Alila Hinu Bay: The Hyatt I’m Most Excited About

Filed Under: Hotels, Hyatt

While it’s likely a ways off from when I’ll be able to visit, that doesn’t mean I can’t dream, right?

In this post I wanted to briefly talk about one Hyatt hotel opening that I’m particularly excited about. I’d go so far as to say that this is the Hyatt hotel opening in the next 12 months that I’m most excited about.

Alila Hinu Bay opening soon

My two favorite Hyatt brands are Park Hyatt and Alila, with the latter being a fairly new addition to Hyatt’s portfolio, thanks to its acquisition of Two Roads Hospitality a couple of years back.

There are a few Alilas under construction, including the Alila Marea Beach in California. However, there’s another one I’m even more excited about.

Alila Marea Beach

Specifically, the Alila Hinu Bay in Oman is expected to open before the end of 2020, so it’s potentially just weeks from opening. However, the hotel isn’t yet accepting reservations — the hotel is almost ready, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the opening delayed due to lack of demand resulting from border restrictions.

Alila Hinu Bay

This beach property is located on the southwest coast of Oman. It’s about 90 kilometers from Salalah International Airport, or you can drive there from Muscat, but it’s over 1,000 kilometers.

Details about the property are still fairly limited, but it’s expected that the hotel will have a total of 136 rooms, including 46 Ridge Retreats and 90 Pool Villas. We’ll have to wait and see what we can expect from these rooms.


Alila Hinu Bay

I’d assume the hotel will have multiple restaurants, a spa, etc., but just not much information has been released yet.

What I do know (from experience) is that Oman is a gorgeous country, and the coastline is beautiful.

This pairs well with Alila Jabal Akhdar

Independently I’m excited about Alila Hinu Bay. However, what makes this the most anticipated Hyatt opening for me is how nicely this pairs with Alila Jabal Akhdar, also in Oman.

Alila Jabal Akhdar

Alila Jabal Akhdar is located in the Al Hajar mountain range, over 2,000 meters above sea level, and it’s a property that I’ve been wanting to visit for years. I’ve specifically been holding off until Alila Hinu Bay opens, so I can make a trip of the whole thing. I’ve heard great things about this property, and the views really do look breathtaking.


Alila Jabal Akhdar

The two hotels seem to complement one another perfectly — one lets you enjoy the mountains, while the other lets you enjoy the beach and coast.


Alila Jabal Akhdar


Alila Jabal Akhdar

Bottom line

Alila Hinu Bay is supposed to open in the coming weeks, though the hotel isn’t yet taking reservations, and details are still limited. However, I’ve heard from multiple sources that construction is more or less complete, and they’re just putting the finishing touches on the property.

Once it’s practical again, being able to visit these two Alila properties in Oman will be a real treat. And it can be a great value as well, between being able to earn and redeem World of Hyatt points, and also being able to take advantage of Globalist elite benefits.

While I’m keeping a close eye on it, if anyone happens to notice that Alila Hinu Bay starts taking reservations or posts an official opening date, please let me know.

Anyone else excited about checking out the two Alilas in Oman?

Comments
  1. I have been to Oman and loved (drove from Dubai which was fun). I have a couple of friends who live there. They have been doing it really tough during Covid.
    I would love to visit both though.

  2. Middle of nowhere and one hour drive to the nearest town, not to mention 675 miles from Muscat! I guess some of us prefer it that way, but I’ll pass!

  3. Although their footprint is smaller, Hyatt is my fav hotel chain with some great properties.

    Similar to how many restaurants offer “surf and turf” (lobster and steak) on their menu, maybe Hyatt could offer an Omani beach and mountain package featuring stays at both properties with transportation included.

  4. Doug – If you have status with American Airlines and you’ve linked your Hyatt account, go into the “Partner” tab in the AA app and connect through to Hyatt. Mine is showing me a Status challenge of 90 days to reach Explorist (10 nights) or Globalist (20 nights). Must join the challenge by Oct. 2nd (roughly 90 days before the end of 2020). Hope this helps!

  5. Alila Jabal Akhdar Was fine but not amazing.

    A solid Four Seasons in New Mexico or Arizona would give you a similar feeling.

    I went there based on Luxury Travel Expert gushing. Again, it was fine. 7/10, but not amazing

  6. Went to Alila Oman in Feb. I’d give it a 9/10. Service was exemplary, far better than the gushing US type.

  7. Went to Alila Uluwatu in Bali in Feb and I can’t believe it flies under your radar, Ben. It’s an incredible property, all villas, and probably the most stunning views + architecture + service + attention to detail + food. It felt like the crown jewel of the Alila group. It was so impressive that I proposed to my boyfriend there. Couldn’t have been better. It’s a signature Alila property and I think it needs to get the credit it deserves. Almost want to keep it my little secret but I also want it to recover after Bali reopens to foreign tourists. Alila Jabal Akhdar, in not having an all-villa set up, seems inferior compared to Uluwatu. Hinu Bay has promise.

  8. Oman is having an heavy covid19 spreading and the situation there is not improving… so i think Oman will still be close to tourists for long time . for example flight from Italy and Oman and vice-versa are still banned.

  9. We really liked the slick Alila design concept when we stayed in the Alila Bangsar in KL… but found the service to be pretty unimpressive. We’ll try a few more but I really hope they aren’t all about style and lacking substance.

    By the way – anyone looking to top off Globalist this year – highly recommend the Hyatt Regency Belgrade. Serbia is open and this property is a bargain at about $100/night…

  10. I am quite sceptical about Alila Hinu Bay, i have visited Salalah area several years ago, stayed at very run-down Hilton. There is not really much to do, except some driving in mountains. there is some greenery in July-August, but mostly its empty wasteland. Alila Jabal Ahkdar has at least the views, Hinu Bay will have just extremely expensive rooms.

  11. Hard to be excited about this hotel without any real information. Only two pictures, without much context, makes it hard to distinguish this hotel from anything else. How close is the hotel to the actual beach? And what is there to see/do around there from a cultural standpoint? What’s really “unique” about this hotel that I couldn’t get from another resort somewhere closer to where I live? If I’m going all the way to Oman I’d probably want to spend time taking in the country and culture. I can find nice resorts basically anywhere, no need to travel really far to get to them, and if I want a beach resort and have to go out of my way, I’d rather head back to the Maldives or Seychelles.

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