My first two nights of my first visit ever to Oman, began and took place at spectacular Six Senses Zighy Bay Resort in the Musandam Peninsula, nearby the Strait of Hormuz, in Northern Oman. Wellness, relaxation, incredible beaches, spa and sustainability, at its best.
Nestled in Oman’s dramatic Musandam Peninsula, where rugged mountains dive into vibrant emerald waters, across a powdery sand beach, the village-inspired resort offers a range of villas, suites and beachfront retreats, each with a private pool, traditional summer house and the time and space to find yourself. There’s something for everyone including eclectic dining featuring local and international cuisine, an award-winning spa and a plethora of unique experiences.
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- Buffet breakfast daily for two guests per bedroom, in Spice Market
- A complimentary 60-minute Six Senses Signature Spa Treatment for up to two people, once during stay.
- Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability.
- Complimentary Wi-Fi.
Musandam Peninsula projecting into the Strait of Hormuz
The Musandam Peninsula is part of Oman, but it is surrounded by the UAE – United Arab Emirates. The best way to access is by land on private car or transfer from Dubai. So I did. I arranged a private car to pick me up by my hotel in Dubai, and drive me to Six Senses Zighy Bay. The total drive was approximately 2 hours, crossing the line between UAE and Oman via the coastal town of Dibba. It is a lovely scenic drive. There is an airport in the Musandam Peninsula, but do not plan on flying in or out of it. The area is surrounded by military bases, and access to most of the roads is restricted. The best way is are mentioned above. On the way out, as I was heading to Muscat, I took the same private car service, off to Dubai Aiport.
Paragliding to Check IN?
Paraglide your way into the resort and off to Check IN, if you choose, while your luggage is taken straight to your villa. One minute you’re on our launch pad at 960 feet above sea level, and the next minute you’re soaring with the birds before gently descending to a soft landing on the sands of Zighy beach below. Your pilot will ensure your comfort as you sit back and soak up the beautiful views of the Al Hajar Mountains, ancient fishing villages and the expansive Gulf of Oman. Mid-morning is recommended for optimal conditions.
Checking IN to my Pool Villa
Relaxing and serene villas and suites are built of natural stone and timber. These Omani-style enclaves offer cool interiors with a colorfully cushioned living area and an uber-comfy bed with organic bedding. Outside, within the privacy of high mountain-stone walls, settle back on plumped up sun loungers under a shaded patio next to your own private plunge pool.
Before getting into my full relax beach mode, having had an early morning and breakfast, was time for lunch al fresco by the beach, at Shua Shack. Signature Bedouin dining encounter which starts with the aroma of a slow cooked lamb and feet in the sand followed by cold and hot mezze, Omani Shua lamb and selection of sliced fruit, barazek and date maamoul cookies. The resort offers a total of five restaurants. I went for a light lunch, since that evening I was booked for dinner at their fine dinning restaurant, Sense on the Edge.
Unlike anywhere else, the resort is set between craggy mountains on one side and a long sandy beach on the other, remote yet easily accessible and tied to tradition yet offering every comfort. Some of the beach and pool facilities, other than the private plunge pools in the privacy of your Villa, are:A one-mile (1.6-kilometer) stretch of pristine, white sandy beach. A large central fresh water swimming pool with poolside service offering meals, beverages and homemade ice creams. A 100-foot (35-meter) salt water pool, the only one in the Gulf, with Roman steps and a swim-round island.
Unwinding in Privacy
Back at the privacy of my Pool Villa, and before getting ready for my fine-dinning experience, I took some time to enjoy the outdoor space and plunge pool of my villa. Such a relaxing time, good wine, and a book.
Fine Dinning on the Edge
Ready for my fine dinning 7-course wine paired dinner at restaurant “ Sense on the Edge “ with breathtaking panoramic views over the Musandam Peninsula. Set to a stunning backdrop some 293 meters above the azure waters of the bay, join us at Sense on the Edge where our Andalusian chef adds a Spanish twist to regional flavours.
The menus revolve around dishes of land and sea and this curated menu showcases the best of them.
The Starlight and Moonlight tables are perched on private terraces above the restaurant, flanking it on both sides, offering an intimate setting with a spectacular view. Served the Sense on the Edge menu the food takes you on a culinary journey of land or sea, overlooking the resort which sits at the precipice of both.
If you choose to do so, you may visit Sense on the Edge for a Sunrise Breakfast. Gather at the mountaintop restaurant just before sunrise for the spectacular Sunrise Breakfast. Enjoy a rich breakfast that is possibly on equal terms with the inspiring sunrise view over the bay and across the waters of the Gulf of Oman.
Evening swim under the Moon
After a lovely evening on the Edge, I went back to the privacy of my Pool Villa, to enjoy some extra relaxing time, swimming under the Moon light, while listening to the roar of the waters of the Gulf of Oman, which induced me into a blissful and restful night sleep.
Following day, started over an early morning run by the beach, along the fishing village, located right by the resort. After that a relaxing stop by the Spa, and off to breakfast – where I tried for the first time, Camel Milk. The rest of my day, was pretty much a REPEAT of my previous day. For more on my stay at Six Senses Zighy Bay, check my Instagram Posts and Stories on Oman.
After 3 lovely relaxing days, it was time to continue my journey. My private car picked me up, and drove me for two hours away from the Musandam Peninsula, back to Dubai International Airport, to catch my flight onwards to Muscat, Oman. My journey continued to an overnight Glamping experience, followed by a two nights stay in Muscat.