Alila Hinu Bay Resort, which is set to open in May 2021, is another Omani hotel championing eco-friendly travel.
A place of so much natural beauty, many hotels across Oman have already caught onto the idea that preserving the land on which they are built is a large part of their appeal. But, as the demand for sustainable tourism continues, it’s the practices that take place within the resort that really make a difference to the eco-conscious traveller in 2021.
Something that hotel newcomer, Alila Hinu Bay Resort, has already picked up before its opening date this May. Located on the beachfront some 87km from Salalah International Airport, the five-star resort is truly immersed in nature, and free from the noise of urban living.
Stretching over 45 hectares of the Governorate of Dhofar’s sandy shores, the beaches are preserves while under Alila’s watch. With mountains all around (guests will arrive from the north through rocky terrain) a snapshot of the Gulf country’s most beautiful landscapes is perfectly brought together.
Inside, the resort carries on its eco-friendly ethos, as does sister hotel Alila Jabal Akhdar, which sits on the mountainous Jebel Akhdar. As a brand, Alila Hotels has adopted EarthCheck operational standards, meaning it integrates natural, physical and cultural elements of its environment to the establishment.
As for the hotel itself, the newcomer brings together contemporary design with local architecture for a fresh feel. Each of the 112 guests rooms and suites is thoughtfully designed to fuse Omani design with comfort, quality and modernity. Guests can also enjoy many restaurants, a swimming pool, children’s leisure facilities, adventure sports and spa treatments utilising ancient healing practices during their stay.
Yet Alila Hinu Bay Resort is not the first resort in the region to keep sustainability close to its heart. Six Senses Zighy Bay, for example, recently became the first hotel in the GCC to offer guests a carbon-neutral room rate. But as the awareness grows, the pressure is also put on the consumer, with plenty of quick tips to make your next vacation more eco-friendly.