ESCAPE TO SIX SENSES ZIGHY BAY FOR THE ULTIMATE ROMANTIC ADVENTURE
22nd January 2020: If you’re looking for an alternative way to spend your Valentine’s weekend, either for a romantic getaway or a group trip with friends to make the most of the amazing weather, why not go a little further afield than your local restaurant and take a scenic drive to the Oman’s northern Musandam Peninsula, where the Middle East’s only Six Senses resort is nestled in Zighy Bay.
Famed for the rugged surroundings of the Al Hajar mountains that merge into vibrant emerald waters, five-star luxury and privacy in your own villa (complete with your own guest experience manager and private infinity pool) there is still so much more that can be done at Six Senses Zighy Bay over a weekend.
Here are 10 things you didn’t know you could enjoy at the villa resort:
- Make a grand entrance or fly around the resort on a microlight
Guests can start their adventure by paragliding 960ft into the resort. What better way to start your ideal weekend by soaring with the birds before gently descending to a soft landing on the sands of Zighy beach below. The resorts pilot will ensure comfort as guests sit back and soak up the beautiful views of the Al Hajar Mountains, ancient fishing villages and the expansive Gulf of Oman.
If breathtaking aerial views are what you like – then the resort’s own motorised microlight is something not to be missed, where guests can enjoy views of Dibba town from a dizzying 2,000 feet above sea level. The resort’s expert pilot will ensure a first-class flight that will have guests seated directly behind the controls with a perfect bird’s-eye view.
- Go on a hike in the Al Hajar mountains
A natural playground for adventure seekers and explorers, the ancient Omani villages, farms and heritage sites among the mountains of Dibba are miles and centuries away from today’s bustling cities. Depending on their level of adventure, guests can choose from three hikes; Smugglers Bay, Wadi and Wedding Tree.
- Take part in a cooking class in the heart of the resort’s own organic garden
Six Senses Zighy Bay has its own organic garden that grows various different types of herbs and vegetables. Why not make the most of the beautiful winter weather and try your hand at creating your own meal in the garden as part of an Arabic cooking class amongst the organic varieties of local herbs and vegetables.
- Dine under the stars at Sense on the Edge
From a hilltop restaurant serving signature cuisine and evening views over the crystal waters of the Gulf of Oman, to authentic Bedouin dining on the beach, tapas at an al fresco bar and dining with a private chef for villa-dining, food is definitely on the agenda. For a truly special experience, enjoy a starlight evening of romance at Sense on the Edge, almost 300m above seawater, on the mountain edge.
- Have a session in the Earth Lab and make your own shampoo, soap and scrubs
Wildly recognized as having established the initial benchmarks for the hospitality industry, the Six Senses brand is committed to sustainability and its obligation to the environment and the community. To support that, why not visit Zighy Bay’s own Earth Lab to meet with the Sustainability Manager to learn how sustainable the resort actually is. From glass recycling through to making your own eco-shampoo and soap.
- Make your own cheese
Rather than just cooking, why not try making your own cheese from local milk from the resort’s own farm in Dibba. Choosing from cows, goat or non-dairy milk, create your own hard, soft or medium cheese to take home as a tasty memento of your Six Senses Zighy Bay experience, complete with your own glass cheeseboard that you can make at the Earth Lab. Your grape or bubbles bottle of choice can be recycled into a glass cheese board as the ideal memento of your trip, whilst also supporting the resort as it continues to recycle and upcycle 85% of its waste on property.
- Simply, sleep!
Six Senses has its own Sleep programme, designed to create the optimum sleeping environment, with every guest room set up for the perfect sleep based on counsel from International Sleep Experts and the resort’s own Sleep Ambassadors.
If, like many other UAE residents’ guests feel like they need a wellness break, guests can enjoy natural hand-made mattresses and cotton bedding, to pillow and scent menus to limited sound and light pollution, resulting in a truly quality sleep.
- Enjoy the spa
To ease you into that deep sleep, why not enjoy the award-winning spa that has nine treatment rooms & in-villa services, as well as various wellness programmes led by the onsite Wellness Director and visiting practitioners.
Cultural and ethically-produced products fuse together with traditional and locally-inspired practices – as well as two Arabic-style hammams, a menu of skin-purifying, soul soothing treatments and outdoor yoga with breathtaking mountain views – bliss!
- Go snorkelling or Scuba Diving
With such pristine emerald waters in the bay, snorkelling or scuba diving is a must. Experienced international divers will guide guests through the mystical waters to the best spots for meeting friendly turtles and stingrays. Weather permitting, there is a chance to snorkel in a big overhead cave along the coast of Sanat during the shared or private two-hour trip on a luxury speed boat.
- Experience our Omani luxury Dhow, Dhahab.
The only Dhabab in the region with an alcohol license, guests can relax with a glass of wine whilst cruising along the coastal fjords and villages of Haffa, Sanna’t, Charia, Hamra and Lima. The Dahab will moor for water activities and a gourmet lunch prepared by the onboard chef – returning back to the resort at golden hour, sunset.
If that’s not all, you can also Visit Dibba Fort and Farm, enjoy a Private Cinema Paradiso, or go kayaking!
For more information on rates and more experiences, visit www.sixsenses.com/zighybay