Continuing my preview of the latest, greatest hotels for 2014.
Today: ALILA JABAL AKDAR, Oman
Known for its avant-garde design concept, Alila Hotel’s first property to open in the Middle East does not disappoint. Due to open this spring, Alila Jabal Akdar is located in the untapped mountainous region of Jabal Akdar, a two-hour drive from Muscat in Oman. Reflecting its dramatic locale, emphasis has been placed on natural materials – think stone, wood and iron. Traditional artisan craftsmanship and locally-sourced materials have been used throughout, while the emblem of the rose is a frequent motif in the rooms – employed to reflect the fragrant pink variety that blankets the mountainside in springtime.
Set 2,000 metres above sea level, the resort overlooks a dramatic gorge with rooms peering over the Hajar Mountains. A glamorous escape for the stylish adventurer, it combines a contemporary minimalist style with warm, ethnic details, such as woven rugs, hanging baskets and tactile pottery. Tempting as it will be to stay put, the new ‘Alila Experiences’ will undoubtedly mean you’ll be expanding your horizons. From picnics in remote wadis, under the shadow of date palms, to a starry night dinner on the edge of the mountainside, a stay here is what memories are made of.