Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort
The experience at this resort starts even before you arrive. A 4x4 transfer is needed to navigate the undulating roads leading to its setting at the top of a mountain, with increasingly impressive views the closer you get. Designed in the style of an ancient Omani fort, this six-acre resort is the highest in the Middle East. It combines staggering vistas of the rugged, russet-coloured canyon with an elevated level of service that suits its VIP regulars – it was billed as one of the world’s most remarkable places to stay on BBC’s Amazing Hotels: Life Beyond the Lobby.
Omani culture and tradition is infused throughout the resort; the staff wear traditional Omani dress and there are stunning Arabic features like cascading pendant lanterns and beautiful arches that offer a taste of the region from the comfort of a serene mountain oasis. Take a guided walk to one of the nearby villages and learn about local life or get up close to the rocky terrain on the hotel’s climbing route and zip line experience. At Diana’s Point, a glass-walled platform named after Princess Diana who once stopped in the area on a day trip, yoga is a popular way for guests to soak up the tranquillity at sunrise. The main infinity pool has views that you might find on a trek deep within a national park, while guests who prefer pure relaxation can opt for a rose oil massage or a fresh pomegranate body scrub at the Anantara Spa. Food is a mixture of international dishes and local delicacies, served at relaxed and elegant dining venues like Al Maisan where you can dine to views of the dramatic rocky outlines.
Rooms are elegant, spacious and scented with rosewater, with breathtaking views from both Premier and Deluxe Canyon View Rooms. Stay in a One Bedroom Garden Pool Villa for the added privacy of a walled garden and plunge pool, or for an exclusive entrance just for your own use, choose a One Bedroom Deluxe Garden Pool Villa which features a shaded parking spot. Families and groups can choose from Two Bedroom Villas or the immense Three Bedroom Royal Mountain Villa, while couples who want seclusion and far-reaching views will feel right at home in a One Bedroom Cliff Pool Villa.