The luxury resorts open this fall.
Oman is a land of contrasts, a country where sweeping desert dunes meet soaring mountain ranges and tranquil beaches. Many travelers are just starting to discover this Middle Eastern destination, which offers a decidedly different experience from the shopping and culture capitals of Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Doha.
And as of this fall, there’s even more reason to visit. Travel + Leisure can reveal exclusive photos of two Omani resorts set to open on Nov. 1: Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar, set 6,500 feet high in the Jabal Al Akhdar (Green Mountain) range, and Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara, a beach haven along the Arabian Gulf. Both offer a compelling reason for visitors to take a trip outside Muscat, the bustling Omani capital.
Just two hours from Muscat—but world’s away in terms of scenery and climate—Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar offers 115 sleek guest rooms and villas, all overlooking the region’s canyons and valleys. For many years, this part of Oman was inaccessible to travelers. Now, with the opening of the Anantara (which follows the 2014 debut of the Alila), Jabal Al Akhdar is poised to become a destination that caters to high-end adventure travelers. Guests can go on a hike or mountain bike ride, take a yoga class outdoors, or even try their hand at archery. But then they can retreat to the full service spa, complete with a Himalayan salt room and private hammam suite, or indulge in one of six restaurants and lounges.
Set in the southern region of Dhofar, Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara will appeal to both couples and families. With a design that plays off the area’s coastal fortresses, the resort's 136 plush guest rooms face the ocean, gardens, or a lagoon. Once the center of the frankincense trade, Dhofar is famous for its ancient ruins—as well as its temperate climate and beaches—and is an ideal escape, when paired with the mountainous Jabal Al Akhdar.