Don’t make your downtime a dull binge-fest of boxed sets and potato chips. Treat yourself to some real relaxation, where delectable dishes in wondrous settings await your attention. Y picks five of the best.
So, you’ve had a long week at work. Your best way to kick back and relax over the weekend would be to binge-watch your favourite Netflix series while stuffing yourself with chips and fizzy drinks – sound about right?
While all that’s, well, tolerable, it’s about time you did something more; like, for instance, indulge in a spot of birdwatching atop the Jebel Shams, while grilling one (chicken, we hope) for supper.
But if cooking by yourself isn’t what you had in mind for the weekend, why don’t you head to one of these stunning restaurants that do a remarkable job in setting right the tone for your evening? And all while you enjoy the sun settling into the tall peaks of the Al Hajar mountains as the sky paints itself in an orange hue that you only believed existed on your gogglebox.
Picture perfect? We’d sure like to think so.
Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa
It’s hard to classify the Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa as a hotel; it’s an experience. From the moment you enter the gate, you’re cocooned by trees that further guide you to your hotel. Not to forget, the turquoise-blue waters outline the scenery like you’ve never seen before in Oman. There are several restaurants within the hotel – and it’s up to you to pick your cuisine of choice. Just keep in mind that every restaurant comes with its own view – each handpicked to suit the cuisine. But if a relaxing meal by the beach is what you seek, the contemporary Italian restaurant, Capri Court, should be your choice. Just the thought of delving into a slice of freshly baked, thin-crust pizza, peppered with piping hot melted mozzarella while enjoying a view of the beach should have you hooked.
For more information, visit: www.shangri-la.com/muscat/barraljissahresort
The View Hail Al Shas
Oman’s signature is its mountain ranges – and some of these are even tall enough to peak through the thick clouds to greet those flying over our lands. If you’re looking to be a part of one of those mountains – at least for a few hours – then look no further; The View Hail Al Shas has you covered. Nestling safely in the scenic valley of Hail Al Shas, this luxury resort aims to provide those seeking an all-Omani experience with not what you need but rather what you deserve – all while seated 1,400m above your home in Muscat. The View Restaurant also offers – if timed correctly – a delicious breakfast as the rays of the sun gleams through the cracks on the mountains.
For more information, visit: http://www.theviewoman.com
Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort
How amazing is it that a mere two-hour drive will land you in a place in Oman with climes that can put European countries to shame? Pack your bags and escape city life – the work, the heat, and all superfluous stresses – and head to the Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort. It’s an experience you’ll never forget; from stargazing at the spot Princess Diana once stood to simply soaking in the tranquil air of the canyon overlooking the Al Hajar mountains. It’s funny how dining is only third on our list of things to do. But when you eventually decide to do so, ask for ‘Dining by Design’. Not only will the chef tailor your meal, the staff – which will include a butler – will also set you a magical evening by the canyon’s edge.
For more information, visit: www.anantara.com/en/jabal-akhdar
Alila Jabal Akhdar Oman
Let’s get the obvious facts out of the way: The Alila Jabal Akhdar Oman is a majestic hotel set in the heart of the Al Hajar Mountains. Five-star rating, luxury cottages, and adventure activities abound, and the hotel is a haven for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of city life… literally! Of course, when you’re all done with rock climbing and sightseeing, you can head to the Juniper Restaurant for a nice, relaxing, and authentically Arabic supper – all served to you outdoors, as the calm, light mountain breeze carries you into a state of nirvana.
For more information, visit: www.alilahotels.com/jabalakhdar
The Chedi is much more than just a hotel; it’s become one of Oman’s most iconic names in the hospitality industry over time. Set in the heart of the Al Ghubra, though, overlooking the waters of the Gulf of Oman, the hotel draws in visitors looking for a quick escape. It’s a mere 20-minute drive away from the city centre but it offers views that you’d expect from a seaside hotel in Casablanca or Nice. Just to make the experience more authentic, you could dive into the Mediterranean cuisine offered at The Beach Restaurant. As its name implies, it offers you a table overlooking the sea. Then, it’s just you, your food, and the sea. Just make sure you keep your phone away to let the beauty of nature and the delectableness of the dishes direct you to a state of serenity.
For more information, visit: www.ghmhotels.com/en/muscat