Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar – Oman
Hotel Type: A 5* luxury mountain resort.
Location: 2,000m high on the Saiq Plateau on Oman’s Green Mountain – just two hours drive by 4WD from Muscat and 30 minutes from historic Nizwa.
Style: Arabian luxury.
Rooms: 115 rooms and villas, with all villas including their own private pool.
Favourite Room: We love the One Bedroom Cliff Pool Villa for its beautiful dramatic view over the Canyons.
Ideal For: Those wanting to immerse themselves in Omani culture.
Swimming: The resort includes an infinity swimming pool and an indoor pool within the Anantara Spa.
Dining: Across six dining venues, the resort offers delicious local and international cuisine from Italian delights to Arabic flavours and cuisines.
Children: Families are very welcome at the resort with clubs available for teens and younger children alike.
Activities: There’s plenty to do on the resort including yoga, tennis and archery, as well as taking a dip in the infinity swimming pool. Delight in unique experiences such as mountain picnics, a cinema under the stars, the Spice Spoons Cooking School, and landscape and outdoor photography lessons. Excursions in the surrounding area include cultural walks and tours to discover nearby attractions.
Spa: The Anantara Spa includes a private hammam suite, five luxurious spa treatment rooms including two couples’ suites, a beauty salon, indoor pool, jacuzzi, steam room and sauna.
Accessibility: The resort has several wheelchair accessible bathrooms and a wheelchair accessible lift. The Premier Canyon View Rooms can be accessible by wheelchair.
Low Season Price From: $500 per night for a Premier Canyon View Room, including breakfast.
High Season Price From: $700 per night for a Premier Canyon View Room, including breakfast.
Open: All year round.
With its 360 degree view of the Al Hajar Mountains, perched on a high plateau, Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar is one of the highest resorts in the world, and surely, one of the most striking. Built fort-like on the mountain, it is an oasis promising wilderness and luxury in equal measure. All around, you are infused with Omani culture, with arches, lanterns and lattice work, whilst traditionally dressed staff offer the highest level of service. From dawn til dusk, the colours changes against the surrounding rock and it’s impossible not to be in awe of your surroundings. Sophisticated dining, a cliff top infinity pool and a serene Spa make the days go by at a relaxed pace, but be sure to explore. These mountains are the gateway to some of Oman’s most impressive forts and historic sites, and adventures further into the desert.
Each one of the 82 rooms has far reaching views over the canyon and the stark, wild beauty of the Al Hajar mountains, whilst the villas, with their private gardens and pools are havens of Arabian luxury. Decorated and furnished in earthy tones and traditional Omani decorative detail, they are all generously spacious, with the focus most definitely on the captivating view outside. Comfortable daybeds furnish the terraces and balconies – or “majilis” as they are known in the Middle East – the perfect spot to watch the rising or setting of the sun.
The ground floor Premier Canyon View Rooms are bright and airy, with a shady terrace and a large marble bathroom. They can interconnect, making them ideal for families. On the first floor, the Deluxe Canyon View Rooms have a bird’s eye vista of the canyon and come with a walk-in dressing area. The vast One Bedroom Garden Pool Villas have their own courtyard, and separate living area, sleeping up to four. The bed looks out over the plunge pool, and the bathrooms are some of the biggest we’ve seen. The One Bedroom Deluxe Garden Villas have a private entrance and sliding glass doors out onto the pool and courtyard. Equally large are the One Bedroom Cliff Pool villas, whose infinity pools and terraces have quite the most spectacular views imaginable. The outside wall retracts to share the space with the adjoining villa. These also can sleep up to four. Right on the cliff edge are the One Bedroom Anantara Cliff Pool Villas. We love how airy they are, and nothing can quite compare to the view from the infinity pool. Families couldn’t be more comfortable in the Two Bedroom Garden Pool Villas – they are a beautiful sanctuary and come with their own kitchenette. The Two Bedroom Deluxe Garden Pool Villas have their own private access and can sleep up to six. For truly palatial living, the Three Bedroom Royal Mountain Villa, tops it all. Exquisitely decorated and with some of the finest views from the resort, the villa can accommodate up to nine people. The Master bedroom looks right out over the canyon, with a whirlpool bath with equally fabulous views. Its secluded and spacious terrace, infinity pool and Jacuzzi are just perfect for soaking up the Omani sun.
The Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort offers a mouthwatering mix of local and international cuisine. The subtle flavours of Oman and the Middle East are celebrated in the signature Al Qalaa restaurant, using traditional recipes and locally produced and sourced ingredients. At Al Maisan, you’ll find Indian and south east Asian dishes, in spacious surroundings and on the terrace overlooking the canyon. The poolside Bella Vista has a fine range of Italian dishes, including excellent wood fired pizzas, and all the restaurants have a well-curated wine list. There are light dishes available all day at the relaxed Al Baha, and in the evening, the Al Burj Lounge – a Moroccan influenced bar – is an intimate and sophisticated bar for cocktails. Private dining is available, either on your own terrace or at a choice of special locations for an evening under the stars.
Families are extended a very warm welcome at the resort. There are clubs for kids and teens here, and children’s menus in the restaurants. The resort has a shady pool specifically for its younger guests and there is babysitting available.
You won’t be surprised that the Spa at Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar is sublime. This is where to come for a truly memorable hammam experience, where some of the most ancient therapeutic rituals are employed. There’s a salt infused steam room; aroma sauna and relaxation bed chambers – no stay here should be without at least one visit. Or book a morning yoga session atop a scenic lookout. There’s a tennis court and fitness centre and an impressive large cliff edge infinity pool. As night falls, head for the Fort stargazing platform – the night sky here is simply enormous and truly spellbinding. If you’re after a bit of thrill seeking, try the Jabal Activity Wall – a mix of via ferrata, abseiling and zip lines. You can also take archery lessons or learn how to cook local dishes under the guidance of a chef, blending Middle Eastern spices. Oman is a land for exploring, and from the resort you can take a guided walk with a mountain “guru” around surrounding villages, or explore by bike. We definitely recommend a trip to the ancient city of Nizwa – for centuries known as the Pearl of Islam – with its huge fort, mosque and souk, and four wheel drive excursions out into the desert.