The one bedroom garden villa is one of the nicest room products I’ve stayed at & well worth the upgrade. Upon entry you have walled private slate garden that offers your own private pool of decent size for a couple or young family, not lengths but perfect for a dip & small swim in privacy. The garden also includes your own two person cabana with pillows, drapes and adjustable roof for sunbathing or fully covered. There is also a garden outdoor soft chairs and a upright table for dining. Along with plants & trees it’s of a very relaxing setting.
Inside a lounge welcomes you with a long sofa that faces a huge TV with all multiple input slots. A full size desk is at one end & behind a sink, multiple drink ware and nesexpresso coffee machine. A comprehensive premium mini bar is to the side. The desk includes a hotel branded Frisbee & foot ball and x2 litre bottles of water are complimentary. Behind all this is a door to a small outside area.
Enter the bedroom you will find a spacious marble finished room with a large very soft and comfortable king size bed. Large ceiling to floor windows at one end show a view of your own pool. At the other end is a small sofa that includes a sarong and a Panama hat. The bed offers marble bed side units with an alarm clock with USB sockets and a Jamo Bluetooth speaker unit with superb sound. There is also an arm chair in the room & again a huge TV with 77 multi-regional channels. TV’s worked well but there was some issues with getting past the main TV menu screen to channels, at least in the lounge room.
The wardrobes, laptop size safe, ironing board are in a small separate corridor allowing a bedroom free of clothes. Two kinds of robe & slippers, flip flops & yoga mat is offered.
The bathroom is kind of small in comparison to room since it only has one sink but its large and again marble finish. The bathroom offers direct door to pool access. There is a large oval shaped pool with a pillow to relax, rain shower and separate shower extension. Multiple soft towels and comprehensive amenities include local brand Amouage. They also offer a soap menu with some nice health based soaps. Also after sun lotion in which is handy. The toilet in a separate frosted glass cubicle has a bidet.
All rooms have individual digital AC controls but the centralised AC can be loud if your fan is on high.
The decor is as one expects, Omani artistic local colourful furnishings expected for a beach side villa finished in white and brown wood with grey marble and glass candle lanterns. The garden offers fake constant candle creating a nice mellow ambience at night. Overall a nice room but found the lighting to be somewhat hard to configure.
Catering includes an all day dining restaurant but also a buffet for breakfast. A Mediterranean beach bar and restaurant. Plus a South East Asian restaurant. Also 24-HR in room dining. Food quality is of an excellent standard and both restaurants had a relaxing ambience.
Leisure facilities include a SPA that also offers various wellness programs that also includes the only Hamman in Salalah with traditional mud rasul treatment.
Off course there is a very large pool and plenty of sun lounges, cabanas beds at the pool and beach. You can hire (for free) kayaks, cruiser bicycles (great for cycling around the resort), and other water sport type activities such as fishing or hobie cat. For kids there is a kids club and teens a club that has Xbox or wii with board games, table tennis, table foot ball etc. Classes for adults include cooking, mixology and wine masterclass.
There is a modern gym with personal trainers plus a tour centre for multiple excursions such as dolphin watching or diving. In addition a volleyball and football pitch are set up on the beach. Also a flood lit tennis court.
Business facilities include free open fast wifi (free for 4mbps, cost if need faster). Also a library building that includes a computer. There is also a boardroom available for hire.
In addition there is a bank, ATM, souvenir shop and laundry services.
Staff are as one expects at this level of hotel very proactive, approachable and all round very friendly and trained to the top standard to please each and every guest.
After this relaxing experience, I certainly look forward to staying at Anantara again.
PC 214, Al Mansurah Street, Al Baleed, Salalah 360, Oman
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