Perched 2,000 metres above sea level on the Al Hajar mountain range – one of Oman’s most spectacular regions – Alila Jabal Akhdar overlooks a dramatic gorge, with awe-inspiring views. It’s a luxurious haven for travellers, nature lovers and those wanted a retreat from the desert heat. It’s also the perfect base for exploring the region’s magnificent landscape of rugged, untouched beauty. The resort lies within the interior region of Al Dakhiliyah, blessed with spectacular scenery, and the cultural heart of Oman. It’s only a 2.5 hour drive from Muscat International Airport.
Featuring seven treatment and changing rooms, including a Vichy shower room, Jacuzzis and private courtyards, Spa Alila is a peaceful sanctuary dedicated to pampering you from head to toe to restore a sense of total well-being. Besides a wide array of Asian-inspired treatments, the spa experience is infused with the essence of the destination. Step back in time in the steam room, the air filled with a mist of heady, earthy and cleansing oils, grounded in frankincense and juniper berry, reminiscent of ancient Oman.
The resort’s beautifully appointed suites and villas are located within the main hotel building or arranged in individual clusters of four to six suites, generously spaced out around the clifftop to maximise privacy and uninterrupted views over the mountains and down into the gorges. The suites are contemporary in style, with authentic touches to celebrate Oman’s rich history and culture. Earthy tones of wood and stone are accented with rugs and furnishings in bold yet warm hues. Leaves of the juniper tree, hand-painted on each suite’s walls by a local artist, bring an element of nature indoors.
The area around the resort is particularly renowned for growing walnuts, pomegranates and Oman’s famed damask roses, which bloom from March to May, covering the mountain side in swathes of pink. Take a walk through the rose terraces for an unforgettable experience. The area is also a treasure for history and culture enthusiasts, who can explore the many heritage sites in the cities of Nizwa, Bahla, Ebri and more, such as Nizwa Fort, Jabreen Castle and UNESCO-protected Bahla Fort.
Named after the trees that grow in the highlands of Oman, Juniper Restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, serving an international menu including Arabic cuisine packed with rich flavours and seasonal produce, all to a mountain view. The cosy Rose Lounge serves light snacks and drinks – the perfect place for a cocktail as you watch the sunset over the mountains.
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