Natalia Rachlin

Alila Jabal Akhdar

Jabal Akhdar

by: Natalia Rachlin

  • Why

    Cushy pit-stop during a five-day road trip through Oman.

  • When

    October 2014

  • Who

    Me + my boyfriend.

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Highs + Lows

  • The view is just bonkers – it’s almost impossible to imagine a more amazing perch for a hotel, and the surrounding landscapes are ideal for those who are hiking-happy.

  • The rooms are very spacious and the bathrooms are outfitted with amazing wooden bathtubs that beckon for a relaxing soak.

  • The staff is incredibly lovely and all local – they’ll give you great tips for what to do on your way back from Alila.

  • So there were a few moments when the hot water… went cold. But after many hours on the road we weren’t particularly phased by it, we just needed a shower.

  • It’s remote – which is really only a minus if you don’t realize ahead of time just how hard it is to get to.

  • If you’re set on having a glass of vino with dinner, then I’m afraid you’ll be left hanging. At least for the moment.

: 46/50
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Important Bits

  • Type

    Tasteful, Arabian-chic luxury with incredible natural surroundings.

  • Vibe

    Minimalist, mountain-chic meets traditional, Omani flourishes.

  • Location

    At the top of Jabal Akhdar (The Green Mountain) on the Al Hajar mountain range in North Oman. You’ll need a 4x4 (you will pass through a police check-point where you will need to provide your driver’s license and car insurance…) to get up the long, winding, and ridiculously steep road that takes you to Alila, which sits some 2,000 meters above sea level. Needless to say, the view is unreal.

  • Rooms

    78 suites and villas.

  • Music

    Nothing but the birds.

  • Year Opened

    2014

  • Designed By

    ATKINS

  • Pool/Gym

    Amazing outdoor infinity pool + two jacuzzis, smaller indoor pool, full gym, and lush spa.

  • Restaurant

    Yes...excellent, fresh local fare.

  • Bar

    In theory, yes, but they’ve been waiting on a liquor license since they opened in May 2014… and they don’t expect it to be arriving anytime soon, so think of it as an excuse to detox.

  • Minibar

    Mini-mal bar: a few fruit juices, a Pepsi, and a chocolate bar.

  • Wifi

    Yes, albeit rather slow…

  • Children

    Bring 'em.

  • Price

    No way around it: pricey.

In the Area

Pile high the fresh, local fruits and try the yogurt with a dollop of sweet, spiced couscous on top.

The breakfast buffet at Alila

Nizwa, Oman

Pile high the fresh, local fruits and try the yogurt with a dollop of sweet, spiced couscous on top.

Which unfolds a few kilometers from Alila. Grab a fresh pomegranate from one of the many vendors selling the local fruits roadside.

Take a hike and explore the Saiq plateau

Jebel Akhdar

Which unfolds a few kilometers from Alila. Grab a fresh pomegranate from one of the many vendors selling the local fruits roadside.

Explore its many silver shops, and go for the best chicken Shwarma of your life at Al-Dhuli Resaurant (just across from the Souk) and watch the sunset to the sound of evening prayer.

Visit the town of Nizwa at dusk

nizwa

Explore its many silver shops, and go for the best chicken Shwarma of your life at Al-Dhuli Resaurant (just across from the Souk) and watch the sunset to the sound of evening prayer.

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