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ZIGHY BAY, OMAN
You will find Zighy Bay on the northern Musandam Peninsula in the Sultanate of Oman. Six Senses chain is known for its luxurious 5-star standard, and this resort is no different. This oasis in the middle of the desert is pure heaven, and you can see why it has this resort is continually being recommended as one of the best hotels in the middle east.
Things to know before you go to Zighy Bay
Hidden amongst Oman’s Musandam Peninsula, this unique location, with its crystal clear water and romantic white sandy beach, is only a 2-hour drive from Dubai.
The high season is from October to May, the days are warm, and the nights are cooler, which is the perfect temperature for all the activities offered in and around the resort.
Things not to bring
As you enter the border by car, your bags will be randomly inspected on arrival. So remember you are not allowed to bring drones or alcohol into Oman; this includes duty-free.
What to pack
Although Oman is a conservative country, this resort is tucked away in a remote location, allowing you to enjoy the beach as you would anywhere else in the world. If you intend to enjoy one of the resort tours, I suggest you pack clothes you would wear around other places in Oman.
I was surprised by how cold the nights can be, so something light to cover at night would also be recommended.
Getting to Zighy Bay
The hotel can arrange transportation from Dubai International Airport or a hotel in Dubai. No visa is needed for this part of Oman, but they will require a copy of your passport three working days before your stay. The passport information is necessary for the hotel to obtain a border pass on entry.
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Accommodation in Zighy Bay
Six Senses Zighy Bay
Arrival and check-in
Entry to this Six Senses is not your regular arrival; there are a few ways to arrive at this luxury resort. Paragliding – This is not for the faint-hearted (like myself) that may be afraid of heights. This unique way of landing at the hotel gives you a birds-eye view (literally) of this beautiful place. You can also head to the hotel via car or speed boat.
GUEST EXPERIENCE MAKER (GEM)
They are not only butlers but the people that make your time at Six Senses a little bit more special. They seem to be there when you least expect it.
We were so lucky to have such a great GEM, who was exceptional in his customer service and also knowledgeable and funny and could make you feel more welcome than most Butlers at other resorts.
There is nowhere in the world (to date) that was quite like it. It felt like we stepped back in time (way-way back in time), and I was sure that a donkey was about to enter the village, with a young couple wanting refuge in our inn where someone a little special might be born.
The resort was a replica of an indigenous Oman village, which was incredible and something we didn’t want to leave. Included in our villa was an outdoor courtyard with a shower and massage room (yes, you heard that right).
THINGS TO DO IN ZIGHY BAY
If swimming in the beautiful aqua sea or walking along the white sand isn’t enough, many other activities might suit you.
SUP, Kayak and other water activities – The flat sea is the perfect place to take out water toys. It is hard not to be tempted to head out for some fun in the water when the sun is shining, and the water is clear.
Why not try your hand at this aerial experience? Check out the area high above the sky and get a birds-eye view of the beautiful surroundings.
There are a range of daily activities to enjoy each day, some for free (yoga in the morning, for example) and then there are paid experiences such as cooking classes. So there is plenty to do, on and off the resort.
Although you have a massage room in your villa, I suggest opting for a spa treatment. This is an experience you must not miss, from the service to the luxury surroundings.
FOOD IN ZIGHY BAY
Breakfast will not disappoint as it is in a great location and has exciting exotic food; this middle eastern breakfast buffet is fantastic. However, if middle eastern food isn’t your thing, don’t be alarmed. There are many western and healthy options to choose from as well.
This indulgent spread can be pre-ordered before you arrive and can be arranged to be cooked and served in your villa. Warning! Alcohol is expensive, so beware of the costly prices before ordering.
Other options in Zighy Bay
Whether it is lunch by the pool, dinner at the spice market or drinks at Zighy bar, all have impeccable service and delicious food.
This place is otherworldly and definitely in the luxury travel category. It has everything you would expect (and more) from Six Senses Resort, from the service to the food; I could not fault it and would highly recommend it to anything thinking of going.
Thanks for taking the time to read the blog. I hope this post has given you the necessary information before joining visiting Oman. If you have any recommendations, tips or travel advice, I would love for you to share them in the comment section below!
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