The quickest way to get some respite from a warm desert summer, is to fly to Oman to catch the quickly approaching monsoon season called Khareef. One of the best places to experience this is the newly opened Alila Hinu Bay. Carrying strong design principles influenced by Omani vernacular, this contemporary resort draws influence from nature, culture & topography.
Offering a contemporary fusion of local architectural traditions with modern aesthetic sensibility, Alila Hinu Bay was designed by Qatari architect Ibrahim Jaidah. The property carries a heavy influence of the Omani touch, emphasising on chic and contemporary interiors and paired with its minimalist aesthetics that perfectly blend with the local climate and culture. A marble facade, falaj water features and an Omani archway corridor create a sense of native place, whilst keeping to its eco-friendly custom.
Located between Jabel Samhan and the Arabian Sea, Alila Hinu Bay is a nature lovers paradise, boasting the richest historical and cultural settings in the coastal town of Mirbat, in the Dhofar governate, 87 kilometers from Salalah International Airport and accessible by road from Muscat. The property brings light to one of Salalah’s hidden gems, allowing guests to embark on a haven of nature, discovery and tranquility.
Perched just by the coast, with a natural private beach and mountain vistas, the resort promises a relaxing escape for all. Guests can take part in quintessential Alila experiences and visit the coastal town of Mirbat and see fishermen set sail on traditional boats or discover incredible ancient Bedouin rock art, dating back to the 3rd millennium B.C.
You can also share an evening with traditional desert nomads, tread the trail of an age-old Frankincense route, and embrace the dewy excitement of a mystifying Khareef season. Alila Hinu Bay is ideally situated close to the historic port of Khor Rori, from where the first Frankincense treasures departed many centuries ago. The property pays homage to the heritage and cultural significance of the Frankincense Route with the launch of The Orchard restaurant’s menu inspired by all-things-Luban.
The Orchard takes you on an epicurean journey with carefully selected and crafted dishes that draw inspiration from the travels of the frankincense traders both land and sea. Savor the breadth and expanse of the trade route with menu highlights from Oman, through the Arabian Peninsula, all the way to the Mediterranean.
All images courtesy Alila Hinu Bay