A few months ago we were invited to Oman (Middle East) by Alila Hotels & Resorts to their boutique resort in Oman: Alila Jabal Akhdar. It was the first time for me to visit Oman so I wasn’t sure what to expect. We took a flight from Dubai, the shortest flight I have ever taken which lasted for 50 minutes and we were in Muscat, Oman.
The on-arrival visa process was pretty simple, costing hardly $50. The hotel had arranged a transfer for us which was a 3-hour drive up the hills to this secret resort, 2000 metres above sea level and built on a cliff.
Upon our arrival, we were served Arabic Kahwa with Omani dates. The hotel management was kind enough to book us a complimentary one-hour spa treatment for the same day.
The atmosphere in the lobby area was very calm. One can feel how fresh the air up in the mountains is when you breathe.
The whole resort is constructed of brick walls inspired by ancient forts and traditional stone construction methods with ‘aflaj’ water systems, which mirror Oman’s typical system of irrigation channels. The restaurants, common areas and the lobby are very tastefully designed with arabesque vibe to the furniture and overall interior design. The room we had was towards the front side of the resort with a breathtaking view of the pool and mountains.
The interior of the rooms and villas are purely wooden made with wooden ceilings, bricked walls mostly in grey and brown sandy tones. One of the best things about our stay here was the very quiet and calm ambience of this place. You can literally hear the wind and hear yourself breathe. For meditation and Yoga lovers, this can be one of the best spots.
The private villas at Jabal Akhdar offer huge private pools, sauna and beautiful decor. The villas are a few minutes of walk from the rooms, at one of the edges of the cliff. In that way you, while staying in a villa you are never disturbed by guests arriving in the lobby or other common areas.
The people in Oman are very friendly and welcoming. You’ll often see some of the local Omani people around the resort as well who almost always greet the visitors and seem happy to see new visitors at this beautiful place.
At first, we were staying at one of the rooms and not a private villa, we were able to explore around a lot more and use different pools around the area. There is one big main pool which is usually cold even during scorching summers and for the winters there are a few hot pools around. Some of these pools are hidden between the overgrown and beautiful plants which give a feeling of being in the wild woods.
The fresh-cooked Omani food, the hospitality from the people and breathtaking ambience we experienced here is unforgettable. Altogether, it was worth spending a few days outside the busy city life in this secret get-away spot. It won’t be hard to say it was one of the best resort experiences I had in the Middle East. Even though it’s been some months since we last visited this place, I am still not done sharing all the amazing photographs we took there. Some of them I have shared here in this post but if you’d like to see more, feel free to check out my Instagram.
If you have any questions regarding your visit here, feel free to ask below in the comments or write me a direct message on Instagram. Alternatively, you can also checkout Alila Jabal Akhdar’s website for more photographs or reservation related details.