Discover | Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort

07 Jan 2018
3 min read
FOUR takes a look at the highest five-star resort in the Middle East, which like Oman, offers untouched tranquillity for those looking to unwind and reconnect.

Clinging to the edge of a dramatic gorge in the spectacular setting of the secluded Al Hajar mountain range, the restorative powers of nature are harnessed in a calming environment, delivering pampered serenity in a sanctuary of wellness at Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort

Rooted in the beautiful Kingdom of Thailand, the essence of Anantara’s wellness philosophy stems from ancient Sanskrit origins. At Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort, this philosophy is expressed in perfect harmony with the Middle East’s rich cultural traditions, resulting in a radiant sense of wellbeing. Incorporating Balance, Anantara’s innovative wellness concept, the resort offers total flexibility with a variety of health, wellbeing and healing elements, along with the freedom to relax and indulge at the luxurious spa. Guests are invited to book private consultations and treatments with the expert team, take healthy cooking classes and incorporate juicing into their diet, or work out in the privacy and convenience of their room with Anantara’s gym kit service.

The Anantara Spa features holistic therapies, combining a healing touch and pure active botanicals to restore vitality, balance and spirit to mind and body. Guests are enveloped by a sense of peace as they relax under the soothing touch of trained therapists in one of the five beautifully appointed suites. Post treatment, spa-goers continue the blissful experiences, reclining beside the indoor swimming pool or in the Jacuzzi, in the separate women’s and men’s hydro-facilities, or at the outdoor relaxation areas which offer a high level of privacy. A range of healing massages, stimulating scrubs, radiant facials and replenishing wraps use indigenous ingredients harvested from nearby pomegranate trees, rose terraces and frankincense plantations. Locally inspired treatments include the ‘Revitalising Pomegranate Journey’ which utilises the nourishing and regenerating properties of fresh pomegranates blended with salt in a revitalising body scrub, complemented with an Arabian massage and a milk and oriental spice foot cleansing ritual.

Guests can embark on a journey to inner peace at the traditional hammam. Enhanced by the luxurious setting, the experience leaves guests feeling refreshed and renewed, as it has done since ancient times. A tradition that has evolved over thousands of years, spa visitors can enjoy an exhilarating salt scrub before relaxing with a purifying body wrap and cleansing with an olive foam soaping, all surrounded by heated marble. Meanwhile, the Himalayan Salt Room combines ancient reverence for salt from the Himalayas with advanced modern therapy, allowing guests to experience how salt-filled air rejuvenates naturally and powerfully to draw out toxins, deep cleansing the skin and purifying the body.

A fitness centre and tennis court helps guests to keep fit and achieve their personal targets even whilst on holiday. State-of-the-art equipment includes a freedom-climber – the first outside of the U.S. Its revolutionary rotating surface creates a realistic climbing experience in a safe, low-level environment. Meanwhile, a range of group exercise classes include aerobics, bootcamp and aqua aerobics to help tone and energise the body, complemented by holistic exercise such as mountaintop yoga to de-stress the mind and body. Inspirational and bespoke experiences such as trail walking, summit biking and skyrunning, an extreme form of altitude running, make the most of the surrounding mountainscape.

Guests can boost their wellbeing further with Anantara’s Balance Wellness Programme, which includes three-day De-stress and Relax, Detox and Weight Loss or Peaking Fitness packages. Freshly blended juices packed with natural goodness are available alongside wellness cuisine that offers delicious and nutritional options. Specialist cookery classes using local produce and techniques allow guests to incorporate healthier eating habits in their own kitchens.


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