Times of Oman
Aug 30, 2015 LAST UPDATED AT 08:50 AM GMT
First luxury Alila Jabal Akhdar resort in the Jabal Akhdar mountain opens, May 8
May 7, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Once ready, Alila Jabal Akhdar will feature a total of 84 suites and two Jabal villas along with a spectacular cliff-side restaurant, outdoor and indoor pools, Spa Alila and fitness facilities as well as beautiful event spaces. – Supplied pictures

Muscat: The first luxury resort in the stunning Jabal Akhdar mountain — Alila Jabal Akhdar resort — will open doors for guests on May 8.

This destination resort will draw guests seeking a top-of-the-world experience combined with its ultimate location in the dramatic mountainous region of Jabal Al Akhdar in Oman. "The resort is not 100 per cent complete now. We have 86 rooms in total. But one fourth of it is ready for guests now," Jork Bosselaar, general manager of Alila Jabal Akhdar told the Times of Oman.

Providing a literal breath of fresh air, dramatic views, supreme access to one of the country's most spectacular and undiscovered areas, the Alila Jabal Akhdar is the first resort of its kind, where absolute peace and tranquillity is guaranteed.

Once ready, Alila Jabal Akhdar will feature a total of 84 suites and two Jabal villas along with a spectacular cliff-side restaurant, outdoor and indoor pools, Spa Alila and fitness facilities as well as beautiful event spaces.

The resort is owned by Omran, a prominent operator and asset manager of tourism in Oman, and it is managed by Alila Hotels & Resorts.

Bosselaar said Alila Hotels & Resorts president Mark Edleson will also visit Jabal Akhdar today to mark the resort's partial soft opening.

Bosselaar also noted that in keeping with its philosophy of community involvement, Alila Hotels & Resorts will celebrate the opening of the new Alila Jabal Akhdar with a 'Gift to Share Programme' focusing on benefiting the local community.

Designed as an introductory privilege for local and GCC residents, guests booking one night's stay will receive a complimentary second night in return for a donation to an approved government charity. This offer is up to July 24 and the fund raised by way of donation will be contributed to a charity organisation in Jabal Akhdar area. Rates start from OMR98 plus taxes, only available during May, according to an earlier
press statement.

Set 2,000 metres above sea level just two-and-a-half hour drive from Muscat, the resort will provide access to one of Oman's most spectacular and untapped regions.

"The Jabal Akhdar region is perfect for our first foray into the Middle East. Its combination of interesting natural ecosystems, physical beauty and intriguing history and culture sits well within our development philosophy," stated Mark Edleson.

"We are pleased that Alila Hotels & Resorts has chosen our country to be the location of its very first luxury resort in the Middle East, the Alila Jabal Akhdar. The upscale resort in the spectacular Jabal Akhdar mountain region definitely complements the government's initiative to promote the country's luxury hospitality segment to the world," stated Salim Al Mamari, director general of tourism promotion, Ministry of Tourism.

"With the resort's opening, we now expect to see an influx of adventurers, travellers, and nature lovers across the globe, giving inbound and local tourism a qualitative additional boost. The social and economic benefits of this new development will be huge, especially for the families residing in nearby communities. We applaud the management for this endeavour, and we wish them success and best of luck," added Al Mamari.

The property is designed to minimise impact on its environment while maximising on the area's outstanding natural beauty through the incorporation of locally sourced materials and traditional artisanal craftsmanship. The award-winning architectural project employs traditional elements of Omani design and construction techniques combined with a contemporary minimalist style and are the perfect blend of nature, heritage, ethnicity and elegance.

Each of the suites and Jabal villas reflect a modern interpretation of Omani tradition and history whilst the cliff-side restaurant, pool, Spa Alila and gym offer chic interiors with integrated elements of nature and a mountain backdrop.

A haven for the adventurous, nature lovers and those seeking an escape from the desert heat, guests at the Alila Jabal Akhdar will benefit from specially crafted 'Alila Experiences' covering cultural learning, conscious living, active spirits, culinary arts and couple celebration, encouraging a discovery of the region and connecting guests with 'surprisingly different' authentic destination experiences — from private palm-shadowed picnics to sensational star-lit suppers.

"With the mercury rising across cities, Jabal Akhdar is a cool perch where the air is fresh and crisp. In the first month of our opening, we look forward to hosting guests and introducing them to the Alila Experience — a unique combination of hospitality with a local touch," noted Bosselaar.

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