April 19, 2016
Must Stay: Alila Jabal Akhdar in Oman
Perched on the edge of a deep gorge high in the Al Hajar Mountains of northern Oman, the luxurious Alila Jabal Akhdar resort offers spectacular views and easy access to soft adventure activities and cultural touring in the surrounding region.
Incorporating native rock and timber, the Alila Jabal Akhdar buildings are a contemporary take on ancient Omani architecture and reflect the natural beauty of the surroundings. All suites have an outdoor private balcony or terrace.
With a full-service spa, indoor pool and heated outdoor pool overlooking an expansive canyon, Alila Jabal Akhdar is also an ideal place to relax. The Spa Alila offers a unique selection of treatments that combine international techniques and traditional Omani ingredients such as frankincense, juniper and rose.
The resort restaurant serves an eclectic menu featuring Arabic cuisine prepared with seasonal local ingredients. We particularly love the views of the mountains and gorges from the restaurant.
Touring highlights in the surrounding Saiq Plateau and Jebel Akhdar (Green Mountain) region include taking guided walks to ancient mudbrick villages and seeing vertiginous, cliff-side agricultural terraces planted with roses, pomegranates and other crops. The region is especially alluring in April and May, when the roses bloom, perfuming the breeze and splashing the hills with color.
The Alila Jabal Akhdar resort is also a good base for longer excursions into other areas around the Al Hajar Mountains, such as visits to beautiful oasis villages and wadis (desert valleys), privately guided hiking on Jebel Shams (the highest mountain in Oman) and the legendary Balcony Walk in Wadi Nakhr, and cultural touring in nearby Nizwa, the ancient capital of Oman.
Contact one of our travel specialists to start planning a private Oman tour.