The highest 5 stars in the Middle East

Formerly, it took at least six hours from Muscat to reach the high plateau of the Jabal Al Akhdar, located in the central part of the Hajar mountains, to the north of the sultanate of Oman. With the modern road built to open up the area and open it to tourism, the journey to the “green mountain” (Jabal Al-Akhdar in Arabic) now takes two hours by 4 x 4 – because the last stretch remains chaotic. The sublime foothills of these mountains are covered with terraced gardens dotted with fig trees, apricot trees, almond trees, peach trees, apple trees, pomegranate trees… and other cultures of saffron. The microclimate of the mediterranean type, contributes to the fertility of the region.

Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar. Paul Thuysbaert

2 000 m above sea level, on the ridge overlooking a large canyon lies the Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar. The thai group has opened just two years ago this resort 115 rooms and suites, 3 restaurants, cinema, spa, swimming pool, tennis court, kids and teens clubs.

After the usual visits to the old forts, agricultural villages and the former capital, Nizwa, “the pearl of Islam”, the hotel launches this year of new experiences of mountain climbing with the discovery of a via ferrata, a course of climbing and a zip line. Dizzying!

Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar (00.968.2521.8000 ; Jabal-akhdar.anantara.com). Room from 440 €. Jabal Activity Wall (beginners and children over 6 years accepted), from 85 €, with a session of 2 hours being coached by 2 certified instructors. And for climbers confirmed, The Ultimate Jabal Activity Wall, from 106 €, with 90 min of via ferrata.

In Alaska, chalet except The Sheldon Cottage . Jeff Schultz

Small technical feat, the Sheldon Cottage is perched on a nunatak overlooking the amphitheatre of Don Sheldon (the name of the father of the owner of the hotel, legendary Alaska) to 1 829 m above sea level.

Perched on the highest mountain in North America, 16 km from the summit of Denali, this new setting is one of the luxury lodges in the most remote in the world. An expedition to the scent of adventure.

Book on Sheldonchalet.com. 1 990 € per night per person (based on double occupancy), full board, with private transfers in helicopter from Talkeetna. 5 double rooms. More than a dozen of activities: mountaineering on the glacier, exploring crevasses, courses in natural history and local, sled, sauna, observation of northern lights (from mid-September to mid-April)…

In the Andes, tours in VF The Alto Atacama Desert Lodge & Spa offers a number of excursions accompanied by English-speaking guides. SDP

The Alto Atacama Desert Lodge & Spa, famous hotel of the Catarpe valley, in the cordillera of the Salt, turns to the language of Molière.

Located at 2,300 m altitude, the écoresort chilean offers a thirty excursions (discovery of the valleys of the Moon and of Mars, the geysers of Tatio, volcanoes Licancabur and Láscar, gorgesdu Devil…) are now accompanied by English-speaking guides.

After the effort, in the direction of the spa. Then the astronomical observatory to finish the head in the stars.

Information: Altoatacama.com. Stay 4 days/3 nights all-inclusive, from 1 440 € per person based on double occupancy (excluding flights), with meals, drinks (alcohol and soft drinks), all excursions, care Puri Spa Trilogy, the transfers airport-lodge/R.

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