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Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara pool

In this fast-paced world, where kids grow up so quickly, it’s good to know there are still some genuine surprises and hidden places to hang out with your precious family. Salalah in southern Oman has the culture of Arabia mixed with a more tropical feel than the Middle East is known for, with white sand beaches and exotic flora and fauna. It’s also home to the historic Al Baleed UNESCO archaeological site from where the revered frankincense was exported in ancient times. Next door sits the new luxury Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara, a resort that goes the extra mile when it comes to families in pursuit of the perfect holiday.

Highlights include a sandy beach location, huge infinity pool, watersports centre, kids’ club and spacious one- and two-bedroom villas with private, temperature-controlled pools. The three-bedroom Royal Beach Villa is perfect for larger families. At the Al Bahhara Kids Club (for children aged 12 and under) creative fun awaits, with sandpit, splash pool, oversized chess sets and Mario Kart time trials, cooking classes, karaoke, face and hand art, treasure hunts and sandcastle -building. Older kids are treated to the Alshirae Teens Club, where they can enjoy games consoles in the internet café, plus tennis, karaoke, board games, table football, billiards and air hockey.

Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara sun beds

Families have fun together playing beach volleyball, bodyboarding, or enjoying a private movie night on the beach. There’s paddleboarding, tennis and classic-style Electra bikes for families to explore. Parents can prepare a meal with their children through Spice Spoons Arabic or Asian cooking classes.

The resort even has its own camels who regularly make an appearance, and are available for anyone who fancies clambering aboard for a ride along the beach. Conveniently located just 15km from Salalah International Airport, Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara sits within easy reach of wadis dotted with frankincense trees, and a wealth of archaeological sites.

Take your family on a 4WD desert adventure, dolphin-watching, fishing, hiking and dhow-cruising for the ultimate family adventure in southern Oman.

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