Escape to Oman02/01/2020
The first thing that strikes me about Oman is how candid and friendly the people are. Upon arrival and through immigration I was asked about how my flight was with genuine interest. A mere 7 hours from London, Oman is the perfect hiatus from the tyranny of the nine to five!
The journey to the Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort is an experience in itself, the winding roads set against the stunning backdrop of the mountains was most definitely an exciting start to our adventure. As we make our way to Jebel Akhdar (which I'm told means the green mountain) the highest peak is 3000 meters which is also the highest peak in all of Arabia. This region is most famously renowned for it's rose water and although we didn't sample any, I was advised that it has many health benefits including aiding digestion and being good for the skin.
The Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort displays spectacular views and is nestled on the edge of a canyon. After our site inspection, I relaxed, and we had some time to unwind after the journey. I stayed in a Deluxe Canyon View Room, which is located on the first floor. I hadn't been in my room long before I got a message from a member of our group exclaiming that a curious goat had come to pay a visit!
After our site inspection, we met our guide Maher for the Three Village Walk. This was a real adventure and perhaps not one for the faint-hearted. We explored the abandoned villages, it was difficult not to fall behind the group whilst surveying the stunning scenery. See below the mountain backdrop against an unsullied sky.
Most of the walkways were Falaj water systems (so it's important to take proper shoes) what I found particularly intriguing was that the village doors had on them as opposed to numbers. Typically this could be something that displays what trade a villagers has, such as images of crops. Often the doors would have a star on them to symbolise being next door to a mosque. Another highlight of the trip was the sunrise yoga.
Next stop... The Chedi
The name actually translates to 'the temple' in Thai which is pretty spot-on as the hotel has such a relaxed and tranquil feel (yet just 20 minutes from the airport so an ideal way to end our trip). We were lucky enough to stay in The Chedi Club Suite.
My favourite aspect of this stunning hotel was the spa, the massage was a lovely way to unwind after an exciting trip. Another highlight of course is the Long Pool. Personally I think this hotel is a great place to end a trip to Oman, with it's proximity to the airport making it the ideal way to end your itinerary after some arduous walks in the mountains.
Oman is the perfect destination for a quick getaway and you can make it as active or relaxed as you like. The contrast between desert, sea and mountains gives Oman a unique feel. Most of all Oman is perfect for a short hiatus, a place to escape to break the tyranny of the nine to five.
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