In Oman’s northwest lies Green Mountain, and here, upon Saiq Plateau, sits Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar. More than 6500 feet above sea level, it is the Middle East’s highest five-star resort and, perched on the rim of a vast plunging canyon, the views from every vantage point are stunning. Surrounded by gorgeous mountain scenery, and with all the benefits of a temperate climate, the resort is perfectly situated just two hours’ drive from Muscat, and near to all the wonders of Nizwa. Based on the awe-inspiring architecture of its ancient counterparts, guests will be enchanted by the towers and courtyards of Al Jabal Akhdar, where historic elegance meets modern luxury. The comprehensive range of facilities include an infinity pool, fitness center and tennis courts, library and spa, not to mention a huge array of dining options. Kids and teens have their own dedicated clubs so the whole family will be well occupied and happy, and the stylishly appointed rooms and private villas offer accommodation to suit all parties.
History: Set amid the mountains overlooking ancient Nizwa, the resort takes cues from the Middle East’s historic and storied fortresses.
Location: Two hours’ drive from Muscat, the resort is easily accessed, and yet its mountainous location makes for a tranquil retreat from the bustle of city life.
Service: With fully-staffed kids and teens clubs, spa and fitness experts, and the in-villa hosts, guests’ every need is taken care of 24 hours a day.
In the resort’s 82 rooms of various configurations, the common theme is luxury, blended with authentic regional design features and touches. Guests can relax in opulent surroundings, with views of the gorgeous scenery.
Generously proportioned with nearly 650 square feet of space, this elegant room boasts a king-size bed and signature amenities. The en-suite facilities include a bubble bath and rain shower with adjacent dressing room, and the private balcony enjoys views over the canyon below.
With three en suite bedrooms and 7500 square feet of space, this opulent, one-of-a-kind villa sleeps up to nine adults, plus additional staff quarters for a nanny and the 24-hour villa hosts. Guests enjoy luxurious furnishings throughout, and sweeping canyon views from the deck, where the private temperature-controlled infinity pool awaits, next to the separate jacuzzi.
Perfect for friends or families seeking a retreat together, this expansive two-bedroom villa sprawls over more than 3300 square feet. The Majlis-style living area acts as a focal point, and there are both indoor and outdoor dining areas. In the enclosed private garden the pool is equipped with jacuzzi jets, and surrounded by sun loungers for ultimate relaxation. The villa host is on hand to take care of any requests.
There is never a dull moment at Al Jabal Akhdar with a full complement of activities, facilities and amenities. Guests can choose action, sport and activity or to simply relax and indulge in a good book or luxurious treatment.
Fully qualified childcare professionals are on hand with exciting, educational and stimulating activities to keep the kids occupied and happy - from arts and crafts, to adventures and excursions.
Movie-lovers and those seeking a little romance will be delighted by the outdoor cinema. Set into the cliff, the big screen shows blockbusters by night, as guests relax with popcorn beneath the stars.
Equipped with state-of-the-art exercise machines and an array of free weights, the gym is the perfect solution for guests looking to maintain their fitness regime during their stay in Oman.
Teens can retreat to their own dedicated zone where XBox, Wi-Fi, games and TV awaits. The adventurous among them will be delighted by a choice of excursions and explorations into the surrounding mountains.
From shelves packed with books covering the gamut of fiction and nonfiction, to the latest Apple computers, guests will be able to relax with a good story or find all the information they seek at their fingertips.
The temperature-controlled infinity pool overlooks the canyon beyond, and guests can swim laps or languish in the two separate jacuzzis nearby. The poolside restaurant serves drinks and light bites, and at night there is authentic poolside entertainment.
Featuring a private Hammam and five private treatment rooms, the spa is a true oasis amid the mountains. Highly-trained therapists deliver treatments rooted in ancient traditions from Arabia and the Orient.
Whether for a casual game or a training session with one of the resort’s expert coaches, guests can hone their backhand on the court. Thanks to full floodlighting, tennis is an option day or night.
At scenic Diana’s Point - named in honor of a visit by the Princess of Wales - guests can get realigned and invigorated with a yoga session. Expert trainers are on hand to guide participants through the postures, with stunning views all around.
An endless array of flavors and experiences await at Al Jabal Akhdar, and diners are spoilt for choice among the restaurants. There are finely grilled local dishes, Italian and Spanish influenced fare; not to mention tea, coffee and shisha to sample and discover throughout the resort.
In its central setting, Al Baha is the ideal meeting point to begin the day with coffee or fresh juice, for afternoon tea complete with exquisite pastries, or for laid-back evenings spent around the fire pit.
With a nod to the area’s historic and formidable fortresses, Al Burj is set in one of the lofty defence towers. In an opulent Moroccan lounge, visitors can relax with speciality teas and Spanish-inspired snacks.
Guests can enjoy all-day dining from the international breakfast buffet and à la carte lunch and dinner menus at Al Maisan. Set above the central courtyard, diners can retreat indoors or enjoy views of all the action below from the al fresco terrace.
Diners in search of Middle Eastern fine dining will find it here, where the dinner menu is a master class in the flavors of Oman and beyond, with a particular focus on grilled local produce and seafood.
For a true taste of the Middle East, guests make their way to the elevated heights of Al Shourfa, to relax with a traditional water pipe, served with an array of flavored tobaccos.
Aptly named, this Roman restaurant is set alongside the resort’s infinity pool, with views of the plunging canyon beyond. Guests can sample tasty Italian morsels throughout the daytime, and beneath the stars at night.
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