Perched discretely atop the mountainside 2000 meters above sea level, lies the Alila Jabal Akhdar which is, in my eyes, the jewel of Jabal Akhdar. Perfectly positioned very much in one of the most remote locations in the mountains, the property is remarkably camouflaged within its epic surroundings, an area of extreme natural beauty and one which overlooks one of Oman’s most breathtaking ravines. We were in for a treat.
With access to the mountains only by 4-wheel drive, our ascent was a scenic adventure, with hairpin curves revealing phenomenal vistas at every turn. On our final approach, winding through pomegranate, juniper and olive trees, orchards and tended gardens, it suddenly became so apparent why this pioneering property is so talked about. The smell of burning frankincense allured us into the beautifully appointed lobby, and soon after we were greeted by smiling faces, and the traditional Omani welcome of kahwa (Arabic coffee) and dates. It was this warm welcome, and the attentive, but fuss-free staff throughout our short stay, that really made it a memorable one for us, and confirming why this property is so great for our clients.
What I love about Alila Jabal Akhdar is its wonderful sense of place. Touches of Omani heritage and tradition are threaded throughout the property in the form of beautiful copper ornaments, handmade pottery from Bahla, and fort-like doors crafted from solid wood adorning the contemporary and minimalist rooms. Every one of the suites looks out onto the dramatic canyon, however it’s the first floor Ridge View Suites in the detached blocks that seal the deal, with an elevated position, greater privacy, and the bathroom of dreams, with a free-standing marble inlaid bath framing that all important vista. It was hard to tear me away from this, but there was still so much more to see, and do!