Anantara Al Jabal Akhdar Resort is spectacularly located high up in the Al Hajar mountain range of Oman, perched 2,000 metres above sea level on the curving rim of a great canyon. The perfectly chilled climate is a respite from the heat faced by the Gulf region for much of the year. Accompanied by a local guide, it is a hiker’s paradise of trails meandering through the landscape of shrubs and gnarled juniper trees, ancient ruins and sleepy villages and dusty riverbeds.
Designed by award-winning French-Moroccan architect Lotfi Sidirahal from ‘Atelier Pod’, the resort reflects its culturally rich and diversely vibrant background. The resort stays true to the charm and intrigue of its locale. Inspiration has been drawn from the layout of the local villages to create a peaceful landscape filled with fragrant rose bushes, indigenous fruit trees, lush green terraces and al falaj water features, which mirror Oman’s typical system of irrigation channels.
Constructed using traditional building techniques and local building materials, including stone taken from the mountain, the resort is an alluring blend that reflects Omani history and culture, with contemporary flair.
A total of 115 luxury rooms and villas overlook the dramatic canyon and the tranquil gardens. Each features its own indigenous luxuries from custom-made Omani furniture. The resort’s 82 Premier and Deluxe Rooms boast a spacious bedroom and a spa-like bathroom carved out of sustainable material from the local area, complete with a rain shower and separate bath alongside a balcony. Meanwhile, the 33 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 five restaurants and lounges to choose from, guests can indulge their senses with experiences ranging from a fine dining Arabian grill concept and poolside mediterranean-inspired restaurant to an all-day international dining restaurant serving world classics and a rooftop shisha lounge, with the pleasant climate allowing for year-round alfresco dining.
The majestic Anantara Spa features holistic therapies, combining healing touch and pure active botanicals to restore vitality, balance and spirit to the mind and body. Guests can relax beside the indoor swimming pool or in the Jacuzzi, in the separate women’s and men’s hydro-facilities, or at the outdoor relaxation areas which offer a high level of privacy. A range of healing massages, stimulating scrubs, radiant facials and replenishing wraps use indigenous produce harvested from nearby pomegranate trees, rose terraces and frankincense plantations.
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