OMAN- Zighy Bay
From serene scenery to magical memories, awaken your senses with a perfect balance of adventure and wellness at Six Senses Zighy Bay, where rugged mountains dive into sleepy azure waters. Enjoy what it means to be timeless. In the infamous words of the inimitable Spice Girls “a-zig a-zig ahhhhhh” – they were surely talking about this Six Senses stunner (and you won’t be able to stop humming this when there).
Sumerian tablets refer to a country called Magan and Akkadian ones Makan,[ a name which links Oman’s ancient copper resources. Mazoon, a Persian name used for the region. Over centuries tribes from the west settled in Oman, making a living by fishing, farming, herding or stock breeding, and many present day Omani families trace their ancestral roots to other parts of Arabia. When the emigrants from northern-western and south-western Arabia arrived in Oman, they had to compete with the indigenous population for the best arable land.
Oman has one of the most diverse environments in the Middle East with various tourist attractions and is particularly well known for adventure and cultural tourism. Muscat, the capital of Oman, was named the second best city to visit in the world in 2012 by the travel guide publisher Lonely Planet. Muscat also was chosen as the Capital of Arab Tourism of 2012
Like the rest of the Persian Gulf, Oman generally has one of the hottest climates in the world—with summer temperatures in Muscat and northern Oman averaging 30 °C (86.0 °F) to 40 °C (104.0 °F). Oman receives little rainfall, with annual rainfall in Muscat averaging 100 mm (3.9 in), falling mostly in January. In the south, the Dhofar Mountains area near Salalah has a tropical-like climate and receives seasonal rainfall from late June to late September as a result of monsoon winds from the Indian Ocean, leaving the summer air saturated with cool moisture and heavy fog. Summer temperatures in Salalah range from 20 °C (68.0 °F) to 30 °C (86.0 °F)—relatively cool compared to northern Oman.
On beaches, you’ll be okay to wear a a one piece in the ocean (rather than a bikini) but wrap a sarong around you when you’re not in the water. If you’re going to be staying in one of the resorts that has a private beach, you’ll be okay to wear whatever you like, so feel free to bring your bikini with you.
While the Omani people are extremely friendly, kind, and welcoming people, they’re also predominantly `Muslim, so you should take care to cover up in order to be respectful. In Oman, you’ll want to be covering your shoulders and knees at a bare minimum, and if possible, attempt to cover everything from your neck to your wrists to your ankles. Its good idea to (it’s hot), to dress like a local.
With awe-inspiring rugged beauty on the northern Musandam Peninsula in the Sultanate of Oman, indigenous village accommodations and a dramatic mountain-range backdrop should make you want to “get with your friends.”http://continentaltravelgroup.com/oman-six-senses-zighy-bay/
Posted by Continental Travel Group on Thursday, September 6, 2018
Given that Oman is such a hot country — it didn’t drop below 45 degrees Celsius while I was there — you’ll want to pack loose, floaty items that are white and made of cotton, in order to stay cool. Walking is most likely not going to be something you’ll want to do in the heat, so plan to take taxis around the cities to ensure you don’t overheat.
VENUE Six Senses Zighy Bay Resort
Six Senses Zighy Bay Resort is located on the northern Musandam Peninsula in the Sultanate of Oman. With awe-inspiring rugged beauty on the northern Musandam Peninsula in the Sultanate of Oman, indigenous village accommodations and a dramatic mountain-range backdrop should make you want to “get with your friends.” No? How about Shua Shack bedouin dining on the beach plush settees and a lavish selection of local mezzes, salads and shua-roasted lamb? Hello, heaven.
The setting of these beautiful indigenous village-style accommodations and private marina is spectacular, with the dramatic mountains on one side and the sandy beach of Zighy Bay on the other.
Tantalize your senses:
Feel the sand beneath your toes; listen as your sunset dhow cruise glides through waves; taste culinary delights of the region.
The eighteen acres self-contained Zighy Bay is set on a 1.6km 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 1,900 sqm. 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. Private walled enclaves with villas and personal pools make up the resort’s 82 accommodations. They are carefully arranged village-style with sandy laneways and offer space and privacy. Structures are hewn from local rock and natural materials; yet offer every comfort and amenity. Dining choices are diverse and memorable at Six Senses Zighy Bay.
Guests can immerse themselves in the culinary world of Arabia at the Spice Market and Shua Shack, which presents an authentic Bedouin experience and some international flavors at the Summer House. Memorable evenings are created at Sense on the Edge, with contemporary fine dining set high above the bay and at the Wine Cellar, unique Wine Tower, Zighy Bar, in-villa or at a personally selected location, where chefs will prepare something extraordinary and exclusive. GEMS (guests experience makers) will make all the arrangements.
Tantalize the senses feelsoft sand between the toes; listen as the sunset dhow cruise glides through waves; dive for the first time with a leisurely course, or take a professional dive excursion to see Oman’s most spectacular reefs, rock formations and colorful marine life. The resort specializes in combining and customizing shopping trips and tours to suit both the active guest and the guest who prefers to sit back and relax – taking in all that this fascinating destinations has to offer.
With a setting of biblical dimensions, in a bay protected by the rugged Hajar Mountains and fronting onto a 1-mile(1.6 kilometer)pristine powder beach, Six Senses Zighy Bay redefines the expression: remote but easily accessible. Traveling from Dubai, the scenic two-hour journey culminates in a spectacular arrival that is a promise of the unique experiences that are to follow. There is a choice of arrival, from the rocky roadway down to the bay or paragliding into the resort, which gives a new meaning to arriving in style. Making an entrance by speedboat from a neighboring bay port is also an option.
Private walled enclaves with villas and personal pools make up the resort’s 82 accommodations. They are carefully arranged village-style with sandy laneways and offer space and privacy. Structures are hewn from local rock and natural materials; yet offer every comfort and amenity.
Six Senses has been recognized as the hospitality industry’s pioneer of sustainable practices, demonstrating that a leadership commitment to local communities and ecosystems can be successfully wedded to uncompromised top-tier facilities. Six Senses sustainability is, and always has been, integrated, intuitive and innovative. At Six Senses Zighy Bay, we value our harmony between the nature, local environment and the surroundings. All guests are provided with their personal bicycles to go around the resort, every villa will be taking care by personal Guest Experience Maker (GEM), a tour to our Organic Garden and an introduction to our water initiative system. At Six Senses Zighy Bay, we bring nature at our guests’ doorstep to make them reconnect with themselves, others and the world around them.