Thanks to its dramatic mountain location and significantly cooler climes, summer’s a breeze at Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort
While the UAE swelters, summer in the mountains of Oman is a much cooler affair — some 15-20 degrees cooler than the rest of the GCC, in fact.
It’s here, perched 2,000 metres above sea level on Oman’s landmark Green Mountain and a mere two-hour drive from Muscat or a five-hour drive from Dubai or Abu Dhabi, that you’ll find the magnificent Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar, one of the world’s highest luxury resorts.
This is where a spectacular canyon-edge pool affords soul-stirring views, where you can gaze at the celestial splendour from the same spot in which the late Princess Diana once stood and stargazed, and where the revitalizing mountain air allows for ample al fresco activity at a time when elsewhere in the GCC you’d seek refuge indoors. That means that those imbued with a sense of adventure can immerse themselves in their remarkable surrounds via wadi hikes, mountain biking, or even a spot of sky running, which leads joggers up and along a 10km route to a finishing point of Hail Yemen and the prize of heart-tugging views. The daring can head to the recently launched Ultimate Jabal Activty Wall to dangle from Oman’s first mountain zipline or climb the highest route in the Middle East, which snakes for 200 metres across the cliff edge.
But outdoor pursuits aren’t limited to the adventurous. Here you can also be taught how to perfect your landscape shots by joining a class run by a respected photographer, learn how to paint your stunning surrounds, or perform your sun salutations at a yoga class as the sun actually rises before you.
The resort is also home to one of the finest spas in the Middle East, where the Revitalising Pomegranate Journey utilises the abundant pomegranates growing ripe around the resort. And six splendid restaurants and lounges, which provide a choice of cuisines and exciting settings — from a fine dining Arabian grill concept in a central fort tower and traditional Italian fare offered poolside, to tailor-made private dining experiences, canyon-side.
There’s simply nowhere better to the beat the heat this summer.
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