Oman continues to be a destination to watch, with a number of high-end hotel openings on our rader. The latest is the Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar, which will debut in July in a spectacular setting: perched at the edge of a canyon over 6,500 feet above sea level. Historically, this dramatic massif (Al Jabal Al Akhdar) was inaccessible. (Hence Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana once checked out the views by helicopter ride). Today, it’s a two-hour drive from Muscat or a 4.5-hour trip from Dubai.
Billed as “the highest luxury hotel in the Middle East and among the highest in the world,” the Anantara will offer a number of experiences for travelers to immerse themselves in the setting: tours of local heritage sites and traditional villages, stargazing, sunrise yoga, abseiling, etc. There will be 115 guest rooms and villas, a clifftop infinity pool, a fitness room, a tennis court, a full-service Anantara Spa featuring locally inspired ingredients, and six restaurants/lounges, including Anantara’s ‘Dining by Design’ program where guests can enjoy a private dining experience on the cliff platform at Diana’s Point.
This is the first hotel in the Sultanate of Oman for the Thailand-based Anantara hospitality brand.