This is how you create a satisfying synthesis of opposing qualities: carve a seriously polished glamour out of the rugged stones of Jabal Akhdar. It’s a design that complements the spectacular landscape yet contrasts it, in equal measure.
Oman is peppered with medieval forts and the Alila Jabal Akhdar reflects these local construction traditions. The traditional Omani masonry techniques are however augmented by contemporary architecture and design—and the result is a fascinating blend that reflects local history while catering to the modern sensibility.
This alluring design is a good fit for the—mandatory these days—eco-concerns. The resort is created in accordance with the LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) principles.
In harmony with the environment, preserving the extraordinary natural beauty of the region, Alila blends into the landscape.
Comprising 78 suites and two Jabal Villas with private pools, the resort presides over the outdoor pool with striking views of the gorge and the Hajar mountain range.
Inside, references to the resort’s spectacular location include Omani craft and artifacts, selected with the aim of softening otherwise cool wood-and-stone interiors. Handmade pottery, copper ornaments, intricate mandoos chests and local-style fortified doors all follow the brief, while natural fibers and splashes of dazzling red add texture and color.
Richly colored rugs humanize the guest’s suites—but they are after all almost an extension of the landscape, reflecting the resort’s surroundings in a cool and calming manner—like in the Rose Lounge, which features uniquely structured local stones that are reminiscent of the rocky outdoors.
This lounge is one of the two offering food and beverage options, the other is the Juniper Restaurant. Other facilities include infinity and indoor pool, gym, meeting venues, and Spa Alila, which features treatments inspired by age-old regional and Asian traditions.
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Fly into Muscat International Airport (MCT) either through the national carrier of Oman Air (www.omanair.com) or the handful of Middle East operators such as Emirates (www.emirates.com), Etihad (www.etihad.com), and Qatar Airways (www.qatar-airways.com)
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Number of rooms & suites: 78
Rate per night: From $450 USD
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