We can all probably agree that 2016 felt like a riot of sorts, to say the least. With authorities encouraging a cozier and more revitalizing outlook in 2017, what better way to start achieving inner peace and curing your nature deficit disorder than being outdoors? And by outdoors, we do not mean heading to the nearest mall – we mean escaping urban life altogether and embracing the serenity of being at one with Mother Nature.
While glamorous camping (a.k.a. “glamping”) is highly appealing, Savoir Flair is always one to push – not just your style boundaries, but your personal limits too – and has recently jumped onto the growing trend of luxury hiking.
Much like glamping, luxury hiking is the perfect activity for thrill-seeking travelers looking to connect with nature and experience the great outdoors, but without having to rough it too much and staying within the comforts of a five-star hotel. Enter Alila Jabal Akhdar, a boutique hotel perched 2,000 meters above sea level and situated on the second highest peak in Oman. Here, you can expect excellent service and delicious amenities within a rustic outdoor environment.
The hotel has recently introduced six scenic and exhilarating hiking routes that are sure to match your fitness level, whatever that may be. Ranging from a three-hour or to an all-day hike, these trails can be conquered based on how far you can and want to go – so a lack of experience is no excuse. In return, you’ll be rewarded with epic, breathtaking views of the Omani mountainscape. These guided treks (you’ll be accompanied by local experts) will take you in and out of caves, wadis, and abandoned villages, with the picturesque Al Hajar mountain range serving as the backdrop.
A style note for hiking newbies: avoid the rookie mistake that we encountered when we tested the trails. While looking the part is crucial, so is respecting the local culture. When trekking in Oman, covering up is important, so avoid wearing anything revealing. With this said, go for lightweight and breathable fabrics, but pack your day bag with cover-ups as you will need to double up on warmth as you ascend in order to keep the chills at bay.
When the day is done, you can retreat back to the luxurious hotel – enjoy your cozy cliffside suite, the spectacular sunset while lounging by the infinity pool, or the top-notch treatments at the spa, making this one of the finest walks you’ll ever take in your life. Hello, 2017!