Oman is teeing up to be big this year. It’s more rugged and less brash than its Emirati neighbours and the country has seen a spate of high-end launches. Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar is the hottest of the lot. Situated 2,000m above sea level in the craggy Al Hajar Mountains, its location, which is only accessible via 4×4, is simply incredible. The two-hour drive from Muscat traverses iconic date plantations and wadis and passes mosques and souks in ancient Nizwa, the so-called ‘pearl of Islam’. There are 82 canyon-view rooms and 33 pool villas with private gardens, all based around a central courtyard.
The elegant design leans towards a modern version of classic Arabian luxe – expect a muted colour palette that blends seamlessly with the evolving hues of the arid landscape. The resort’s lofty topography means palatable climes can be expected year-round and there’s a knock-out infinity pool that is not to be missed. Choose from three restaurants, including one housed in a fort, as well as a shisha bar and spa with five treatment rooms. As one might expect from such hypnotic terrain, activities on site include biking, hiking, climbing, abseiling and mountaintop yoga. anantara.com
Words from Blossom Green