Surrounded by the dramatic Hajar Mountains, Zighy Bay on the Musandam peninsula is the backdrop to a place that combines traditional style of an Omani home with the luxury of private swimming pools.
The Musandam Peninsula is an Omani enclave, surrounded by UAE—so the closest airport is Dubai, rather than Muscat. The hotel is located about 120 km from the airport.
Paraglide to check in
What makes Zighy Bay resort really unique is one of the methods of arrival: guests can choose to descent from the surrounding mountains by paragliding. Six Senses Zighy Bay is probably the only hotel in the world that makes it possible (it is also possible to arrive to the hotel by a luxury motorboat—or drive down from the mountains).
The bay offers more than half a kilometer of sandy beach. A fishing village is built on one end, whilst the hotel occupies the other. The neighborhood of the village means frequent visits by the local goats, a peculiarity that makes the place feel more authentic: after all the stone buildings of Six Senses villas are built to resemble a typical Omani village.
Six Senses Zighy Bay consists of eighty-two unique villas, including two massive Retreats. All villas are spacious, with rustic but chic décor, outdoor shower and a private infinity pool. Use of local materials and local building traditions makes the hotel look as if it had been there for centuries. The villas come with some charming details: wooden chess sets, bicycles “for him and for her” or pillows with thick-woven pillowcases. We loved the copper doorbell on a string! It’s a style that will appeal to travelers looking for an alternative to the typical, lavish Arabian luxury.
Beyond the infinity pool
Hotel offers a whole range of activities: cycling trips, fishing, diving or cultural visits to a traditional village, as well as a romantic dinner in the desert off Dubai. And for those who want to simply relax we recommend an excellent spa, signed by the Six Senses brand.
For the food, guests have Dining on the Sand, serving Arab style barbecue, or Deli, with a light meals menu. But the showpiece restaurant is Sense on the Edge. Located at the top of the mountain, it offers stunning views of the Gulf and Arabian Sea and is a perfect place for greeting the nightfall—preferably with a glass of champagne.