The Sultanate of Oman is focusing on boosting the tourism sector as witnessed by the flurry of new hotels. Perhaps the most buzzworthy is the Alila Jabal Akhdar, a clifftop resort opening this month (May 8) in the Al Hajar Mountains. Overlooking a gorge and surrounded by rugged scenery, the setting is positively dramatic.
The resort’s design was inspired by ancient Omani forts, and traditional construction techniques were used in building a resort to LEED standards. (Cool touch: The grounds have aflaj water systems, mirroring the country’s irrigation canals.) The interior design was likewise inspired by the region; you’ll find copper ornaments, local pottery, carved wood, and rose patterns to recall the abundant damask roses that grow in Oman's mountains.
There is a seven-room spa; a heated outdoor infinity pool with views over the mountains; meeting rooms; and the Juniper restaurant for international cuisine “influenced by trade routes that stretched from the Middle East to the Mediterranean region.” Designed in a contemporary style with authentic local décor, the 78 suites and villas have free wifi plus balconies or terraces to take in the vistas. For more information, visit www.alilahotels.com/jabalakhdar
Photos courtesy of Alila Hotels