Six Senses Zighy Bay
What We Love
- Mountains on one side, a pristine beach on the other
- Huge villas have butler service and private infinity pools
- A focus on wellness: Arabic and ayurvedic-inspired spa treatments and private yoga in the stunning outdoor studio
- Zighy Bay has calm and crystal-clear water that’s swimmable year-round
- Innovative dishes using local ingredients in the resort’s three on-site restaurants
What To Know
- It’s easiest to fly into Dubai, which is a two-hour drive away. The resort can arrange transfers; if you rent a car, self-parking is free
- Kids are welcome, and special outdoor activities like glass-bottom kayaking or supervised trekking can be planned especially for them
- Free WiFi
- Villas are close together, so it’s possible to hear other guests’ voices when lounging by your private pool
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
Ultimate Arabian getaway on a secluded stretch of Oman’s Musandam Peninsula, with one of the area's best spas and a slow-life philosophy
If ever there was a time and a place to max out your credit cards, Six Senses Zighy Bay is it. The indulgence starts upon arrival: guests can choose to self drive from Dubai (ill-advised over the rugged mountain pass!), use the hotel transfer (much better), motorboat from the UAE border, or paraglide from the rocky cliff right to the Gulf of Oman. (Thrill-seeking regulars have been known to leave the property and come back again, just to try a different approach.) Once you’re on property, there’s nowhere to go except into the tranquil sea or to the rustic but luxurious spa. Which is totally fine, because the world-renowned Six Senses Spa can relieve all the associated pains of traveling to such a remote location, and the 82 thatch rustic-luxe villas make even the call of the wild hard to resist. Days follow a typical pattern: a late-morning buffet of exotic fruits and Middle Eastern breakfast specialties (shakshuka, mezze, thick yogurt) sans shoes; lounging by the water’s edge or lazing in your villa’s private pool; biking on a cruiser around the sandy property; dinner on the beach. It’s a great opportunity to get through Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale (the book, not the series—no Hulu here) and reconnect with whomever you traveled. Expect to chat up your chaise-longue neighbors, typically Brits who will spill stories of exotic adventures and other glamorous Arabian nights.
In the Area
Oman has become a mecca for in-the-know scuba divers. Discover unspoiled waters with Extra Divers, an international chain of diving centers with a local outpost. Better yet, book a sunset cruise through the concierge at the nearby marina. You’ll sail past the Musandam Fjords while nibbling on canapés and sipping champagne.
How to Get There
This is a great hotel made amazing by the service level the team provides. No request is too great, no wish to difficult to fulfill or even anticipate! Our stay in a beachfront pool villa was simply great. Special mentions to our GEM who made our stay unforgettable, the head of the Fron Office Amir and Vivi at the Summer House restaurant. Also worth mentioning is the food, from the a la carte menu to the special Indinan, Arabian and seafood buffet nights.
The Extra Divers team did amazing work helping our daughter obtain her open water certification.
We went for a romantic long weekend for my birthday. I have to say the place is stunning. Beautiful and impervious mountains just behind the hotel makes the hotel really special.
The rooms are great, in traditional omani style and all very natural in six senses typical style.
We were in a suite just in front of the sea with private pool and outside patio. Frankly a dream.
Food was also great in the spice market and both Indian and Arabian night buffet were delicious, even if a bit pricey.
We also went on a snorkeling tour from the Marina. Great service from the Italian captain and guide. Beautiful reefs and fishes.
Unfortunately it was a bit windy and visibility was not perfect.
Outside pools are also fantastic a quite warm. The kids area closed to the swimming pool looked a bit old and might need renovation.
The experience center was very helpful and also our butler.
The dinner in the reastaurant up on the mountain unforgettable!
I have just returned from an 8 night stay with my wife and son. It was absolutely fabulous.
There were a couple of small teething problems early on in the stay but both were dealt with extremely well.
The staff at Zighy Bay are wonderful. They are kind, caring, considerate and go out if their way to make your stay special. Nothing is too much trouble and it is really noticeable.
The food is spectacular. They did a traditional lamb night and an Indian themed night which were stand out, but the food across the board is fabulous.
Even an near full capacity, it felt tranquil and quiet.
Rooms were airy and spacious. We had a pool villa which was lovely. I’d probably opt for something on the beach front next time.
Diving - Extra Divers
I did a handful of dives with Andrea and his team and extra divers and it was great. Had an issue with my first dive but was resolved very well and I left really happy.
They are incredibly professional and I wouldn’t hesitate to dive with them again. They’ll set up and wash all of your kit which makes the whole experience a lot more relaxing and operate to very good safety standards. My guide, Adi was a great instructor / guide and was really fun and friendly.
I’ll definitely be diving with them again when I return - thank you!!