Seasoned travel professionals predict that 2015 will be all about visiting off-the-beaten-track locations and countries that don’t immediately jump to mind when you think of summer or winter vacation – countries like Oman. This exotic Arab state in Southwest Asia is a jaw-droppingly beautiful part of the world with incredibly diverse landscape – deserts, beaches, caves, mountains, cliffs, oases. You name it, Oman has it. Our pick for you today is Alila Jabal Akhdar Hotel, situated in the Al Hajar mountain range which is one of Oman’s most scenic regions.
In Arabic, Jabal Akhdar means ‘The Green Mountain’ and this should give you some indication about the area surrounding the Alila Jabal Akhdar Hotel. The resort sits at 2,000 metres above sea level, atop a dramatic gorge, with the views of the majestic Al Hajar Mountains. Oman is all about unspoiled beauty and the area in which the hotel is located is exactly that – rugged yet untouched. This is a real haven for anybody seeking adventure but not willing to compromise on comfort and luxury. Also, if you are a nature lover, look no further. This is the spot for you.
Alila Jabal Akhdar Hotel has 78 suites and villas which sizes range from 52 to 361 square metres. They are all located within the main hotel building while still being scattered around the clifftop to ensure utmost privacy and spectacular views. Although, the accommodation is decorated in contemporary style, the designers were mindful of Oman’s rich history and culture with earthly tones of natural materials like wood and stone emphasized by oriental rugs and furniture in warm colours. All suites and villas have air-conditioning for the summer and appropriate heating for the winter.
You can also indulge in the hotel’s spa – Spa Alila – where the staff will use old Asian healing techniques coupled with ancient beauty recipes involving natural, high quality ingredients. There is a Vichy shower room, Jacuzzis and private courtyards for your pleasure. Everything here is dedicating to pampering. Dining at the hotel is another highly enjoyable experience. The hotel’s Juniper Restaurant will cater for all your culinary cravings. The food served here is inspired by Arabic cuisine and trade routes that will take you on a gastronomic journey from the Middle East to the Mediterranean.
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