Alila resorts truly know how to deliver the perfect spa experience, with each location’s architecture and interior design creating individual references that are unique and with its very own one of a kind character that charms you always……with a wow factor, and Spa Alila Jabal Akhdar in Oman’s Al Hajar mountains is no less distinct and surprisingly different. mylifestyelnews discovers.
We traveled two hours from the city of Muscat with a four wheel drive to ascend over 2,000 metres above sea level to this luxury resort to seek a retreat away from the desert heat and of course, with the goal to bring our body back into balance and the indulged ourselves with a personalized Spa Alila treatments at the highest spa in the region of the Sultanate of Oman.
The Spa Reception
Part of the spa journey encompasses products that have been developed by Alila to elevate their spa experience beyond the norm; hence their desire to deliver “bespoke locally inspired treatments”. Each product has naturally active ingredients that will nurture your body and deliver a sensory experience that is complimented by the expert spa therapists’ touch.
Spa design can make or break your experience and this peaceful sanctuary will create memories, with the Omani lantern lights and unpolished stone floors and walls leading you to multiple treatment rooms off a central courtyard deep within the spa complex, with subtle levels of lighting (both natural and created) to soothe the senses after the bright mountain glare from outside.
Featuring seven treatments and changing rooms, a guided tour is needed to explore this well designed laid-out spa. Along with a Vichy shower room and Jacuzzi, this peaceful sanctuary is dedicated to pamper you from head to toe. Not to mention that there is also an exclusive “secret garden” for both male and female section, a little court-yard with sun lounge for you to reflect yourself before or after the spa treatment for a much calming effect.
Carefully designed and crafted elements are seen everywhere in Spa Alila Jabal Akhdar
Step back in time in the steam room, where the air is filled with a mist of heady, earthy and cleansing oils that awaken your mind. With the pure, gentle and 100% natural Juniper Berry and Rose Handmade Soap, this signature feature will definitely in aid to restore a sense of total well-being.
We were offered the pre-spa experience, enjoying the jacuzzi and steam room before our treatments and this experience is elevated by the use of frankincense and juniper berry oils, which is reminiscent of ancient Oman. We were thoughtfully offered tea and dates while dipping into the hot Jacuzzi to open up our pores before the treatment began.
We chose two different therapies to experience the full gamut of techniques. The Balinese Massage has an aim to dissolve tension through ancient Balinese healing therapy, combining long strokes with gentle stretching and skin rolling to relieve the muscle pain.
Now we like a very hard pressure and this treatment uses thumbs and palms to really unravel the deepest stress and it is up to you to decide how much extra pressure you want – your decision may be impacted by how much extra activity you have done prior to the treatment (think zip-lining on the cliff face as part of the resort’s activities offers). Our therapist was true to form with our specific request about pressure and expertly kneaded out all the kinks and aches from our strenuous activity. Naturally, your blood flow is given quite a boost after this.
The "Secret Garden" of Spa Alila Jabal Akhdar for you to reflect yourself before or after the spa treatment.
The Jacuzzi lounge area.
The Therapeutic Massage is less pressure inducing, but no less effective for those that want more of a body awakening in a less strenuous way, but it does employ a combination of therapeutic massage techniques using fluent strokes of different depths and intensities. The combination of Balinese strokes and Swedish deep tissue techniques can be exhilarating, depending on what strength you wish to dial up. The therapists are always checking that you are comfortable and that they have met your requests at every point.
The couple's room that we were in did not disappoint, with the care and attention to detail. It is all about sense, feel and touch, and we were in expert hands and after some moments, you were not aware of anyone else in the room as you were transported to another world and feeling…silence is golden.
Spa Alila’s unique approach recognizes the individual in you, offering you the flexibility to design treatments according to your personal needs and preferences. We love that Spa Alila talks about making a spa experience fun, as it is all about you and they put us front and centre, with expert consultations, giving us the freedom to personally select the energizing and uplifting natural oils for our treatment and enjoying the pre-treatment rooms at our leisure. Without question, you will be completely cocooned in another-worldly experience and while nothing lasts forever, Spa Alila’s experience will certainly leave lasting memories and surprisingly different as ever. This is what Alila means in ancient Sankrit …and sweet dreams awaits.
Tried & Tested:
Design & Decor: 5/5
Room Amenities: 5/5
Value For Money: 5/5
Al Roose, Jabal Al Akhdar
Al jabal Al Akhdar 621
Sultanate of Oman
Tel: +968 2534 4200
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