It is perched 2,000 metres above sea level, so it is no wonder Alila Jabal Akhdar is accessible only by a 4-wheel drive. But the view from the top is worth it. The luxurious resort overlooks the eastern Arabian Peninsula’s highest mountain range, Al Hajar Mountains, allowing guests staying in the resort’s upscale villas to enjoy the scenery while taking a dip in a private pool. If boredom strikes, guests can explore Oman’s wadis and villages, or opt for adventurous activities such as hiking or cycling. The property is part of the Alila Hotels and Resorts management company, which is based in Singapore, and is part of the Global Hotel Alliance.