Alila Jabal Akhdar

Nizwa, Oman

From $3600 per person in low season
From $4700 per person in high season

based on 7 nights

per person for 10 nights traveling through Oman, based on 2 people sharing, including private car with driver/guide.

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At a Glance

  • The scenery is simply breathtaking with views over the Hajar mountain range

  • The Spa Alila offers local and Asian inspired spa therapies, including treatments influenced by regional healing and beauty traditions

  • Guests have the choice of an indoor and outdoor pool

  • As well as relaxation, there is the opportunity to learn more about the local culture and heritage and enjoy outdoor pursuits

  • Perfect for those who like their trips more off the beaten track

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With its mountain location, Alila Jabal Akhdar enjoys a refreshing climate year round. However, the best time to visit most parts of Oman is between November and mid-March, when daytime temperatures average 25°C. It is worth bearing this in mind when planning your trip as for the rest of the year, much of Oman is oppressively hot and hazy, particularly between May and August.

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Insider's View

Enjoy delicious cuisine at Juniper Restaurant and soak up magnificent views of the Hajar Mountains.

Perched high up in the mountains, its unique location and breath taking scenery makes Alila Jabal Akhdar a welcome retreat from Muscat or Nizwa.

The perfect location for hikers who want to stay in a bit of luxury! There are plenty of interesting walks in the area

The Alila makes the perfect add on to any beach vacation in Oman and during warmer months offers welcome relief from the soaring temperatures on the coast.

The Alila has the most comfortable beds in Oman - perfect for a good sleep after a day of exciting adventures

The Alila now has its alcohol license - hooray! The cocktails, which contain local produce like pomegranate, are delicious

Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your vacation to Alila Jabal Akhdar or take a look at our itineraries to Nizwa

Description

Alila Jabal Akhdar is perched in a dramatic location up in the Hajar Mountains of Oman, with spectacular views over the valley below. Opened in 2014, it brings a new level of luxury to the area, combining comfort with an eco-friendly outlook.

Very few hotel locations are more dramatic than that of the Alila Jabal Akhdar. The hotel stands on a cliff top above a gorge with breathtaking views out over the Al Hajar Mountains. It is ideally positioned to explore Oman's rugged landscape and is the perfect escape for those who like their vacations to take them a bit more off the beaten track - the hotel in only accessible by Four-Wheel Drive and is 2,000 meters above sea level.

Luckily, this wilderness setting does not mean compromising on comfort. The Alila Jabal Akhdar features 78 Suites, six Loft Suites and two Jabal Villas. The décor is inspired by the rich culture and natural beauty of the surroundings, with a refreshing modern twist. Rooms are provided with modern commodities, including satellite TV and WiFi. Committed to a sustainable future, the hotel is designed to fit seamlessly into the landscape.

The resort's all-day dining restaurant, the Juniper Restaurant, serves a variety of local and international dishes, which you can enjoy whilst looking out over the fantastic views. The Rose Lounge offers refreshing beverages, signature cocktails and light bites throughout the day.

After exploring the local area, head to the Spa Alila, which features local and Asian inspired spa therapies, with treatments derived from regional healing and beauty traditions.

Your experience at Alila Jabal Akhdar can be tailored to what you would like to get out of your trip, whether it's to learn more about the local history and culture, enjoy the great outdoors with some more active pursuits, or even try your hand at the local cuisine.

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Accommodation

There are 84 suites and two villas. The design is contemporary but takes inspiration from the history and culture of Oman. The rooms include all the modern commodities such as satellite TV, an in-room safe and Wi-Fi. The bathrooms include a rain shower and separate bath - perfect for relaxing in after a day's adventures. For extra added luxury, the Jabal Villas come with their own private pool.

Childcare

Children are welcome at Alila Jabal Akhdar and babysitting services are available upon request.

Facilities

The Juniper Restaurant serves a range of local and international dishes, and the Rose Lounge is ideal for those looking for a lighter meal or a drink.

The Alila Jabal Akhdar boasts a beautiful outdoor infinity pool, indoor pool, as well as a gym and the Spa Alila.

Activities

The city of Nizwa is an hour's drive away and there you can explore the souq and the historical fort, which was built in 1668. There is also a smaller souq in the village of Jabal Akhdar, which is nearer the hotel.

Rosewater from the region is highly valued. The rose terraces bloom from March to May and wandering through the blossoms with the heavenly aroma surrounding you is a unique experience.

For the more adventurous, Alila Jabal Akhdar is ideally placed for trekking through the Hajar mountains where you can enjoy the fresh air and spectacular views.

Back at the hotel, you can choose to hit the gym or simply relax in either the indoor or outdoor swimming pool. For true indulgence, visit the Spa Alila and experience one of the rejuvenating treatments inspired by local health and beauty traditions.

The Alila Concierge team are on hand to help orientate your trip around the areas that interest you, such as learning more about local history and culture, attempting regional cooking or adventuring into the rugged landscape.

Reviews

5

Lucy Black (Staff)

The Alila is everything I had hoped it would be. The location is absolutely stunning, and getting there along the winding mountain roads certainly adds to the excitement.

The rooms are luxurious, but in a really under-stated, simple way, which fits in so well with the natural surroundings.

The food is delicious and now that the hotel has its alcohol license, this can be enjoyed with a tasty cocktail or glass of wine.

There are a huge range of activities on offer, from trekking and mountain biking for all abilities, to visiting local villages or the cattle market at Nizwa. It is definitely worth spending at least a couple of nights here to make the most of the experience.

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Dominic Atterton (Staff)

The experience at Jabal Akdar starts on the journey up there from Muscat. About an hour into the two hour journey you hit a check point in the road from which only 4 wheel drive vehicles can pass. From here on the road winds its way up 200 meters to the region which translates to Green Mountain. At first glance it looks like the mountains and valleys are very rocky and rather desolate but as you look closer you begin to see the huge variations in color and the numbers of trees and flowers that poke up between boulders and precariously attached to overhanging cliffs. Vultures swirl in the thermals above as you pass through the terraced rose farms and pomegranate tress that give the region its name. I asked the driver to stop a moment so that I could take a photo straight down the valley below which had a striking resemblance to the Grand Canyon minus the tourists and a few extra goats. The hotel is perched atop a ridge overlooking a never ending series of breath-taking mountains and valleys around. All rooms face a fantastic view with the main difference whether you are first floor with a balcony or ground floor with a step out terrace. There are interconnecting options for families but it is definitely not a place for younger children. I would say about 8 and up to be safe. The rooms are split between separate buildings with a couple of rooms upstairs and a couple downstairs in each one. The hub of the resort is the main building which houses the excellent spa, indoor pool and gym and has a huge terrace infinity pool and two Jacuzzis in front with direct views down the valley. Salim the onsite Activity Concierge who took care of all my hiking, biking and village visiting needs which easily filled three days and meals in the restaurant were wonderfully notorious and delicious so overall had a bit of a detox feel to the place too. Makes a fantastic add on to any tour of Oman or a few days away from the heat of the beach in Muscat as its about 10 degrees cooler in the mountains!

5

Daniel Smith (Staff)

Approaching Alila Jabal Akhdar by road is extraordinary. The property, mostly built of local stone, is so in keeping with its mountainous surroundings that you can hardly spot the resort from the rocky bluff on which it sits. Once inside, youll find beautifully appointed, contemporary rooms with wonderful touches such as hand-painted walls by local artists. The bedrooms and Juniper Restaurant enjoy magnificent views so the mountains are never far away.

Experiences

  • Abandoned Village Walk trail W6

    The Abandoned Village Walk is an easy-going trek along an ancient donkey path of approximately 2-hours 30-minutes to 3-hours passing through the curious abandoned village of As Sab.

  • Bee Keepers & Carpet Weavers

    Spend the day exploring the Jebel Shams area of the Hajar Mountains. Here you can visit local workshops and farms to learn about some of the traditional industries, including bee keeping and carpet weaving.

  • Day trip to Nizwa {with the Friday Market}

    Nizwa was the capital of Oman in the 6th and 7th Centuries and is one of the oldest cities in Oman. There is a lot to see here and in the surrounding area including a bustling Friday market, the restored Nizwa Fort and date farms.

  • Mountain Hike trail W10h

    The W10h trek is mostly along a goat’s path and it offers some of the most spectacular views into the wadis on the northern side of the Western Hajar mountains. The trek is an approximate 3 to 4-hour round trip.

  • Mountain Hike trail W9

    The W9 trek is 9 kilometers along a former donkey path in the Western Hajar mountains offering wonderful vistas of Wadi Bani Awf and the surrounding mountains.

  • Nizwa Fort and Souq with visit to Al Hamra

    A tour of Nizwa Market taking in this ancient city fort, souq markets and streets. Delve into the history of the once-capital of Oman as your guide brings to life existence in the old town. Travel to the village of Al Hamra to see traditional mud houses.

  • Nizwa Friday Market

    Visit the local Friday market in Nizwa.

  • Rim Hike trail W6a

    The Rim Hike follows the western side of the ‘Grand Canyon’ offering dramatic views as the hike is 6 kilometers along a stony former donkey path at a high altitude.

  • Trekking in the Mountains

    Today you will go on a trek in the mountains with a private guide.

  • Village Walk trail 18b

    The Village Walk is a delightful easy going walk through traditional mountain villages and gardens taking approximately 2 hours to complete in total.

  • Visit a Rose Plantation

    The distillation of rosewater in the Hajar mountains is a centuries-old tradition. Visit one of the distilleries to learn about the labour-intensive process to produce the rosewater, unique to this area of the country.

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Location & directions

Nizwa, Oman

The hotel sits on a cliff top in the central section of the Al Hajar Mountains, 2,000 meters above sea level. It is approximately 150 km from Muscat and under an hour's drive from Nizwa.

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Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your vacation to Alila Jabal Akhdar or take a look at our itineraries to Nizwa

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