The highest five-star resort in the Middle East, the Anantara offers authentic Omani style and luxurious accommodation, amidst the most breathtaking desert canyon setting.
Built in the style of an Omani fort, the contemporary sand architecture here blends into the harsh beauty of the dusty mountains that surround it. As you step inside, you are greeted by staff in traditional Omani dress, which is the start of this opulent experience at altitude. From the meticulously kept lobby, with its warm woods and Omani art, you’ll walk through to the elegant open courtyard, where you can sink into the oversized wicker chairs or take a seat on a sunken sofa. As the sun sets, the intricate lanterns here light up, creating atmospheric evenings.
Absorb the 360 degree scenery from the stunning heated infinity pool or the awesome walkway out over the canyon – a viewpoint famous as where Princess Diana once stood. This is also a serene spot for yoga by sunrise or star gazing by night.
Be sure to allow time for dining at each of the four superb restaurants, each with its own character and influences. At Al Maison, there is international cuisine, with floor to ceiling mountain views, whilst in the regal red setting of Al Qalaa, authentic recipes of Arabia are created with flair. Bella Vista offers more casual poolside dining, reimagining a traditional Italian kitchen, with lighter snacks and superb afternoon teas on offer at Al Baha. For a quiet drink or shisha, the Al Burj bar lounge is an impressive retreat, with decorative iron lamp shades dominating the circular atrium down to the lobby below.
If you’re looking for something extra special, the hotel can arrange private clifftop dining, or if you simply don’t want to leave your villa, a personalised menu can be brought to you.
Premier rooms are the entry level accommodation, which are spacious, with furnished private balcony and canyon views. One bedroom villas offer more space and the added luxury of a private courtyard pool, with two and three bedroom villas also available, some of which also have their own clifftop infinity pool for the height of indulgence.
For more adventure outside the pool, cosy corners or soothing setting of the spa, there is certainly lots on the doorstep.. Join an Omani mountain guru to discover local villages, take a ‘Spice Spoons’ cooking class onsite, go trekking or mountain biking. For a real challenge, the Jabal Activity Wall offers cliff face climbing and zip lining!