Six Senses Zighy Bay has a rustic-chic luxury style. It’s located on the northern Musandam Peninsula in the Sultanate of Oman, this five-star accommodation oozes natural sophistication. It’s just a two hour drive from Dubai so it’s a great choice for a weekend break, particularly for Eid.
Zighy Bay takes inspiration from Omani village-style summer houses made of natural stone and wood. This locally inspired theme carries on into the resort’s all-villa accommodation, each of which feature individual plunge pools, high stone walls for privacy, plush furnishings and spacious, airy rooms. You even have your own butler! A dedicated guest experience maker (GEM) is on call to make each and every desire a reality and to coordinate any chosen activities, dining experiences or answer any questions that you may have.
Upon arrival, you are instantly greeted by open space and grand panoramic views of the awe-inspiring Hajar Mountains. On one side, the heavenly retreat has views of dramatic mountains and on the other side there’s a sandy beach and the azure sea. Without a doubt, the beautiful indigenous 82 village-inspired pool villas and private marina is breathtaking. It’s somewhere to rest in tranquil natural surroundings so it’s a perfect self-indulgent break, a romantic getaway or a luxury spa retreat.
If you also want action there’s a lot to do. If you are daring enough, adventures start with a paraglide arrival into Zighy Bay. There’s trekking, mountain biking or rock climbing, hikes, snorkelling excursions and dhow cruises where you can experience a gourmet lunch with scenic landscapes views that promises to leave long-lasting spectacular memories.
Six restaurants and bars offer a wealth of palatable dishes and drinks, from meals with magnificent views at signature mountaintop restaurant Sense on the Edge, to Shua Shack for a unique beachfront Bedouin dining experience where tender lamb is slow-cooked in an underground oven. There’s also the Spice Market and a Wine Cellar in the main part of the resort; and for a change of pace, in-villa dining is an intimate and most enjoyable experience.
For those looking to unwind, you must experience Six Senses Spa. It is a refuge for mind and body; a sanctuary of ultimate wellbeing committed to delivering integrated wellness experiences. The spa combines peace, tranquility, fitness and health. There are ancient and modern holistic treatments from expert therapists both in-house and visiting practitioners.
Try the serene Moroccan hammam which is not to be missed before the Eid Al-Fitr holiday comes to an end. There’s a choice of holistic massages, an Oriental massage, deep tissue and detox massage. We love the ‘Rose Crystal Lymphatic Facial’, which is an ultimate signature experience starting with deep cleansing and followed by the application of three masks to decongest, brighten and hydrate the skin. It continues with lymphatic drainage and acupressure massage to firm and reduce puffiness. Then a relaxing massage of feet, hands, arms and scalp evokes deep sense of relaxation.
You can practice yoga early in the morning or before sunset. And for those on a mission for optimal health benefits, try the new wellness screening which uses a finger oximeter to observe the heart rate, tissue oxygen uptake and distribution, arterial stiffness and stress parameters. This information together with in-depth discussions about the guest’s lifestyle, concerns and personal goals, enables wellness experts to recommend a personalised program, including daily spa treatments, fitness and wellness activities as well as nutritional advice on foods to favour or avoid during your stay.
For guests staying four nights or more this Eid, the hotel will include breakfast and dinner each day, plus a villa upgrade and early check-in or extended checkout (subject to availability). Prices from US $661 per night in a one-bedroom pool villa, from now until September 30th 2016. Terms and conditions apply.
By Hershey Pascual