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
The staff are absolutely brilliant, very helpful and accommodating and willing to help in any way they can.
The villas themselves are very well appointed and nicely furnished, the private pool is very good also, but the sundeck area is not private at all if staying in a villa that has two story villas either side of it. Bottled Water is provided in your villa free of charge and there is plenty provided
In our opinion this resort is not suitable for couples due to 90% of the occupants being families, at the time we were there it was predominantly 2 parents with 3 kids, I have read that kids under a certain age eat free (Still to be confirmed) so this may explain why there are so many kids on resort.
As you would expect, the pricing when on resort borders on extortionate. I can understand mark up and profit, but having stayed in other Middle East Resorts this by far is the most expensive.
Braised Oxtail Tortellini at 16 OMR (£37) for 4 pieces is ridiculous.
200ml Bottle Tonic 4 OMR (£9.20)
375ml bottle of Johnnie Walker Black Label is 30 OMR or approx. £64, I could go on!!
Paragliding Experience from Mountain top into resort is 60 OMR or approx. £130, wow extremely pricey for about 5 minutes, as are all other activities.
The Sea Food BBQ although very good is very pricey at 50 OMR per person, this is approx. £116 per person.
The Indian, Arabic and Asian Buffet nights are excellent and are within the 30 OMR Half Board Allowance.
This is a very expensive resort but due to the layout it was not in any way peaceful. The villas either side of us were family villas, one side there were 3 kids from 12 months to approximately 5 years, screeching, screaming and crying most of the day. On the other side were a family with a pre-pubescent teenager with a boombox that would put Concorde to shame. The advert on their webpage refers to having a private villa, with high stone walls, they are not private if they are overlooked on both sides by verandas on the 2 story buildings, suggest that they may want to put the thatching branches up the sides of the verandas.
Why do they not try and segregate and put couples at one end of the resort and families at other end of resort.
Dining Rooms for all meals was like sitting in a creche, kids running all around while waiting staff try to glide past them whilst carrying hot food and beverages, the hotel management should consider making one restaurant adults only.
Could have been a really perfect holiday but got off to a truly dreadful start. We always have used Scott Dunn to book our holidays and yes we are really discerning and we expect them to look after us. We were advised that a beachfront pool villa was perfect for our needs and indeed it would have been if we had been given one of the many villas available apart from the one we were assigned. Number 28 is fine inside as we are sure no 32 is too, however they are both seriously compromised with their beach/sea views compared to all the other villas in this category. To add to the poor view & small access gates to the beach we also had a noisy hen party in the two storey villa right next door which completely overlooked our pool/garden. We also didn’t feel able to use the outside shower or indeed the inside bath as the villa was also overlooked behind by another two storey villa’s balcony and windows. We were offered an upgrade but only after spending two days number 28 - a room which was totally unacceptable to us. We were so disappointed that we were seriously considering returning to Dubai - unfortunately by the time Scott Dunn and the Zighy Bay management had come back to us with a solution it was too late too move.
After two nights we were upgraded to a villa which was much bigger than we needed and with a lovely opening to the beach - what we had been expecting to start with - the gates can be closed but seems sad as looking at the sea and the beach is wonderful.
The resort and the staff at the resort are on the whole exceptional but the management team in our view are indifferent and insincere. We will be voting with our feet, not using Scott Dunn again and also not returning to other Six Senses resorts - very sad since our last trip to Six Senses Yao Noi was truly excellent despite very trying weather conditions.
There is no doubt that the six senses is in perhaps the best location in Oman. The drive over the mountains is an experience that I certainly won't forget. The view from the top of the mountain down to the Bay is fantastic.
We had a Beach Villa which though was not in the style that WOWs me, was still built with the local tradition taken into account. A little too rustic for me.
The Food was probably the most disappointing for me. It was good food, but the cooking, presentation and service was average at best. The cost of the food was well over priced and the Menu choice was (in my opinion) lacking in inspiration. The alcohol price is extortionate as expected, but the fact that they charge you for water too is dreadful.
I think that this resort is trying to be something that they are not. If it wasn't for the fantastic location, I think that the place is no more than average.
The staff member who was allocated to "look after us" his name is SURESH, deserves a mention as he was exceptional. Nothing was too much trouble for him and he always had a smile. I think he was a little overworked as he had other Villas to look after so he didn't get to us until mid afternoon on occasions.
The Six Senses Zighy Bay (by far) takes the win for Luxury, Location, Service, and Unique experiences.
From the moment we left Dubai (an easy 2 hour drive), our Six Senses immersion began. The hotel provided a comfortable SUV for transportation that included an English speaking driver, cold towels, bottled water, and fresh fruit. The hotel had pre-arranged all of our border crossing documentation, so entering Oman was a breeze.
My wife and I opted for the Paragliding check-in, so ate drop off point was at the edge of the picturesque mountains overlooking Zighy Bay. Talk about an arrival! We both highly recommended this as your check-in option (although Speedboat arrival and 4x4 are also available).
We spent 8 days / 7 nights in the resort’s Pool Villa Beachfront, one bedroom. If it’s in your budget, I felt like the beach view and space were well worth the extra money. Every aspect of the room was perfect; right down to the bedding (the staff made sure we knew of all available mattress, bedding and pillow options). Sleep comfort and wellness is high on their (and our) priority list! Additionally, the room had a great entertainment system, Apple TV, power converters, hairdryer, etc. There was strong WiFi in the room and throughout the entire property.
Booking a room in a hotel that is perfectly isolated from the rest of the world did make us a bit nervous about the food and beverage options. Boy were we wrong. The hotel had plenty of restaurants and bars to choose from, all offering some of the highest quality fresh and organic meal choices. Every server, every time, asked if we had any allergies. There were always Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Vegetarian and Vegan options available. At first, we did not plan on doing the Half-Board option (since breakfast was included in our room rate), however it totally made sense to add the half-board (for dinner). We didn’t spend the full amount every night, however on other nights we certainly spent more and didn’t have to worry. In-villa dining is also included with the half-board plan, and is perfect on nights you don’t feel like doing anything.
The spa was fabulous. Prices are on the higher end, however the treatments and atmosphere were top notch. We did wish there was a Spa package available (instead of everything being a la carte), but to our knowledge it was not. That being said, of all our treatments, the Royal Moroccan Hammam (90 minutes) was undoubtedly amazing!!
Our GEM (guest experience maker) was always available to help us book new spa appointments, make dinner reservations, arrange outdoor experiences, and so much more. Mohammed (our GEM) was nothing short of phenomenal. My wife and I were sad to say goodbye. Not because we liked having a personal assistant, but because Mohammed became a friendly connection who was funny, reliable and knowledgeable on local Omani culture.
As for experiences, we did a lot (but not all!). Paragliding, Speedboat to Dibba fish market and local tour, Senses on the Edge dining, Kayaking, Soap Making, Recycling Glass into Art (in the Earth Lab), private in-villa Cinema (a must!), visiting the hotel’s Camels, Organic gardens and as noted above, the Spa.
This is honestly one of the best overall vacation experiences we have ever had. Of the 30+ countries visited and countless hotels, the Six Senses Zighy Bay, Oman will remain on the top of our list!
Thanks to the ENTIRE staff for making our journey so memorable.
We had a chance to stay in a beach front villa, each of the villas there has a private climatized infinity pool. A great place to rekax, amazing beach surrounded by mountains. You can close the outdoor fences to be in a complete privacy in the outdoor part of the villa. I loved the outdoor private shower !
The service is extremely good and the team is very relaxed and nice, Hussein was a star ! The only reason to rate it 4/5 is because its really very overrated.