Desert monsoon inspires Oman hotel design


A rare phenomenon which makes the deserts of Oman bloom for a short period each year has provided the inspiration for a new hotel interior design.

Singapore-based BLINK Design Group has styled its work at Alila Salalah on the Khaleef – a tropical monsoon unique to a small part of the country.

Its founder and creative director Clint Nagata said he was delighted to expand the firm’s reach into the Middle East for the first time – and said Alila Hotels was “an ideal brand fit” for his brand.


“Alila is a brand that understands the relevance of the destination and is built on great design. These are values we hold dear at BLINK and so we are on the same page from the start,” Nagata said.

Alila Salalah is located in Oman’s coastal town of the same name in Dhofar province in south-western Oman.

The Salalah region (as pictured) is known for its unusual micro-environment due to its fierce tropical monsoons, or Khaleef as they are known locally.

Set to launch in the second half of 2016, Alila Salalah is envisioned as an ecologically friendly luxury resort, comprising 100 suites, 25 villas, restaurants and a wellness centre.

The resort has been designed with contemporary Dhofari architecture to the fore.

Nagata said the challenge had been to bring the Dhofari influence into the hotel while highlighting the extraordinary natural beauty of the region.

“Salalah is the only place besides Yemen on the Arabic Peninsula to experience a true monsoon season,” he said. “It’s called the Khaleef and it lasts from July to September. During that time, the desert drinks deeply from the torrential rains, and the brown landscape is transformed to the lushest green.”

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