Six Senses Zighy Bay, Oman

Just two hours’ drive from Dubai airport, Six Senses Zighy Bay is an incredible stop-over destination if traveling through the Emirates. We could not have been happier with our getaway to this laid-back resort on the Gulf of Oman.

Barefoot luxury is the norm. Guest villas are made from local stone and rough-hewn woods, creating the appearance of a traditional Omani home. Each villa has a good-sized pool, some of which face the beach directly. The outside space is beautifully done, and is particularly inviting after the heat of the day has passed.

While relaxed in ambiance, the resort’s service level was impressive. Management has empowered the team to deliver just about anything on the guest’s behalf, resulting in thoughtful treatment at every turn. It’s as if the word “No” does not exist here; Six Senses has devised a way to say yes to every guest need or want.

Presidential Villa
Traditional stone villa accommodations

And let’s talk about the truly unique features of this resort. First, the option of a “rock star” arrival, where you paraglide into the resort from the mountains above (don’t worry, the pilot has done this about 7000 times). What a memorable way to start your stay! There are, of course, less vertical adventures for those not keen on jumping off a cliff.

The resort from the air while parasailing
Parasailing into Zighy Bay – thankfully a good pilot
The road to Zighy Bay down the cliff

Next, the spa. Six Senses’ spas are a defining characteristic of each of their properties, and our visit for an afternoon massage was met with cool towels, tea, a personal consultation and a truly intuitive masseuse, who works based on the guests’ body rather than a standardized procedure. One of our best spa treatments in recent memory.

Finally, Sense on the Edge, the resort’s gastronomic restaurant. Set in the mountains above, it’s cooler here than the sea-level venues. Tables line the edge of the terrace facing the resort below. Beautifully prepared starters are followed by light mains in tune with Six Senses’ focus on health and wellbeing. Delicious food, and the views at sunset are divine.

It has a lovely beach…

….and a great pool, perfect for families 

So, next time you find yourself on Emirates or Etihad through Dubai or Abu Dhabi, take a detour to Oman for 2-3 nights! We were happy we did.

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