Envi ecolodges enter Oman

Middle Eastern ecolodge brand Envi Lodges will be debuting in Oman due to a partnership with the country’s Ministry of Defence Pension Fund.

Envi Al Jabel Al Akhdar will be a sustainable mountain lodge in the heart of Al Jabel Al Akhdar towards the nation’s north.

Minimising environmental impact

Marking Envi’s foray in the Sultanate, the ecolodge will provide a mountain stay experience while promoting environmental conservation.

Therefore the lodge’s construction is designed to have minimum impact on the site, with each tent and facility sitting on decks fixed to the ground using special eco-friendly anchors. Extensive rewilding efforts will also be conducted to regenerate the environment which had been damaged in recent years.

Elevated adventure experience

When it opens in Q3 2025, Envi Al Jabel Al Akhdar will feature 40 luxury expedition tents designed by Tenthouse Structure, a South African specialist architect for tented wilderness developments.

Each unit will overlook the Hajar mountain range and offer guests an elevated adventure experience while being eco-friendly. The precision-engineered, hand-crafted tents will be insulated and include a heating system for the winter season suitable for Al Jabel Al Akhdar, which sits at 2,000 m above sea level.

Full facilities

Facilities will include a farm-to-table restaurant, some private pools, a fitness and wellness centre, a library, a guest arrival area, a swimming pool, a kids club, and kitchen garden.

An adjacent events space will host community activities such as markets and food trucks. 

Responsible development

An Omani Ministry of Defence Pension Fund representative said: “Partnering with Envi Lodges to open the first ecolodge of its kind in Oman, is a strategic move that contributes to the responsible development of the Sultanate’s tourism industry.

“The lodge will appeal to the growing number of travellers seeking eco-friendly accommodation and authentic destination experiences, reinforcing Oman’s reputation as a hotspot for nature and adventure.”

Priority market

Envi Lodges co-founder Chris Nader commented: “Oman has always been a priority market for us given the destination’s natural and cultural beauty.

“It is a privilege to develop our first project in the Sultanate in collaboration with Oman’s Ministry of Defence Pension Fund and to support Oman’s tourism ambitions. Our guests will appreciate the unique blend of outdoor luxury, adventure and sustainability that the lodge will offer.”

Authentic immersion

Paul Jordaan, head of operations at Envi Lodges, who previously managed one of the Sultanate’s flagship resorts, added: “I am very excited to bring the ENVI lodging philosophy to Oman, a country that is close to my heart.

“Our unique ecolodge concept will not only immerse guests in Oman’s authentic splendour but enable them to actively participate in our mission to make a positive impact on the environment.”

Development drive

Envi Lodges is on a development drive in Saudi Arabia too, with a pair of upcoming projects due for delivery in Q3 2024, the 25-key Envi Lodges Al Nakheel in Al Ahsa and the 40-room Envi Laguna Bay in the King Abdullah Economic City development.

The brand is also making its African debut with Envi Paje in Tanzania. Scheduled to arrive in Q4 2024, the resort will consist of 25 low-impact villas with private pools situated between palm vegetation and the shores of a beach. The property will include a restaurant, lounge, an infinity pool and a communal deck.