Ultimate opulence surrounded by vast canyon vistas
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History & culture | Mountains | Spa
The elevation of the spectacular Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort is not the only world-class height it reaches – its level of luxury is perhaps even more spectacular. Contemporary design lies alongside intricate murals and features reflective of Oman's Middle Eastern culture, with natural materials that, combined with striking modernity, exude utter elegance and, above all, the utmost in luxury. It's one of the world's highest resorts, situated on the Saiq Plateau on Oman's Green Mountain, 2000m above sea level on the rim of a mammoth canyon. Humbling canyon views lie outside many rooms, which range from deluxe suites to luxurious mountain villas that feature personal temperature-controlled plunge pools and outdoor showers, as well as a personal maid service.
Four exquisite restaurants all offer dwarfing views of the canyon surrounds, from the sprawling elegance of Al Maisan to the fresh Italian fare of poolside Belle Vista and Moroccan lounge of opulent maroon and gold Al Burj. Vast canyon vistas bathed in moonlight ensure al fresco dining is a remarkable experience, and for something even more special, arrange for a personal dinner on the canyon edge platform named 'Diana's Point', once graced by the Princess herself, under the stars or at sunset. It's all wonderfully finished with some shisha in the opulent, relaxed ambience of the courtyard.
And during the day, if you can tear yourself away from the resort's endless offerings, the ancient city of Nizwa is moments away. Renowned as the ‘Pearl of Islam’, it's best explored with biking tours to rural villages and souks, not missing the Nizwa Fort, built in the 17th century and one of the oldest in Oman. Back at base, there are masterchef classes and multi-day personalised wellness retreats, and of course, endless hiking opportunities in the expansive canyon surrounds. Days exploring are perfectly culminated with an indulgent treatment in the private hammam suite of the spa, where sauna and steam rooms lie alongside luxurious relaxation areas, and a striking infinity pool framed by a stunning belvedere serves as a wonderful place to while away the hours.
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