Oh me, oh my, Oman! A hop and a skip from Dubai lies one of the Middle Eastern sultanate’s swishest retreats, Alila Jabal Akhdar.
Like all the best hideaways it’s a little off the camel-trodden track, perched amid the craggy summits and sheer gorges of the rugged Al Hajar Mountain Range, and only accessible via 4-wheel drive from Muscat.
Behind rough sandstone walls and fort-like wooden entrances, Jabal is all understated Omani opulence: 78 contemporary rooms and suites are spread out in clifftop clusters, and carefully appointed to maximise privacy as well as uninterrupted mountain panoramas.
And beyond? Adventure-seekers will delight in a heap of outdoor options from canyon treks and cave walks to cultural visits to nearby villages, while for the less athletically-inclined, the signature Spa Alila therapy is best enjoyed in your private courtyard. All that’s left? Why, sundowners from your perch in the cliff-top infinity pool, of course. Oh-man, indeed.
No. 4 Al Roose, Jabal Al Akhdar, Nizwa, Oman. +968 2534 4200, alilahotels.com