Oman has archeological remains from the Stone Age. As we hiked through the villages in the Al Hajar mountain range, I could feel a strong connection going back to ancient days. Up in the mountains the weather is cool. The hiking trail is narrow, and the fencing is set up for the safety of the tourists as the valleys are very steep. The mountains have many caves and we stopped at one with a lovely pond.
At the end of the trail we reached the roses. Their scent is incredibly powerful and they are cultivated to make rosewater.
We stayed at the beautiful Alila Hotel. It combines Omani traditions with a modern flair, as you can see in our bedroom.
Down the hall are pomegranates, a main crop in the area that gave us the most delicious juice for breakfast.
At the edge of the pool we lounged in a luxurious cabana enjoying the rugged beauty of the landscape.