Nestled in the craggy, majestic mountain range of Al Hajar sits Alila Jabal Akdhar. 2,000 above sea level, this luxury resort offers breathtaking views of the rugged landscapes of the one of Oman’s most spectacular regions. Offering panoramic views of summits and gorges, the resort is also surrounded by neighboring hamlets, canyons, caves, and wind-swept valleys.
The Mediterranean climate makes it an ideal travel destination for those who seek nature and respite from busy modern life. The resort espouses the design aesthetic of the region: minimalist exteriors made out of stone, solid wood doors, copper ornaments, and handmade pottery give the ambience a peaceful vibe.
Developed by the Oman Tourism Development Company SAOC (Omran), the resort has been awarded LEED® Silver Certification in the Building Design and Construction and is one of the most sustainable hotels in the world.
Alila Jabal Akhdar is also renowned for the cultivation of fruits, specifically pomegranate, walnuts, and Oman’s famous damask roses. Besides its world-class spa, restaurant, and other amenities, the resort offers hikes into the villages of Al Ayn and Shoraighiah, where guests can witness traditional Omani culture and lifestyle, interact with local farmers, observe various rock formations, and learn about the region’s intricate vegetation and irrigation system.
A good time to visit the resort would be from April to May, the season when the whole of Al Jabal Al Akhadar blooms into a sea of pink damask roses. The resort’s rose terraces spring to life, matching the hues of the mountainside.
Written by Isel Garcia