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Middle East

Oman Holidays

Salalah? Simple.

Salalah is a curiously green corner of the Middle East at the southern edge of Oman, between the Dhofar Mountains and the Arabian Sea. The landscape is as attractive as the luxury hotels nestled within it. Unspoiled beaches sweep along a rugged coastline beside tree-lined valleys, while a milder climate provides a blissful escape from the extreme temperatures of neighbouring destinations.

Among the captivating scenery of the Dhofar Coast, a rich human history is uncovered at the 19th-century fortress of Taqah Castle and the nearby Sumhuram ruins, an ancient port city filled with artefacts from over 2,000 years ago. Learn the story of the Frankincense Road, which helped shape the region, and visit local farms to see how its namesake fragrant resin is still produced. When evening falls, head to the city’s bustling souks to taste local life.

Holidays in Salalah have their charms all year round, but one of the most special times to arrive is during the Khareef or monsoon season. Standing at odds with much of the world, this destination actually becomes more appealing to visitors when the rain falls. The arrival of craved-for downpours is a cause for celebration as it fuels new growth and creates thundering waterfalls. A romantic mist hangs over the mountains, and an extended summer festival takes over the city.

Combining Salalah with Muscat for a city and beach multi-centre is a great way to experience Oman to the fullest, or why not try a wellness escape in one of the planet’s most tranquil settings? Speak with our Travel Specialists to begin planning your Salalah holidays today.Oman logo

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Things to do in Salalah

Simply being on holiday in Salalah is enough to take your breath away, but there’s also plenty to keep you entertained. Explore caves, sail on lakes, and search for waterfalls in Wadi Darbat Reserve. Step into the past at the ancient city of Sumhuram or visit the UNESCO archaeological sites of the Frankincense Road and the still-working incense farms around it. Shop for perfumes and trinkets at Haffa Souk, wander the walls of Taqah Fort or climb into the sky for mesmerising views from Jabal Samhan. Defy gravity at Tawi Atair, where cars appear to roll uphill or witness the illuminated grandeur of Sultan Qaboos Mosque at night. Eat local delicacies at roadside restaurants, graze your way through the town’s cafés and markets, or indulge in gourmet dining at your hotel.



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With a rapidly growing appetite for adventure activities, Oman has a multitude of exciting activities on offer, including dune-bashing and hot-air balloon rides. If you’re looking for something a little more sedate, why not explore one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, like Bahla Fort? Or go on a snorkelling tour and marvel at the marine life in the Gulf’s bath-warm waters.

Back on dry land, Wahiba Sands is another must-visit on your Oman holiday. In this desert space, you can get involved with a number of experiences, ranging from stargazing to camel riding.


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Beaches in Salalah

Choose an elegant resort such as Alila Hinu Bay or Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara, and you’ll enjoy exclusive access to a private section of sand, but wherever you stay for your Salalah holidays, you’ll never be far from some of the Middle East’s most beautiful beaches. One favourite, more than worth the short drive, is Mughsail. Here, powder-soft white sand stands between dramatic cliffs and bubbling waves while rock formations form erupting blowholes and coastal caves. Just a little further along, you’ll find the hidden beach at Al Fazayah, where you can picnic with camels on golden sand or swim in the warm but gentle water. To the east, Mirbat Beach is a launch point for dive sites or dolphin cruises between October and May. If you prefer to stay closer to the city, Al Haffa is a palm-lined white sand beach with spectacular sunsets.

 

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Slightly further out lies Jabal Al Akhdar – an impressive expanse of craggy cliffs and limestone rock formations. Here, more daring travellers can traverse Via Ferrata, an obstacle course-like structure that wraps around the mountainside. It offers an otherwise inaccessible view of the desert landscape, which will take your breath away.

 

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Khareef

When the fog rolls over the Dhofar Mountains and the rain begins to fall, Salalah bursts into life. Few of the world’s holiday destinations celebrate the arrival of the monsoon with the enthusiasm you’ll witness in Oman, and with good reason. The Khareef, as it’s called locally, marks the end of the dry winter and the arrival of a summer which will nurture arable lands and turn the mountain wilderness into a carpet of green and blue. Waterfalls are reborn, waves burst against rocks, and secret swimming holes become an extra reward for hiking in the valleys. For added entertainment, the city holds an annual Khareef Festival with dancing, cultural shows, street stalls, concerts and parades. If you’re considering a holiday in Salalah, let the rain be a reason, not a deterrent.



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Oman is also home to a host of museums, galleries, and UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including ancient water channels, forts, and the remains of a caravan oasis in the Land of Frankincense. Nizwa Fort is the sultanate’s most visited national monument and a remarkable window into the way of life for the Omani people of a bygone era. 

 

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Best time to visit Salalah

Although it has three distinct seasons, there’s no bad time to visit Salalah; it simply depends on what experience you’re looking for. The rainy season, or Khareef, which usually begins in July and continues throughout August, is one of the most popular times to arrive. The countryside blooms, and a series of celebrations are held in response. Those who prefer dryer days will enjoy temperatures approaching 30° and minimal rain between September and November. The slightly cooler winter from December to February is a great time for outdoor activities, with only a light jacket needed to keep the evenings pleasant. Things begin to warm up again from March to June, creating another window of opportunity for beach breaks before the Khareef arrives.

 

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From April onwards, temperatures begin to rise rapidly, and the summer months can soar above 40°C. In this heat, you may find it difficult to explore – but if you’re searching for smaller crowds and lower prices, it’s worth considering.

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Essential info

Visa: You’ll need to obtain an eVisas before travelling to Oman
Language: Arabic
Currency: Omani Rial (OMR)
Time difference: GMT +4 hours
Flight duration from London: 7 hours
Capital city: Muscat

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Things to do

Things to do in Salalah

Simply being on holiday in Salalah is enough to take your breath away, but there’s also plenty to keep you entertained. Explore caves, sail on lakes, and search for waterfalls in Wadi Darbat Reserve. Step into the past at the ancient city of Sumhuram or visit the UNESCO archaeological sites of the Frankincense Road and the still-working incense farms around it. Shop for perfumes and trinkets at Haffa Souk, wander the walls of Taqah Fort or climb into the sky for mesmerising views from Jabal Samhan. Defy gravity at Tawi Atair, where cars appear to roll uphill or witness the illuminated grandeur of Sultan Qaboos Mosque at night. Eat local delicacies at roadside restaurants, graze your way through the town’s cafés and markets, or indulge in gourmet dining at your hotel.



Show More
Show Less

With a rapidly growing appetite for adventure activities, Oman has a multitude of exciting activities on offer, including dune-bashing and hot-air balloon rides. If you’re looking for something a little more sedate, why not explore one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, like Bahla Fort? Or go on a snorkelling tour and marvel at the marine life in the Gulf’s bath-warm waters.

Back on dry land, Wahiba Sands is another must-visit on your Oman holiday. In this desert space, you can get involved with a number of experiences, ranging from stargazing to camel riding.


Show More
Show Less

Beaches

Beaches in Salalah

Choose an elegant resort such as Alila Hinu Bay or Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara, and you’ll enjoy exclusive access to a private section of sand, but wherever you stay for your Salalah holidays, you’ll never be far from some of the Middle East’s most beautiful beaches. One favourite, more than worth the short drive, is Mughsail. Here, powder-soft white sand stands between dramatic cliffs and bubbling waves while rock formations form erupting blowholes and coastal caves. Just a little further along, you’ll find the hidden beach at Al Fazayah, where you can picnic with camels on golden sand or swim in the warm but gentle water. To the east, Mirbat Beach is a launch point for dive sites or dolphin cruises between October and May. If you prefer to stay closer to the city, Al Haffa is a palm-lined white sand beach with spectacular sunsets.

 

Show More
Show Less

Slightly further out lies Jabal Al Akhdar – an impressive expanse of craggy cliffs and limestone rock formations. Here, more daring travellers can traverse Via Ferrata, an obstacle course-like structure that wraps around the mountainside. It offers an otherwise inaccessible view of the desert landscape, which will take your breath away.

 

Show More
Show Less

Khareef

Khareef

When the fog rolls over the Dhofar Mountains and the rain begins to fall, Salalah bursts into life. Few of the world’s holiday destinations celebrate the arrival of the monsoon with the enthusiasm you’ll witness in Oman, and with good reason. The Khareef, as it’s called locally, marks the end of the dry winter and the arrival of a summer which will nurture arable lands and turn the mountain wilderness into a carpet of green and blue. Waterfalls are reborn, waves burst against rocks, and secret swimming holes become an extra reward for hiking in the valleys. For added entertainment, the city holds an annual Khareef Festival with dancing, cultural shows, street stalls, concerts and parades. If you’re considering a holiday in Salalah, let the rain be a reason, not a deterrent.



Show More
Show Less

Oman is also home to a host of museums, galleries, and UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including ancient water channels, forts, and the remains of a caravan oasis in the Land of Frankincense. Nizwa Fort is the sultanate’s most visited national monument and a remarkable window into the way of life for the Omani people of a bygone era. 

 

Show More
Show Less

Best time to go

Best time to visit Salalah

Although it has three distinct seasons, there’s no bad time to visit Salalah; it simply depends on what experience you’re looking for. The rainy season, or Khareef, which usually begins in July and continues throughout August, is one of the most popular times to arrive. The countryside blooms, and a series of celebrations are held in response. Those who prefer dryer days will enjoy temperatures approaching 30° and minimal rain between September and November. The slightly cooler winter from December to February is a great time for outdoor activities, with only a light jacket needed to keep the evenings pleasant. Things begin to warm up again from March to June, creating another window of opportunity for beach breaks before the Khareef arrives.

 

Show More
Show Less

From April onwards, temperatures begin to rise rapidly, and the summer months can soar above 40°C. In this heat, you may find it difficult to explore – but if you’re searching for smaller crowds and lower prices, it’s worth considering.

Show More
Show Less

Essential info

Essential info

Visa: You’ll need to obtain an eVisas before travelling to Oman
Language: Arabic
Currency: Omani Rial (OMR)
Time difference: GMT +4 hours
Flight duration from London: 7 hours
Capital city: Muscat

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How to do Salalah

Speak with our Travel Specialists and start planning the perfect Salalah and Oman trip today.

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