We hope you enjoy this wonderful account about the stunning Six Senses Zighy Bay in Oman from some clients who visited the resort in January 2013 – looking for a holiday full of rest, relaxation and sunshine…
One and a half hours drive from Dubai you leave the town of Dibba and soon begin to ascend the rutted road through the Hajar Mountains. At nearly 1000ft from sea level, at the top of a windy, bumpy road we stopped and saw the view of the resort. The hotel is located at one end of the bay, snugly camouflaged by palm trees and the Zighy Bay fishing village at the other – Breath-taking.
We were welcomed by the manager and several other members of staff with cold towels, cold drinks, hot drinks, andintroduced to our butler who took us to our villa. Two minutes from the beach but glad not to be directly on the beach front, as where we were definitely felt more private and peaceful. Fabulous, extremely spacious room with the biggest bath I have ever seen an inside shower and an outside shower, an inside sitting area and masses of space outside including our own small pool. Bright orange, lemon, green, pink, purple cushions scattered around adding a vibrant touch to the sand and stone of all the buildings and the natural colours of the mountain rocks.
We had bikes to cycle round the hotel which had the feel of a very sleepy small village with sandy lanes leading to the spa, the restaurants, the beach, the pools and the souk. It felt like siesta time all the time – very quiet and calm. We had packed a suitcase full of books and beachwear and little else. We didn’t need anything; the peaceful atmosphere meant we could totally switch off and relax choosing to lie by the pool in the villa, on the beach or beside one of the two hotel pools. Wherever we were the staff looked after us attentively but never intrusively.
We had chosen half board so enjoyed a late breakfast with a huge choice of food including delicious Arabic flatbreads, made to order, and served with the local choice of cream cheese and honey. We skipped lunch despite a mouth-watering choice of beach snacks on offer (or lunch in the restaurant) and looked forward to dinner either inside in the Arabic restaurant or outside where the menu had more of an eclectic choice of cuisine. Every meal we ate was so good, we particularly enjoyed the simplicity of the fresh local fish catch of the day often served with fresh herbs from the beautifully manicured hotel organic garden.
One night we treated ourselves to the 5 course dinner at the top of the mountain. Although we couldn’t sit outside and appreciate the view or the stars because it was extremely windy, we had fantastic food.
We booked a couple of Spa treatments each, a blissfully relaxing ambience in the spa reception followed by excellent massages, finished off with a period in the relaxing area with fantastic ginger tea and a plate of dates. We actually cancelled our final appointments towards the end of the holiday, because by then we felt so relaxed anyway we didn’t think we needed them – a great compliment to the general atmosphere of the hotel. Lying on a sun lounger listening to the warm sea lapping at our feet with a piercing blue sky and no hustle and bustle anywhere on the beach was enough.
We could enjoy a half hour walk along the beach past the fishing village and towards the marina which was lovely first thing in the morning or at the end of the day. Other than that we practised a bit of yoga, had the occasional burst of energy in the gym and then returned to our sun loungers and books – the most incredible January tonic to be highly recommended.
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