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Six Senses Zighy Bay
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Zighy Bay
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed September 9, 2008

We chose Oman for our honeymoon because we wanted a location which had a low % chance of rain and plenty of sun during August - We were not disappointed!

When we stepped off the plane in dubai, we were ushered into a lounge where we refreshed ourselves with mint tea and biscuits whilst our luggage was picked up and we were checked through passport control. We were then shown to our own personal limo and driven to a speed boat port in Oman - which should have been about 2 hours ( the only hitch on the whole holiday was the driver getting slightly lost and taking closer to 3). After a short speed boat ride we were sailing into Zighy bay - a beautiful sandy bay, half occupied by a local settlement and half by the hotel which cleverly blended with the colour of the dramatic mountains behind. All the buildings in the complex are less than 2 floors meaning a very low asthetic inpact on the environment.

Our villa had its own perfectly sized pool, ideal for cooling down as the day heats up. We didn't splash out on a beach access room but didn't regret it - the beach is a very short walk away and the whole resort is sandy so no need to wear shoes! The villa was decked with an array of luxury items - ipod dock and amazing sound system, plasma screen TV, WiFi (which was great for checking facebook as people loaded their wedding photos!), expresso machine, wine fridge and separate snack fridge, and pillow menu. If that didn't make us feel pampered enough, our butler and our villa attendant made sure they filled any gaps! Our villa attendant left us thoughtful extras - when he saw we enjoyed a cup of tea before bed a flask of tea was immediately left by our bedside each night, and candles were often left lit all around the pool.

The food was of a variable but always good to excellent standard. Hot food at breakfast seemed to be the most variable - there was a lovely and luxurious buffet of cheese, hams, hand made cereals, juices, fruit, cakes, breads as well as a hot menu, which was always satifsfying and sometimes very very pleasurable.

We only once had lunch at Chill - again a very broad selection of buffet starters but far from your usual fayre - it wouldn't be out of place at an expensive london restaurant. On top of this selection was an a la carte menu of food to die for - mainly with an arabic twist. Most days we were stuffed after breakfast!

DInners at 'dining on the sand' - which is actually a restaurant are fairly relaxed and had a different theme each night of a la carte food. Nights when a buffet starter and dessert with an a la carte main can work out quite expensive - about the equivalent of £40 each without wine. The all day alternative is room service, which is really very reasonably priced, (arabic messe menu from about £4 each) not bad service and means you truely can go the whole holiday without speaking to anyone..

DInner on the 'edge' which is their restaurant up 300m above sea level gave some great views. The chef here is michalan starred, which you can see touches of in the food - but the portions are too filling to be at this standard, and whilst the food is wholesome its isn't quite the gastronomic experience i've had in michalan starred restaurants. A meal will cost about £120 for 2 without wine - which is nice for the view and a treat, but perhaps more than you would pay at home.

There is no real out of resort option - the nearest village where you could buy food is at least a 40 min 4x4 drive away.

We did 3 highly recommended activites - having a very nice massage in the same room as my new husband - in fact one of the best massages i think i have had! On a different day we took an arabic cooking lesson - the head chef took great time to prepare for the lesson, helped us to make an amazing arabic lunch and gave us a great cookery book to practice from at home. Our best day of the honeymoon was a day we took a private 4x4 into the dessert in the UAE with a guide, then took a short camel ride whilst our host drove to a base to pick up supplies. With the sunset in the distance a private camp appeared in the distance - just a beautiful rug and some cushions, a BBQ and plenty of lit candles. Our guide cooked us a feast under the stars before we enjoyed a hubbly bubbly.

Our total spending money was about £1700 for 10 days - we didn't want for anything.

We will be going back on the first anniversary we can afford it!

  • Stayed: August 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 18, 2008

Arrived at Dubai Airport and were taken straight off the plane to a lounge where we were provided with cold towels and a nice drink, they took our passports and baggage receipts, emigration was completed for us and our baggage was collected also!!!! We were then taken straight out of the airport into our private car for a pleasant 2 hour transfer to Zighy Bay. On arrival you can opt to Paraglide and descend into Zighy Bay, the Paragliding is fantastic and you will want to do it again, I was always scared of heights until I tried it......best thing I have ever done (this is also possible to book at the resort should you wish to have another go, we did).

The villa's are very rustic which adds to the authentic feel to the place, try and get a beech front villa, these are really the best location and just super.

Six Senses Spa, well what can I say, the treatments were just heaven and the staff so professional, also the prices were very reasonable compared to other Spa Resorts.

Having been to many 5* resorts including the one & only chain I can thoroughly recommend this place, the food is excuisite in all the outlets and Dining on the Edge is a real must do experience, service was 2nd to none, and such a relaxing beautiful destination overall compared to Dubai.

Another thing we liked was how genuine and friendly Rochelle the General Manager was (an asset to the Soveva/Evason chain), she has been transfered here from Soveva Fushi in the Maldives and I am sure she will further improve and develop this nearly completed destination.

Well done and thanks to all for making my 40th Birthday so special, I will remember this place fondly and definately return. :-)

  • Stayed: August 2008, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank Whittingham-Adams
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Reviewed August 8, 2008

We stayed here the last week of May and have to say we got what we wanted, a place away from the pressures of day to day life, a total retreat. Having taken a night flight the airport experience was fab, whisked off to nice cold towels, fresh fruit juices and dates, whilst our bags and passports were all sorted out for us, then off into a lovely air conditioned car. We then moved into a 4x4 for the amazing trip over the mountain and your first view of Zighy Bay at the top, WOW!Our villa was beachfront and superb, clean and with all the mod cons hidden very well.The pillow menu has to be explored and was so impressed wioth the water pillows bought two on arrival home!It was great to have your own pool which again was really clean though teething probs with temperatures. We booked a half board package that worked really well for us and the food was fantastic, as a vegetarian I had no problems at all and the chefs more than happy to please. The late breakfasts were a plus no rushing in the mornings. The down side of half board was that we ate in Dining on Edge on our arrival day, which is by no means cheap, and our half board was NOT off set against the price so ending up losing out. Our first Butler was useless and we only saw him on arrival but we did bring this to the attention of the manager and we had a new Butler on our 3rd day and he was great as was our room boy. Our first villa had teething probs of any new build and developed a leak and we had to move villas. This was all done whilst we were at dinner and I have to say you would of never known someone else had moved all your things. The ongoing building did not affect us in any way but the tar on the beach is not good and I do hope that they resovle this soon. The spa was very good and not to pricey though you have to book on arrival to stand a chance of getting treatments. This is a very beautiful place and we would return but I feel issues with Butlers need to be sorted. The wine is very pricey but what you would expect to pay in a place such as this.

  • Stayed: May 2008, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank bandit7
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Reviewed August 8, 2008

We spent four nights at this amazing property for the first leg of our honeymoon, and what an experience it was!

From the moment we arrived (via a very scary road over some beautiful mountains), to the moment we departed (reluctantly), the service was perfect - always there if you needed anything, never obtrusive. Our butler, Raghav, was fantastic, as were ALL the staff, absolutely no exceptions, especially the lovely waiter (or 'hosts', as they're called) at the bar who opened a bottle of Bollinger for us one evening and proceeded to serve it all to us for free!

The villas were gorgeous - masses of room and the outstide space was especially wonderful. Even though the temperature and humidity was extremely high when we were there, the pool was always cool. I laughed when our butler referred to it as a 'plunge pool' - it was large engouh to swim laps! The interior definitely has a 'barefoot luxury' feel about it, very rustic but very comfertable. The bath was the biggest I have ever seen and there was a huge indoor shower and a large outdoor shower. The bed was supremely comfertable and the linens were of top qulaity. The six senses group have done a great job with this hotel - all the villas blend in beautifully with the rugged mountains all around and they've gone to great lenghths to ensure that sustainable materials are used wherever possible - no plastic ANYWHERE!

We mainly had our meals at dining on the sand or in the villa. The food was always to a very high standard and as always, the service was fantastic. We didn't dine at 'dining on the edge' as my husband has a severe fear of heights but the general feedback was that it was very good if not a little pricey. The chef has a Michelin star.

I found the prices in general to be pretty standard for a hotel of this nature - expect to spend about £100 on a two course meal for 2 in the evening with a couple of drinks in the restaurant. Cocktails were about £5-6 each and beer was about £4. The ONLY gripe I have about this hotel is the mini-bar prices, which were extrortionate! I'm not tight in the slightest but I do get slightly queasy when I find that the small bag of kettle chips I've just eaten has cost me £4. Especially when they're free at the bar! Ouch!

We used the spa twice and both experiences were out of this world! Mosts of the therapist are Thai and are obviously very highly trained. We left on two little clouds, completely oblivious to anything around us!

I would definitely recommend this hotel for honeymooners as the package is so good. You got a dolphin-watching cruise for 2, an hour's spa treatment for 2, champagne on the beach with canapes at sunset (and not any old rubbish - I think we had Moet, which was £95 if purchsed from the mini bar!), followed by a sumptious and delicious (specially-created menu) four course dinner served to you in your villa, which was especially decorated for the occasion - AMAZING.

As I'm sure you can tell, I'm incredibly imprssed by this hotel and I can be very, very picky. Don't go if you like wondering about outside the resort, eating locally etc cos you just can't do it here, but if pure and utter relaxation and being completely spoilt in stunning surroundings is what you want, then get on that plane! You won't regret it!

  • Stayed: July 2008, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank mrswilliams123
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Reviewed July 25, 2008

We are here on honeymoon and this place is truely heaven on earth..................set between spectacular mountains and the sea the resort looks like nothing until you enter..............and then every where is just beautiful and spectacular.

The service is exemplery, the accommodation just stunning, the food a sheer delight.....the spa a paradise............you absolutely must paraglide into the resort from mountain top to beach what a fabulous experience.

Come now.... for its grand opening ...whenever we shall surely be back again soon.


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  • Stayed: July 2008, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank DeWolfes
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Reviewed July 20, 2008

Needing a break from Dubai, my husband and I booked our stay at Six Senses looking forward to the quiet and relaxation of the resort.Thankfully this is exactly what we received and got a beach view 1 bedroom villa that was just outstanding. Our Butler was attentive, service excellent and views were just wonderful. Overall it was a positive experience.

Two suggestions I have for future guests of the resort, make sure you check the pool temperature upon getting to the resort and if it isn't cool enough get it resolved ASAP. It took 2 days for the water to be actually cool. Second suggestion if you have dietary requirements (vegetarian), get the chef on the first day of your arrival to arrange a special menu for you. It took them 3 nights to offer this to me of my 4 night stay. I do have to say however the menu the Chef offered me was great and creative.

Enjoy this resort it is truely wonderful.

  • Stayed: July 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 17, 2008

Had a four night stay at Zighy Bay a couple of months ago - There are positives and negatives , all of which are reflected in another guests' experiences . The setting is stunning and unique , which is part of the appeal, being so remote - the villas are of a very high standard , even at entry level, with all the needed elements of 5 star properties. Having stayed at other Six Senses flagship hotels ( Soneva Gili & Fushi ) we did have high expectations and this is where things fell down considerably . The food is good (but not superb) and overpriced , and until all the eating outlets are complete there is too much pressure on the main restaurant to find outside tables - the resort was no more than half full during our stay . The tours are also overpriced ( although the private snorkelling trip was a treat and reasonably good value) - the service is patchy and we felt unusually hassled by the villa hosts contstantly trying to push the tours . Unfortunately the property is suffering many of the same issues that new hotels have and I couldnt hand on heart recommend it for at least another year - the GM has just moved in from Soneva Fushi and if anyone should know what it takes to bring it up to standard , she should !

  • Stayed: April 2008, traveled as a couple
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Address: Zighy Bay, Musandam Peninsula | PO Box 212, Zighy Bay 800, Oman
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Location: Oman > Musandam Governorate > Zighy Bay
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Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Zighy Bay
Price Range: $580 - $2,179 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Six Senses Zighy Bay 5*
Number of rooms: 82
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The eighteen acres self-contained Zighy Bay is set on a 1 mile (1.6 Kilometers) stretch of sandy beach fringed with rugged dramatic mountains and sea at the northern peninsula of Musandam. It features some of the most beautiful sandy beaches of Zighy Bay, temperate climate both summer and winter including an award-winning Six Senses Spa and Wellness Centre spanned over more than 20,450 square feet (1,900 square meters). As the first Six Senses resort in Middle East, Six Senses Zighy Bay blends exceptional guest experiences with a unique style - authentic, personal, adapt seamlessly to Middle East especially to Omani cultures, sustainable and in harmony with individual surroundings. ... more   less 
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