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
I love Zighy Bay. It is a stunning place, and the hotel is gorgeous.The food was also exceptional and the food service very good. the Dive Center and their staff are phenominal, too.
But the hotel service. Oh the service. We spent WAY TOO MUCH per night for a place that does not put guests first (second, or even third).
This is the first time have ever stayed at a luxury resort that expects you to fill your own hot water bottle. Which ended up being ok, because their hot water bottles were covered in some disgusting, non-washable fabric. There was only enough room to open one suitcase, housekeeping came by after noon, the conditioner bottle in our shower was not refilled after two visits, there was no bottle opener in the room. These are small details that highlight all the problems.
They request you sign up before activities before arrival. My travel agent tried to no avail, so I called. They asked me to send an email. There is no address on their site, so I filled out their online form. It went to reception. Reception asked me to send copies of our passports for border control. I did and also asked (again) to book the activities. NO REPLY. I followed up by email. They had received the passport copies, but not the activity request, which was impossible, as it was the same email. By now we were in Oman, so I used our holiday time to call and follow up. I finally received an email confirming one activity out of three. The second activity they confirmed was incorrect. The third they could not confirm that day, but would reply in the morning. I never received that confirmation (because it was never sent). The next few days were in the desert.
When we arrived, I had to try to fix things with our GEM, then his manager. We worked out a solution, but none of that should have happened. Even their apology was weird. A bottle of French wine. We live in France. French wine is not a treat for us, but us and our experience are not a priority at Six Senses.
Finally, we were over-charged for one room service drink. It was not a lot of money so we stopped arguing, but I saw this happen to two other guests, so something is going on.
An extraordinary resort located on a hillside on the Gulf of Oman.
The staff was attentive and very personable, especially Simon as he brought a lot of laughs to conversations.
The resort is a reconstruction of Old Oman Style Village with Private Villa style stand alone rooms.
Food was awesome especially breakfast which has an emphasis on healthily whole food options.
We had a wine tasting with Subrato Majumder-sommelier he was extremely knowledgable and paired selected cheeses with the wine to perfection.
Overall the resort had all the amenities one is seeking for an upscale resort. Has to be one of the most unique experiences of any resort I stayed at.
I can't stop gushing about this property. It is superb. First, let me say that as an American I felt totally safe. I know other Americans stay away from places like Oman because of what they see on the TV, but don't!! I chose the para-glide arrival into the resort and it was super. The video I took was unreal. The tandem guide was great and took me in for some breath taking views. Once at the resort there is a high services level and relaxed atmosphere. I spent a lot of time relaxing at the salt water pool (they have a fresh water pool too). My villa was awesome and I went for the cheapest one I could get since the property is more expensive than most. The villa had a private pool, private outside shower, private tanning area, and all the normal amenities inside. It was super clean which surprised me since the villas are in the Oman style which might be hard to clean. The beach is great with clean sand and spectacular sunrises. The food is awesome - I went with an Asian buffet one night and ate at the cliff's edge restaurant the next. The management gave me a late check out which was a big help. They also set up transport for arrival and departure.
There were different types of people staying at the property. There were only a few Americans. By language and accent, I'd say there were more Brits/Aussies there, followed by other Europeans. There was a mix of families, romantics/honeymooners, and post-new born mothers/fathers. I was the only single traveler I think. Most of the service personnel spoke great English.
Also, because it is always a question from my fellow Americans - yes they have alcohol and yes you can wear normal attire (bikinis, etc.).
If I had to nitpick a bit I'd say the only drawbacks of the property are 1) there are some mosquitoes in the villas (1-2 I saw), 2) the property is isolated so it is you take their food/drinks/activities, 3) it is surrounded by mountains to the west so no great sunsets at the resort itself (there is an experience you can take), and 4) it is a little pricey.
All in all though I was so happy with my stay and I am definitely returning. Great job, great property, stay of a lifetime!!!
The Zighy Bay Resort is a luxurious resort right on the Gulf of Oman. The Villas are top notch and the views are absolutely out of this world. Our Guest Experience with Aaron and Karthik and the whole Zighy Bay Team was fantastic. We had a wine tasting experience and a beach barbecue and dinner at Sense on the Edge. The Speed Boat tour was also spectacular. Very highly recommended! I wish we could stay longer. We will be back which in my opinion is the best compliment! Thank you!
What an amazing time we have just had in in Zighy Bay. From start to finish it was out of this world. Thanks especially to Shereef our Guest Experience Manage for making the holiday so special.
Everyone very helpful and make sure you try the restaurant on the top of the hill behind resort.
I hope to go back one day.