Alila Jabal Akhdar
What We Love
- The Mediterranean climate, ideal for growing Oman’s famed damask roses
- Spa Alila incorporates ancient Asian healing traditions
- The clever design maximizes the stunning mountain and valley views
- The location, just an hour from Nizwa, one of Oman’s oldest cities
What To Know
- No alcohol is served at the resort
- The property is a winding, 2.5-hour four-wheel drive from the Muscat airport
- No pets allowed (including service animals)
- WiFi is free
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
Inspired by ancient Omani forts, this game-changing luxury resort sits on a clifftop overlooking a gorge, with views of the ruggedly beautiful Al Hajar mountain range. Minimalist yet sporting all the luxuries a worldly globe-trotter seeks, the design is low-slung and discreet, using muted, earthy tones and motifs to channel the surrounding landscape, such as the lobby’s damask roses (a nod to the region’s blooms). The fortress-like doors are crafted from solid wood, and the grounds feature aflaj water channels inspired by Oman’s traditional irrigation system. Eighty-six rooms and villas are spread out across the clifftop to take full advantage of the views (including a valley planted with pomegranate, date and peach trees), and natural textures and materials are the order of the day — down to the walls, which are hand-painted with a juniper tree design. The public areas are big on pared-down charm too: The highly photogenic infinity pool and the generous fireplace in the lobby both provide chic mingling spaces, while the woodsy, convivial Juniper restaurant serves up traditional Middle Eastern delights like mezze plates, tagines and kebabs. Repair to the spa sanctuary for a dreamy Shirodara treatment or just bliss out in the steam room, where the air is scented with a heady mist of frankincense and juniper berry that will transport you back to ancient Oman.
In the Area
Oman is a veritable treasure trove for history and culture buffs, and you’d be remiss not to explore the region’s many world heritage sites. Set the GPS for Nizwa, about an hour’s drive away, and tour the Nizwa Fort, an impressive 17th-century monument set among lush date palm groves. (Some historians believe it was built on the site of a castle from around 845 AD.) For a taste of local Omani life, stroll through one of the Nizwa souks, bustling marketplaces where you can buy everything from spices to gold jewelry. Not far west is the Bahla Fort, a UNESCO-listed site built during the 13th and 14th centuries. If self-navigating feels a bit daunting, sign up for the resort’s “Alila Experience,” guided adventures that range from the high-brow — exploring the lush Saiq Plateau — to the raucous — a visit to the Friday goat market in Nizwa.
How to Get There
Outstanding location in a breath-taking landscape, excellent service and food. The hotel's architecture integrates perfectly into the charming scenery surrounding. A perfect place to relax and let the soul dangle in a peaceful location.
Lovely place and great activities for the kids. Good food, a tad on the expensive side though. Amenities and facilities were great.
Hotel staff were courteous and kind.
Star gazing was a good activity.
Just my suggestion:
The pool lights in the night, spoil the beauty of the serene start filled sky. Lots of bright lights at night around the resort take away that romantic feel of sitting in your balcony and looking at the beautiful
stars. Could be switched off for the inmates to enjoy a more darker night.
I am a photographer and, though tried to take pics of the night sky, the lights spoils the otherwise great clicks.
Treaking activites are available for adults and kids above 12 years.
Overall a great place to spend a vacation. Stay of minimum two nights is recommended.
We are a family of 5 and this was a last minute booking. The experience was great from booking with the hotel, to the reception and the standards of the room all done with exquisite taste. We took the spa for parents and the kids did the mountain climbing, we all enjoyed our stay very much and we will go back again
we visited Aila resort during Mid so quite a few guest. the structure is really nice and in harmony with the surroundings. there are a lot of activity to do specially for adults who wants a bit of adventure and also for kids from 5 up.
is a nice experience quite expensive but worth if you have seen all the other resorts in Oman.
Fantastic hotel. Certainly not cheap, but with delicious breakfast and dinner included, as well as lunch and tea for kids, it's better value than it might seem based just on the room rate. Was about 10 degrees cooler than down in Dubai/Abu Dhabi /Muscat, and a beautiful and tranquil location.