|Oman – February 2017: Spectacularly secluded in the Al Hajar mountain range, Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort beckons the inquisitive traveller with an array of inspirational experiences, from mountaintop yoga and trekking to stargazing, archery and mountain biking. From March until May, guests can witness the full blooming and heady aroma of the Damask roses cascading down the mountain slopes, transforming the terraces of Jabal Akhdar into a riot of colour. With a special ‘Rose Water of Al Jabal Al Akhdar’ experience as well as a rose infused spa journey, guests visiting the resort this spring can truly immerse themselves into the delights of this treasured fragrant flower.
Those embarking on the rose water experience will have the chance to visit a rose garden and distillery. During the trip, guests will learn about the ancestral technique of extracting rosewater from the harvest petals using a little changed technique that has been perfected over the centuries. Guests can take home a memory of the mountain with a bottle of ‘Rose Potion’, ideal for renewing the skin, hair and body.
With a variety of climbing routes and hiking trails, visitors can explore the mountain range and soak in the beauty as bushes groan under the weight of flowers in full bloom and the sweet scent of roses wafts in the air. Whether it’s by foot, mountain bike, using ropes and harnesses or with a Via Ferrata, a steel cable that runs along the mountainside, guests can find the perfect vantage points for photo opportunities and experience the true majestic nature of this stunning mountain. A Mountain Guru, who grew up in a nearby village and has an unsurpassed knowledge of the local area, is on hand to spot local fauna and flora and guide guests through the blooming terraced rose gardens.
Meanwhile, those looking for a more laidback experience can enjoy a host of spa treatments and relax under the touch of trained therapists in the confines of the resort’s elegant spa. The Rose Rescue Ritual utilises the soothing, balancing and hydrating qualities of rose petals and luxuriant rose oil with a retreat that pampers from head to toe. A facial rehydrates the completion, while exotic oil nourishes the scalp, followed by a gentle full body polish and massage.
Whilst not indulging in the perfumed smell of roses, guests can participate in a wealth of experiences including trips to nearby heritages sites such as the deserted village of Birkat Al-Mouz that boasts the al falaj irrigation system or the ancient city of Nizwa, where guests can delve into the local way of life by visiting the vibrant souk. Catering towards the youngest travellers, a dedicated kids and teens club provides a host of engaging and educational activities such as arts and crafts, painting, nature walks, fossil discoveries and storytelling as well as an interactive treasure map, allowing kids to discover the wonders of the resort with the help of a dedicated team member.
– The Rose Water of Al Jabal Al Akhdar experience includes a trip to a nearby distillery. OMR 30 per person/OMR 55 per couple. AED 286 per person/AED 524 per couple.
Book the Anantara Al Jabal Short Breaks Special package from OMR 184. AED 1,755 per person.
To book, please visit the website, email email@example.com or call +968 2521 8000