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Superb Hotel in breathtaking location
A beautiful building with astonishing views embraces you with a warm welcome. Good food served with skill, friendliness and skill. There is a good range of local experiences or just lounge by the infinity pool
After arriving in Oman, a further approximately 2.5 hour drive in a 4x4 is undertaken to reach Alila Jabal Akhdar. What may initially seem like a dreary few hours, actually goes smoothly. The cars offered by the hotel for transportation are of good quality - only 4x4's are allowed to go up to the hotel, so please arrange accordingly even if you're looking to hire a car yourself. The journey itself is quite scenic, as you wrap around the mountains. The arrival to to the hotel dispels any boredom/tiredness as you're immediately greeted by some of the most breathtaking views of the mountains. Upon check in, we were given dates and tahini, along with a form of rose coffee (customary in Omani culture). We were shown around the hotel amenities - what was incredible to see was the abundance of local materials being used to construct the hotel. This gave the overall complex a character well suited to it's surroundings. As it was our honeymoon, we were upgraded to a more premium room, that managed to capture the sunrise. The welcome to the hotel really set the positive tone for the next few days of our stay. The room itself was very spacious and the beautiful architecture continued through to these spaces. Our bed was literally the biggest I've ever slept on - it was big enough to fit a family of 4 easily! Both days of our stay we came back after turn down service to hot baths, which was a nice touch. The staff also left hot water bottles in our beds, along with chocolates and a locally made candle using bees wax. As we travelled in February, the evenings tend to get chilly, so the extra warmth was much appreciated! The food options on offer were great - our booking was half board by default, and we also had a lunch included within our package. Breakfast had a small buffet on offer, but was also accompanied by a menu from which you could order full meals. The overall range was ample and had good options. The dinner was either a set menu or individual courses could be selected. This changed between days which was good to see, to avoid repetition. The options were good and the quality of the food was exceptional. Even the lunch we had one day was well put together. All our meals were complimented by the scenery that draped in the background. Our package also included a free facial in the spa, which was a nice experience. The spa itself is nicely assembled, so it is worth checking out. We conducted a hike one day on the "butterfly trail" which remains within the hotel's complex, but is adequate to spend an hour or so on. We also spent some time in the indoor pool which was heated. We didn't make use of the outdoor pool as this time of the year it was slightly cool. Being in the mountains, it's naturally cooler as well so it didn't incentivize us to use the pool. The gym was small, but decent to complete a workout. We took part in the morning yoga class, which is conducted outdoors on the decking, suspended over the mountains - this was splendid! We also star gazed at night which was wonderful - the night sky was crystal clear and the stars glistened brightly. A large telescope allowed us to see the moon and other stars close up! The hotel complex is indeed of 5-star quality. From it's unique architecture, to the amenities and quality of service, you won't be disappointed. But the thing that made our stay extremely unique was the setting of the hotel itself. The surrounding mountains are truly magical - pictures don't do it justice. The silence of the air that envelopes the mountains gives a sense of utopia, something I've not experienced before. Overall, this was simply a beautiful stay and a great way to start our honeymoon!
The most beautiful hotel we've ever had the good fortune to visit. We spent three nights here and wish we could have stayed longer! From the moment we arrived we were enchanted. Magnificent mountain views throughout the property, a stunning infinity pool, lovely large rooms. Extremely nice, attentive staff who made us feel welcome and taken care of in every respect. We looked forward to the "Rose Hour" (happy hour) on the deck each night, where we could watch the sun set over the canyon. And oh my goodness, the focaccia bread with labneh and honey -- beyond delicious!! Don't miss sunrise yoga with Julie; it was the most peaceful and uplifting yoga experience I've ever had. We wish we could go back to the Alila and would recommend it to anyone -- it's well worth the journey.
One of the best hotel stays of my life
It is a drive to reach Alila, propped on the edge of a deep canyon in the mountainous regions above Nizwa. But once you are there, you will not want to leave. Spectacular site, luxurious rooms & amenities and perfect service from a wonderful staff. My highest recommendation for a resort to relax in. Only caveat - because it is a 45 minute winding drive down the mountain, I advise planning any tourist visits to Nizwa area with at least a one night stay in town
Everything about the hotel was amazing. Pros Beautiful large rooms Pool No plastic Ginger tea by the indoor heated pool Lovely spa Relaxing vibe Attention to detail Butterfly trail Fitness trail Amazing food at breakfast and dinner (didn't try any lunches) Helpful staff informing us of hiking routes Close to most trails I had a very relaxing pregnancy massage. Refillable water bottles that you can borrow for when you go on long hikes. The comfy chair on the balcony of our room Cons It is expensive so we can't come back every weekend. Tips for Jebel Akhdar in general It is cold at night so bring warm clothes. You need suncream! Higher factor than normal 4x4 is required Don't underestimate some of the hiking trails. Check the maps carefully so you don't go off trail and join an incorrect one like we did! We did the lost village trail but ended up on the Via Feratta route...
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