Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort, a rare jewel set in the rocky contours of the vast Saiq Plateau on Oman’s fabled Green Mountain, is perched 2,000 metres above sea level on the curving rim of a great canyon, making it the highest five-star resort in the Middle East and one of the highest in the world. The arrival experience takes guests on an adventurous drive – two hours from Muscat International Airport and four and a half hours from Dubai – past date plantations, historical forts and dry riverbeds known locally as wadis. The resort echoes this fortified architecture, placing guests in modern ramparts inspired by the commanding indigenous citadels re-imagined with sophisticated contemporary interiors.
A total of 115 luxury guest rooms and villas overlook either the dramatic canyon or tranquil gardens. The resort’s 82 Premier and Deluxe Rooms boast a spacious bedroom, amongst the largest in the country, and a spa-like bathroom complete with a rain shower and separate bath alongside a balcony. Meanwhile, the 33 One- or Two-Bedroom Villas grant guests an intimate escape, each with personal villa host services and a private infinity pool overlooking the cliffs or hidden in an exotic garden. With a selection of six restaurants and lounges to choose from, culinary experiences range from a fine dining Arabian grill concept and poolside Roman-inspired restaurant, to an all-day international dining restaurant serving world classics and rooftop shisha lounge.
Surrounded by majestic mountains and boasting mild temperatures throughout the year, guests at Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort can venture through the valleys on foot, haggle over scarves and perfumes in the souks, rise early to practice mountaintop sun salutations or marvel at the awe-inspiring sky on the fort star-gazing platform. For those who want to have uninterrupted views of the canyons, try via ferrata, a cliff hanging activity that can be done on the doorstep of the hotel. The nearby terrain is ideal for explorers who can discover the labyrinth of narrow roads via mountain bike, wonder at the marvels of the canyon during a hike, abseil from a sheer cliff or try their hand at the ancient sport of archery, whilst culture aficionados will appreciate the plethora of nearby heritage sites.
Situated between a long, scenic beach and freshwater lagoon, Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara brings a new level of luxury to the country’s Dhofar region, allowing intrepid travellers to explore the unique charms of this emerging destination. Conveniently located just 15 km from Salalah International Airport, the resort sits within easy reach of an abundance of cultural treasures and thrilling escapades.
Guarded by indigo mountains and trimmed by opal blue waters of the Arabian Gulf, the resort has been designed with the simple grandeur of the region’s iconic coastal fortresses in mind. Striking and authentic architecture is framed by lush tropical gardens, with walkways surrounded by towering palms and eye-catching water features to create an air of tranquillity and serenity. The resort comprises of 136 guest rooms and villas offering views of the Arabian Sea, lagoon or picturesque gardens. The 40 Premier and Deluxe Rooms offer luxurious handcrafted furnishing and rich textures, whilst the eight One-Bedroom Villas and 88 One- and Two-Bedroom Pool Villas entice with personalised villa host services and separate living areas. The Pool Villas benefit from private temperature-controlled swimming pools, the first of their kind in Salalah.
Three exquisite dining venues showcase an array of vibrant cuisines including a South East Asian restaurant, a relaxed Mediterranean beach bar and all-day dining restaurant. During their stay, guests can enjoy an array of authentic experiences, whether it’s scaling rocky cliffs, catching fish for dinner, exploring the fort-dotted mountains or trying their hand at a multitude of watersports. Situated in the heart of the six-thousand-year-old frankincense trail, there is plenty for those with a passion for culture and history to discover, such as visiting ancient ruins and heritage sites or sauntering around a souk.
A range of unique and inspiring experiences led by Anantara’s renowned experts known as ‘Gurus’, will allow guests at each resort to explore the area and experience the local culture, whilst impressive facilities include infinity swimming pools, tennis courts and fully-equipped gyms. Both resorts will boast a world-acclaimed Anantara Spa, which will harness the essence of Arabia with ancient hammam rituals as well as treatment rooms offering signature spa treatments using indigenous ingredients and traditions. In addition, they will each feature extensive meeting and banqueting facilities to host weddings, events, conferences and team building activities.
Nightly rates start from £340 in a Premier Canyon View Room on a B&B basis
Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas to bring authentic luxury to Oman this Autumn
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