Six Senses Zighly Bay Resort
In Oman – a Middle Eastern country proud of its history, diverse landscapes and traditions -, Six Senses Zighy Bay resort is the off-the-beaten-track place to be for healthy barefoot dreamers, honeymooners with film-star salaries and eco-conscious luxury lovers from mainly Europe and the Gulf countries. Leave it to our all-time favourite Six Senses holistic hotel chain & spa brand, known for bringing its contemporary eco-luxe designs to under-the-radar spots.
Imagine the Babel-movie scenery, add a 1.6-kilometer deserted beach, blue ocean plus rustic-luxe villas and you have Six Senses Zighy Bay resort. A secluded cove on Oman‘s northern Musandam Peninsula – not the easiest place to get to – is the location for this exotic eco escape. Here, the dramatic fjords and majestic mountains form the ultimate breathtaking background, while the wandering goats and call of prayer from the neighboring fishing village provide a true Omani feel.
Guests can choose one of the three unforgettable arrival experiences: a 15-minute speedboat trip, a winding 4×4 drive down from the hilltop overlooking the bay, or paraglide with Zighy Bay’s own professional. How many places in the world do you know where you can finish your airport transfer with an exhilarating paraglide down from the ridge above? That’s exactly what we thought when we arrived here totally excited after a scenic 150-minute drive from Dubai. Ok, all this is extremely cool, but not the reason we came here.
For us, with this bucket list-worthy hotel it was love at first sight. Why do we like it? We’re crazy about Six Senses Zighy Bay’s post-card perfection, sense of isolation, unique stop-the-clock vibe and strong environmental code (this list could go on). If you feel the need for extreme peace & privacy plus the promise of that bone-warming sunshine, look no further. Besides this, it’s the ultimate place to kick back for a blast of barefoot bliss and healthy hedonism. Like most of the sister properties around the globe, this Six Senses stunner in Oman stands out as a star spa player and encourages guests to reconnect with themselves and nature.
The villas? Designed in style of a traditional Omani village in harmony with the out-of-this-world surroundings, the 82 eco-deluxe pool villas are ridiculously romantic, rustic & restful. Offering butler-with-buggy service, bikes, chess-tables, private wine cellars, enormous plunge pools and heavenly outdoor shower, the villas are sanctuaries of space and serenity with an in-tune-with-nature ambience. Just enough reasons to blow your monthly salary. Only drawback? The hotel’s stone-and-timber villas need a refresh here and there as some things are outdated. Our favourite Six Senses Zighy Bay moments: cruising along the sandy bicycle paths lined with date palms & fig trees during the day and strolling around the darkly-lit resort at night and soaking up the magical ambience. For the pinnacle of pampering & privacy, book the 4-bedroom Reserve with the blissful beach in reach.
Six Senses Zighy Bay resort in Oman offers a choice of memorable dining alternatives, from contemporary international cuisine to regional specialties in different unique settings like hilltop, or in traditional Bedouin style. The overall quality of food is tippety-top and especially breakfast is a healthy, plentiful and delicious affair, promising the perfect start of a perfect day. Our preferred spot, however, is the signature Sense on the Edge restaurant offering sublime fine-dining and really smooth service. To sit with a glass of champagne in hand, savouring finger-licking good food – we tried the 3 course tasting menu – and admiring one of the best views you can imagine, is quite delightful. Truly, this tops our most special dining experiences list (this is no exaggeration). Six Senses’ Shua Shack, another must-book favourite, is where you feast on traditional Omani lamb specialties and you live your Arabian dream.
This is a place where you just let the day pass, drifting from breakfast to the beach, from lunch to one of the two pools and spa. Make sure you have plenty of time to explore the wonderful underwater world and try one of the amazing adventures above the water such as microlight flying or an Omani dhow cruise along the Musandam coast. To fully disconnect, head to the award-winning Six Senses Spa where you’ll discover a new level of wellness. Like us, spa aficionados and wellness lovers swear by Six Senses hotels. Fancy a health kick? Apart from hitting the giant gym or playing tennis, spend time in downward-dog mode and don’t forget to try mindful breathing as well as detox cleansing followed by an Indian Head Massage. Relax, refresh, revive & repeat.
Pack your kaftan & flip-flops and fall in love, like we did, with the sun, sky and the scenery.