Every spring, the mountain slopes surrounding Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort in the Al Hajar mountains in Northern Oman come alive with indigenous pink Damask roses. During rose season, which runs from mid-March until early May, guests can learn how the flowers are used to make oil for perfume and rose water, explore the rose covered slopes with an expert mountain guide and meet the local rose-pickers for a truly immersive experience.
Situated two hours from Muscat at 2000m above sea level, Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort is one of the highest hotels in the Middle East. Set amongst climbing routes and hiking trails, guests can explore the surrounding landscape as it is in full bloom. Accompanied by the resort’s Mountain Guru, who grew up in Al Jabal Al Akhdar, guests can visit one of the oldest rose water distilleries in the area, where they will discover the ancient technique of extracting pure rose water from the harvest petals. They can join local rose-pickers plucking the blossoms from the stems, which are then placed inside traditional mud ovens, known as ‘Al-duhjan’, for distillation.
In addition, Anantara Spa is to feature a signature 90-minute ‘Rose Rescue Ritual’ that utilises the soothing, balancing and hydrating properties of the Damask rose. The treatment starts with a rose infused welcome drink, followed by a milk and rose petal foot ritual and a calming and nourishing rose themed express facial. The treatment ends with a body massage with balancing rose oils.
Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort is offering a special Rose Season Package for two, which includes an overnight stay in a room or villa with breakfast, the rose water tour and the rose rescue ritual from £580.
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