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
- 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
we spent 5 nights and it was great. The location is amazing and the beach is great !
The resort is nice too but clearly overpriced. Everything is very expensive, minimum two or three times more than in london. All the experiences are overpriced too. For exemple, a buffet at night will cost you 100£ per person without the drink ( and it’s not gastronomic food)
I went to many locations in the world and as nice as zighy bay but much cheaper.
Overall good but overpriced !
This remains by far our favorite holiday destination. The facilities are great but even more than that we love the professional/quality but also (in the sense of friendly) casual nature of the service. Every activity (day to day meals/beach etc, one off meals like the BBQs, individual experiences such as cruises, 4x4, hikes, spa) are classy and have lots of unique touches. The team are very willing to cater to individual requests although I think you will find you rarely need to divert from the activities they list - each is put together beautifully. For example a beach BBQ mind sound "nice but nothing special" but at the Six Senses everything from the lighting, the huge range of food stations each of which is special, seating, individual service including the wine recommendations is much more than "nice". In previous years we didn't do the 4x4 mountain drive as we wondered how it could be that good - this year we did it and loved it (fantastic guide, amazing pictures, romantic sunset set picnic). I really could go on and on. The only negatives are leaving and wishing there were more ways to share with family and friends each of the special moments (social media pictures and videos aren't enough!). Highly recommend it (except the weeks next year we will go again!).
We stayed for three nights and only wish we could have stayed longer.
The food, service and general environment were all superb. Our GEM could not have been more helpful, and the staff at the beach and water sports centre were excellent.
The food was of a high standard and, although the drinks were not cheap, they were in line with what we paid at other hotels in Oman.a
5 of us stayed here for 10 days and had great fun. The activities included archery, paddle boarding, kayaking, line fishing, snorkelling, boat trips, micro lighting, paragliding and much more. There is a wonderful spa and some excellent restaurants. We liked the idea of each villa having their own private pool as well as the main pools. Great privacy if you want it. The staff were very attentive. I couldn’t really fault our stay. It is not cheap, but you get what you pay for and we would thoroughly recommend the experience.
My wife and I stayed here for 4 nights. Arrival is as dramatic as the setting with a 20 minute ascent / descent by 4x4 across a mountain range. Facilities are first class with well appointed villa and exceptionally attentive staff.
Food is a highlight with astonishing BBQ’s both in terms of quality and range.
The more difficult issue is ‘value’. You should allow for substantial extra outlay for meals and any alcoholic beverages - with tax and service charge the price of the cheapest wine is circa £50 per bottle and a 3 course meal can be easily 3 times that price.
We had a wonderful time and are delighted we stayed at this hotel - but you might want to ponder upon the cost.