Location: With Oman's breathtaking Al Hajar mountains as a platform, hotel locations don't get much more spectacular than this, overlooking a rocky gorge that drops thousands of feet to the ground below.
History: Ranked as one of 2014's most highly anticipated hotel openings by CNN, this is the first of Alila's collection of luxury boutique resorts to open in the Middle East.
Service: With five-stars to its name, expect the service here to be of a premium standard, from the moment you’re greeted at reception with a friendly smile right down to when it’s time to depart.
The Al Hajar mountains form one of the most photogenic regions of Oman - a widely underrated country known throughout the Middle East for its diverse natural beauty and fascinating culture. The Alila Jabal Akhdar Resort takes full advantage of the location, perched thousands of feet above sea level, looking down into a spectacular gorge that plummets to the ground below. And it's not just a good location that sets this resort apart from the rest. The wonderfully appointed range of suites here boast 'ridge', 'mountain' or 'horizon' views, each as spectacular as the next. This, after all, is a five-star hotel, so expect the rooms to come fully furnished with all the facilities you would expect; this means free high-speed WiFi, cable TV, air conditioning and lavish en-suite bathrooms with a quality range of toiletries. Away from the rooms, take a dip in one of the indoor or outdoor swimming pools, or enjoy delicious, elegantly presented local specialities at the resort's signature 'Juniper Restaurant' or adjacent 'Rose Lounge'. There's also an onsite business center, a luxurious spa and free parking for guests coming by car. Alila Jabal Akhdar is approximately 2.5 hours away from the major Muscat International Airport of Oman.
The range of 86 suites here (including two villas) are all about one thing: the spectacular views over the surrounding Al Hajar Mountains. Each has its own private terrace or balcony, and the materials used throughout incorporate plenty of natural materials such timber and locally-sourced fabrics.
Those looking to upgrade won't be disappointed with the resort's two villas; these offer a whopping 8,885 square feet of space across two bedrooms, a kitchen and living space, and the views from the outside terrace are the best the resort has to offer.
With nearly 600 square feet of space, these lavish entry-level rooms are found on the upper level of the resort; interiors have been designed to inspire relaxation, and the stunning balcony views look over the resort's iconic infinity pool below.
Perhaps not a wise choice for those scared of heights, these impressive suites provide some memorable views courtesy of the outdoor balconies looking down into the deep gorge below. Similarly to the Mountain View Suites, these are sized at just under 600 square feet and come elegantly designed and furnished.
The standout facility here has got to be the resort's iconic infinity pool, which provides unbelievable views across Oman's rugged mountain landscape. Other leisure facilities include a luxurious spa, gym and business center.
Those looking to rent out a space for a meeting, or just catch up on their emails in a quiet environment can take full advantage of the resort's onsite business room, which provides desk and seating space, along with free high-speed WiFi access.
The resort's private gym can be found near the swimming pool. Fully air conditioned, this airy space provides enough cardio, fitness machines and free weights for a rejuvenating workout amidst the mountains.
The resort's signature spa provides seven luxurious treatment rooms, including one set aside for couples. The well-trained staff offer a range of treatments and massage option, using products specifically sourced from Bali.
Alila Jabal Akhdar resort has two pools, but the most impressive has to be the outside heated version, which overlooks the mountains from a gorgeous freeform infinity edge. Nearby, the small indoor option has impressive floor-to-ceiling windows allowing the light to flood inside during the day.
The short but sweet list of dining options at Alila Jabal Akhdar provides guests with exciting menus of international and traditional flavors, using only the freshest, locally-sourced produce from around Oman and the Middle East to create a truly dining authentic experience
This sophisticated little space is the place to come for some lighter bites and refreshments, and again takes full advantage of the memorable mountain views. The excellent range of cocktails here means that this is the perfect spot for a sundowner as the sun sets below the rocky horizon.
Named after the Juniper trees that are abundant in Oman, the resort's signature restaurant provides international and local flavors throughout breakfast, lunch and dinner - all set against the breathtaking mountain backdrop of Al Hajar.