An island in the desert

Among the rocky and awesome contours of the Green Mountain, in Oman, at over 2000 meters high, the Anantara Resort alternates fascinating architectures with refined interior solutions

The terrace, almost suspended over the Grand Canyon, between sky and earth, immediately immerses guests in the atmosphere of the place, where you can feel the power and breath-taking immensity of nature. To create these impressive spots, the design of the hotel, which is perched on the Grand Canyon Jabal Al Akhdar (which means Green Mountain) began with a thorough examination of the area by architect Lotfi Sidirahal and his Atelier Pod team. An inspection to understand the local architecture, to study the details of the architecture and landscape of Birkat al Mawz village and Jabrin Fort, and to meet mountain communities, analysing vernacular architecture. This learning phase was essential for developing a project in which volumes, light, materials and decorative details achieve perfect harmony between form and function, while adapting to the climate and local culture. The luxury 24,000 sq m resort covers a 66,000 sq m plot of land and consists of 115 bedrooms (82 deluxe rooms and 33 villas), six restaurants and lounge bars, a spa and various recreational facilities. Atelier Pod was responsible for both the architectural project and the interior design. The hall features a wooden geodesic dome with a diameter of 10 meters, beneath which stands a monolithic hexagonal water fountain.
The atmosphere of the patio, the heart of the resort, is enlivened by a souk, which attracts customers once a week, by a coffee shop, library and by various avenues that lead to different restaurants. The kitchens offer all types of dishes, from exotic or Moroccan food to Italian dishes, alongside Middle Eastern specialities, mixtures of spices and flavoured hookahs. For a continental menu, you can choose the Al Maisan restaurant, Bella Vista for lovers of Italian food and good wine, while Al Qalaa, located in a tower at the centre of the resort, offers the best of Arabic and Oman cuisine. For cocktails and relaxation under the stars, you can visit the Al Baha, Al Burj and Al Shourfa lounge bars. Atelier Pod collaborated with LDC Madrid for lighting and with HED London for landscaping. The interior reflects Oman’s culture with a minimalist style, enhanced by local artwork, Arabic lanterns and hand-made ceramics. The 82 deluxe rooms offer a spacious bedroom with a spa bathroom, complete with a bathtub and rain shower. The 33 villas have one or two bedrooms and a private pool (at a controlled temperature) with an infinity design and the crags or hidden in the exotic garden. The Anantara Spa, with its hot tubs, loungers and hammocks, integrates the traditional “Falaj” channel system, which, as it provides water, produces a sound that immerses guests in the peace that characterizes this place.

Owner/Developer: MODPF
Hotel operator: Anantara Hotels

Architectural and interior design: Lotfi Sidirahal, Atelier Pod
Furnishings: Global Woodwork, Sun and Shades

Lightings: Moroccan Bazaar
Bathrooms: Duravit, Grohe
Photo credits: courtesy of Anantara Hotels and Resorts

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