The name Al Jabal Al Akhdar is Arabic for “The Green Mountain.” It is perched 2,000 metres above sea level on the curving rim of a great canyon in the Sultanate of Oman’s vast Saiq Plateau. The resort is a secluded haven to recharge and recuperate, surrounded by breathtakingly beautiful rugged landscape.
Designed by award-winning French-Moroccan architect Lotfi Sidirahal from ‘Atelier Pod,’ Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar is inspired by the layout of the local villages to create a peaceful vista filled with fragrant rose bushes, indigenous fruit trees and lush green terraces. Constructed using traditional building techniques and local building materials (including stone from the mountain), the resort is an alluring blend that reflects Omani history and culture, with contemporary flair. Sanded earthy coloured façades blend seamlessly with the rugged mountainscape, with signature touches such as fort-like doors carved from solid wood, gently curving archways, decorative latticework, Arabesque lanterns and handmade pottery.
The 82 premier and deluxe rooms are positioned to offer a view that encompasses ancient villages clinging to the side of the vast canyon, allowing guests to marvel at the scenery, while lounging in a bath, relaxing in their private balcony or reclining from the comfort of their bed. Meanwhile, 11 cliff pool villas and a royal mountain villa overlook deep canyons forged by ancient rivers that plunge into the valleys below.
The spa welcomes guests with ancient hammam rituals, five treatment suites, private outdoor relaxation areas and separate male and female indoor swimming pools. Locally-inspired treatments include the ‘Revitalising Pomegranate Journey’ which utilises the nourishing and regenerating properties of fresh pomegranates blended with salt to perform a body ritual of scrub combined with an Arabian massage and a milk and oriental spice foot cleansing ritual.