Salalah and the surrounding region of Dhofar offer a remarkable contrast to the rest of the country.
Between June and September the monsoon (khareef) blows cool, wet air off the Indian Ocean at a time when the rest of the country is sweltering. As well as providing a cool summer retreat, it also turns the countryside a lush and tropical green.
Landscape and scenery
Salalah, the birthplace of the current Sultan, sits on a long sandy beach fringed with palm trees even though the desert is just a few kilometers away.
The mountains behind Salalah capture moisture that allows the famous frankincense trees to grow and produce the incense that is found in local markets and all over the world.
A town with a modern and spacious feel to it, surrounded by dramatic scenery, Salalah is the best place to base yourself for exploration of the region.
Suggested itineraries featuring Salalah
Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Salalah, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.
Map of Salalah
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Photos of Salalah
Accommodation choices for Salalah
We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Salalah. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.
Set right on the beachfront, yet also close to central Salalah, the Anantara is a luxurious option from which to explore the Dhofar region.
Offering comfortable rooms and plenty of space to relax, the Hilton Salalah Resort is a good base to explore the sleepy town of Salalah.
The Juweira Boutique Hotel sits on the marina promenade of Salalah Beach, facing out over the Indian Ocean and offers a blend of contemporary European and traditionally Oriental furnishings and decor.
Ideas for experiencing Salalah
Our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know the places that could feature in your trip. These activities reflect some of the experiences they've most enjoyed while visiting Salalah, and which use the best local guides.
This tour visits the Biblical "Nabi Ayoub" Prophet Job's Tomb, perched high up in the Jebels. En route are spectacular views of the plains, mountain landscape and emerald green pasture land.View details