Just a two-hour drive from Dubai, located on Oman’s Musandam Peninsula, you’ll discover the closest thing to paradise, Six Senses Zighy Bay. This village inspired resort offers eco-luxe villa style accommodation, fine dining, an award-winning spa and boasts amazing sustainability credentials!
The British Mums team recently packed their bags and headed east (without the kids or hubbies) to spend a weekend at this stunning resort. With sun hats and books in hand, we checked into The Private Reserve, a four-bedroom beachfront villa with separate living areas, games and cinema room and infinity pool leading out on to your own private beach and ocean views. There is also a fully equipped kitchen for in-house dining options which would be perfect for wedding parties, big birthday celebrations or family reunions. The rooms are well appointed and have everything you could possibly need to make your stay as memorable as possible. The outdoor baths and showers were a big hit amongst the team, and we loved to see all of the eco-friendly touches including toothpaste tablets and refillable toiletries, single use packaging is nowhere to be seen.
Whilst there’s the option to paraglide into the resort – yes really – we decided to test out the British Mums team’s 4×4’s and winding up through the mountains spotted some of the resident goats who make their home in the surrounding rocky hills. Starting your descent towards the resort is a breath-taking experience, this is where you first get a glimpse of this idyllic desert oasis with its sweep of golden sands, azure pools, and rustic buildings.
There’s more than a hint of the Maldives about Six Senses Zighy Bay as you’re welcomed to the resort and personally greeted. Sandy footpaths snake through the resort and with no cars to worry about you can hitch a ride on one of the resorts golf buggies, grab a bike from your villa or simply enjoy a wander in the shade of the palms that line the walkways.
Each villa comes with its own private pool but there’s also freshwater and saltwater pools too. The saltwater pool is the more family friendly and close to a children’s play area – there’s a fantastic kids club too, split in to two age groups there’s something to appeal to the younger kids as well as teens. The hotel offers a babysitting service also so you can start that book you’ve been meaning to read or fully appreciate the different dining options available.
We were blown away by the food at Six Senses Zighy Bay. We were treated to a welcome lunch at our villa on the premise of having a working lunch but once the food arrived it was hard to discuss anything else apart from how fresh the seafood was and how incredibly tasty the dishes were! For our evening meal we headed to the Summer House, one of six different restaurants and bars at the resort, where most of us plumped for the seafood again and the catch of the day, shadow fish, native to their shores. Breakfast is a relaxed affair but certainly no less imaginative or delicious, everything from pina colada overnight oats, detox smoothies and live fresh fruit and a la carte stations to refuel before tackling a mountain climb – as some of our brave team did – or enjoy any of the other incredible activities the resort has to offer including kayaking, boat cruises, snorkelling and trekking.
If all that sounds too much like hard work, then head to the award-winning spa, book a soul-soothing treatment, enjoy some outdoor yoga or experience the ice cave. We can confirm that the massages are out of this world.
As part of Six Senses sustainability initiative and in the spirit of giving back, they suggest to bring along some items that would be of use to a local child, these include stainless steel water bottles, cloth or canvas reusable bags and marine books in English, we raided our cupboards at home and managed a pretty decent haul between us.
Six Senses Zighy Bay offers a slice of absolute heaven, and the staff cannot do enough to ensure you have the best experience possible throughout the duration of your stay, and as they wave you off on your homebound journey you feel sad to be saying goodbye to new friends. This is a holiday that’s hard to beat.
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