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Oman tourism: New resort adds to Jabal Akhdar charm


The resort is designed so that it has the least possible impact on environment. -TIMES OF OMAN

Muscat: The OMR20 million Alila Jabal Akhdar resort erected on the A'roos plateau, some 2,000 metres above the sea level on Hajar Mountains, will become fully functional after Eid Al Fitr, a top official from Omran, the owners of the resort, said. Opened in May this year, the resort is at present running through a test period, receiving local and foreign guests.

"Spread on approximately 13,000sqm area on the plateau, the resort is designed so that it has the least possible impact on environment but at same time helps tourists absorb the outstanding natural beauty of the area through the incorporation of locally sourced materials and traditional artisanal craftsmanship," AbdulWahid Al Farsi, acting chief communications officer at Omran, said.

Omran is a company set up by the government to deliver major projects and to manage assets and investments in the tourism sector in Oman.

With 86 suites overlooking a dramatic gorge and with views of the Al Hajar Mountains, Alila Jabal Akhdar reflects the Omani history of the destination décor, taking in the rich culture of the surroundings and giving it a contemporary twist.

"The resort has begun to cater to the increasing demand of tourism in Jabal Al Akhdar and the year-round cool temperatures have attracted an influx of tourists from across Oman and the region," the Omran official added.

The resort has 22 mountain view suites, 32 horizon view suites, 16 ridge view suites, eight Jabal terraces, six loft suites and two Jabal villas. "Since the official opening, we are receiving both local and foreign guests. There are even global bookings. We will be fully functional after the Eid," Jork Bosselaar, the general manager of Alila Jabal Akhdar, said.

Even though Alila manages unique city hotels and resorts in the Asia Pacific region, Alila Jabal Akhdar is the first property managed by Alila in the Sultanate and the Middle East.

"Guests here can 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," the general manager added.

The resort, which is Omran's first project in the Al Dakhiliyah Governorate, was recently named as the country's 'Sustainable Project of the Year' and 'Hospitality Project of the Year' by ConstructionWeekOnline.Com's 3rd Construction Week Oman Awards.

To get in touch: reji@timesofoman.com

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