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Seclusion in the Omani mountains

26 January 2021

Six Senses Zighy Bay

Hidden in Oman’s dramatic Musandam Peninsula, where soaring mountains edge the shimmering emerald waters, across stretches of white sands, this charming village-inspired resort offers a haven for weary visitors looking to slow down and unwind. The remote location is part of the charm and contributes to the nonchalant atmosphere. Only accessible by speedboat, four-wheel drive or paraglider, you get the feeling that you’re detached from the rest of the world as you watch the sun cast its light over the lunar-like landscape that engulfs you.

The resort's Omani-style villas and suites are built of natural stone and timber, each complete with a traditional summer house feel and all the privacy and space you need to find yourself. Inside, there’s cool, minimalist décor with colourful cushioned living areas and beds adorned with soft cotton sheets, ergonomic pillows and a gentle fragrance. Outside, within the privacy of your own high mountain stone walls, lounge back on plumped up sun loungers under the shaded patio next to your own private plunge pool. Some villas feature a personal double spa for the luxury of treatments in your own space, whilst the larger villas have many features to make them totally self-sufficient including a private wine cellar, bar counter, 17-metre infinity swimming pool and state-of-the-art entertainment systems with a small selection of quaint books.

 The resort's GEM (Guest Experience Makers) villa team are on hand to ensure your every request is taken care of. Sit back within the comfort of your villa and let the culinary team treat you with an Arabian barbecue package; once you’ve finished dining, the team will clear everything away, leaving you to enjoy the rest of your evening in privacy. You can even learn to produce the perfect Mezze or Arabic grill for yourself in a cooking class with the resort’s talented chef. More active pursuits include snorkelling a cave off the coast of Sanat; guided hikes along the natural pathways of the coastal mountains, following in the tracks of nomadic travellers before you, and hand line fishing under the watchful eye of Omani hand-line fishermen.

The signature village treks present a window into Omani traditions as they take you through villages, farms and heritage sites that have remained unchanged for centuries. After a day of exploring, there’s no better way to unwind than laying back under a blanket of stars to watch a movie at the Private Cinema Paradiso; just you, your loved ones and a bag of popcorn. Sustainability sits at the heart of Zighy Bay, with huge importance placed on caring for the environment and the local communities around the peninsula. Much of the food you enjoy during your stay will be sourced from the resort’s own 2,500 square metre organic gardens, which a member of the gardening team will be happy to show you around, or from Dibba fish market, where the resort’s chefs head down to at dawn to find the freshest catch of snapper and king soldier bream which also provides an income for locals. The team’s monthly beach clean-ups are a great way to get involved with the efforts and help keep the surrounding reefs healthy.

 

Good to know

In the wake of the pandemic, the resort has rethought its dining experience, now offering more out-of-the-ordinary private dining and destinations options along with improved in-villa dining so that you can enjoy mealtimes in privacy. There are also strict delivery measures, enhanced training protocols, and further sanitation guidelines for food preparation.

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