A 45-minute flight to Muscat, and a scenic two-hour drive, will bring you to the mountain retreat of Alila Jabal Akhdar, a discreet luxury resort designed to be in harmony with the surrounding environment.
Taking inspiration from ancient forts and incorporating traditional Omani stone construction techniques, the structure blends into the natural beauty of the Al Hajar Mountains. Your first glance may leave you underwhelmed, but you’ll soon recognise the true beauty of this escape.
The theme here is natural and understated: dark wood furnishings, neutral tones, and minimal-but tasteful décor. Stepping into the lobby is like being in a ski chalet, complete with large central fireplace and wooden beams above.
Prior to our trip, we were sent a lifestyle concierge survey which allowed us to specify everything from preferred pillow type to how we’d like our fridge stocked. It’s the perfect way to ensure each guest is completely accommodated from the moment they set foot in the resort.
Your accommodation will be one of the 86 well-appointed suites and villas, comprising spacious bedrooms and stone bathrooms, and amenities including a full range of Alila products. But the best feature by far is the balcony that opens onto breath-taking views.
The real luxury of this place is the raw, extensive beauty that surrounds you. It’s a graceful reminder that the mountains were here long before you and they’ll be here long after you’ve gone.
Let your mind wander as you laze on a sun lounger by the outdoor infinity pool or perform some Sun Salutations on the yoga and sunset platform. For nourishment, visit Juniper where you can breathe in the balmy mountain air and graze your way through dishes such as juniper cured salmon with za’atar, labneh, baby beetroot, and lumi vinaigrette. If you prefer a light bite, settle into the cosy Rose Lounge.
A trip to Spa Alila will rejuvenate you with Asian-inspired therapies and ancient techniques. The massages are phenomenal, or try the ‘Mystical Mountain Sunrise’ experience which starts with soothing sunrise tai chi, followed by breakfast and three hours of therapies.
If you prefer to sweat out your stress, the gym is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and an incredible view, or embark on an Alila Experience, such as the gentle 8km ‘discovery trail’ hike or the more challenging ‘adventure trek’.