If you’re looking for a desert escape – except one that’s more than a little luxe – head on over to the beautiful Alila Jabal Akhdar just a few hours out of Muscat, Oman. A spectacular mountain backdrop, fantastic food, and blissful spa facilities make it the perfect getaway, even if it’s just a long weekend.
We headed over at the beginning of May, using the bank holiday weekend to cross off another bucket list destination, and there was no better way to do it than at this gorgeous property.
Land into Muscat, and you have a car waiting to take you on the surprisingly smooth 2-ish hour drive into the mountains. The travel fatigue washes off the second you step onto this property…..
Eat & Sleep
Each room has its personal balcony that opens out onto the views of the valley below. A glorious bathtub in each bathroom makes for the ultimate in-house spa facility that the team from the hotel spa will happily set up for you with some rose petal pampering and champagne.
Walk into the room and behold, the loveliest mezze platter, and that’s only the beginning of the culinary explosion at this hotel. The on-site restaurant is perfect for breakfast and dinner, with breakfast offering up the full selection of Middle Eastern fare, alongside a fresh buffet spread with decadent breads and fresh fruit.
Dinner… was easily one of our favourite meals. Start with some delicious leavened bread and homemade dips, followed by a feast of tagine (two nights in a row, we couldn’t help ourselves). Feasting by candlelight along the edge of the mountain makes for one of the coziest evenings, and the ultimate end to a day filled with R&R.
Activities & Facilities
If sitting by the pool and stuffing your face with mezze isn’t your idea of a day on holiday, there’s plenty to keep yourself busy with at the Alila. Rock climbing through the valley, harnessed to a rope and six others, is only one of the many adrenaline-gunning possibilities here!
Would I Recommend It?
A stay at the Alila is nothing short of magical – if you’re there a week or a weekend, you are guaranteed to leave nirvana with all reality forgotten. Click here to book this gorgeous getaway!
Tales of Vagary was extremely warmly welcomed by Alila Jabal Akhdar, but as always, all opinions remain my own.