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Posted On: 18 May 2016 03:14 pm
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These two new resorts will take your breath away

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The luxury Resort chain Anantara is all set to Launch the Middle East’s Highest Five-Star Resort, Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort and Al Baleed Resort opening July 2016 in the Sultanate of Oman. Just a short flight away from Qatar, you must sure try these super exclusive resorts that add an all new dimension to the word luxury.

Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort

Perched 2,000 metres above sea level on the curving rim of a great canyon, Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort will welcome the world’s most discerning luxury travellers from July 2016. Guests will hover over an extreme landscape of rugged beauty while they discover a cultured treasury of authentic indulgences and immersions in the destination’s rich heritage. Upon its launch, the resort will be the highest luxury hotel in the Middle East and amongst the highest in the world.


Long inaccessible, Al Jabal Al Akhdar (Arabic for “The Green Mountain”) is a towering massif on the Sultanate of Oman’s vast Saiq Plateau. Dramatic peaks ring the setting. Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana once sought out its breathtaking heights by helicopter, alighting to revel in the scenic views. Today, the arrival journey takes guests on an adventurous drive – two hours from Muscat International Airport or four and half hours from Dubai – past date plantations, valleys known locally as wadis, and historical forts. The Anantara echoes this fortified architecture, placing guests in modern ramparts inspired the commanding indigenous citadels and reimagined with sophisticated contemporary interiors.


A total of 115 rooms and villas overlook the drama of the canyon or tranquil gardens. Each features its own indigenous luxuries from custom-made Omani furniture to Amouage bath products evoking the region’s priceless fragrances. The resort’s 82 Premier and Deluxe Rooms boast a spacious bedroom, amongst the largest in the country, and a spa-like bathroom carved out of sustainable material from the local area, complete with a rain shower and separate bath alongside a terrace or balcony. Meanwhile, 33 villas grant guests an intimate escape each with personal butler services and its own private swimming pool stretching infinity-edge over the cliffs or hidden in an exotic garden. Guests have the choice of either one or two bedrooms, including the exclusive Royal Mountain Villa. Each villa will include state-of-the-art interactive LED TVs and spacious walk-in dressing areas, all adding to a sense of sublime luxury.

Culinary desires are catered to in a collection of six restaurants and lounges. Diners are invited to rise above the courtyard with sheesha water pipes and tapas, savour fine dining at the Arabian grill concept placed in a central fort tower as well as a Roman inspired kitchen with canyon views. For the most extravagant experience, Anantara’s ‘Dining by Design’ invites guests to dine at the spectacular cliff’s edge platform Diana’s Point on the site of the royal visit. Another Anantara signature, the ‘Spice Spoons’ experience allows guests to accompany a chef to the local souq and resort’s own Chef’s Garden before being guided in the secrets of cooking Thai or Omani cuisine.

Surrounded by majestic mountains and enjoying cool temperatures year round, Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar presents a range of inspiring moments in a perfectly chilled clime – a respite from the heat faced by the Gulf region for much of the year. The resort puts travellers in touch with the local culture, history and landscape in personalised arrangements including mountaintop sunrise yoga and stargazing beneath the blanket of remote night sky. Other diversions include archery, quad biking and excursions to nearby heritage attractions such as the UNESCO World Heritage site Birkat al Mouz, an otherworldly deserted village cascading up a mountainside, and the ancient city of Nizwa, known as the ‘Pearl of Islam’. Accompanied by a local guide, the Anantara’s guests can embark on nature hikes into the area’s most picturesque features or rappel down sheer drop-offs for a falcon’seye-view surging with adrenaline.

At the resort itself, a wealth of highlights awaits, from the cliff-edge infinity pool to a state-of-the-art fitness centre, tennis court and world-acclaimed Anantara Spa. Harnessing the essence of Arabia, the spa welcomes with ancient hammam rituals, five soothing treatments suites, private outdoor relaxation areas and an indoor swimming pool. Catering to the youngest travellers, a dedicated kids and teens club speaks to youthful imaginations, while a lavish ballroom and meeting facilities will host memorable events and weddings. Adding extra atmosphere to the already amazing setting, a blazing courtyard fire pit will light the Anantara’s own Friday night market, illuminating one-of-a-kind artworks by local village artisans and craftsmen.

To reserve the elevated experience at Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort, visit

Al Baleed Resort – Salalah by Anantara


Opulently designed to reflect Dhofar’s rich heritage with its striking Middle Eastern design inspired by the region’s iconic coastal fortresses. It is the only luxury villa resort in Salalah — the first of its kind. The luxury accommodation will comprise 136 rooms including 88 villas with private pools.

Exploring Dhofar - characterized by its stunning pristine beaches, natural lagoons and caves, the Dhofar Governate provides many exciting destinations in the Sultanate. The city of Salalah, the traditional capital of Dhofar, is rich in natural diversity where the coast blends with the mountains. It’s a hidden paradise developed into a major tourism destination. Recreational activities such as diving, snorkeling and water skiing are among the best in the coast of Dhofar.



AL BALEED is derived from Al Balad, meaning ‘town’. The most treasured icon in this ancient port are the old ruins of the early Bronze Age settlement and Iron Age home vestiges, where an expansive pathway leads visitors to explore significant structures such as the Citadel, City Wall and Grand Mosque. Take a journey back in time exploring this UNESCO World Heritage Listed Site from an elegant coastal oasis.

Located 15-minute drive from Salalah International Airport and close to all sightseeing highlights, Al Baleed Resort – Salalah by Anantara will offer refreshing luxury and a gateway to Oman’s cultural treasures. Located next to Al Baleed Archaeological Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Listed Site, visitors can explore significant structures of the early Bronze Age such as the Citadel, City Wall and Grand Mosque.


Experience a beachfront oasis that is the first luxury villa resort in Salalah featuring 88 pool villas. The luxury accommodation will be complemented by princely comforts, and walkways will be surrounded by towering palms, magnificent trees, tropical garden and lush water features.

The resort will comprise 40 rooms and studios, 8 one bedroom villas, and 88 one, two and three-bedroom pool villas. Each accommodation will feature an amazing view of the sea, garden and lagoon.


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