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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is relaxing luxury. Beautiful landscapes and excellent views from all rooms. This is a place where you don’t want to leave. Tracks for hiking - some pretty challenging - tennis and cultural excursions. Three restaurants - the one included in half board has many delicious option. Breakfast is superb and you can find healthy options. The terrace in morning light is so cool.
Be aware that you need a four wheel tracker to get into the region. Easiest to rent in airport.
And have a well packed credit card with you.

Date of stay: December 2019
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Thank Allan P
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DSymes_Anantara, General Manager at Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear Allan P,

Thank you for taking the time in sharing your fantastic review with us.

It is great to see that you had an amazing time with us, discovering and exploring the culture of Oman and we hope that you brought back some great stories to tell as well.

Once again, thank you and we hope to have the opportunity of welcoming you back to our Resort in the near future.

With kind regards,

Dagmar Symes

General Manager

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Reviewed January 14, 2020

This venue is unique, for sunset and relaxes. Locates in the mountains from Oman near Nizwa, Access road to the hotel is very curvy and caution is requested to drive; a four wheel drive is requested at the check point a police check point will accept or decline access if the car is not suitable. The venue, well decorated, with an excellent view to the mountains, sunset is unique not to forget service, attention and love to details, Spa is a must and swimming at the infinity pool overlooking the valley and mountains are in did an experience. To recommend the taste the Arabic restaurant, taste of food, service and attention are excellent. The best surprise is the breakfast buffet, you choose, between fresh mad juices, breads, and show cooking a small or almost a brunch. The hotel offers many services and attractions. Spectacular!

Date of stay: January 2020
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1  Thank BeateJ50
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DSymes_Anantara, General Manager at Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear BeateJ50,

Thank you for taking the time in sharing your fantastic review with us.

It is great to see that you had an amazing time with us, discovering and exploring the culture of Oman and we hope that you brought back some great stories to tell as well.

Once again, thank you and we hope to have the opportunity of welcoming you back to our Resort in the near future.

With kind regards,

Dagmar Symes

General Manager

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Reviewed January 13, 2020

After a longish drive from the airport and steepish climb in our 4x4, we arrived at this fabulous resort in the Green Mountain.

Pros:
- Super check-in experience with orientation, welcome drink and dates. Check-out was also excellent with various parting gifts. To be frank, the service throughout our stay was exemplary.

- Beautifully appointed room, large bathroom with separate shower, separate dressing area, and stunning views of the canyon and beyond. The room contained all mod-cons including bluetooth speaker/music system, a Nespresso machine (with capsules re-filled daily), and in-room movies channel which you don't normally find at other Middle Eastern hotels.

- The infinity pool overlooking the canyon was serene and magical, especially at sunset. Be careful with the sun, it’s much cooler in the mountains but the sun is extremely strong.

- Buffet dinner was well executed, with a good range of items albeit a little repetitive. Breakfast was also very good with separate egg station and pancake/waffle station.

- There’s an excellent spa, good gym, tennis court and a bicycles available for hire.

Cons:
- Some of the activities, such as rock climbing, are quite expensive. Others you can undertake yourself for free, e.g. the walking tour of the three villages (a route map is provided).

Overall, this was a truly memorable place for our brief stay in Oman.

Date of stay: December 2019
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1  Thank Zigett
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DSymes_Anantara, General Manager at Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort, responded to this reviewResponded January 14, 2020

Dear Zigett,

Thank you for taking the time in sharing your fantastic review with us.

It is great to see that you had an amazing time with us, discovering and exploring the culture of Oman and we hope that you brought back some great stories to tell as well.

Once again, thank you and we hope to have the opportunity of welcoming you back to our Resort in the near future.

With kind regards,

Dagmar Symes

General Manager

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Reviewed January 13, 2020

As one of the world’s loftiest resorts at 9,800 ft, Anantara is truly one kind of its own- and became my favorite resort on this planet. The Anantara has breathtaking views of vast, jagged canyons that are best enjoyed from the hotel’s protruding platform, Diana’s Point (named for Princess Diana). It’s incredible to see such a high level of laid back and relaxed luxury in such a remote, natural place, with in-villa infinity pools, three divine restaurants and excellent activities.
No wonder Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort were listed as one of the top 100 hotels in the world by Elite Traveller and were bestowed the TripAdvisor 2019 Travellers’ Choice Award for ‘Best Luxury Hotel in Oman’.
But not enough - in May, the Spa at Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort was named ‘Leading Hotel Spa of the Year’ by the Leaders in Hospitality Awards. It was also recognized by the 2019 Conde Nast Johansens Awards for Excellence.

Long inaccessible, Al Jabal Al Akhdar (Arabic for “The Green Mountain”) is a towering massif on the Sultanate of Oman’s vast Saiq Plateau. Today, the arrival experience takes guests on an adventurous drive – two hours from Muscat International Airport or four and half hours from Dubai – past date plantations, dry riverbeds known locally as wadis, and historical forts. The drive to the property is already a adventure and we enjoyed this drive so much. The pick up from the resort was with a high end equipped 4 wheel car- the most gentle and intelligent driver who had a little pick nick and cooled drinks with him. Before you even set a step on Anantara the overwhelming performance of hospitality was performed doing the drive to the mountain resort.

The hotel’s classic Omani design features sand-hued, domed archways with intricate Omani patterns, an open-air courtyard with a fire pit and surrounding comfy sofas, and blooming flower gardens with trickling streams. Be sure to visit the spa, also designed in an Omani style, for a treatment using the mountain’s damask roses.
Designed by award-winning French-Moroccan architect Lotfi Sidirahal from ‘Atelier Pod’, celebrated for creating harmony between architecture, interior and landscape, the resort reflects its culturally rich and diversely vibrant background. Prior to the design, Lotfi and his team spent considerable time exploring the surrounding area, meeting with inhabitants of the mountains and visiting abandoned villages to immerse themselves into the culture and ensure the resort stays true to the charm and intrigue of its locale.

A total of 115 luxury rooms and villas overlook either the dramatic canyon or tranquil gardens. Each features its own indigenous luxuries from custom-made Omani furniture to Amouage bath products evoking the region’s indigenous fragrances. The resort’s 82 Premier and Deluxe Rooms boast a spacious bedroom, amongst the largest in the country, each with views of the dramatic canyon and a spa-like bathroom carved out of sustainable material from the local area, complete with a rain shower and separate bath alongside a balcony. Meanwhile, the 33 villas grant guests an intimate escape each with personal villa host services and a private infinity pool overlooking the cliffs or hidden in an exotic garden. Guests have the choice of either one or two bedrooms or the exclusive Three Bedroom Royal Mountain Villa. Each villa features state-of-the-art interactive LED IPTVs and spacious living area, all adding to a sense of sublime luxury.

The hospitality at Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort is as unique and striving as the property itself. The most attentive employees are like invisible servants- who are there in the second you need them. I guarantee you- you will see smiling faces everywhere during your stay. The employees mostly local are well educated and bring a most authentic and heartfelt ambiance to this property. You can feel that a great management behind has its eyes on every little detail here and that the team at Anantara has just one goal- to make your stay an unforgettable one.

The excellent room service was a one kind of experience and to be honest – it is really hard to leave the most wonderful villas in the evening. The magic sunset and the extraordinary starry sky will keep you glued at the wonderful terrace.

With a selection of five restaurants and lounges to choose from, guests can indulge their senses with experiences ranging from a fine dining Arabian grill concept and poolside Mediterranean restaurant to an all-day international dining restaurant serving world classics and a rooftop shisha lounge, with the pleasant climate allowing for year-round alfresco dining. The Bella Vista Restaurant was awarded ‘Best Italian Restaurant’ & ‘Restaurant of the Year’ at the 15th Oman Restaurant Awards.
The Pasta I had here was better than anything else I had on my vacations in Italy.
The ultimate gastronomic experience, Anantara’s ‘Dining by Design’, gives guests the chance to dine at the spectacular cliff-edge platform, Diana’s Point, named after Diana, Princess of Wales, who visited the exact spot in November 1986. Surrounded by flickering candles, guests can enjoy an unparalleled private dining experience courtesy of their very own chef and served by a personal butler as they revel in the soothing sounds of the great outdoors.

Other highlights at the resort include a cliff-edge infinity pool and a state-of-the-art Fitness Centre, tennis court and world-acclaimed Anantara Spa. Harnessing the essence of Arabia, the spa welcomes guests with ancient hammam rituals, five treatment suites, private outdoor relaxation areas and separate male and female indoor swimming pools.

With an intriguing heritage dating back thousands of years, culture lovers can pay a visit to the plethora of nearby heritage sites. Climb to the top of the ancient city of Nizwa for a bird’s-eye view of the crenelated roofs of what was once a centre for trade and Islamic studies. Delve into the local way of life by visiting the fascinating souk, renowned for its Friday cattle auction, intricately hand-carved “khanjars” (daggers) and ornamental silver jewellery. Marvel at old world engineering in the deserted village of Birkat Al-Mouz, a UNECSO World Heritage Site that boasts the al falaj irrigation system, a central component of Omani history which has allowed life to flourish in the otherwise arid desert environment.

For me the Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort was the discovery of the year and this most awesome property shows elevated luxury on the highest level.
A genuine place for the modern traveler who is searching for heartfelt hospitality in the world’s most exciting destinations.

Room tip: all rooms are wonderful but the Villas are so special and amazing
Date of stay: November 2019
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1  Thank UdoLandow
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DSymes_Anantara, General Manager at Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort, responded to this reviewResponded January 14, 2020

Dear UdoLandow,

Thank you for taking the time in sharing your fantastic review with us.

It is great to see that you had an amazing time with us, discovering and exploring the culture of Oman and we hope that you brought back some great stories to tell as well.

Once again, thank you and we hope to have the opportunity of welcoming you back to our Resort in the near future.

With kind regards,

Dagmar Symes

General Manager

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Reviewed January 12, 2020 via mobile

Amazing experience
Villa was great
The spa is lovely
January can be a bit cold , so February is a better
Summer will be cool
The drive is not so far from muscat , but you will need a 4 wheel drive

Special thanks to muriel & judith

Date of stay: January 2020
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Thank Altawheed
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DSymes_Anantara, General Manager at Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort, responded to this reviewResponded January 14, 2020

Dear Altawheed,

Thank you for taking the time in sharing your fantastic review with us.

It is great to see that you had an amazing time with us, discovering and exploring the culture of Oman and we hope that you brought back some great stories to tell as well.

Once again, thank you and we hope to have the opportunity of welcoming you back to our Resort in the near future.

With kind regards,

Dagmar Symes

General Manager

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