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
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!!
I’m not sure where or who to start to offer praise to for what we experienced at Sixth Senses Zighy Bay, so I shall begin by saying ‘wow’ and what a pleasure to have experienced a stay here.
We checked in at the tail end of off-peak season (end Sept) where we found a tranquil and calm oasis in Oman. From the minute we hit the mountainous road into the resort we could tell we were in for a treat. Zighy Bay offers the wow factor from that very moment. The terrain and scenery is like nothing else, for a moment we felt like we were arriving on mars, or something similar.
Staff welcomed us and we were treated like friends. After an informative tour of the resort by our GEM (Sophia- who was adorable and a star throughout our stay) we were shown to our room which was everything we could desire for a week of escapism and utter relaxation. We were offered Beachfront pool villa suite (37) and I struggle to find fault with it. Incredible sea views, extremely spacious living and bedroom areas and located in a part of the resort that is perhaps a little quieter than others. It’s near the more chilled saltwater pool & activities. It suited us very much.
We had pre-booked many of our chosen activities and dinners and each day we were reminded what our upcoming itinerary was. And offered help in case we wanted to tweak or change anything.
During our time we experienced many of the different private dining options (in villa bbq, wine cellar, beach bbq) and each was spectacular and organised to offer that truly romantic experience. There is always ALOT of food on offer with the set menu, but where we were not able to finish dessert it was sent to our room for a cheeky snack the following day.
Sense on the edge restaurant is probably the most unique dining destination we have ever come across. Very magical and not to be missed during a stay here.
Towards the end of our week here became the start of peak season. The resort felt a lot busier but with each room being a pool room/villa it still doesn’t get overly packed. Maybe at breakfast- but somehow the staff still manage to remember how we liked our coffees and what’s special requests we preferred. I have no idea how!
Special thanks to all of the staff who were attentive, friendly and the best in class. I mention Sophia our GEM, the wine Sommelier and in particular Wasim (who served us our in villa BBq and was always first to say hello At breakfast each morning) as we always found them to be warm and personable- but if we learnt the name of the other staff we came across we would name them also!
I hate to even write anything negative, and this isn’t even really a criticism but I guess after a week the lunch options and casual dinner choices (which are also the same as in the Mezzeria, in-villa dining, zighy bar, spice market) can get a little ‘samey’ but I hear during the peak months this changes and there are more choices, so this might be worth considering if you want a lot a lot of choice instead of just enough ;) I would probably also make Sense on the edge a child free restaurant in the evenings. We ate twice and 2nd time slightly spoilt by noisy children ;)
A resort that deserves 5* + and we hope one day to return to this one of a kind destination.
Rustically comfortable, extremely quiet; solitary isolation like a deserted island all to oneself;
Greeting unwelcoming, austere and formal
Villa cold in atmosphere, small and hemmed in.Tired and in need of refurbishment the first-floor bedroom wooden flooring posing a perilous hazard; literally end to end of the room fifteen-centimeter high bulging trip-over hills with swelling of the wood, See images
Activities absolutely no resemblance whatsoever of other SS. Diabolical.
Wine – do not bother
Bathroom toiletries refilled with a mix of everything.
Food, two main restaurants closed and menu with handful of options for whole week, the edge open half of week.
Service felt like a sinking ship.
Sadly do not recommend this resort.
See my detailed review if Trip Advisor allows me to post