Hotel Tour: 5-Star Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort, Oman

The six month old Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort was the second of three hotels I stayed at in Oman. I was invited for two complimentary nights to explore the resort and its facilities while in Nizwa. This post is not a review, but simply showcases the different room types, activities and dining options. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been paid to say or publish anything about the resort.


The brand new Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort is located approximately forty minutes from the historic village of Nizwa. The long drive up the mountains requires a 4×4 vehicle, and is incredibly scenic.

All guests receive a special welcome ceremony on arrival with an Omani musician, hot towels, and an escort to the lobby. I was checked-in whilst I enjoying some Arabic coffee with dates.

Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Lobby Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Lobby

The lobby of the hotel was huge, and had several different rooms.

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When everything was completed, I was escorted to my room by a Maldivian clerk. It was interesting hearing her story and why she’d left the Maldives to work here, when she had so many 5-star resorts to choose from at home.

Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar courtyard
The central resort courtyard.

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On the way, we passed a view point where you can socialize and watch the sunset over the mountains.

Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar

Small paths criss-cross through the newly planted greenery. These eventually brought me to my Deluxe Canyon View Room. Rates for this relatively “cheap” room category start at around $350 per night.

When I entered my room, the first thing I noticed was the beautiful Oman-inspired archway.

Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort Deluxe Canyon View Room Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort Deluxe Canyon View Room

There was a luggage rack, wardrobe, and safe to the left in the hallway.

Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort Deluxe Canyon View Room

When I arrived, there was a little surprise on my bed. If you’re interested, a similar welcome can be easily pre-ordered.

Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort Deluxe Canyon View Room Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort Deluxe Canyon View Room

Since it was dark when I arrived, I took these pictures of an identical neighboring room the following day. At the center of the room was the large double bed, which had four fluffy pillows per person.

Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort Deluxe Canyon View Room

Right above it was a grand wood headpiece with gold lanterns on either side.

Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort Deluxe Canyon View Room Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort Deluxe Canyon View Room

There is a couch on one side of the room next to a small table. Check out the teapot!

Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort Deluxe Canyon View RoomAnantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort Deluxe Canyon View Room

The table behind the couch featured various teas and coffees, and as well as complimentary water, which was appreciated.

Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort Deluxe Canyon View Room Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort Deluxe Canyon View Room

On the other side of the room there was a desk and TV. The Omani design of the TV-stand made a huge difference in the overall impression of the room. All too often resorts disconnect you from wherever you’ve traveled to, and often leave me longing to experience the local culture. Throughout the resort there were art pieces and design elements to remind me of my location and display local craftsmanship.

Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort Deluxe Canyon View Room

The desk behind the TV had multiple power ports, a phone dock, a resort guide, and a landline.

Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort Deluxe Canyon View Room Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort Deluxe Canyon View Room

My Deluxe Canyon View Room had a private balcony with a view of the canyon below.

Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort Deluxe Canyon View Room Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort Deluxe Canyon View Room

I loved being in the mountains and looking out over the sea of rock and then coming into the stone bathroom. A lot of materials used to build the hotel were actually sourced locally in the mountains of Jabal Akhdar.

Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort Deluxe Canyon View Room Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort Deluxe Canyon View Room Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort Deluxe Canyon View Room

The toiletries in my room were from Elemis. 
The toiletries in my room were from Elemis.

Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort Deluxe Canyon View Room

There was also champagne and fruit in my room, which I consumed in the bathtub while catching up on some TV shows.

Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort Deluxe Canyon View Room

At the end of the bathroom was a vanity station.

Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort Deluxe Canyon View Room

The shower had a similar stone interior to the bathroom.

Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort Deluxe Canyon View Room

One Bedroom Pool Cliff Villa

My personal favorite room, the Pool Cliff Villa, was stunning.

Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort Cliff Pool Villa Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort Cliff Pool Villa

It comes with a private infinity pool in addition to a large living room and separate bedroom.

Three Bedroom Royal Mountain Villa

This is the most exclusive of all the rooms, and costs upwards of $5200 per night. My upcoming YouTube property tour will show these villas in greater detail. To give a sneak preview, the highlight had to have been the bathtub.

Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Three Bedroom Royal Mountain Villa

The various rooms in the villa featured different designs and unique Omani art.

Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Three Bedroom Royal Mountain Villa

There was also a large private infinity pool with a jacuzzi.

Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Three Bedroom Royal Mountain Villa Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Three Bedroom Royal Mountain Villa

Activities

Being high up in Jabal Akhdar, you can either relax at the resort or explore the historic surrounding areas. There are many resort-led activities to choose from if the spa and sport facilities at the hotel aren’t enough. The tours are a great way to learn about the history and communities in Jabal Akhdar, and offer some unforgettable views.

Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Tour

I did the Three Villages cultural walk, which led me through Al Aqr, Al Ayn, and Ash Shirayjah.

Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Tour

I got to learn all about the plantations and how they used an ancient irrigation system in their prosperous farms. The environment in Jabal Akhdar is perfect for growing a multitude of fruits and vegetables, which gave the locals a competitive advantage when selling their produce at the Souqs in Nizwa.

Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Tour

The walk featured some nice views of the hotel as well.

Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Tour

Most of the buildings in the villages were abandoned, though a few Pakistani workers lived there to maintain the farms. The tour guide grew up in the last of the three villages, so he had a lot of stories to share.

Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Tour

At one point, this Omani man invited us into his home for Arabic coffee with dates and oranges. He didn’t speak a word of English, but was friendly and curious. I love sharing moments like these with locals when I travel.

Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Tour

That afternoon I did abseiling and rock climbing, which was a lot of fun (and a little scary). 😉

Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Tour Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Tour

I can’t imagine a cooler place to abseil down a cliff before climbing back up it.

The drop was quite intense.
The drop was quite intense.

Besides these paid activities, there was a wide array of past-times to do at the resort. They had a gym with tennis courts and children’s sections.

The path leading up to the gym.
The path leading to the gym.

Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Gym

The activity reception.
The activity reception.

Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Gym Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Gym Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Gym Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Gym

There were also rooms for teenagers to spend time with friends on a rainy day.

Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Teen Activity Room

For those looking to relax, there was a spa. Access to the general spa facilities was free of charge, though there were plenty of advanced private treatments available.

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The must-do thing when staying at the Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar is to watch the sunset from Diana’s Point (where Princess Diana went on her visit to Oman).

Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Diana's Point Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Diana's Point

The viewing platform is at the center of the resort and offers breathtaking views.

Diana's Point at the Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort.
Diana’s Point at the Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort.

Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Diana's Point Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Diana's Point Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Diana's Point Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Diana's Point Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Diana's Point

Dining

Breakfast was served at the restaurant Al Maisan.

Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Al Maisan Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Al Maisan Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Al Maisan

The spread was as impressive as the design.

Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Breakfast
There was a chef making various fresh snacks and desserts.

Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Breakfast

There were around 10 hot meal options…

Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Breakfast Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Breakfast Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Breakfast Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Breakfast

Then there was an enormous salad and Middle Eastern spread…

Then there was an enormous salad and Middle Eastern spread.

Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Breakfast

In addition to a fruit and juice spread…

Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Breakfast

And cereals with various yogurts.

Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Breakfast

For those with a sweet tooth, there were plenty of pastries to choose from.

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Some different sandwich toppings…

Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Breakfast

And a juicer!

Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Breakfast

There are a total of six restaurants serving lunch and dinner, though I won’t go into dinner in this post.

Bottom Line

The new Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar is a one-of-a-kind property. Despite being far from any big cities or easily navigable nature, there are a plethora of activities to choose from both at and outside the hotel. Whether you’re going as a family, couple, or alone, you’re guaranteed to enjoy your time and I look forward to staying here again one day.

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Comments

  1. Crazy, so much unemployment in Oman and you are led to your room by someone from the Maldives :p

  2. Paid “reviews ” are worthless. We can see those same pics and real reviews on Trip Advisor by people who spent their hard-earned money.

  3. If this is not a “review”, but rather a description with “opinions”, you probably should change the address of this post, which is “anantara-al-jabal-al-akhdar-resort-oman-review”

  4. @Jim it was about half full during my first day there when I took the photos, though I purposely tried to avoid people in the pictures 🙂

  5. I’ve been really critical of Daniel in the past, but I think people are laying into him a bit much here. The URL says “review”, but the title clearly says that this is a tour, not a full revew, and he has a disclosure that the rooms were comped right at the top.

    Daniel, it would be better in your disclosure if you don’t say you weren’t “paid” when you were comped the rooms, just disclose the comp and move on. Other than that I thought your disclosure was fine. The “Bottom Line” does read like an advert, though.

    That said, the place looks phenomenal!

  6. Yeah, folks are so critical of the nonsense “not a review so it doesn’t need to be properly disclosed.” It’s not like the FTC doesn’t have specific guidance on what bloggers should do under these circumstances. Oh wait, it does.

  7. @ Daniel:

    The Anantara brand is some type of timeshare with some type of marketing affiliation with Hiktin Grand Vacations Club (HGVC)

    I remember visiting the Marriott Vacation Club in Phuket in 2015 and very nearby was a new Anantara resort. When we would go into the little community restaurant and shopping plaza we were repeatedly approached to do a tour of Anantara (we didn’t)….they never mentioned Hilton, though. A few months later in Las Vegas we spoke with HGVC and they showed us that they had the Anantara brand available for timeshare exchanges.

    Did you observe any connection during your visit or see timeshare promotions beibg offered to guests?

  8. This place looks phenomenon! In general, the overall service in ME and Asia Hotels/Resorts are so much better than in Western countries that you feel like Royalty and would like to go back again! Thanks for sharing!

  9. Looks wonderful.
    How far is this place from Muscat and how long did it take to get there?
    That’s a huge food spread for a half empty resort.

  10. Thanks for sharing! Although there are 1 million other places I’d rather spend my vacation days at, its always nice to discover a new place through the posts.

  11. Just a stunning experience. The canyon is a unique geologic destination and the room is beautifully designed to capture the experience. Looking forward to the time and cash to check it out!

  12. We stayed here last month with out two teenagers. It’s an amazing resort and we’ll built to fit into the surroundings. The Friday brunch was incredible.

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