Admire canyon majesty from the infinity pool edge, or the viewpoint where Princess Diana once stood. Paint and photograph the dramatic landscape. Then explore it on foot or by bike. Retrace history with trips to ancient forts and souk alleys that stir the senses. Stargaze night after night.View Discovery Brochure.
Landscape Photography Lessons
Learn to capture the vast and microscopic spaces of Al Jabal Al Akhdar’s striking scenery. Get to grips with the basics, mastering how to use a digital single-lens reflex camera with a qualified photography guide.
Receive a cheat sheet on the rough settings for popular outdoor subjects to use as your starting point. Then snap away – framing the canyon’s contrasts all around you.
Sessions are 1 – 2 hours and involve light walking.
Landscape Painting Lessons
Use the awe-inspiring Hajar Mountains as your dramatic muse. Brush up your acrylic painting skills in a lesson with our painting guide. Pick up technical tips. Learn creative colour combinations, how to dilute with water for special effects, and how to use different brush types to create a memorable masterpiece.
Sessions are 1 – 2 hours.
Jabal Activity Wall
Tackle the Hajar mountain range with a variety of gradual and intermediate climbing routes. Choose your ascent - by foot, using ropes and harnesses, or trying the Via Ferrata steel cable which runs along the mountainside.
Under the guidance of qualified mountain instructors, the Via Ferrata provides 20-metre-long steep and exciting climbs, and also allows the more adventurous to abseil down sheer drop-offs for an eagle’s eye view.
Try your hand at one of the world’s oldest and most noble sports. Train your eye, fine tune your aim and strengthen your upper body as you master the ancient art of archery. Static targets are set at different shooting ranges, to cater for all abilities and provide an increasing challenge.
60-minute archery sessions are limited to six guests per range.
Suitable for adults and children aged 8 years and above.
Map out exciting mountain routes. Rent complimentary bicycles to explore the grounds of our beautiful canyon-edge resort. Or head out to investigate the fascinating local highlights on our doorstep, with the option of a Bike Buddy to accompany you.
Energise your body and clear your mind through the power of asana postures and breathing techniques. Enjoy yoga atop the scenic lookout of Diana’s Point. Book a morning session for vistas of sunrise over the canyon.
Alternatively, retreat to Anantara Spa’s hammam for Bikram yoga, letting your body detox naturally in 40% humidity as an instructor guides you through traditional Hatha poses.
Cinema Under the Stars
Experience an epic evening under the stars. Watch a film on a giant screen, right beside the canyon. Enjoy refreshments, gourmet popcorn and a specialty dining menu. Or make it the ultimate night out, choosing flame-grilled dishes from a sumptuous BBQ menu, as the stars play out all around you.
Spice Spoons - Anantara Cooking Classes
Step behind the scenes of local gastronomy culture, or discover Anantara’s flavourful roots in Thailand. Richly interactive, the experience begins with a private tour of our chef’s garden – introducing you to indigenous ingredients, their health properties and significance in local life. Don your apron for a step by step cooking class - picking up secret tips from an expert chef as you learn how to balance and craft authentic recipes from Thai or Omani cuisine. Savour your labours of love for lunch. Take home new skills to impress friends and family back home.
Perched 2,000 metres above sea level and with no light pollution, Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar is a stargazing paradise. Star discovery and education makes this a playful quest for younger guests.
Stargazing sessions are 30-minutes each, and are subject to availability and weather conditions.
Ultimate Jabal Activity Wall
Explore thrilling new heights on Oman’s first mountain zip line and one of the highest climbing routes in the Middle East. Snaking nearly 200 metres across the cliff edge, the Via Ferrata steel cable allows intrepid climbers to use their hands and strategically placed metal steps to traverse the vertical rock face, before navigating jagged rock formations, ladders and vertical stairs. Below, the vast canyon plunges to its deepest point, revealing unsurpassed views of Green Mountain from an exhilarating, and otherwise inaccessible angle. Towards the end of the hour-long climb, two zip lines suspended high above the canyon allow thrill seekers to fly through the air for the ultimate adrenaline rush.
Designed to the highest European safety standards, the course is suitable for all abilities and features a series of escape routes so that uneasy climbers can quickly ascend back up to the mountaintop. A team of certified instructors, trained by a highly experienced British mountain guide, are on hand to assist climbers as they attach themselves to the cables using a waist harness and a locked carabiner system, dispensing the need to clip and unclip for extra safety.
Please note that this activity is subject to availability and weather conditions.
Keep fit and firm, or burn off calories so you can splurge more on dinner. Workout on the latest fitness and free weight machines - recharging energy levels with a variety of high and low impact exercises.
Infinity Swimming Pool
A dramatic canyon vista gives our unique infinity pool and belvedere a striking backdrop. Swim in temperature-controlled water or soak in the heated Jacuzzis, while little ones play in the children’s pool. Refresh with pool bar beverages and light bites.
At dusk, sip sundowners to the daily ritual of Omani drums, Arabian chanting and the lighting of fire torches. In the evenings, cosy up on sofas around glowing fires.
In the heart of our resort, the most famous viewpoint is named after Diana Princess of Wales, who graced this site with Prince Charles in 1986. Charles spent most of his time painting the scenery in water colours, while Diana read a book.
Make your own royal escape to this majestic platform. Drink in the canyon’s rugged beauty over refreshments. Watch the sun rise and set as you practice yoga. Or indulge in a tailor-made Dining by Design journey.
Souq & Boutique
Enjoy the convenience of purchasing holiday essentials such as sunscreen and souvenirs from the Anantara Boutique. Browse for traditional Omani and local cultural gifts at the Souk Al Qalaa, such as rose water and intricate hand-carved khanjar daggers – for your own keepsake memories or presents for loved ones.
Take out a book from our extensive collection. Stay in touch and up to date with complimentary access to the library’s Apple computers and business centre services. Enrich your knowledge of Oman’s enchanting landscapes and heritage, using the LED touch screen digital museum to browse information and pictures.
Asfour Kids Club
Let your little ones discover our exciting Asfour Kids Club world, make new friends and enjoy their own playful mountain holiday. Art and craft activities nurture creativity.
Resort nature walks inspire curiosity. Indoor and outdoor play areas offer endless fun - from a trampoline, rocking horses and a basketball hoop, a large selection of books and toys, to a playground jungle gym with swings, a slide and climbing frames.
Jabal Teens Club
Just for teenagers, this private enclave offers a cool place to hang out and socialise. Xbox, foosball, a billiards table and board games keep young minds engaged. The internet café lets them stay in touch online. Hiking trips offer the excitement of real exploration.
An energising pedal power adventure. Cycle up to Say Qatanah to view modern Omani architecture and traditional village life. Make your way up to the summit for a spectacular aerial view of Hail Yemen’s old abandoned houses, rose and pomegranate farms.
Three Village Trail Hike
Enjoy an easy walk at high altitude, following old paths that link the age-old mountain villages. Admire terraced farmland and ancient falaj irrigation systems, fossilised coral and a traditional working rose water distillery. Experience the breath-taking beauty of the western Hajar Mountains which changes with the seasons.
Test your stamina with extreme mountain running at 2,000 metres above sea level. Jog along a 10-km route all the way up to Hail Yemen, to be rewarded by spectacular views. Admire farms of roses and pomegranates that surround the abandoned houses where Yemeni villagers once lived.
Sign up for a choice of energising fitness boosts. Dance it out in aerobic and aqua aerobic classes. Burn off stress and calories with the camaraderie of boot camp. Enlist a tennis buddy to practice your backhand at the tennis court. Let our personal trainer put you through your paces and improve your technique.