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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
Really can't add anything to all of the 5 star reviews, (although I must!) the hotel is just excellent. The buildings sit beautifully into the landscape as though part of it, merging into it's stunning surroundings. Despite the rustic appearance from the outside, inside it is pure, understated elegance. The rooms are large and beautifilly appointed using a limited but imaginative colour palette; luxurious
but not overtly so. The staff are fantastic, friendly, approachable but
always very professional. The food,
If you have the opportunity to visit don't hesitate! Given the chance I would go back in a heartbeat!
How often does it happen that your presumed picture is outclassed by the real experience. This is what happened to me at the Alilia Jabal Akhdar hotel.
Words, or pictures cannot describe the experience and how special you feel when being a guest here.
We stayed here for 2 nights for our honeymoon in Oman and this forever will the highlight of our Oman- and all before hotel experiences.
The service is so personal and not-played/acted.
Our room (48) was a dream. Stargaizing option (for free) was so special as well.
Food and drinks are top class and so is pricing:(:), but it was worth every penny.
My only point of positive criticism would be around the poor seats in the inside restaurant. They are too low to the ground for long session diners.
We arrived in the Chedi Muscat straight after being here and that almost felt like a 4-star comparison vs the Alila Jabal Akhdar.
In our memories forever..
Its quite a trip for 2 1/2 hours from Muscat - the last hour on windy steep roads. However once you get there you are struck by the stillness and quiet - there is no noise, not just no human noise hardly any noise. The mountains are very rugged and the view spectacular. Sunset is quite memorable
The staff were lovely, Venu in the bar was very helpful.The food was very good - the omani tasting menu - different each night was really tasty. The rooms are spacious and well appointed
A final thing was we left our swimming costumes in the room and they arranged for them to be sent to our next hotel. Superb service