Minor Hotels Group has expanded its portfolio of Anantara
hotels in the Middle East with the opening of the Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort
Perched 2,000 metres above
sea level on the curving rim of a great canyon, the
luxury resort beckons the intrepid traveller for immersions in a
rich local culture and indulgent adventures into the otherworldly mountainscape of northern Oman.
Long inaccessible, Al Jabal Al
Akhdar, Arabic for ‘The Green Mountain’, is a towering massif on
the Sultanate of Oman’s vast Saiq Plateau.
The arrival experience
takes guests on an adventurous drive – two hours from Muscat
International Airport or four and a half hours from Dubai – past
date plantations, historic forts and dry riverbeds known locally
The resort echoes the fortified architecture of the
region, ensconcing guests in modern ramparts inspired by the
commanding mountain citadels and re-imagined with sophisticated
A total of 115 guest rooms and
villas overlook either the dramatic canyon or gardens.
The resort’s 82 Premier and Deluxe Canyon View Rooms boast a
spacious bedroom and a
spa-like bathroom complete with a rain shower and separate bath
alongside a balcony.
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.
Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort features six
restaurants and lounges. Al Maisan, meaning ‘The Rising Star’,
allows guests to embark on a gastronomic journey around the world
with live cooking stations from breakfast through to dinner,
whilst Al Qalaa, translating to ‘The Fort’, showcases inventive
Omani cuisine. With panoramic views stretching across the canyon,
Bella Vista serves Roman-inspired cuisine while those looking for
something lighter can enjoy the courtyard café, Al Baha. For a
leisurely evening, guests ascend to the rooftop shisha lounge Al
Shourfa or savour tapas in a Moroccan-inspired setting at Al Burj.
The ultimate gastronomic experience, Anantara’s ‘Dining by Design’
gives guests the chance to dine on a spectacular cliff-edge platform known as Diana’s Point, named after Diana, Princess of
Wales, who visited the exact spot in November 1986.
Anantara’s signature concepts is the ‘Spice Spoons’ cooking school
experience. Guests accompany a chef to the local souq to source
fresh ingredients and return to the resort for an interactive
culinary class, creating exotic dishes from Omani and Thai
Facilities at the
resort itself include a spa, a cliff-edge infinity swimming pool,
floodlit tennis court, fully-equipped gym with a rotating Freedom
Climber wall, and an indoor-outdoor kids’ and teens’ club.
Cradled by soaring mountains and graced with pleasant
temperatures throughout the year, Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar
Resort invites guests to venture through the valleys on foot,
haggle over scarves and perfumes in the souqs, rise early to
practice mountaintop sun salutations or gaze at the awe-inspiring
sky on the fort star-gazing platform.
For those ready for a rush
of adrenaline, a ‘via ferrata’ climbing route, right on the
resort’s doorstep, allows guests to hang from the cliff as they
scale its side.
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 richness of nearby
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