Alila Jabal Akhdar, Oman
Green Notes Overlooking a dramatic gorge in the Al Hajar mountain range, this remote retreat, with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) approval, is the ideal place to get away from it all. Local materials have been used wherever possible in the resort’s construction and solar panels heat 70 percent of the entire hot-water supply.
Style Notes The resort - with 78 suited and two private villas - has been designed by UK-based architectural firm Atkins and Thailand’s P49 Deesign. The buildings, in rough stone and wood, employ Omani architectural techniques, while the interiors are calm and earthy, the colours mirroring the natural shades of the Hajar mountains. A branch of the juniper tree has been hand-painted on the walls of each room, adding a delicate artistic touch.
For more information visit www.alilahotels.com
Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island Al Yamm Villa Resort, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Green Notes Winner of the world’s leading Sustainable Tourism Destination in 2015, Sir Bani Yas Island is home to over 13,000 free-roaming animals including giraffes, gazelles, Indian spotted deer and the Arabian Oryx as a result of dedicated environmental and conservation efforts. Vehicle access is restricted and monitored in order to keep the resort’s carbon footprint as small as possible. Guests can also enjoy a wide range of eco-conscious activities that include wadi walks, horseback riding, pearl diving, kayaking and mangrove planting.
Style Notes Rooms have been designed to reflect the colours and culture of the region, incorporating indigenous artwork, materials and fabrics into the elegant suites. Rustic wooden details are paired with neutral hues and fresh whites, giving a relaxed and earthy feel to the interiors.
For more information visit www.sir-bani-yas-island.anantara.com
Six Senses Zighy Bay, Oman
Green Notes Aiming to be carbon-neutral by 2020, this rustic stone resort purifies and bottles its own drinking water. Much of the produce used in the hotel’s restaurants comes from its organic garden and farm. Every full moon, energy-using equipment is turned off for an hour to raise awareness of climate change,
Style Notes Rough plastered walls, bamboo ceilings and stone floors provide a natural framework to each of the cool and cosseting suites, with little embellishment save for the subtly lit alcoves and artisan furniture. 21st century comforts - from the cloud-like beds to private infinity pools - underpin the sense of understated luxury.
For more information visit www.sixsenses.com
Al Maha Resort, Dubai, UAE
Green Notes Located within the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, this renowned resort plays a dedicated part in ensuring the successful protection and breeding of native wildlife. All water is pumped and purified from an on-site borehole, and traditional niches built into the interior walls ‘throw’ cool air to replace standard air conditioning.
Style Notes Designed to emulate a traditional bedouin encampment, the resort is deliberately low-key, settling quietly into the desert surroundings. An authentic rustic Arab theme - with hand-plastered walls, wood and stone used in abundance - is brought to life with rich textiles, custom-made furniture and artefacts throughout, not least in the private suites, which offer the ultimate in privacy and comfort with stunning views of the dunes.
For more information visit www.al-maha.com
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