Here’s a little piece of heaven on Earth, nestled between mountains and a pristine beach of sapphire blue water of the Musandam’s fjords, Six Senses’ Zhigy Bay Beach Resort will surprise and delight you with its rugged scenery and luxury set up. Last weekend, we packed up for a little family getaway only two hours away from Dubai for a “babymoon” and birthday celebration combined. It was the perfect family chilling and pampering time. I loved the aesthetic of the resort: muted light, earth tones, rugged beauty. It’s all very luxurious in a no-bling way and it’s utterly secluded with stunning scenery; the perfect set up for either a relaxing or active getaway.
When you arrive you can choose the scenic four-wheel drive from the top of the mountain overlooking the bay or make a grand entrance with a tandem paragliding expeience or zoom up in a speedboat from a neighbouring bay. Excitement guaranteed! We enjoyed our adventurous drive up and down the mountain with a scenic photo stop at the top. The check-in process was very efficient and our Gem (that’s a Guest Entertainment Manager!) helped to set us up in our Garden Pool Villa, which was perfect to accommodate a couple and two children. Our luxurious villa built out of natural stone and wood with its design inspired by a traditional Omani Village house. There are lots of little details to make your stay special: the choice of pillows, nice selection of complimentary teas and coffees, dates and Arabic pastries, beach baskets and even bikes parked outside your villa for getting around on the resort (even little ones for the kiddos!).
There are several different dining options. We enjoyed our first dinner at Summer House, a casual dining resto overlooking the pool with super-comfy seating. Luella fell asleep on the sofa after her fresh tomatoes and mozzarella soup, while we enjoyed our after dinner drinks! Food was good: grilled fish with organic salad from the garden for me and braised beef for hubby. Delighted with our dinner, we took a walk back to the villa on the illuminated path gazing at the stars… So romantic! Breakfast is served until 11am at Spice Market, so no rush. We had a morning swim in the sea before heading to our breakfast feast of organic Arabic dishes, regional specialties and the usual international cuisine regulars so even picky eaters won’t be disappointed.
Kids will love Six Senses Zhigy Bay! It’s a fantastic place to go crazy on the beach looking for seashells and crabs hiding in the sand, play for hours in the pool, run around the kids’ playground, feed the wandering goats, watch a movie under the stars eating popcorn and bicycling around the resort with mama and daddy. The Chaica Club, for children aged 4–12 is free and offers distractions from arts and craft activities, sandcastle building, pizza making, henna design, beach bowling, Arabic lessons etc… There is also the teen club Al Feetean’s, with two drop-in sessions (9am–12 noon and 2pm–6pm) covering more adventurous options including abseiling, archery, capoeira, photography, survival skills, raft-building and snorkeling.
On the Friday night, we wanted to experience The Edge, Zighy Bay’s mountaintop fine-dining resto. Unfortunately, the “Michelin Star” gourmet diner was fully booked. Disappointed, our GEM set up something truly special for us. A private dinner on top of the wine cellar tower. A magical set up with a 360 degree views over the crystal waters and mountains of the Gulf of Oman. The small intimate terrace and candlelight made for a magical setting. We enjoyed some cheeky champers and a large selection of yummy tapas. Perfect! Luella was at the kid’s club for a movie night. By 9pm, the kids club was closing, the lovely ladies from Chaica Club brought us Luella to finish up the evening together, just in time for desert. Pssst… There is also an in-room babysitting service if you need.
Overall our stay was perfect! Our top tip is just the need to book in advance to experience The Edge to avoid disappointment. We heard it’s a must try! Six Senses is famous for its spa facilities, which you must also book in advance. Six Senses Zhigy Bay is pricey but truly a treat to experience. I look forward to our next visit. Unlike many 5 stars hotels in the region I have had the chance to experience, Zighy Bay was fabulously different and a real treat. I really hope to come again!
Pool Villas (2 Adults and 2 Children) from AED 2,600 per night and up.
Six Senses Zighy Bay – Oman
Tel: (+968) 2673 5555
French Sassy Maman Emily Lidén is the proud (soon to be!) mother of two and the brain, face and heart behind Dubai our Sandbox. She has a degree from Parsons school of design NYC and used to work in the cosmetics industry before setting up her own design business together with her husband in Dubai. Emily is now a full time mama with a passion for scouting out and sharing her goodies for what to do with your little ones here in the desert.