The Alila Jebal Akhdar sits 2000m above sea-level, overlooking the Hajar Mountains.
It’s the perfect haven of luxury and tranquility, with panoramic views at every turn.
The Alila's architecture was inspired by traditional Omani forts. The stone exterior helps the stunning buildings complement the beautiful mountain view. Every detail is immaculately placed, adorned with traditional Omani decor, laden with wooden accents and copper ornaments. The entire place exudes luxury and tranquility. The highlight of the hotel is without a doubt the stunning panoramic views of Jebal Akhdar, known as the Green Mountain. The altitude offers temperatures 15 degrees cooler than the surrounding cities, it truly is the perfect getaway from the busy city life and to escape the summer heat. It's important to know, you do need a 4x4 to get here, otherwise, the hotel can provide a transport for an additional fee.
Prior to our arrival, we were sent a survey to fill out, specifying everything you can imagine, offering a range of pillows (around 8 different types - who knew there were so many types!), the music for your room, if you'd like binoculars, how you'd like your minibar stocked and so much more. Such a lovely personalised touch!
The stunning infinity pool is one of my favourite infinity pools I've ever seen. It makes for some stunning photos and the perfect setting to relax on the sun beds. In the cooler months it is now heated, so it remains the perfect temperature all year round. The pool offers complimentary products from the Alila's own range, Alila Living. They smell divine. Hidden below the pool is a jacuzzi overlooking the tranquil mountain side. As well as an indoor heated plunge pool for those looking to get out of the sun.
The rooms are absolutely gorgeous with a contemporary twist on the traditional Omani styles. Our room looked out on to the stunning mountains and had small outside terrace that was the perfect spot to sit with a book and soak in the surroundings. The room is equipped with modern facilities such as a coffee maker and a large TV. The bathrooms were my absolute favourite, with twin sinks, a rain shower and complementary products from their Alila living range. The bath tub is beautiful and looks out over the picturesque view.
We were on the half-board package, so breakfast and dinner was included. The dinner menu changed each night, offering a 3 course meal, with a choice of around 3 - 4 options. Many of the dishes included locally grown ingredients, such as the famous Jebal Akhdar pomegranate. My pomegranate salad was absolutely incredible. The breakfast buffet was fairly small, but absolutely delicious. With lots of fresh fruit, juices and pastries. Although all I needed was the chocolate croissants, they are the best I have ever had... and trust me, I've tried a lot of chocolate croissants! You can also opt for options of the al a carte menu, the pancakes are divine!
The interior of the restaurant is beautiful, but the view outside was worth braving the cold. (We went in March, and it does get pretty chilly in the evenings). The dinner setting was beautiful and romantic with heated lamps during the cooler seasons and the staff went out of their way to make sure the lamps were close enough to us and we didn't get too cold.
You could easily spend every day relaxing by the pool, being pampered at the spa and just doing nothing.
But if you want to get active there is plenty to do. They offer sunrise yoga on the dedicated yoga platform that over looks the mountain ridge, as well as evening meditations. You can rent bikes from the hotel and they have plenty of treks suitable for all ages and capabilities. There are many old villages, many of which have been abandoned and left in ruins, which are great for exploring.
For the more adventurous you could give the Via Ferrata a try! It's the highest protected climbing route in the Middle East. You'll walk along the wire bridge, suspended 20m above the valley. But trust me the views are totally worth it.
The Travel Escape stayed at the Alila on two occasions. Neither stays were sponsored. The first was fully paid for by The Travel Escape and the second was the prize of their 15 degrees cooler competition. All opinions and photos are my own.
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