Looking for things to do in Nizwa, Oman? Then explore the charm and beauty of Jabal Akhdar with the warm assistance of our Alila Leisure Concierge team. Drawing on their local knowledge, our Alila Experiences offer unique interactions with the destination based on guests’ personal preferences. From trekking, canyon walks, cave exploration and other outdoor pursuits, to discovering the cultural and culinary traditions, connecting with the environment and community, or indulging in wellness and couple celebration, embark on bespoke experiences for a truly memorable holiday.
A World Above the Mountains
Explore the A’roos and Saiq Plateaus in the comfort of a resort vehicle with the guidance of a personal Leisure Concierge. This is a wonderful way to take in the full beauty of the region from spectacular vantage points. Immerse yourself in another time and place, discovering abandoned villages such as Sarab, witnessing life in local communities, and passing by the best selection of farm areas known to the locals. Stand in awe of the largest and oldest trees on the Arabian Peninsula – majestic 2000 to 3000-year-old juniper trees that stand in the dust bowl on the upper Saiq Plateau. Unmissable!
Half-day | OMR 55 per person
Full-day | OMR 80 per person
Splendour of Saiq
Travel in the comfort of a resort vehicle down to the Saiq Plateau, an extensive upland plateau surrounded by craggy summits and steep gorges. Gaze across the spectacular scenery of terraced farms and valleys, and visit the agricultural village of Al Ayn, where you can see how traditional farm life has evolved and observe the 2,000-year-old ‘falaj’ water system up close.
During the season of April/May, witness the extraordinary sight of the prized Damask roses in full bloom, their bushes cascading down the mountain slopes. Our Leisure Concierge will introduce you to the families who continue to make rose water in their distilleries. Visit the picturesque abandoned village of Wadi Bani Habib and marvel at the traditional way of life as you follow the old farm trails through the wadi and farmlands growing walnut trees and pomegranate bushes. A great experience for those who wish to see the best of the region in a compact journey. A light picnic lunch is available if you are keen to take in the moment and truly savour these surroundings.
4 Hours | OMR 25 per person
6 Hours with lunch | OMR 40 per person
Friday Goat Market & Birkat Al Mouz
Experience the liveliness of the Friday Goat Market in Nizwa, where local farmers gather early in the morning to trade livestock – mainly goats, cows and sheep – by auction. Join the crowds for a truly unique opportunity to observe this traditional local custom.
Then visit the 17th century Nizwa Fort, the largest and one of the oldest forts in Oman distinguished by its unique round shape. Explore its maze of halls and rooms connected by narrow staircases and corridors, and enjoy the 360-degree views from the top of the tower. Stroll to the nearby Nizwa Souk, hunting for souvenirs among stalls selling an endless variety of items. After a delicious lunch, head back to the resort, stopping along the way at the village of Birkat Al Mouz. Its name means ‘Pool of Bananas’, and in this lush oasis at the base of the mountain, bananas as well as date palms grow in abundance. Walk through the ruins of old houses that appear to emerge right out of the rocks, and observe one of the best examples of the ancient ‘falaj’ water system.
Half-day | OMR 55 per person
All rates are per person in Omani Rial and subject to 17% government tax and service.
Rates and details of Alila Experiences are subject to change and discussed prior to your confirmation.
For reservations and enquiries, please contact us at +968 2534 4200 OR email: jabalakhdar[at]alilahotels.com