Six Senses Zighy BayDibba / Oman
Experience the indigenous beauty of Oman in its rawest form with Six Senses Zighy Bay’s tropical cabin-style villas. Located on the northern Musandam Peninsula, this secluded accommodation village enjoys a private marina, while spectacular scenery is abound, with the dramatic mountain range on one side, and the golden sands of Zighy Bay on the other. The quiet resort also has a spa centre with qualified wellness consultants, in addition to plentiful dining options.
What to love
- As though Zighy Bay wasn’t tranquil and relaxing enough, the resort has its own exclusive spa resort. Guests can enjoy a range of holistic treatments from the resort’s expert advisors and wellness consultants.
- Six Senses has a number of exciting and enchanting dining options. Choose from dining in a hilltop setting, overlooking the clear waters of the Gulf of Oman or the unique opportunity of sitting at the chef’s table.
- The resort’s accommodation encapsulates tropical Arabian splendour, with stone clad walls, thatched hut roofs and palm trees making up the aesthetics of each private villa. Each villa comes with its own private outdoor swimming pool.
- A family friendly resort, the Chaica’s Club organises water sports, treasure hunts and fun activities for kids aged 4-12 and the Teen Club arranges adventure hikes and activities for teenage guests. A babysitting service is also available.
What to know
- Guests have the opportunity of a special in-villa dining service, which can be arrange by your butler for an intimate experience, choosing from menu options filled with authentic Arabian flavours.
- The Six Senses resort arranges a number of day trips and excursions for guests to partake in, including boat trips, snorkelling across Zighy Bay and supervised water sports.
- The resort is located a 120-minute drive from Dubai International Airport. Alternatively, guests can arrive at Zighy Bay via paragliding with a resident professional or speedboat from a neighbouring bay port.
- High season at Zighy Bay runs between November to April, when the resort lays on the majority of its outdoor activities such as hiking and mountain bike excursions. During the warmer months (May to September) activities are tailored around an indoor and evening programme.
Caught between the rocky mountain range above and the topaz waters of the Gulf of Oman, the secluded Zighy Bay sits on a peaceful and idyllic beach stretch of the Musandam Peninsula. Adding to this postcard picturesque tropical setting, the Six Senses resort has crafted its own slice of indigenous perfection, with its beach hut-styled villas, cobblestone walls and sun loungers that sit under palm tree shade.
Built using natural stone and warm woods, Six Senses’ private villas combine primitive Omani beauty with plush furnishings and opulent features. With a number of differently styled and sized villas, all feature a personal sand garden, outdoor patio and private pool, while some are designed with higher stone clad walls for extra privacy or incredible beach proximity. Interconnecting villas are also available for families and groups.
The Six Senses resort is particularly accommodating for travelling families, with both the Chaica’s Club and Teen Club organising a huge list of activities and excursions for younger guests. A babysitting service is also available for particularly young families.
The resort prizes itself on its variety when it comes to dining. Venues such as the Summer House and Zighy Bar are perfectly suited for a crisp lunch, light afternoon bite or afternoon cocktail (or mocktail for younger guests), each with an outdoor setting surrounded by swaying palm trees. Come the evening, guests have the tough decision of a range of restaurants serving a mix of traditional Arabian dishes, international classics or an authentic spice kitchen. The food doesn’t always take centre stage, though, with dining settings including a chef’s table, overlooking the clear waters of the Gulf of Oman or sitting underneath the gaze of the mountains.
As though Zighy Bay weren’t tranquil enough, the Six Senses Spa adds an extra ounce of zen for all guests of the resort. Employing a mix of locally inspired treatments, Asian therapies and holistic treatments, visitors can rely on the resort’s trained professionals and wellness advisors for a truly rejuvenating experience, be it a massage, facial, bath ritual or body polish.
When to Travel
The best time to visit Oman is between November and mid-March, when the cooler air brings the mountain scenery sharply into focus and daytime temperatures average 25°C. Between May and August the weather is very hot and hazy reaching a peak between July and August when it is very hot and humid, however hotel rates are often heavily discounted making this a good value time to visit.
Ramadan and religious festivals such as Eid-al-Fitr and Eid-al-Adha, are strictly adhered to outside of the resorts in Oman. Whilst you will notice little difference in the resort during your stay, there are usually restrictions on where and when alcohol can be consumed during these periods.
Zighy Bay is situated near a small fishing village on the Musandam Peninsula. This region of stunning natural beauty, is one of the least visited areas of Oman. Spectacular mountain peaks form the backdrop to the beaches and deep inlets which are often compared to the Norwegian fjords. The Gulf of Oman here is teaming with marine life making it a superb place for diving whilst the rugged terrain plays host to a wealth of activities.
Although in Oman, the closest International airport to Zighy Bay is in fact Dubai International Airport at 120km (two hours by private car) to the resort. On the approach to resort, guests also have the option to tandem paraglide into the resort from a rocky mountain peak or to ride into the resort on a 15 minute speedboat ride from Dibba Port.
Zighy Bay is a fantastic choice for families seeking to experience the culture of Oman and the wide range of activities that this dramatic corner of the Arabian Peninsular affords. Added to this the resort offers a range of childcare options and activities for children and teenagers.
Chaica’s Club: 4 to 12 years
Children can enjoy activities such as watersports, sand castle building, treasure hunts, Hajar rock painting, sand art, beach bowling and learning about Arabian history and local culture at the Chaica's Club. Children under four years can attend if they are accompanied by a parent or childminder.
Al Feetean’s Teen Club: 12 to 18 years
Teenagers can enjoy adventure hikes, wadi swimming, canyoning, kayaking, snorkelling or learning new skills such as archery, raft building, survival skills and abseiling at the al Feetean's Club.
Babysitting is available.
Cinema Paradiso keeps all the family entertained with movies on the beach. Families can also try their hand at Arabic cooking with the resort’s master chefs in the Organic Garden, where you will pick your ingredients. Younger guests, can enjoy cookie and cake making.