Oman’s khareef (monsoon) season provides an escape from the heat for GCC summer staycationers
During summer, Alila Hinu Bay, an upmarket boutique beachfront resort in Mirbat, Salalah, Oman is running a ‘Book One Stay Two’ offer giving guests two nights’ stay for the price of one.
Khareef – the colloquial Arabic term for the region’s southeastern monsoon, which impacts southern Oman as well as southeastern Yemen, southwestern Saudi Arabia and Sudan – occurs between June and early September.
The rains feed the local flora and fills the picturesque waterfalls of Salalah, the third-largest city in the Sultanate of Oman, and the largest city in the Dhofar Province. Temperatures are slightly cooler than in neighbouring GCC countries, making the destination prime for GCC staycation seekers.
Attractions in the surrounding area include the walking trails around Jabal (Mountain) Samhan and The Frankincense Land Museum, part of the Al Balid Archaeological Site, which recounts the city’s maritime history and role in the spice trade. However, relaxing is the main pursuit at this elegant resort.
About Alila Hinu Bay
Enjoying a remote 45-hectare stretch of coastal land, five-star Alila Hinu Bay has 96 guestrooms and 16 Maldives-esque private pool villas in neutral tones with premium furnishings and glamorous design elements, such as an open-air space housing a bathtub.
In addition, the resort has two swimming pools lined by plump loungers and cabanas, as well as a private beach.
The resort has two restaurants, Seasalt, serving Southeast Asian cuisine and The Orchard, offering a menu inspired the Frankincense Route featuring dishes from Oman and the Arabian Peninsula, as well as international favourites made with locally sourced ingredients.
Alila means “surprise” in Sanskrit
As part of the ‘Book One Stay Two’ deal, guests can also enjoy a complimentary breakfast and special deals on Alila Spa Treatments, such as the 150-minute Timeless Frankincense Signature Escape.
Alila Hinu Bay is 60 minutes from Salalah International Airport.