Just a two-hour drive from the country’s capital city Muscat and with breathtaking views of Oman’s famous Green Mountain, Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort is an idyllic getaway from the city’s hustle and bustle
Imagine a haven where you can shake off the worries of the world and be surrounded by nature. A place where time stands still and the gentle sounds of birdsong help you unwind. Just a two-hour drive from the country’s capital city Muscat and with breathtaking views of Oman’s famous Green Mountain, Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort offers all this and more.
The resort’s unique position offers a one-of-a-kind spa and wellness experience. At 2,000 metres above sea level, it provides an opportunity to detoxify in pure mountain air with high altitude health benefits, and is fast proving to be a magnet for wellness travellers. The spa offers a rare opportunity to enjoy ancient holistic therapies and feel at one with nature in one of the Middle East’s most stunning locations.
The resort hosts sunrise and sunset yoga sessions to feel at one with the elements. Signature spa treatments include the 90-minute Rose Rescue Ritual encompassing a facial and a tension-relieving massage with exotic oil. A special Above the Clouds package offers two-days of wellness activities featuring complimentary 60-minute Anantara Spa treatments for two, daily sunrise yoga sessions and a sumptuous breakfast. clear night skies before turning in while reconnecting you with the elements.
The destination is perfectly tailored to the health conscious and includes a specially crafted wellness menu – from detox drinks to healthy home-made breakfasts and heart healthy food.
And with all the newfound energy, there are some exciting activities offered by the resort to partake in. You can sip traditional Arabic coffee high up in the mountains, while taking in the wondrous views of wadis, or visit secluded traditional villages, sharing lunch with local elders. How about taking a refreshing dip in a freshwater pool while on a cultural hike to learn more about the country? Adrenaline fans can explore Oman’s famous mountains and try their hand at rock climbing.
A visit between March to mid-May to the resort provides a wonderful opportunity of spotting Damask roses bloom on the mountain slopes, turning them into an explosion of colour. The world-famous Omani rosewater produced from the Damask roses has a wide array of benefits. As well as being used for cooking and as a perfume is an invaluable beauty product and is also known for its medicinal qualities. Drinking rosewater has been shown to be effective for digestive health, and the liquid can also soothe irritated skin and act as an anti-aging product. In addition, its powerful antiseptic properties can help wounds, burns, scars, and cuts heal faster. Essential oil made from the Damask rose is used to cure headaches.
Alternatively, there are incredible mountain trails to be ventured on, while keeping an eye out for herds of wild donkeys and goats. Or walk along the wadi riverbed to discover natural pools that are home to diverse wildlife such as frogs and dragonflies. The region is famous for its deciduous trees, which are called the “sweet trees.” Pomegranates, apples, peaches, plums, apricots, almonds, walnuts, grapes, pears, cherries, figs and olives are all harvested in Al Jabal Al Akhdar.
At the end of August, pomegranate season gets underway. There is high demand for this delicious juice, which is bursting with Vitamin C and boasts an astonishing array of health properties. Pomegranate juice contains higher levels of antioxidants than most other fruit juices and can help remove free radicals, protect cells from damage, and reduce inflammation. It can also help combat arthritis and heart disease.
The year-round luxury destination has 82 canyon view rooms and 33 private pool villas, including Oman’s most luxurious three-bedroom pool villa – taking relaxation to the next level. Whether it’s a garden sanctuary or an awe-inspiring view of the canyon, the resort is perfect to unwind in where modern Omani design merges with the latest technology. The ideal space to let go as you watch the sun go down while sipping a revitalising fresh juice cocktail from the privacy of your own balcony, Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar has some of the most spectacular views you can imagine.
Whether you crave adventure, culture or simply a spa haven to recharge and rejuvenate, the region’s highest five-star holiday destination has something for everyone. By the end of it all, you will leave feeling refreshed with a renewed sense of vigour.