Blending in with the local stone, this lovely, tranquil hotel boasts expansive views across the horseshoe crescent of Jebel Akhdar. It's a travesty that competitors were permitted to build a far-less sympathetic hotel right next door which is yet to open. As such, it's worth paying the extra for a deluxe room (OR97) overlooking the hotel's beautiful little wilderness herb garden.
This eco-friendly hotel offers some fascinating tours with the help of local guides, including hiking, farming, goat-herding, donkey rides, caving and star-gazing, all of which offer a glimpse of life on the edge. When there is scant rainfall, it can be a challenge to survive. The hotel is surrounded by pavements of fossils and has some fine pieces of fossilised coral embedded into the garden paths. Mint and jasmine water is on sale in the foyer and the friendly manager's love of gardening is evident in the assorted collection of houseplants.
To reach the hotel, follow signs for Al Aqor 500m from the Al Maha petrol station in Saiq. Local transport from Birkat Al Mawz can be arranged by the hotel (OR21 one way) and also to the start of the trek from Al Aqor.