Story by The Happy Travellers
We first stumbled upon Alila Jabal Akhdar whilst googling for the best hotel in Oman. Interestingly, it ranked number 1 on TripAdvisor, was given a 5-Star rating by fivestaralliance.com and has made it to CNT World’s Best Hotel Gold List 2015 and 2016. It got us so curious, we decided to give it a try and we are very glad that we did!
The hotel sits atop the Jabal Akhdar (The Green Mountain) which is part of the Al Hajar mountain range in Ad Dakhiliyah Governorate of Oman, the highest point in Oman and the whole of eastern Arabia. Previously restricted to all, until 2005 when it was finally opened to the general public, Jabal Akhdar is an extremely intriguing and culturally enticing region.
The hotel represents the very essence of Oman. Upon arrival, we were welcomed in traditional style with cold towels, khawa coffee and local dates, and with the beautiful aroma of burning frankincense and cardamom that filled the lobby. With all these, we knew right away that we’re off to a good start.