Jabal Akhdar, or ‘The Green Mountain’ sits in the Al Hajar mountain range, overlooking a spectacular gorge. The mountainous terrain means of the area means that four-wheel drive vehicles are a must, with the drive to the resort being an exciting adventure in itself. The surrounding area of Al Dakhiliyah is an Omani cultural centre and the nearby city of Nizwa is known as the ‘Pearl of Islam’. Oman’s highest mountain, Jebel Shams, is visible from the resort and the entire area is considered the ‘fruit bowl of Oman’ due to the exceptional fruits, nuts and roses that grow there. The UNESCO heritage Bahla Fort and Jabreen Castle are both well worth a visit for those interested in the history of the region.
The suites and villas are fairly spread out, and incredible views can be found across the resort. All of the accommodation has full heating and air conditioning, ensuring comfort regardless of the season. At entry level, Alila offers Horizon View Suites, which measure 52sqm, have an outdoor terrace , and are located on the ground floor of the main building, ensuring direct access to the facilities. Mountain View and Ridge View suites also measure 52sqm and have a balcony overlooking the gorge, providing spectacular views. Loft Suites measure 104sqm, have an open-plan layout covering two levels, a bedroom located in the loft and with its own en suite bathroom, a living area and a spacious bathroom; an ideal option for small families. Jabal Terrace suites, measuring 104sqm, are ideal for those that love outdoor space, featuring terraces that equal the indoor area of the suites themselves and which are perfect for taking in the incredible views and beautiful sunsets. The two Jabal Villas each measure 361sqm, featuring two bedrooms, both with en suite bathrooms, a large dining room with kitchenette, a terrace, a private pool, a steam room and a Jacuzzi.
Juniper Restaurant takes its name from the trees that grow in the surrounding area, and serves Arabic and international cuisine, making use of fresh seasonal produce from local markets. While it is not possible to purchase alcohol, the Rose Lounge serves refreshing drinks and light snacks, which can be enjoyed in a relaxing and cosy environment with incredible views of the setting sun framed by the mountains.
Spa Alia has seven treatment rooms, a Vichy shower room, a steam room and a Jacuzzi. Treatments make great use of natural products from the area, including ground frankincense and juniper berries, while handmade rose soap features throughout the resort. There is a fully equipped fitness centre and even the heated outdoor infinity pool has incredible views of the gorge. Events can be arranged through the concierge service, with adventures and cultural experiences customised to each guest’s individual preferences and interests.
2 hours 30 minutes (210km) by 4WD vehicle from Muscat International Airport (MCT)
October – December and February - April