Daily Archives: November 21, 2012

Our Unforgettable Stay at the Hilton Salalah Resort

Last Thursday we left the house at 4am and drove 1,024 kms down to beautiful Salalah to enjoy the long weekend.  This was my 3rd time driving down to Salalah from Muscat (the 1st trip was 5 years ago) and definitely the best trip so far as we had the entire family with us, including my sister-in-law, Maritess.  Having the family with me made it so much more enjoyable.  Where we ended up staying also made a HUGE difference!

This was our view of the Hilton Salalah Resort from the main road as we arrived in the early afternoon.

We really appreciated the hospitality of the staff at the Hilton.  Here is Mr. Shakeer greeting us with welcome drinks!  In all our hotel/resort stays in Oman, this was only the 2nd time that we’ve been greeted so warmly with welcome drinks! (The other place was Sifawy Boutique Hotel.)  It leaves a lasting impression, especially after a long trip from Muscat! 🙂

There is so much to do at the Hilton Salalah Resort with 4 restaurants, fantastic pools and gorgeous grounds to walk around.

Lots of space and great lighting in our comfy Twin Hilton Guest Room!  If you go to the Hilton Salalah Hilton website and type in imagined dates of stay, room type and number of guests, I’m sure you’ll be as pleasantly surprised as I was at just how reasonable their rates are! (Check out their “Best Rates Guarantee page“.)

Balcony with garden and sea view

Room service! Great menu choices-great food!

Breakfast buffet in Al Maha restaurant was a real treat both mornings!

The chefs are more than happy to cook whatever dish you want, whatever style you desire.

Notice the free “Coffee 2 Go” station at the entrance of Al Maha restaurant which really impressed my wife. 🙂  It’s those small details, folks!

Some delicious pastries for sale that got my son’s attention at Mayfair Cafe! (Most of these goodies were also available at the buffet!)  Great views over the hotel garden and Indian Ocean from the Cafe.  You can also browse the internet with free Wi-Fi there.  You can also read books, enjoy games and watch TV on the widescreen.  Seemed like a very popular area for hanging out.

With all the pics about eating, it may be a good time to mention that they have a state of the art gym at the Hilton!  In addition to this fitness room, they also have a jogging track, pools, a walking track, scuba-diving and windsurfing to keep you in shape.

Palm Grove is the Hilton’s “beachside restaurant with breathtaking panoramic landscapes providing the perfect backdrop for your evening. A snack menu is available for light bites for you to enjoy during the day.”

Lovely beach scene at the Hilton Resort! If you’re a real romantic, the resort even prepares private dinner on request at one of their beachside gazebos (pictured here) to make your stay even more memorable.

Well, it may seem like I’ve gone overboard with the pics, but these are just a handful of the hundreds I took during our relaxing stay at the gorgeous Hilton Salalah Resort.  We were so impressed with the hospitality and friendliness of the entire staff which made our stay there even more comfortable and memorable.  If you ever plan a trip to Salalah and wonder where you should stay, I highly recommend the Hilton Salalah Resort.

One thing you might not realize until planning such a trip is that the Hilton Salalah Resort is the closest hotel to Al Mughsayl Beach, Al Marnif Cave and Al Fazayih Beach which are popular tourist destinations (and with good reason).

Have any of you stayed in the Hilton Salalah Resort?  If so, how was your experience?  As impressive as ours?  Tel: +968-2321-1234, Fax: +968-2321-0084, Email: salalah@hilton.com, Reservations: www.salalah.hilton.com

“Seven Priceless Experiences in Oman”

I’m a sucker for lists! Here’s a list of 7 “must-do’s” in Oman according to Yahoo Lifestyle Entertainment blogger, Bijoy Venugopal, titled “Seven Priceless Experiences in Oman“.  I must admit that even after 5 years of living in Oman, I haven’t experienced 5 of the experiences on this list.  The 5 priceless experiences I have yet to experience are:

  1. a tour of the Sultan Qaboos Mosque
  2. a night at Wahiba Sands
  3. Wadi Bani Khalid
  4.  Jabreen Castle (went once but it was closed!)
  5. the “Hill Stations” at Jabal Shams (must be new since I visited there!)

Many of these are on my “to-do list”, so expect to see some of them reviewed here on the blog in the near-future, God willing! 🙂

“The Magical Country Of Oman: A Jewel On The Arabian Peninsula” (Forbes)

The pic is from Forbes.com article, “The Magical Country of Oman: A Jewel on the Arabian Peninsula“,  written yesterday by Lisa Loverro.  Check it out!  Lisa Loverro is a Forbes.com blogger who covers luxury travel and she has done a pretty good job covering Oman!