The adventure holiday is a realm dominated by those who find lazing on a sun lounger about as interesting as a night staring at a blank wall.
If you fall into this category, you’ll be glad to know that the enterprising team at Alila Jabal Akhdar have tapped into such a desire for the extraordinary by commissioning the Middle East’s highest via ferrata, or iron road. This spectacular mountain climbing route offers thrill seekers an adrenaline rush few other experiences can match.
For the boldest of guests, the chance to cross an exposed 20-metre-high rope, walk over a cave mouth, traverse a canyon and ascend into a steep gully on the Level 5 course will be one they can’t refuse. And even if you’re no Edmund Hillary, the Level 2 trail will offer both trials and rewards, most notably a descent of a mountain face, a visit to the cave village of Al Khutaymi and a dip in a natural pool in the Green Mountains.
And there are few better places from which to reflect upon all that adventure than a private balcony in one of the charming suites and villas. We already knew Alila Jabal Akhdar was a top-notch resort, but this addition has elevated its status yet further.
Via ferrata trails start from Dhs285. Ongoing. Jabal Al Akhdar, Nizwa, Oman, www.alilahotels.com (+968 2534 4200).