If there’s any hotel you must visit this year, it’s Six Senses Zighy Bay. Recently included on Condé Nast’s Gold List 2019, as one of their picks for Best Hotels and Resorts in the World, Six Senses Zighy Bay is our chosen gem of the Middle East. Interest in the resort is showing no sign of slowing down, so here’s all you need to know about Oman’s luxury Zighy Bay holiday and why it has to be on your 2019 travel bucket list.
Far-flung and free from the frantic
Fly into Dubai International Airport and, nestled in the far northern reaches of Oman’s Musandam Peninsula, you’ll find Zighy Bay; a blissful nirvana set between rugged mountain terrain and the unruffled, crystalline waters of the Gulf of Oman. Boasting halcyon days of sunshine, shoreline and sensuality, Six Senses Zighy Bay provides the chance to escape the stress of work and city living, instead offering reconnection to the mind, body and soul.
Rustic living in chic Omani style
Six Senses have drawn upon rustic and natural materials to create a traditional style of accommodation, with splashes of luxury in the plush décor and high ceilings – typical of Arabian design and architecture. All room options have a shaded dining area and private pool but, if you’re planning a real treat, tickle your senses by choosing a room with your very own spa oasis!
Better still; select a suite directly on the beach, for the immediate warmth of sand between your toes first thing in the morning. If you want to spoil your fellow guests, a real deluxe experience can be found in the Beit Musandam, The Private Reserve villa. It’s the closest you can get at Zighy Bay to a home away from home, but it includes some sensational extras – speedboat or paragliding arrival is just the beginning…
Unwind in the walls of an Arabian spa
There’s a wealth of choices available for winding down at Zighy Bay’s Six Senses Spa. Choose from a specially curated menu of skincare, aromatherapy and massage treatments. Six Senses hotels are renowned for their spa experiences, designed to invigorate and re-energise the spirit. The spa is open daily, so you can spend as much of your Zighy Bay holiday revitalising as you please.
Signature massages and beauty treatments are part of a wider sensory story at Six Senses Zighy Bay, with wellness assessments to start your experience and fitness programmes to keep your body moving on your journey through Omani opulence.
Dine like a sultan
Wellness extends to the dining experiences on offer at Oman’s luxe Six Senses resort. Foodies can indulge in wine-tasting and international cuisine, from the vibrant flavours of sumptuous meats to detoxifying veg platters and seafood.
The Edge restaurant has breath-taking views for those looking to go a la carte and indulge in multiple courses, but the magic of Arabian dining is where Six Senses Zighy Bay really comes alive. The mud kitchen of the Spice Market restaurant crafts wholesome and traditional Arabian delights. There’s also a special opportunity to eat Bedouin-style on the beach, with customary pit-cooked meals. Of course, if a more private affair is desired, you can always arrange to dine in the comfort and sanctuary of your own villa.
Live life at its fullest
Zighy Bay might be in a remote location, but you’re never too far from an exhilarating adventure. For an adrenaline fix, try paragliding over the glistening shore, or go mountain biking on that spectacular peninsula terrain. Rock climbing and hiking are also excellent ways to get the muscles moving while enjoying the stunning views.
If you don’t fancy anything too vigorous, you can get behind the wheel of a 4×4 and explore the plateau village of Sabatyn, where you’ll finish the day with a sunset dinner around a glowing campfire. Those who prefer to take things slower will love sea trips – above and below the surface. Enjoy a scuba diving experience amongst rich reefs and marvel at the sinking sun from a cruise on Oman’s gently lapping waters.
Everything you need for your perfect holiday
A plethora of facilities ensure your Zighy Bay holiday is as unique to you as possible, right down to that much-appreciated private night in, where you can retreat to your room after dinner with a new book, or a film, completely handpicked by you from an extensive media library.
There’s little need to leave the beach with service to your sun lounger, but you’ll also find access to children’s clubs, sporting activities and more. You can even hold corporate events in the dedicated meeting space, with tailored activities and entertainment throughout the day to put your colleagues in the perfect mind-set.
With so much beauty, wonder and intrigue on offer at Six Senses Zighy Bay, it’s really no surprise it’s been named a Condé Nast Gold List resort. It’s a traveller favourite at Infinity & Beyond too, so it’s got to be well worth a visit in 2019. Something tells us it’s time to get planning!