Six Senses Zighy Bay, Oman

Six Senses Zighy Bay had been on my bucket list for a while.It all started one Saturday morning, when I woke up at 6 am, filled to the brim with excitement to get up, pack and get the show on the road! I did not want to miss out on one single minute at Zighy Bay!

The drive from our home (in Dubai) was only 1.5 hours (not bad at all). We drove up a winding, steep, incredibly daring road, feeling a little scared, stomach-in-my-throat feeling. Finally, we reached the lookout point (about halfway up the hill) and were all gobsmacked by the stunning view of the resort and beach skyline.

The staff, dressed in fresh white linen, greeted us. We were handed cold towels, followed by our welcome drink, which was a date smoothie (the dates were harvested on the resort) – the very best smoothie that has touched these lips. We were then whisked away by our friendly butler Rashid.

Our villa was something out of a celeb gossip mag! Our own bicycles parked out front of our two story high villa, a big soaking tub, two showers, a lounging area and a gorgeous patio upstairs with a view of our very own private infinity pool with doors leading out to the beach! Can I just say, whoever designed the interior of these villas needs to call me pronto and help me transform my home to look the same! So eco conscious! Every single piece used in the villa came from nature – no plastic or artificial things anywhere in sight! The roof was thatched with wooden sticks, the cool floors with beautiful stone (a wonderful feeling on my tired feet) and the beds lined in thick organic smooth sheets. The lamps, sink and bath carved of wood and stone, the furniture of hardy solid wood and the staircases made of re-purposed wood tied with cord. I could go on and on about the details of the room, but it is truly something you need to see in person to appreciate! Jaw dropping!

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The beach at Zighy is one of the top beaches I have been to in the world. The sand was like butter cream, silky soft and the water crystal clear, not a fragment of plastic or garbage to find!

When we stopped drooling and finally finished checking out the villa, we jetted for food! The food was delicious. We dined at “Summer House” for both lunch and dinner. My husband ordered king prawns (the best I have ever tasted). I had a cold gazpacho soup to further cool down. Then I had a pulled beef sandwich which was better than the one I once had in Texas from a tiny roadside stand. I have been salivating for it for over two years now! Ruby had the yummiest macaroni with bits of fresh salmon.

After lunch we ran back to the villa, threw on our swimming gear and literally jumped like humpback whales into our private pool. Ruby had a blast swimming around and playing in the sand in our “backyard”. As I stretched every limb in my body in the pool, I repeated out loudly over and over and over again “ I never want to go home”. I wanted permanent residency at Zighy Bay! I still do!

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After swimming, we quickly got ready and went to the reception area for our Sunset Cruise. Our driver took us to the pier by car where we were ushered to a beautiful boat. The cruise was just what I needed. We hung out on lounge chairs and spread out on pillows near the front of the boat, snacking on canapés and sparkling date juice. What a life!

After our cruise, we went back to our room and changed. We were ready for round two of eating! For dinner I had the catch of the day over purple mashed potatoes and sprigs of asparagus, drizzled with pesto. To die for! My husband ordered the calamari on skewers and Ruby had the fish and chips.

If Ruby was a tiny bit older, she could have even played at the children’s centre “Chaica’s Club Just for Kids” with daily activities, such as kite flying, sand castle making and more! I would have also loved to partake in “movies under the sky” but we were just too tired the first night!

I had to wake the children up so as not to waste our morning before checkout at noon. We had the buffet at Spice Market, one of the most beautiful organic spreads I have seen. A huge selection of fruits, muesli, cute berry yogurts in mini glass jars, fresh juices and smoothies. Another section with homemade jams, homemade breads and pastries, cold cuts and much more! PLUS you could order custom hot meals. The coffee was fantastic; my cappuccino went down so smoothly!Just as we were checking out, I learnt that Six Senses grows many of their cooking herbs in their garden and they also have cooking classes and chef meetings. I even visited their little garden – it was really pretty.

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By the time I was back, our bags were packed in the car. Reality set in…it was time to go home. What a beautiful stay we had. I felt rejuvenated, filled with tons of fond memories of my little family, well fed, soaked with vitamin D and ready to head back to the hectic city life. Just what the doctor ordered.

If there is one thing you should do in your lifetime, is go to Zighy Bay and have your senses revitalized. Single, married or with kids, it is a must!

Tip: Being an eco-conscious Mommy, I really admire all of the efforts the resort has taken. My favorite thing was that they place glass bottles in the room, which get refilled on site, so as not to pollute the planet with more plastic! The plates and cups were made of the most luxurious, comforting clay, all handmade.

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The Hotel:
  • Dubai International Airport (closest airport) is 120 km (2 hour) drive. Muscat Airport is 5 hours away.
  • Beachfront Hotel
  • Private Beach
  • 20 suites, private villas and 2 Private Retreats
  • 6 Restaurants & bars
  • Infinity Pool
  • Dive Centre
  • Spa
  • Fitness Centre

www.sixsenses.com/resorts/zighy-bay/destination

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Guest post by Corrine Fuchs. Corrine is a Canadian expat blogger, wife and mama living in Dubai. She makes the most of each day with her daughter, Ruby (5) and son Nate (3). Mommy in Dubai has created a rapport for being a helpful and honest read for parents & tourists in Dubai. Read more about her at www.mommyindubai.com

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