Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas, the luxury hospitality brand for modern travelers, announces the opening of two luxury resorts in the Sultanate of Oman in mid-2016. Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort in the north east of Oman and Al Baleed Resort - Salalah by Anantara in the southern province of Dhofar will offer indigenous experiences for guests looking for authentic luxury in settings of dramatic natural beauty.
Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar, a rare jewel set in the rocky contours of the vast Saiq Plateau on Oman’s fabled Green Mountain, is perched 2,000 meters above sea level on the curving rim of a great canyon, making it the highest five star resort in the Middle East and one of the highest in the world. Designed to reflect traditional Omani architecture, the resort blends seamlessly into the surrounding landscape, offering panoramic canyon views.
A scenic two-hour drive from Muscat International Airport and a four and a half hour drive from Dubai, passing date plantations, valleys or ‘wadis’ and historical forts, the resort will offer an exhilarating escape for adrenalin-junkies as well as culture and history enthusiasts, with the ancient city of Nizwa only a 30-minute drive from the hotel.
The 82 Premier and Deluxe rooms, overlooking either the spectacular canyon or tranquil gardens, will each feature private balconies or terraces, whilst the 33 one, two or three bedroom villas complete with private swimming pools, separate living spaces and personal butler services, offer the epitome of luxury. With six restaurants and lounges, culinary experiences range from a specialty Arabian grill, poolside Italian restaurant and an all-day dining venue to a café and deli.
Perfectly positioned between a scenic beach and freshwater lagoon, Al Baleed Resort – Salalah by Anantara is within reach of an abundance of natural wonders and cultural gems and is also conveniently located just 10 km from the city centre and 15 km from the airport. With a design inspired by Dhofar’s rich heritage and the region’s iconic coastal fortresses, the striking resort features lush tropical gardens, walkways surrounded by towering palms and eye-catching water features. Robert Kunkler, Chief Operating Officer, Minor Hotel Group said: “The opening of not one but two Anantara Resorts in the Sultanate of Oman in mid-2016 is a huge milestone for the brand and reflects our rapid growth in the region. Oman is known worldwide for its spectacular natural beauty and heart-felt hospitality and the team at Anantara are passionate about connecting guests to the world’s most exciting locations and people through personal experiences, so it is a natural home for us. Both resorts will be very unique, very luxurious and will offer the very best in hospitality in Al Jabal Al Akhdar and Salalah.”