The Alila Jebel Akhdar is not only a unique and beautiful luxury resort, but it just happens to be located in one of the most breathtaking locations in Oman that we’ve come across. Perched on the edge of a dramatic gorge not dissimilar to Arizona’s Grand Canyon, the view and surroundings are otherworldly.
The resort interior is modern, but the distinguishing feature is the way the buildings are clad with the very rocks that were excavated to build them. That the stone-clad resort blends effortlessly into the surroundings is part of its appeal; a stark, glittering exterior would look totally out of place here.
Combining a couple of nights at the Alila with a few days on Muscat’s beaches is a brilliant way to experience the contrasts Oman offers. The Alila is, however, a destination in its own right and a few days here makes a really original and peaceful stopover on return from a holiday in say India or Sri Lanka. The temperatures are high but a little cooler than Muscat, which could be preferable for some; this is a brilliant place to laze by the pool, wallow in the spa, enjoy some great food and totally switch off whilst marvelling at the infinite views and starry night skies. There is plenty for active guests too - you will love the guided mountain and village treks, which can be tailored to a range of abilities.
The journey from Muscat to Alila takes about 2-3 hours by 4-wheel drive and despite the steep ascent, the highways are great, so the journey is totally comfortable. If preferred, the transfer can be taken as a guided tour with stops to explore mountain villages, Nizwa Fort, oases and wadi channels en route. Alternatively all of these interesting sights can be explored as day tours from the resort.
There is a range of rooms to choose from, with different views and pros and cons. We actually rate the lead-in rooms which have excellent views across the canyon, but if you’d like additional space or have a large group we’d be pleased to talk you through the options.
Deluxe - This is our first really 'upmarket' category. It might be a beautiful tiny hotel with very limited facilities or a 5* resort hotel with all the trimmings; but any hotel in this category will be a well-run establishment with very comfortable rooms, a strong service ethos and excellent food.
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