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!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- 6 Senses Zighy Bay
- Six Senses Zighy Bay Hotel Zighy Bay
- Zighy Bay Six Senses Hideaway