
TOUCH... the bed in your rooms, entirely made of stone.
HEAR... the waves crashing on the beautiful beach of Salalah Rotana Resort;
SMELL... the frankincense in the resort lobby;