|UAE, November: Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort offers the perfect mountaintop retreat for those looking to enjoy a unique festive getaway with friends and loved ones this holiday season. Being the highest five-star resort in the Middle East, guests can enjoy mesmerising views across the famed mountain range whilst indulging in sumptuous feasts, taking part in family entertainment and relaxing with winter warming treatments in the Anantara Spa.
With the mountain climate offering cooling temperatures over the festive period, it provides the perfect excuse to snuggle up under blankets next to a warming fire. There’s even a chance of spotting snow-dusted peaks to make it feel like a true mountain escape.
Throughout December, this mountainside retreat will welcome the festive season with some extra special touches for the whole family to enjoy:
Festive Afternoon Tea: The resort’s Al Baha restaurant will put on an array of seasonal treats for an afternoon tea to remember. In a beautiful courtyard setting, guests can enjoy homemade cranberry scones served with clotted cream and fresh berries, beef and caramelised onion bites, turkey and stuffing rolls with cranberry compote, smoked salmon, quail eggs and caviar, plus assorted tartlets and cakes.
Winter Wonderland Pampering: Discover a warming thermal journey at Anantara Spa combined with a pink Himalayan salt steam, aromatic spiced sauna and heated Jacuzzi pools. Those looking to unwind will enjoy a muscle melting spa experience with a Balinese salt scrub and mask, infused with aloe vera, soothing chamomile flower and lavender. To complete the journey, spa goers will find themselves wrapped in a thermal blanket with a choice of hydration facial or foot massage, topped with a heavenly chocolate massage application.
Price starts from OMR 75 per person.*
Kids Activities: Youngsters are well taken care of in the build-up to the big day with a line-up of festivities and events throughout the resort. They can sing along to Christmas carols, master their craft at the Asfour Kids Club, check out the gingerbread house at the lobby, indulge in festive treats, try their hand at pizza making and cupcake decorating and gaze up to the stars from the stargazing fort.
Christmas Tree Lighting: The festive season truly kicks off on the 21st December with the annual lighting of the Christmas tree. Everyone is invited to gather together for this special tradition to enjoy a Christmas carol sing along with a heavenly choir, and the sharing of gifts.
Festive Dining with Mountain Views: Al Maisan provides the perfect venue for an unforgettable dining experience this holiday season. With an elevated mountainside location, guests can enjoy festive delights whilst taking in views of the vast Al Hajar mountain range.
Christmas Day Lunch: Guests are invited to treat loved ones and enjoy a traditional Christmas lunch at Al Maisan, with a selection of the finest meats and seafood at the elevated restaurant. It’s the perfect setting to exchange gifts whilst indulging in festive treats as the beverages flow throughout the afternoon.
Price: OMR 18 per person*; Time: 1.00pm to 3.30pm.
Christmas Day Dinner: For a truly celebratory feast later that evening, guests are invited to Al Maisan to dine on a selection of the finest fare from around the globe, complete with an extra special visit from Santa and his elves, who will be dropping by to wish everyone a very merry Christmas.
Price: OMR 18 per person*; Time: 7.00pm to 11.00pm.
What better way to ring in 2018 than from the highest luxury resort in the Middle East, surrounded by the majestic mountaintops of Al Jabal Al Akhdar, in the company of friends and loved ones. With a choice of three venues, guests can choose to see in the New Year toasting with a loved one in a traditional fort tower surrounded by twinkling lanterns at Al Qalaa; celebrate under the stars with the whole family, taking in mountain views from the elegant terrace at Al Maisan; or enjoy an elaborate gala dinner in the grand Banquet Rooms.
Price: 125 OMR/person, Children 1-6 dine complimentary, Children ages 6-12 62.5 OMR.
Amidst all the celebrations and festivities, guests can also choose to stay cosy in one of the resort’s 115 luxury rooms and villas that offer views of the dramatic canyon and tranquil gardens, take a dip in the cliff-edge infinity pool, keep warm by taking part in the fitness and wellness activities available on the resort, or explore the rich culture and heritage of the surrounding landscape. To really get the adrenaline pumping, guests can experience the brand new Ultimate Jabal Activity Wall; a thrilling mountain climbing experience that involves navigating nearly 200 metres of via ferrata across the cliff edge, and a dramatic zip line finish across the plunging canyon below.
*All prices are subject to 8% government tax and 4% service charge.