In this digital era of smartphones, tablets and constant stream of social media, families are increasingly stuck indoors and glued to their screens rather than embracing the fresh air and exploring the world around them. This summer, it’s time to unplug, get out of the house and answer the call of the wild with an adventure holiday to Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort in Oman. With soaring mountains, dramatic canyons, 15 degrees cooler summer climes and the chance for kids under 12 to stay for free, families can experience one of the world’s most exciting natural playgrounds, guaranteed to thrill younger travellers as well as offer a fresh perspective to parents.
With a range of exhilarating activities on offer, families visiting Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort can escape from the pressures and challenges of daily life and focus on building extraordinary experiences to form lasting memories. Watch their eyes wide open in wonder as they navigate the labyrinth of souks in Nizwa or their shrieks of glee as, donning a safety harness and helmet and under the guidance of qualified instructors, they step off the cliff edge and abseil down into the rocky gorge below. Accompanied by a local ‘Mountain Guru’, rappel down the mountainside to seek out abandoned villages and secret caves with a hiking trip, learn the ancient art of archery, explore the narrow roads via mountain bike or embrace the Bedouin’s traditional method of transport with complimentary donkey rides every Friday.
Back at the resort, the Asfour Kids Club offers a host of engaging and educational activities such as arts and crafts, painting, nature walks, fossil discovery sessions and storytelling as well as an interactive treasure map, allowing children to discover the wonders of the resort under the watchful eye of one of the resort’s guardians. Whilst little ones are kept occupied, weary parents can escape to the world-renowned Anantara Spa to indulge in locally-inspired treatments, treat themselves to an exhilarating scrub in the hammam or keep fit at the state-of-the-art fitness centre.
Families who are into their food can step behind the scenes of local Omani gastronomy or discover Anantara’s flavourful roots in Thailand with the resort’s signature cookery classes, Spice Spoons. All ages can get involved and accompany a chef to the resort’s garden before enjoying fun and hands-on cooking class, picking up secret tips so they can recreate their dishes at home.
Once day turns to dusk, guests can indulge in the art of stargazing. Perched 2,000 metres above sea level and with no light pollution, Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort is an incredible destination to watch the wonderful night sky, providing the perfect opportunity for kids to learn about constellations and how to use telescopes with their very own galaxy guide. Those looking to unearth their inner ‘Bear Grylls’ can pitch a tent for an unforgettable night under the star-filled skies before waking as the sunrises for another action-packed day.
A mere two-hour drive from Muscat or a five-hour drive from Dubai or Abu Dhabi, families can take relief from the sweltering temperatures and experience exclusive benefits on rooms, activities and dining. With the hotel’s exclusive GCC resident offer giving all guests 30% discount on the Best Available Rate, families can choose to stay in one of the 33 villas complete with private temperature controlled infinity pools, whilst the 82 Premier and Deluxe Rooms all offer views of the dramatic canyon.
The exclusive GCC resident offer includes the following benefits:
– 30% discount on Best Available Rate in a room or villa
– Daily Buffet Breakfast
– 20% discount on Anantara Spa treatments
– 20% discount on all food and beverages (excluding alcohol and tobacco)
– Show us how you stay cool, hashtag #BeatTheHeat and tag your friends for a chance to win a 2 night stay at the resort. Competition ends 31 August 2017.
– Rates are applicable to GCC and Omani residents only and a valid ID is required upon check-in.
– Kids below 12 stay for free
Offer is subject to availability
For more information or to make a reservation, please call +968 2521 8000 or email reservations.aaja@