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Experience a rose harvest luxury holiday in Oman

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From the end of March until mid May, the rugged, rocky mountain landscape of Jebel Akhdar in Oman is transformed, glowing a spectacular shade of pink that can be seen from miles around, during the rose season.

If you’re looking for a truly indulgent holiday, the best way to experience this harvest is by checking into the Chedi Muscat who are offering a range of rose inspired indulgences and experiences.

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Throughout the rose season, you can treat yourself at the luxury hotel’s spa by sampling various treatments that benefit from the medicinal properties of the locally produced rose water. The traditional full body Moroccan Rhassoul Envelopment treatment promises velvety skin in just 120 blissful minutes. This ritual incorporates a foot polish and full body mask of purifying Moroccan rhassoul mud mixed with organic rose water. While enveloped by the body masque, you enjoy a henna and organic rose water hair mask, organic facial cleanse and finish with a facial and body massage.

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Epicureans will enjoy the hotel’s sensory rose experience that continues at a number of the hotel’s bars and restaurants. Those with a sweet tooth can enjoy a day of gluttony by noshing on the exclusive ‘rose delight’ dessert served in the hotels main restaurant throughout the bloom, incorporating rose biscuit, honey mousse, hazelnut crumble, rose ganache and candied rose.

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The Chedi Muscat is also offering guests the chance to get up close and personal with the blooming roses of Jebel Akhdar. A special tour will see guests be driven through the Al Hajar Mountain via Fanja, where you can visit the charming village of Birkat al Mauz, and the 17th-century old capital. The scenic drive continues up to the peak of the ‘Green Mountain’ (Jebel Akhdar), where the famous roses are viewed in full bloom, in their millions, cascading all the way down the side of the mountain – a truly spectacular sight. The tour concludes with a visit to the rose plantation and traditional rose water factory, where you can observe and even partake in the ancient essence making techniques, that are all still used today.

Chedi Muscat, North Ghubra 32, Way no, 3215, Street no. 46, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman, ghmhotels.com/en/muscat

About

Assif is a luxury travel and design aficionado currently working as a BBC content producer. He holds an MA in journalism from the University of Leeds. He is partial to tea and cake - Yorkshire Tea Gold Blend please. His favourite trips include island hopping in the Seychelles, a mountain escape in Kashmir and getting lost in Hong Kong.

Assif is the current editor of Adelto Magazine. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram: @journolista.

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April 2, 2015 | Africa Oman Travel | View comments

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