One of the highest luxury resorts in the world, the Anantara sits 6,500 feet above sea level on Jabal Akhdar - Oman’s enigmatic ‘Green Mountain’. It is located in an area famous for damask roses and pomegranate trees, and provides elevated views of the dramatic canyon below. Stone pathways around the resort are crossed by aflaj (traditional irrigation channels) and lined with trees and plants. The hotel’s spectacular location means that ample time can be spent exploring the local area, enjoying strikingly scenic walks, mountain biking, Via Ferrata or abseiling. For a more sedate approach take advantage of sunrise yoga or cookery classes. The chef will escort you to the Nizwa souk to choose your ingredients, before returning to the kitchen to prepare traditional dishes such as spiced qabuli. Conclude your day with a dip in the spectacular cliff-edge pool or unwind in the tranquil spa, complete with hammam, indoor pools and thermal suites.
Accommodation at the resort has been designed to draw attention to Alila’s remarkable surroundings; Deluxe and Premier rooms boast views of the canyons from their floor-to-ceiling windows, and guests can step out to their private balconies to breathe in the mountain air and catch glimpses of goats grazing on the cliffside. A collection of exquisite Pool Villas offer either enclosed courtyards for those seeking a little more privacy, or face out to the cliffs for those seeking to take in the most panoramic vistas from their infinity-edge pools.
Couples and families
Spa and wellness enthusiasts
THINGS TO DO AT THE HOTEL:
Begin the day with sunrise yoga overlooking the canyon
Take in the drama of the canyon with rock climbing or Via Ferrata
Absorb the memorable views from the infinity-edge pool
Retreat to the soothing surroundings of the spa for a signature rose or frankincense ritual
Sample afternoon tea with an Arabian twist in the courtyard of Al Baha
Gather rich spices from the souk and prepare a typical Omani dish under the guidance of the chef
Feast on lamb shank or Omani lobster against a backdrop of hanging lanterns at Al Qalaa
Enjoy a memorable dining experience or a spot of stargazing at Diana’s point, a platform suspended high above the canyon
THINGS TO DO NEARBY:
Travel by 4x4 through agricultural valleys to visit a local community where rose water is still produced using methods unchanged for generations
Take a scenic hike down a fossil staircase past spectacular rock formations to discover cave villages and pristine waterfalls
Visit Nizwa to stroll through its lively souk and admire the historic fort
Walk through some of the area’s smaller canyons to a mountain oasis village and discover the typical aflaj irrigation systems
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