a practice reel and two luxurious nights in the jabal akhdar Mountains is the perfect way to relax and prepare for the ball

30 october 2018

arrival in muscat international airport

Four-wheel drives are mandatory to travel into the mountains so we have arranged private jeeps for all guests arriving for our Practice Reel in Jebel Akhdar.   All you need to do is choose a flight that arrives in Muscat in the early morning, visit the Arrivals Duty Free Shop (Muscat is a dry country so you may need reinforcements), pass customs, and your driver will be waiting to whisk you and your luggage into a four-wheel drive for a pleasant 2.5 hour drive into the mountains.


Jebal Akhdar, meaning ‘Green Mountain’ in Arabic, is part of the Al Hajar mountain range.  One of the most beautiful regions of Oman, the Jebel Shams, or Mountain of the Sun, is around 3,000 metres high.  

Designated by Sultan Qaboos as a nature reserve, the area has conserved its unique and fragile biodiversity and a pristine, untouched beauty due to the fact that the Sultan has governmental controls in place that only allow 4x4 jeeps into the park.

The Alila HoteL Jebel Akhdar


The Alila Hotel, perched 2,000 metres above sea level, is spectacular. The hotel, which has been carefully constructed in perfect harmony with the surroundings, is located close to the Saiq (pronounced ‘Sirq’) Plateau and surrounded by craggy summits and steep gorges.  Far from the bustle of modern life, the region offers an escape to solitude, nature, fresh air and stunning views.  In every direction lie mountains, small hamlets, uninhabited villages, caves and canyons.    

Even with modern facilities and extraordinary levels of attention to detail, it is Alila’s ability to integrate rich cultural influences that heightens guest experience. A walk through the lobby immerses visitors in village life; a traditional majlis invites a moment of zen, while rose pattern work pays homage to the damask roses endemic to the region’s Wadis. Outside, the bubbling Al Falaj water system creates a meditative ambience for those enjoying some quiet time on the terrace.
— Eluxe Magazine

From the moment you arrive, you will be cosseted.   General Manager Julian Ayers will be on hand to welcome you, together with Dena and Mark.  

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So relax.  Have lunch on the terrace, swim in the infinity pool or simply stare at the vastness in front of you.  Go for a walk, visit the spa and have a massage.  We suggest booking your treatment in advance by emailing the hotel on jabalakhdar@alilahotels.com


dinner at the Juniper Restaurant 7-11pm

The Juniper is the perfect congregating point for everyone to sit down, catch up with friends, and soak up the atmosphere while eating wonderful food.  The chef focuses on creating national recipes with a seasonal local produce.  You can either choose to eat at a smaller table or enjoy the large table we will be setting up for those traveling on Scots in Oman!  


31 October - picnic and hike to local village  

We have prepared five individual treks for you to choose from.  It will be relaxed few hours to experience the beautiful nature, ending with a picnic lunch. The walk should last three hours, so there will be plenty of time to relax in the afternoon.



Evening Practice Reel and Dinner

This evening will begin with a good two hour practice reel from 7-9pm, followed by dinner at the Juniper Restaurant.  It will be a wonderful way to start the evening and to connect with everyone.

1 November 2018

Enjoy a relaxed breakfast and have a last walk before heading down toward the coast and Muscat.  Your four-wheeled jeep will be ready to take you down to your hotel as of 10am.