A stay at Alila Jabal Akhdar is luxurious, private and personalised, offering an authentic insight into local life and culture, as well as a privileged location in one of the country's most enchanting landscapes.
Alila's clifftop boutique hotel boasts an incredible perspective across a vast, rugged canyon. Accommodation is made from local stone, blending into the mountain scenery, with an infinity pool and yoga deck overlooking the incredible surrounding scenery of the Al Hajar mountain range.
The landscape here is magnificent and the setting feels completely remote, as you pass abandoned mountain villages, stone huts and grazing goats to reach the hotel, winding your way to its incredible location. The scenery is most breathtaking first thing in the morning as the mist rises through the valleys, and sunsets are incredible, as the colours of the mountains change.
Explore the beautiful region on an adventure, such as hiking, biking or caving. The hotel is immersed in nature and designed with its environment in mind, so as to be harmonious with its setting and as eco-friendly as possible.
The hotel features large suites and villas, dotted along the clifftop to add to the sense of privacy, and enjoying incredible views down into the gorges. The design is authentic, inspired by ancient forts in the region, with each building constructed from local stone, with contemporary architecture and interiors.
Each day the concierge team tailors excursions to fit your personal interests, ranging from cultural experiences where you can learn about local history, culture, art, cooking and community, to wellness activities such as yoga.
Outdoor pursuits include butterfly walks and stunning hikes with professional geologists, or hiking the highest peak in the Arabian peninsula, and visiting ancient local forts and castles, as well as visits to traditional villages, farms, beautiful gardens and souks.
Spa Alila offers guests the use of a jacuzzi, steam room, and a wonderful menu of Asian-inspired treatments.
Juniper Restaurant, named after the trees that grow in the highlands of Oman, serves an international menu, inspired by Arabic cuisine and using fresh, seasonal local produce. Private dinners and post-dinner stargazing can also be arranged.
Sundowners from the Hendrick's Gin Tricycle?!
Every time I explore a new destination, whether it’s on an adventure holiday in Peru or a luxury beach escape in the Indian Ocean, I return home full of excitement to share the amazing sights I have seen. Through my own experiences I have developed a love of helping others experience the great wonders of the world; truly getting under the skin of the extraordinary destinations that are at your fingertips. Getting the details right, from which hotel is perfectly located for exploring away from the crowds, to which local guide is most knowledgeable on history or culture or art, is of paramount importance to me. I am constantly seeking out new and exciting experiences and exploring off the beaten track to ensure my clients are receiving the best and most honest first-hand advice.
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