WHERE TO STAY
Salalah Rotana Resort
Walking underneath the enormous archways towards Salalah Rotana Resort’s lobby, perched at the edge of an enormous stretch of beach, is like walking through a sultan’s palace, and a fantastic place to rest your head in Salalah. Just a scenic 20km drive from the airport, the luxurious five-star property has 400 rooms and suites, beautifully built around lagoons, water features and manmade canals.
From the lobby to the high-ceilinged rooms, the two swimming pools to the Bodylines spa, the spaces of Salalah Rotana Resort are elegantly styled, neatly avoiding the shabby pitfalls that some beach resorts seem to slip into.
There are several restaurants to choose but head to The Beach Bar & Restaurant for a casual pizza by the pool, or Asian restaurant Silk Road for the best sushi in Salalah.
Then, as you settle into your room (we suggest you opt for a premium ocean view suite) enjoying a wonderful panorama of the Indian Ocean from your balcony, remind yourself that you are not, in fact, a sultan of any sort, and that a stay here is very special, not to mention exceptionally reasonable, too. There are special khareef deals available until September 30. Choose the discovery escape package, a two-night stay with breakfast and a full day tour. Prices start from Dhs1,277 per night. Rates are subject to change.