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
We had the time of our life at the Alila Jabal Akhdar. The breathtaking location, the elegant and clever architecture, the sense for astute details that make a difference, the quality of the cuisine, the kindness of the staff... what could we add? Pure bliss. A big up to Karl, Danny the great cook and all the team.
This jewel amidst the Grand canyon of the Middle East is nothing short of "Fantafabulos". We spent 3D/2N here in winter and I am still to get over the utter beauty and grandeur of the surroundings and the of the perfection of Alila Jebel Akhdar in all.
We were here in December & this place was super cold. All nights the lows were 1 Deg C. Freezing cold but loved it.
Location & Property:
The location is what attracted us to this place and aint we glad we planned our trip here. Sitting amidst the Canyons, this place has been my best sunset experience ever. Mind it, you gotta have a 4WD to make a trip here.
The main building has the best views of the Jebel Akhdar ranges and restaurants serve u amazing food with even better views. An infinity pool and a deck , man I cant stop praising it enough. For those travelling with kids, there is a wellequipped Kids play area and the Hotel has a fabulous Butterfly walk arranged for them to explore the surrounding. What a brilliant idea indeed.
They also offer you options for trekking /hiking.
The rooms located just a short walk away from the main building offer views of the Canyon/Valley around. Super spacious rooms/big balconies with a view and bathrooms to die for...Alila ensures you live in the "lap of luxury" while at their property.
Breakfast & Dinner for us was inclusive. Considering we were amidst the mountains, makes all the sense in the world. And what a lovely breakfast spread and scrumptious Dinner Set menu( that changed all nights we were there). The dinner deserts were to die for indeed...compliments to the Chef!
Services: The staff was super courteous and helpful. Made our stay truly memorable.
Thanks Alila Jebel Akhdar!
Perfect service, quiet surroundings, excellent food: one of the best hotel experiences ever. If you look for a calm retreat but still hunger for many diverse activities, this is the spot! Our youngest of four kids with the age of seven specifically loved the action passport