Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar, Oman
As the Middle East’s highest five-star resort (at 2,000 metres above sea level), this place must surely win the award for best new adrenaline-junkie hotel. Opened in January 2017, and perched on the canyon-edge of the Saiq Plateau of Jabal Akhdar (Green Mountain), it’s not for faint-hearted honeymooners. The location and view are both head-spinningly spectacular. And there’s so much on over for thrill-seekers. Fancy rock climbing above a canyon with stunning views of the scenery? Tackle the Jabal Activity Wall, which has a variety of mountainside climbing routes for all abilities. If dangling from a rope isn’t your thing, why not strap yourself into a 4x4 buggy for some sand-dune dancing? Want to try yoga with a difference? Take a class on Diana’s Point (named a er Diana, Princess of Wales, who visited in 1986) and you’ll be saying namaste with a real corker of a view. For an afternoon of exploring, head to the local villages with your expert mountain guide, Maher Al Riyami. You’ll get to see how local damask roses are smoked to create traditional Omani rose water. Worn out? Make a trip to the serene spa to wind down, or head back to the peaceful luxury of your villa with its own temperature- controlled pool (as the hotel is at altitude, it can get very cold at night).
Our Kind Of Luxe For the ultimate rush, plus an eagle’s-eye view, abseil down sheer drop-offs (look out, too, for the new Canyon Swing we’ve heard whispers of).
Go A Premier Canyon View Room starts from £278 a night, on a B&B basis. Flights from London Heathrow or Manchester to Muscat start from £409 with Oman Air.
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