For the ultimate Arabian Nights experience, check-in at Oman’s stunning new Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort, a modern-day palace perched 2,000-metres above sea level on the curving rim of a great canyon.
If you haven’t yet been to Oman, or if the tiny sultanate isn’t on your bucket list, then you need to have your head examined. Friendly locals, ancient culture, and some of the region’s most breathtaking landscapes ensure Oman is one of the hottest destinations in the world right now. Even better, you now have digs fit for a king.
Named for Oman’s previously inaccessible Green Mountain, Al Jabal Al Akhdar, a towering massif on the vast Saiq Plateau, the new resort is a two-hour drive from the capital Muscat or a four-and-a-half-hour drive from Dubai. Guests pass through verdant date plantations and past historic forts as they ascend the mountain to the 115-room retreat, the highest five-star resort in the Middle East, and one of the highest in the world, which boasts touches of traditional fortified architecture and captivating rooms overlooking the abyss.
Base yourself in one of 33 one or two-bedroom villas, each with butler service and private clifftop infinity pools, and leave time for a steam in the hammam, or one of the resort’s unique activities, which range from cinema under the stars, and Arabic cooking classes, to archery, astrophotography, and mountain biking.
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