WTM Preview Salalah lures Mideast visitors November 2003 297 Share The Hilton Salalah Resort. Salalah’s lure as a Middle East getaway destination is being boosted by a link-up between Hilton International, Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts and a newly launched air charter service from Dubai. Hilton Salalah Resort and the newly renovated Crowne Plaza Resort Salalah, have joined forces to promote Oman’s tropical oasis resort, which is now within reach from Dubai with twice-weekly direct flights operated by Muscat Aviation Services in association with Phoenix Aviation.The new service using a 123-seater Boeing 737, has flights leaving Dubai on Wednesday at 4.15pm and returning to Dubai on Friday at 10.30pm with eight business and 115 economy class seats.Hilton Salalah Resort is the city’s newest five-star hotel and a sanctuary for visitors seeking a short or a long break from the hectic pace of urban life. The deluxe 147-room property is situated on a private beachfront surrounded by bougainvilleas and stretches of white beach. The resort also offers an exclusive sauna, swimming pool, two floodlit tennis courts and a fitness centre.“Salalah’s mild climate, natural beauty and rich history makes it a very attractive getaway destination for one to discover and continuously revisit, and with Hilton’s high service standards it will be a memorable experience for visitors,” said Steven van Coppenolle, general manager of the property.The hotel’s restaurants offer diverse cuisine. At the Al Maha guests can enjoy a casual blend of the Mediterranean and Arabian cuisine, while overlooking the sea. For an exceptional dining experience, the Palm Grove offers panoramic landscapes and Oman’s finest seafood. The chef will prepare a culinary delight fresh fish, prawns and lobsters accented with Eastern Asian flavours.Just 10 minutes taxi ride from Salalah International Airport and five minutes from the souq and markets is the five-star Crowne Plaza Resort Salalah. The newly opened property sits among 45 acres of landscaped gardens and coconut palms.Located on a long stretch of the Indian Ocean, the beachfront hotel is an ideal place to relax after a day of exploring. The resort provides luxurious rooms, suites and family villas along with an impressive list of facilities including four restaurants, a bar-complex consisting of three bands, live entertainment, banqueting for up to 600 people, three swimming pools, tennis, squash, gym, sauna, Jacuzzi and steam room.“The landscape, heritage, friendly people, tradition and culture all enhance the city’s distinct character, making it an idea discovery destination. Coupled with the facilities and services provided by the Crowne Plaza visitors will surely find the right incentive to choose Salalah as their holiday location,” commented Sayed Hassan, general manager.