The only place in the world, where rainy season is high season.. Salalah. Living in Dubai we had to experience this "wonder of nature", when the rest of the arab peninsula is boiling hot, it is raining in Salalah, and the place is full of locals and other golf citizens.
Well it is rain, noting like good old London rain, but all the same, Salalah is by far the most natural green place we have seen in the gulf
The Hilton is a strange hotel, feels like they were the first who thought of building a beach hotel here, because there is no other hotel to be seen. And the feeling of solitude was such that it took us 24 hours to discover that what we thought was the skyline of Salalah, was in fact the Salalah Freeport, with lights on the cranes.
For some reason, being on a beach hotel, they decided to have the back to the ocean, and not really any view of the indian ocean from anywhere in the lobby area. It was a typical arab lobby, a lot of white marbel, and plush sofa's even the usual majlis, which all hotels seems to have, in the hope that the odd sheikh decides to walk in.
Served a nice omani coffe upon arrival and given our rooms. The rooms are typical Hilton rooms, everything is there, even the signature digital radio, only no radio stations to listen to, but then who cares...we were there to see rain...
Service is, like always in Oman, very friendly and feels authentic, there is a strong national pride in the Omanis, something the rest of their gulf relatives seems to have missed out on.
A nice garden, pool area, pool side restaurant....all in all a reasonable experinece.
Word of warning, the local fishermen liek to use the beach outside the hotel, and they prefer to have a Toyota Landcruiser on the beach, dragging a net extended by a rope attached to a fishing boat.. so if you are not careful you could loose your head, as the drivers on the beach, seems to pay more attention to the fishing boat than the odd tourist they decapitate in the process
Location was, as said, very isolated, and far from what little there is to see in Salalah, because of the rainy season, the room rate was extra high. The rooms seemed like they could do with a few days of open windows or something like that. They were very stuff and damp, don’t know if they shut down some rooms outside of high season, and that is why it seemed so damp, but apart from that not bad, and if you feel like getting wet from other ways of your own sweat in the Middle East in August, Salalah is not a bad alternative..
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hilton Salalah Resort is a relaxing retreat, surrounded by vibrant bougainvilleas and lush palm groves. This beachfront Salalah hotel is set amidst landscaped gardens and all of the Salalah hotel rooms and suites offer tranquil views of the Indian Ocean and Arabian Sea, as well as the dramatic Dhofar mountain range. Relax by the Hilton Salalah Resort's freeform pool overlooking the white-sandy beach, browse the shopping arcade, work out in the gym or unwind in 6 restaurants and bars at this Salalah hotel. Dine on fresh seafood at Palm Grove Restaurant or enjoy authentic Arabic Cuisine at Al Maha Restaurant. Sip your favorite cocktails in Sea Breeze Bar, located on the stunning beachfront, or treat yourself at Sheba's Steak House with premium steaks, flavorful sauces and matching wines. Pamper yourself with an outdoor massage in one of the Caribbean style beach pavilions at this Salalah hotel, entertain the kids in the playground or enjoy a day sightseeing and visit the Old Souk, the Bird Sanctuary or follow the Frankincense trail. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hilton Salalah Hotel Salalah
- Hilton International Salalah