Six Senses Zighy Bay
Hotel in Oman
There are some places in life that imprint themselves on you forever. For me, Zighy Bay in the Musandam Peninsula of Oman was one of those places.
The sign for the hotel first appears on a forlorn mountain path and you find yourself wondering whether you made the right decision to holiday here. 15 minutes along that treacherous road a bright blue bay suddenly appears in sharp contrast to the desert surroundings and the earthy stone houses that dot it.
A welcoming committee greets you at the reception and your private butler then accompanies you to your villa. The hotel even has its own time zone, one hour ahead of Oman time, done so you can get the maximum amount of sunlight.
The Zighy Pool Villa I stayed in had 2 bedrooms, direct beach access, a private infinity pool, a gym, a spa room, a dining room, a kitchen and living area. There was even a private beach with deck chairs included within the villa boundaries.
While I had to force myself to leave the comfort of the villa, the public areas of the resort are just as beautiful. Every villa comes with bicycles and guests are encouraged to explore the property. Visit the tennis courts, swimming pools, the library or the organic gardens.
When you’re done lazing and lounging, Zighy Bay offers activities including kayaking, scuba diving and paragliding (the resort even has an option where you can arrive by paraglide). I choose scuba diving as my active pursuit.
The hotel is associated with a dive shop twenty minutes away from the resort. The night before the dive trip, we were given a lunch box menu to choose from. Fresh baked cookies, gourmet sandwiches and fresh fruit? Check.
The next morning the speedboat zipped through the water where we passed isolated islands and stunning coves. The marine life was different than anything I had seen before. The coral colours were more muted and just as I was ascending on my last dive a whale shark glided beneath me.
The resort has five dining options ranging from the more casual Zighy Bar to the fine dining restaurant Sense on the Edge. Sense on the Edge is perched on the mountaintop and has a 5 course or 7 course menu options to choose from. The location is outstanding and reservations are a must.
Beware as the food veers on the dangerously expensive side and can be slightly disappointing.
Pri Shewakramani is a freelance writer based in Mumbai and has written for publications including Condé Nast Traveller and CNN
Photographs courtesy of Six Senses
|Reviewer's Rating||★ ★ ★ ★ ★|
|Ambience||Hidden Gem, Romantic|
|Services||Restaurant, Room Service, Fitness Center, Swimming Pool, Health Spa|
|Number of Rooms||82 villas|
|Related Activity||Relaxation, Beach / Sun, Outdoor / Adventure|
Pool Villa (82 m²); Spa Pool Villa; Spa Pool Villa Beachfront; Pool Villa Suite, Spa Pool Villa Suite (126 m²); Pool Villa Beachfront (82 m²); Pool Villa Suite Beachfront (126 m²); Zighy Pool Villa (161 m²), Zighy Pool Villa Beachfront and Zighy Pool Villa Suite Beachfront (218 m²).
Last updated on 29-10-2014